The Fit has been a global success for Honda, and for good reason. Its combination of clever packaging and zippy handling has found it friends with those looking for practical transportation, but don't want to be bored to death. Honda has sold 3.5 million of the things, after all, so clearly they must be doing something right.
Body style: Four-door hatchback
Engines: 1.5L, I-4
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Models: Fit, Fit Sport
For 2012 the Fit gains a revised interior and a mild facelift to stay fresh. Inside, new cupholders and standard steering wheel controls add to the practicality, while ambient lighting and metallic chrome accents on the dashboard keep the Fit looking cool. On the outside, the bumper and grille have been reworked alongside darkened headlight surrounds, keeping the familiar Fit fresh.
If you think the Fit looks like some sort of adorable cartoon hamster, you probably aren't far off the mark. Its eager front face is tacked onto a high-roofed body that maximizes practicality but somehow manages to avoid looking too dorky. Sport models add sporty styling accents, bits of chrome, and larger wheels, but let's face it: Fit Sport drivers still can't deny the cuteness.
Honda addressed the Fit's road noise -- a common source of complaints -- with increased sound deadening and thicker windows. Honda's patented "Magic Seat" second row seat design folds three different ways for enhanced cargo carrying capacity. Air conditioning, power windows, mirrors and doors come standard while the Sport model adds navigation and USB port accessibility. New metallic chrome accents replace the outgoing and drab grey theme around the radio and climate controls.
Performance & Handling
The Fit's grip and quick reflexes make it feel faster than it actually is. Honda's five-speed manual remains one of the best in the automotive world, keeping the Fit enjoyable and lively even in your daily commute. The 117-horsepower four-cylinder is peppy enough for passing, but fuel consumption compares unfavorably to that of newer competitors. Unfortunately, the ride suffers on the freeway and brake performance is tolerable, but not the sharpest.
Dual front and side curtain airbags and active head restraints are standard for all models. The Fit also meets European pedestrian collision safety standards, and stability control is standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Fit: 27 mpg city/33 mpg highway (manual); 28 mpg city/35 mpg highway (automatic)
Fit Sport: 27 mpg city/33 mpg highway
- Sporty handling
Flexible storage options
You Won't Like
- Sluggish acceleration
Still Fit, others getting fitter
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