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2008 Honda Fit

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2008 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 sport utility vehicles, bigger is usually better, and our cars follow suit. For years, Honda's smallest stateside car has been the Civic. However, the Civic has grown in size and price over the years; so much so that, as the Civic moved upstream, a gap began to appear at the entry level. Korean manufacturers have, quite happily, been working to fill the void, but now Honda rejoins the battle for subcompact supremacy, with the neat, nifty and efficient 2008 Honda 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 usable cargo space, is rare in a subcompact. Rare, too, are trips to the gas station in the Fit, with an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon in the city and 34 on the highway.

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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 sport utility vehicles on the highway in a small subcompact makes you uncomfortable, you might be happier in a larger car.

What's New for 2008

For 2008, the Fit receives a standard tire-pressure monitoring system.

Driving the Fit

Driving Impressions The Fit's subcompact size and good acceleration make it well-suited for skating through traffic. As with most small-engine cars, the 2008 Honda 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 with its wheels on in back, 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, as the chassis has a level of refinement in ride and handling that belies its price point.

2008 Honda Fit Details
2008 Honda Fit photo Interior

The 2008 Honda 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 upon 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 folds 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 versatile 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 for your elbow. The combination of a low floor and tall roofline make for enough headroom to withstand a stovepipe hat revival.

Exterior

Some cars look better in the metal, plastic and glass than they do in pictures. So it is with the 2008 Honda Fit. The sharp-sloping nose and slash-cut headlamps give it a fresh, modern face, but the degree of drop-off at that nose also means that the driver will never see the front end of the car from inside. Compared to the Civic, the Fit 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 ends abruptly, 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 anti-lock brakes and dual front, front-side and side-curtain airbags. An AM/FM/CD sound system with four speakers is included, as are air conditioning and 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 Sport interior features are an upgrade to the audio system (200 watts, six speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability with an auxiliary input jack), cruise control, 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 purchases. Selections include interior and exterior trim items, 16-inch wheels and an Apple iPod Music Link.

Under the Hood

Honda offers one engine 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 it 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 under harder acceleration, 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: 28/34 (manual), 27/34 (automatic), 27/33 (Sport automatic)

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2008 Honda Fit Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 371 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

One of the best cars I ever owned

By on Saturday, February 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 152,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price, good driver, reliable"

Cons: "A/C system not real robust and parts are expensive"

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

"My 2008 Fit Sport has decent appearance, good gas mileage, plenty of room and great features. On the down side, some additional options would have been nice to have (no sunroof or moon roof, passenger lighted mirror, center storage compartment). Also, the parts keep going up in cost every year. However....it appears Honda has added many improved things to the new 2016 models...YAY! I would definitely buy another one. Ours has been a real workhorse."

Great car!

By on Sunday, January 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 146,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fast acceleration from a stop, gas mileage, safety"

Cons: "Slow acceleration when passing"

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

"Purchased this one on 2006 and have had almost no mechanical problems. Love the interior design with the fold-down rear seats and cargo space! Much better power than I would have expected from a 4 cylinder. Does very well on steep climbs, good for mountain driving. Handles avoidance maneuvers well with no loss of control. Gets between 30 and 35 mpg consistently. Would definitely buy another one!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

I can sleep fully flat in it. Gas mileage is 33.

By on Saturday, January 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 81,225

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, good gas mileage and looks sharp!"

Cons: "None that I can think of!"

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

"Love my Fit! I can go to Burning Man and sleep fully flat in it with the seats moved up, and I am 5'8"!. I use an air mattress and can even fit my large 11 year old grandson in with me. Love and use the power shifters, I commute 100 miles every day, no problem with enough power to pass other vehicles. I get at least 30 MPG and often get 33 or 35 MPG. Very reliable and fun to drive!"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Highly recommend the Fit

By on Friday, December 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 181,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"I've had my Fit for 7 years and have put some serious mileage on it. It's been super reliable and has transitioned with me as my life has changed. Started out with a long commute, active travel lifestyle, and no kids. Now I've got 2 young kids (with carseats), a dog, and still a long commute. Great gas mileage, and it has a surprisingly large storage capacity, especially when you fold seats down. Great for maneuvering through small spaces, parking in tight spots, and zipping around town. I'd highly recommend it to anyone considering a small car. I wish the wipers had a speed between the lowest and second setting, but that might be different in newer models."

This has been the BEST by far car purchase EVER!

By on Thursday, November 20, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 221,000

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
10/10

Pros: "In 2007, $17 grand was a great price, feel safe"

Cons: "I cannot think of one!"

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

"I love this car! I has great acceleration, it handles well in ALL types of weather. I has taken me MANY miles along the highway, with great gas mileage! There is plenty of room for cargo and the versatility of combination to create cargo space is great! About 98% of my miles that I put on are highway miles. The cruise control comes in very handy on long trips! I would purchase another 2007 Honda Fit Sport package in a minute!!!"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Would NOT recommend

By on Friday, October 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Cargo room"

Cons: "HORRIBLE mileage, no let room"

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

"Purchased this brand new to replace my 2002 Honda Civic that was totaled by a distracted driver. I specifically asked for a vehicle that would get the same mileage as my Civic (33/40). I was assured that the Honda Fit would get the same or better. I do not get anywhere NEAR that kind of mileage. I am lucky to get 22/26. When I asked the dealer, I was repeatedly told that I needed to break the engine in, that I haven't given it enough of a chance, etc. So I continued to drive it, and it has never received the kind of mileage that they promised. The leg room is not very friendly to anyone over 5'10". The carpet on the drivers' side has lifted and bunched up behind the brake pedal. We have to constantly stretch the carpet and tack it back down. Now that the car is paid off and no longer out of warranty, one of the issues that we complained about from the beginning, reared its ugly head again. Due to the location of where it happened, we were forced to take it to the dealership only to be told that it would cost us $1200 to fix it!! We said we would take it somewhere else where we were quoted $900 to do the same work. They finally agreed to match the quote (if you can call $978 matching) but if we took it elsewhere, it would cost us $148 for them to put it back together and would take them about 2 hours to do so. Other than the cargo room, I would not recommend this car to ANYONE."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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