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2011 Honda Fit

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2011 Honda Fit Review

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Having temporarily abandoned the subcompact car genre that helped established the brand, Honda has recently rejoined the game with its five-door Fit. The Fit represents a return to Honda's roots, a car that mimics the attitude and determination of the first Honda Civic but with modern day comfort and safety features unimaginable in the Civic's early years. Cute, frugal, fun-to-drive and above all else notoriously reliable, the Fit exists to challenge new entries such as Scion, Hyundai and MINI, as well as Toyota's Yaris Sedan. Although the Fit is priced a bit higher than most of its competitors, Honda offers a substantial number of standard features, plus one attribute you won't find on any option list: Outstanding resale value.

You'll Like This Car If...

Finding a compact car that can "fit" four full-size adults is not always easy, but the Fit can do just that and more. The 35-mpg Fit offers good fuel economy, excellent resale and reliability ratings and legendary Honda build quality.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Fit is cute, but it ain't cheap. If your starting point is in the $12-13K range and you don't care about the hatchback aspect, you'll probably want to start with the Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Aveo or Kia Rio. All three cars offer better highway fuel economy, while the Kia comes with a longer standard warranty.

What's New for 2011

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.

Driving the Fit

Driving Impressions Though we didn't expect the Fit to handle like a sports car, we were pleasantly surprised by its agile handling, precise steering and limited body roll and lean. The feeling...

behind the Fit's wheel gets even better when driving the Sport trim, which adds larger wheels and tires and a rear stabilizer bar. On the open road, the Fit's meager horsepower and torque have it struggling somewhat on moderate inclines, but the car proves eager when it comes to accelerating on the freeway or darting across intersections. Sport models outfitted with the automatic transmission feature paddle shifters that make downshifting for passing a snap. But, for all-around driving fun we still prefer the short throw five-speed manual transmission. In-cabin noise is fairly subdued for a subcompact and, overall, we found the Fit to be comfortable, with adequately bolstered seating and easy-to-reach climate and audio controls. Compared to many of its competitors, the Fit's driving dynamics feel more refined and confident.

Satellite Navigation
The available touch-screen navigation system includes a voice recognition feature that allows you to speak rather than type in commands. Without ever removing your hands from the wheel, you can control the navigation, locate the nearest gas station, even find restaurant by genre.

USB Connectivity
With this universally accepted connection, the Fit can accommodate portable audio players and USB storage devices which can be controlled via the car's audio system.

2011 Honda Fit Details
Interior

Where some recent Honda vehicles have been criticized for their conservative interiors, the Fit earns no such censure. From its super cool dash and blue-lit instrument cluster to the deeply sculpted door panels and seats, the 2011 Honda Fit offers a fun and functional interior. Honda engineers have loaded their little car with all sorts of storage areas, including places to stash everything from breath mints to cell phones to coffee cups. Overall interior space is impressive for this class, with ample headroom and legroom, both front and rear. Fold the Fit's rear seat flat, and the interior offers up a respectable 57.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity, more than either the Nissan Versa or Kia Rio5. Honda's "Magic Seat" may take some liberties in its name, but we must admit it's a pretty neat trick for the rear seat to fold flush without having to remove the headrest. For maximum cargo hauling, the Fit's front seat can be folded flat, providing enough space for items up to seven feet, nine-inches long.

Exterior

The 2011 Honda Fit draws inspiration from a number of sources, but to our eyes it is the clear descendent of the late '80s Honda Civic wagon, a car that has an almost cult-like following among Honda fanatics. The tall roof line and doors make it easy for tall folk to climb in and out, and the ample use of glass, especially forward of the front door, gives everyone inside a clear, unobstructed view. The Fit's long wheelbase provides maximum interior room, as well as a more stable and comfortable ride. With large, sharply angled headlamps, an aggressively styled lower air dam and a super cab-forward design, the Fit's styling is eye-catching enough to have mass appeal beyond its intended 20-something demographic. Toss in the Sport trim's 16-inch alloy wheels, color-key lower body kit and rear spoiler, and the economically minded Fit looks anything but a boring sub compact.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2011 Honda Fit includes a five-speed manual transmission, power door locks and windows, power mirrors, a rear wiper/washer, 15-inch wheels with full covers, 60/40-split second-row Magic Seat with under-seat storage, cruise control, remote keyless entry, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with four speakers, a USB audio interface, and an auxiliary audio input jack. Safety features include dual front airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, electronic traction and stability control (VSA), anti-lock brakes, and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).

