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Joining the lineup for 2013, the new battery-electric Fit EV represents Honda's first attempt at a modern electric car in the U.S. market. Given its $37,000-plus sticker price (final cost after the 36-month lease, incentives included), only 1,100 copies will be produced over the next three years, with availability limited to all but a handful of states.
For 2012, Honda's Fit subcompact receives a number of improvements. The Fit Sport model gets a front-end facelift, while the base Fit 5-door gains color-key exterior mirrors. Inside, minor updates are made to the Sport and base car's accents, while both trims receive more soundproofing to help quiet the cabin.
For 2011, Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is included in the Fit's standard equipment, as are cruise control, remote keyless entry and a USB audio interface. The Fit Sport gains carpeted floor mats and four new colors are added to the car's color palate.
The all-new 2009 Honda Fit has a smoother aerodynamic look, a more powerful engine and a new interior design. The base and Sport trims return but come standard with larger wheels and are available in new colors. The Sport trim is now offered with satellite navigation and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA).
The Honda Fit plugs the gap at the entry-level end of the Honda lineup, a spot vacated by the Civic as it crept upstream. While new to the U.S. market, the Fit itself isn't new. The car has already sold over one million units in over 70 counties, where it's known as the Jazz.
Cars match their cultures. In many places where space is at a premium and gas is pricey, smaller is better. That's why the roads of Europe and Asia are populated by little cars with small appetites. But in America, land of super highways and sun blocking SUVs, bigger is usually better, and our cars follow suit. For years, Honda's smallest stateside car has been the Civic, however, like many Americans, American Civics have put on some pounds (and price) over the years. So much so that a gap began to appear at the entry level, as Civic inched upstream. Korean manufacturers have been happily vying to fill the void. Now, Honda rejoins the battle for subcompact supremacy, with the introduction of the new Fit.
By MK (DE) on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, worth the money, usb port is awesome"
Cons: "highway noise, wish the car had a 6th gear"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I started out with a 2011 Honda Fit Sport and was in an accident (t-boned on the passenger side); I was hit pretty hard and didn't feel a thing; the curtain airbags deployed immediately. The car was totaled, but I immediately went back to my local dealer and bought a 2012 Fit because I liked the car so much. I drive the manual and it has good pickup and shifts smoothly. As the review says, the car is not too eager on hills but being able to downshift helps this problem. The car handles really well; I used to drive an '82 Volvo so I was worried about driving a much lighter car, but the Fit feels very stable even on the highway. As of now I get about 34 mpg, but several people I know who have been driving the car for awhile say that mpg increases after about 10,000 miles. I like the design of the car a lot; I am fairly tall and the car is very roomy (even my 6'4" father said so!), and the dashboard/large windshield make the front feel very spacious. It's also so easy to fold down the back seats for extra cargo room. Finally, I like the new color (raspberry blue) that I was able to get on 2012 - it's nice having a unique car (and very easy to pick out in a parking lot)."
