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2007 Honda Fit

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2007 Honda Fit Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

Fuel economy and a flexible floor plan are this Honda's hallmarks. Those who like their small cars big on the inside will find the Fit a good fit. Adult-sized room front and rear plus cargo space is rare in a subcompact. Rare, too, are trips to the gas station in the Fit, with an EPA estimated 33 miles per gallon in the city, and 38 on the highway.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Fit's "park it anywhere" dimensions are easy to live with, and especially prized in the cozy confines of city driving. However, if jousting with trucks and SUV's on the highway in a small subcompact makes you uncomfortable, you might be happier in a larger car.

What's New for 2007

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.

Driving the Fit
Driving Impressions

The Fit's subcompact size and good pickup make it well suited for skating through traffic. As with most small-engine cars, the Fit responds best with a manual transmission....

... Passing takes planning, but highway travel is unstressed. The shifter has a snappy action, and the suspension has a notably polished feel for a small economy car. Ride and handling rival anything in the subcompact class. The electric power steering has a comfortable heft, and sight lines for the driver are good. It's rare to find this much head and leg room for four people in a vehicle this size. Outdoor types will appreciate the ability to pack a mountain bike in back with wheels on, or flop down the front seat and slide surfboards, skis or snowboards inside for the ride.

Flexible Floor Plan
The Fit's most endearing trait is its flexible floor plan. Clever design allows the seats to be easily and intuitively configured in many usable layouts. This small car is deceptively large inside, and its ability to handle people or parcels in any combination is unusual in any segment, and especially among subcompacts.

Refined Handling
With a stick shift and a bit of twisty road, the Fit is surprisingly entertaining to drive. The suspension comes in for most of the praise here. The chassis has a level of refinement in ride and handling that belies its price point.

2007 Honda Fit Details
2007 Honda Fit photo Interior

The Fit's cabin impresses with its design and utility. It's surprisingly big inside for a small car, with room for six footers in both rows - something that can't be said about many subcompacts. Cargo space ranges from 21.3 cubic feet to 41.9 cubic feet, depending on how you configure the split rear seats. The Fit has a low floor, and the seats fold flush to maximize room. Rear seatbacks can be flipped up, so that you can store items up to 50 inches tall inside. The front passenger seat doubles forward to accommodate long items, be they surfboards or step ladders. Finally, both front and rear seats recline, turning the Fit's cabin into a chaise lounge on wheels. The acrobatic seats transition easily to the desired floor plan, thanks to intuitive controls. Dashboard switchgear is easy to reach and simple to use. Sport level seats are well-bolstered for support, though they lack an inside arm rest to park your elbow on. The combination of a low floor and tall roofline make for enough headroom to withstand a stovepipe hat revival.

Exterior
2007 Honda Fit photo

Some cars, like some people, look better in person than they do in pictures. So it is with Fit. The sharp sloping nose and slash-cut headlamps give it a fresh, modern face, but the degree of drop-off also means that the driver will never see the front end of the car from inside. Compared to the Civic, the new entry is 3.5 inches taller, 19.2 inches shorter and 2.8 inches narrower. The side view shows Fit's small-but-tall design, hinting at the utility inside. The rear section cuts off quickly, with little overhang. Overall, the lines suggest function more than fashion.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Honda's latest entry features a high level of standard safety gear, including dual front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, and anti-lock brakes. An AM/FM/CD sound system with four speakers is included, as are air conditioning and a handful of power assists for windows, mirrors, door locks and steering.

Optional Equipment

The Fit is offered in two trim levels. The step-up, "Sport" version adds both dress up items for the body and upgrades for the cabin. Among the former are a rear roofline spoiler and rocker panel flares, fog lamps and 15-inch alloy rims. Counted among the latter is an upgrade to the audio system (200 watts, six speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability with an auxiliary input jack) as well as cruise control. Sport models also boast a security system with keyless remote entry and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter controls (on vehicles equipped with automatic transmission). Owners can choose from over 30 dealer-installed accessories to personalize their purchase. Selections include interior/exterior trim and an Apple iPod Music Link.

