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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.

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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
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 362 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

COMFY, SPORTY, BIG STORAGE, AWESOME IN MANY WAYS!

By on Thursday, June 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Easy to step out of for hurt knees & huge inside!"

Cons: "um......I don't know."

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

"Handles great, reliable, comfy, huge inside! sporty handling, it hugs the road & the fit sport feels more stable & race car grip the road style than other "rollerskate" cars. If you have knee problems or any leg / back issue get this car! The seat is higher or something, you never have to pull yourself up & out of it. And you see higher for safer driving. I fit an upright bass in this car! With the passenger seat down you can fit something 7feet long in the car, no joke. Honda fit is true to it's name. It's a magic clown car that fits tons of big items somehow, while handling & using gas like the little guy it is...awesome! Plus we call it our magic clown car because it Fits in every parking spot in the city. Even when it looks 2 inches big, somehow we park the car in it & then pull my bike out of it with ease & people double take. LOL PS - seats go down super easy & the sound system is good. Backseat is comfy for passengers and there's a ton of cup holders so it's really a great car. PS - Toyota is more expensive & overrated. Get a honda & save $ for same gas efficiency & I think way less blind spots & more comfort/real life use. ~"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

The Rabbit

By on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

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

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

"I love my honda fit! Crazy turning radius, paddle shifters fun on the highway, gas mileage is ridiculously amazing, can stick my bike in the back no problem, and hilarious to drive full of people. I joke that my whole life can fit in this car. And I'm also pretty proud of the tiny parallel parking places I can park this thing in. I say it's like a rabbit because it's speedy, jumpy, turns quickly and easily, and just keeps multiplying - I see these everywhere now! Bought it with 100,000 used and the mechanic couldn't believe mileage was so high, it was in such good shape."

140k and still drives new

By on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

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
8/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"No major repairs needed as of yet. 140k mileage and it still looks, acts, and drives brand new. Absolutely amazing car. Best I've ever purchased"

Pepy~takes on steep hills and climbs up them quick

By on Sunday, April 27, 2014

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Just got a nice deal on a 2012 Legacy 2.5 I Premium

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great value and gets about 32 mpg. on HWY."

Cons: "If you drive hard in the foothills = 24-30mpg."

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

"Back seat folds into 4 different configurations... for convenient loading of different size cargo.. Paint kooks great. I love the way it handles and drives. Minor nick and ding. Nice smoked glass windows."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

low power, corners better than by corvette

By on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"I lowered it with Tien coil overs, strut braces, sticky tires, and it is a rocket in the corners. Great quality. You can feel comfortable owning one with more than 100000 miles on it! I don't want to part with it but wife wants a jeep. Here comes the maintenance bills."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Stuff fits into my FIT

By on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Fuel milage OK, 35 mpg"

Cons: "Purchase Price too high, uncomfortable, poor ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"CONS: Too many bad design feature that make this car uncomfortable. Ride quality very harsh, VERY harsh. Car wanders all over the road, steering is over sensitive. Drivers side not enough leg room. Steering wheel too far forward, no telescopic wheel. Blinding bright blue radio panel in the middle of dash and dash lights are always on. Try parking in lovers lane and listening to the radio! Dome light switch hard to reach too far back. Honda does not have a low end option. I do not want: ABS, CD player, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, rear wiper, I DO want: oil pressure gauge, water temp gauge, Rear bumper lift over is too high and too narrow, bumpers gets scratched too easily. Black interior, too hot, too hard to clean. Carpet is a dirt catcher and still looks dirty after vacuuming. Front bumper is a flat surface and a bug catcher Windshield way too tall, the sun is always in my eyes. No intermittent wipers. No arm rests. Radio knobs hard to use, hit a bump while changing volume and you turn the radio off. The back of the rear seats collapsed when putting stuff into the back of the car when the magic seats are down. PROS: Magic seats are great. But the longest 2x4 you can put into the car is 7'10", you can't put an 8 foot 2x4 inside."

2 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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