16 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By Pathman (VT) on Monday, December 26, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good on gas, handles well, hauls tons of stuff"
Cons: "bad OEM tires, small mirrors, low rent plastics"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Good on gas, anywhere from 31 to 46 mpg for me depending on what type of gas I run (reg, hi test or my preference unethanol hi test) Plain ol ethanolized regular nets 31 to 34 mpg for my normal driving. Ethanolized hi test nets 34 to 38 mpg normal driving. Nonethanol hi test nets 38 to 41 for my normal driving. Trip mileage on nonethanol hi test has been as hi as 46.1 mpg tho normally is 42 to 44 mpg. Comfort in my Fit Sport is surprisingly good on paved surfaces. However the car does not like dirt roads that are washboarded, gets squirrely real fast. Short wheelbase and low profile tires probably account for this. Cargo space is monsterous with back seats down. With them up it is substantially less but still good for shopping run. Also back seats fold up or down seperately so you can carry 3 people and a lot of stuff. The bottom of back seats fold UP and lock allowing for taller items to be hauled, a useful feature. Drivers side rear seat has storage compartment inside bottom of seat. Great for smuggling drugs! (Just kidding) I keep all my service records in it. Strange that passenger side does not have same feature tho. Back seat has good legroom, better than any other vehicle in its class. But dont kid yourself this car will carry only 4 people, not 5 unless the middle back seat person has a thing for pain. Interior fabric is, well....not the highest quality ever to be put in a car lets say. And as Henry Ford said about the Model T "You can have any color you want so long as it is black." Same with the Fit interior color pallete, Your color choice is Black, Black, or Black. My car came with no floor mats. I have heard that Honda has corrected that shortcoming, but in 2009 you had to spring extra $ for floor mats! Interior plastics are just that, plastic. no attempt to camoflauge it or give it an appealing texture. Just black plastic, and lots of it! As an aside a particular pet peeve of mine is that I do my own interior detailing and the dash is a detailers nightmare. It has more area than the state of Rhode Island and is deeper than the Laurentian Abyss with more peaks and valleys than Colorado. Good luck reaching everything! View from the drivers seat is panoramic, sooo much glass to see out of! All except the back hatch. For some reason the designers dropped the ball here. The wiper on the bottom of the window and the 3rd taillight on the top impinge on your vision rearwards and leave you a view slit about the size of the one on a Bradley APC. Very annoying when on the road. Now a word about tires. Car companies put the cheapest tires they can get away with on new cars. Honda is no exception. On top of that the Fit Sport has an oddball size tire (185/55R16) to begin with and there are only 2 companies that make that size tire. And none of the tires are very good. My car came with Bridgestone Turanza EL 470 tires. These are a "standard touring all season tire." They come with a 300 UTQG and sure enough at 30,000 miles they were shot. They were never any good in snow from day 1. 3 snowflakes in the road would have them skittering like someone had put marbles under them. When I replaced them I upsized the tires to a 205/50R16 size tire. This opened up a lot of possibilities as there are plenty of tire choices available in this size. I did a lot of research at Tire Rack and went with a General Altimax HP in the 205/50R16 size. My advice is to tell your Honda dealer to stuff his OEM tires and replace them with something else, but do your homework to see what tire will work best for you. Now on to the controls. Here Honda has a prince of a car. In fact every other car maker (including the Honda people who designed the nightmare controls in the Accord) should be required to study the buttons and layout of the Fit controls. Simple, intuitive and truly made to be touched by human hands! Kudos to the engineers involved with that aspect of the car. Sadly the ones that designed the rearview mirror, the side mirrors and the drop down visors were not Hondas best and brightest. The Mirrors are too short and small, and leave gaps that you could ....well drive a truck through. You CANNOT cover your side view with those clown car side mirrors. And the visors are too short to be of any use for anything. I have a 2002 Honda Odyssey and the visors have a built in extender you can pull out when you flip them to the side. Why didnt they do this with the Fit? OK one last gripe. The A/C. On a 750 mile trip from PEI in Canada to my home in Vermont in June 2011 the A/C was totally overwhelmed. I thought I had lost the freon it was so hot. I have not had the problem since, but 1 time was too many! Inspite of my gripes I actully do like the car. It is fun to drive, gets good gas mileage and can haul as much stuff as a Freightliner!"
16 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By smartandyoung (CA) on Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, great financing, roomy"
Cons: "high price, some cup holders are weird size"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I love this car! I tried out many different small vehicles when I was looking for a car. This is the only one that was zippy enough for me. It has a sleek interior and I am constantly getting the comment "Wow, this has plenty of leg room in the back!" when people get into my car - even from a guy who was 6'2. I love the way the seats fold down and to the side. I'm able to fit a ton into my car that most people who have normal sedans wouldn't be able to."
14 people out of 14 found this review helpful