Under the Hood

Honda offers one motor and two transmission choices in the Fit. Though small in size, the 1.5-liter engine has enough power to feel lively around town and cruises comfortably at highway speeds. Buyers who choose the five-speed automatic transmission in Sport models have the option of using paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Paddles are a novelty in this segment, but if you like to shift it yourself, you're advised to try the five-speed manual. The shifter has a short throw and a fun feel, and the engine is more responsive with the stick. The engine gets a little loud in its upper registers, something that is more noticeable in automatic-equipped models.

1.5-liter in-line 4
109 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
105 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 33/38 (manual), 31/38 (automatic), 31/37 (Sport automatic)

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2007 Honda Fit Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 385 Ratings for the 2007 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.8/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Outstanding vehicle

By on Thursday, June 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Excellent value. Practical, Dependable"

Cons: "We dont have any cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is an amazing vehicle. We've owned all kinds of cars/trucks including Benz. We bought new. Have restored 2 homes and have carried mulch, pavers, drywall, ladders (6' ladder fits inside with the hatch closed), rocks, paint, tile, mortar, dogs and people. The inside is TARDIS big and we've used every square inch of it. A full size dishwasher "fits" and the hatch closes. Very economical, powerful enough to have fun with. The paddle shifters allow spirited driving. After almost 150,000 miles,all it's needed were 4 sets of tires, 2 brake jobs, a headlight bulb and a few sets of wiper blades. All components still work and work well. Looking ahead at the new HRV and HOPING/PRAYING it's as good as this Honda is."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Perfect First Car

By on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great Value, Fuel Economy, Cargo Space"

Cons: "No Aux/Bluetooth, Road Noise, No Cruise Control"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this car used with 60k miles as my first car and I couldn't be happier with it. By far a better value than it's competitors. My favorite thing about the car is the magic seat; frequently use "tall" and "utility" mode. Little things like reclining rear seat, power locks and windows, are included in the base model. I'm pleased with how well this vehicle holds its value and it feels very safe (side curtain airbags and good/great ratings). I could keep this car for a long time and I know it will last. For the money, you can't get a better starter vehicle. There are negatives that have been addressed in newer models, for me road noise is very loud and I hate driving on the highway when its very windy. Sidenote: My boyfriend is 6'7 and regularly drives, legroom could obviously be better, but plenty of headroom. If you drive mostly in the city and enjoy great fuel economy, safety, and value, this is a great car."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Handy little compact; front too low to the ground.

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,100

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Bought new 2008 and loved it at first. Handles well and is fun to drive. Has good gas mileage and lots of interior space for small car. In spite of consistent maintenance there has been a problem with acceleration and choking of engine when outside temperatures are hot, especially when A/C on. It's even worse while climbing a hill. Dealership has not figured it out. Front end easily scrapes on street surfaces and driveway entrances. Driver seat is not comfortable on long trips even with numerous adjustments. I will trade it in even though I had intended at first to keep it for a long time. But I will buy a different Honda - love them!"

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Red Honda Fit 2008 great reliable car , manual

By on Friday, December 4, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 161,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great to drive, great gas milage, low maintenance"

Cons: "Exterior paint is slightly worn"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Honda Fit 2008. Car has had one owner and well maintained . It is red in color. It has been low in maintenance and repairs, great on gas with high 35 + MPG. Manual transmission, Battery only a year old. Car interior is great for its size and comfort. It can be reconfigured to store much gear and material by folding of the seats . Good visibility , Small car but roomy inside"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great Car!

By on Monday, September 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 215,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great value, handles well, RELIABLE"

Cons: "road noise but not overbearing"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I'm a car guy and this car is very reliable. I have owned the car since 173k and I now have 215k. The car still runs well. The only issues I've addressed are wear and tear parts which were the brakes, engine/transmission mounts, shocks and springs, replacement of transmission oil seal and starter. The car still starts right up. This is a great car for the price. As stated by others, the only con would probably be road noise, but its an economy car so it's a lightweight car that focuses on reliability and best consumer value. The car also handles very well for a fwd little hatchback. I plan on keeping this car for as long as possible. It gets around 30mpg which isn't as much as other cars but with the better design, reliability, and durable interior its not a bad trade off."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Good gas mileage, low maintenance.

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,554

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I previously owned a Honda Civic. I had it for 16 years and over 400K miles. Did not have any major problems, mostly routine maintenance due to normal driving wear and tear. My current Honda FIT (2007 model) has been very reliable."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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