A Good Fit for Many
By Ron Amadon
DAMASCUS, MD. – It frankly surprised me, and perhaps will strike you the same way to learn the subcompact Honda Fit has been with us for ten years now.
And it is still tailored to carry lots of cargo with 52.7 cubic feet available with the rear seats down. If it is people you want to carry, adults will find ample space out back if the seats are up, of course! The EPA said the Fit has the interior space of a mid-size car.
Lots of windows means great visibility for all occupants, and the interior has a bright and cheery look to it. Fit and finish were of the expected Honda high quality.
So-called “Magic Seats” will fold in various ways to accommodate stuff that you would never, at first blush, think could be hauled in a subcompact car.
The 1.5 liter four delivers 130 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm and 114 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm. With the CVT transmission, EPA economy ratings come in at 32 city, 37 highway for a combined 34 mpg, on regular unleaded. In lots of stop and go traffic and some interstate trips, I ended the week “stuck in the middle” at 35 mpg. Look for a 0-60 in the upper 8 second range.
Standard features on all models include auto on-off headlights, LED brake lights, Bluetooth and a center storage console with armrest. Items such as Push Button Start, a one-touch operated moonroof, 7-inch touchscreen with next-generation HondaLink, and heated leather seats are among the available upgrades and included on the EXL Navi model.
The EX-L also adds heated power side mirrors with integrated turn indicators, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, plus a 180-watt audio system with 6 speakers.
One potentially maddening feature was the screen mounted sliding touch control for volume level. It was difficult to adjust while driving, but that was offset by a volume button on the steering wheel.
The Honda Link system does not match up to Android phones, but does match with an iPhone.
Safety wise, the Fit has received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard safety features include Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Brake Assist, and Honda’s next-generation advanced body structure.
Okay, let’s hit the road.
Around town the Fit is a treat to drive. It eased into tight parking spaces, there was adequate power to keep up with traffic, and while I have not driven one, I would imagine the stick shift model would be fun to take out on a back road.
On the interstates, the CVT created a lot of noise as speed built on entry, but everything settled down once up to speed. Overall noise levels were on par with other subcompact offerings.
There was ample room up front for a 6’ tall driver, and I appreciated the driver seat height adjustment and Honda LaneWatch – the best blind spot detector on the market.
With all that cargo space out back, this should qualify as a crossover or small SUV – thus right in line with what people are buying these days.
One cannot overlook Honda’s reputation for years of stress free driving. Yours truly put 88,000 on a Civic years ago we recorded 100,000 plus worry free miles on a Mrs. Auto Evaluator’s Accord.
Prices start at $16,090 for an LX model with a 6-speed manual. Next up is the EX with a base of $18,000 even. The lineup tops out with the test Fit with a CVT and Navi at $21,365.
With no optional equipment and delivery factored in the test Fit rolled out at $22,240.
If someone asked me, “Should I buy a Fit” the answer would be yes.
1.5 liter four 130 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Torque: 114 @ 4,600 rpm
Transmissions: 6-Speed Manual or CVT with Sport Mode
Turning Diameter: 35.1’
And it comes with a Compact Spare Tire!
160 inches long, 67 inches wide and 99.6 inches tall.