The five-door hatchback subcompact Honda Fit saw a gradual global unveiling that stretched from 2001, with its initial release in Japan, to 2006 with its U.S. release. As an immediate hit in Japan, the Honda Fit enjoyed immense sales around the world with 3.5 million cars sold in just a few years. With soaring gas prices and ever-more crowded highways and cities, a small, affordable, and highly fuel-efficient car like the Honda Fit is the kind of winner that’s sure to spawn many copy-cats.
The 2007 Honda Fit marks a pseudo-revival of the subcompact genre but takes the class a tad further than its competitors with regard to its highly adaptable seating configurations, level of safety equipment, long list of cabin amenities, sporty feel, and great fuel economy.
Body Styles: Hatchback
Engines: 1.5-liter four cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Fit, Fit Sport
The Honda Fit makes its U.S. debut with its 2007 model. As Japan’s answer to escalating gas prices, the 2007 Honda Fit includes a lot of standard features, confident handling, high affordability, and peppy engine power.
When placed side-by-side with the Civic, the 2007 Honda Fit comes in at 3.5 inches taller, three inches narrower, and 19 inches shorter. Since the Civic is already a small car, the 2007 Honda Fit seems rather diminutive by comparison. It comes off as being rather fresh and inventive in its simple, streamlined design with a no-nonsense rear bumper, tall and slender sides, sharp slopping windshield/hood combination, and slash-cut headlights.
With its fuel tank located directly under the passenger seat and a semi-independent H-shaped torsion beam rear suspension, the 2007 Honda Fit allows for an increase in cargo volume and a lower load platform. Noted by industry critics for its intelligent design in terms of its operational simplicity and interior materials, the 2007 Honda Fit receives extremely high marks for its utilization of space and cargo room flexibility. Able to twist and turn itself into four distinct seating configurations depending on specific needs, folding down the rear seat altogether grabs the attentions of shoppers who seek spaciousness. It provides 42 cubic feet of wiggle room.
Performance & Handling
Beneath the 2007 Honda Fit's slopping hood sits a 1.5-lite,r four-cylinder engine that provides 109 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. While these numbers may not impress most shoppers, once they factor in the light 2500-pound curb weight, drivers find that the 2007 Honda Fit holds its own when accelerating from zero to 60 mph in under 10 seconds.
The 2007 Honda Fit comes standard with a host of safety features: four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front/side curtain airbags, child seat anchors, child-proof rear cabin locks, front/rear head rests, and a passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation function. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ratings for the 2007 Honda Fit are all top-of-the-line in front/side impact and rollover tests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Fit Manual: 28/34 mpg city/highway
Fit Automatic: 27/35 mpg city/highway
Fit Sport Trim Manual: 28/34 mpg city/highway
Fit Sport Trim Automatic: 27/34 mpg city/highway
- Flexible seating and floor plans
- Exceptional fuel economy
- Low price
- Handles great
You Won't Like
- Tiny size
- Small fuel tank
Highly creative design and budget-friendly hatchback.
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