Optional Equipment

One trim up is the Sport, which includes a security system, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, color-key side mirrors, chrome exhaust finishers, a six-speaker sound system and, with the automatic transmission, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Exterior upgrades include an underbody kit, a roofline spoiler, fog lights, rear stabilizer bar and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Sport trim can also be ordered with Honda's satellite-linked navigation with voice recognition software. An automatic transmission is available for both trims.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Honda Fit has a 1.5-liter engine equipped with Honda's advanced i-VTEC system. The i-VTEC varies the intake and exhaust valve events, which in turn enhances performance while still achieving good fuel economy and low emissions. The Fit comes in two different flavors: Manual and automatic. The automatic version uses a three-mode system: a normal drive mode; a sport mode, which holds off shifting gears for maximum performance; and a manual mode, which allows the driver to shift gears with the paddle shifters.

1.5-liter in-line four
117 horsepower @ 6600 rpm
106 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 (manual, Sport automatic), 28/35 (automatic)

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2011 Honda Fit Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 288 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

I have never been more satisfied with a car.

By on Sunday, June 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "outstanding value when new and outstanding value now"

Cons: "a bit light for highway driving at 65 mph"

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

"In 57 years of driving this is my favorite car. In the 67K I have driven since new I have replaced brakes once and tires twice. I don't smoke nor allow anyone to in the car, so it smells fine. I have had work done on AC system twice, minor each time. I have kept records of gas mileage which has exceeded the epa estimates. I have changed the oil and filters every 5k and always used full synthetic oil. My only regret has been that I did not buy more options on the car. I rarely do, so it surprised no one that it is a basic car. I may sell it to someone and I may not depending on what I am offered."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

The best car I have ever owned.

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

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

Pros: "gas mileage, hauls alot, fun, seats fold flat"

Cons: "a little pricey, colors limited"

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

"I bought my Honda Fit new and have had it for five years. It STILL seems new! I have driven it HARD! I take many long-distance (over 1200 miles) trips per year and am 100 percent confident in this car getting me where I need to go. It has never required servicing other than routine maintenance. This car is small and gets great gas mileage, yet has interior space that can haul a lot! I can fit my small Kayak INSIDE the car, with the seats folded down. This car can fit furniture, tall boxes, lamps, etc. I LOVE it!! I will definitely buy another one when this one gets "old", (which doesn't seem like it will happen any time soon, because it's still running strong.)"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

You Can't Miss With This Car!

By on Thursday, June 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability, fun to drive, utility"

Cons: "MIddling gas mileage."

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

"I thought my 2003 Civic was the best car I ever owned until I bought my Fit. Nothing, and I mean nothing, has gone wrong with it in 3 years. Oil changes, 1 set of front brake pads and a set of front tires. That's it. Excellent for utility & fun to drive. The only drawback is that, for being a small car, the mileage is only acceptable. For mixed city/freeway I get around 27 mpg. Not bad, but I would have expected 30+."

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great first car

By on Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Low price, fun to drive, comfortable, good space"

Cons: "Average mileage, can be $$$ to repair, weird shape"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought my 2011 Honda fit used in February 2015. The car had about 76,000 miles on it at the time of purchase, and since then I have added a little over 6,000 more miles. I LOVE this car. It drives very well, and the mileage is decent. Both of my parents have heavy cars that are no fun to drive, so getting the fit was like purchasing a golf cart in a family that drives tanks. The outside of the car has a very sleek look to it, although my fit didn't come with a wing on it so, I will admit, it looks a little like a misshaped egg. When I first got into the car, I thought it looked a little shabby, everything has a very plastic look to it. This is probably due to everything being plastic. The seats are comfortable, and the passenger seat has a pouch on the back which is great for holding the owner's manual so it doesn't take up room in one of the two glove boxes (WHICH ARE VERY CONVENIENT). By far my favorite feature of this car is the 10 cup holders. 10. Flippin. Cup holders. That is 2 cup holders for each person in my car at maximum capacity. THINK OF ALL THOSE CUPS. On either side of the emergency break, there are little rectangle shaped holders that fit my phone and wallet really well so there's somewhere to put them while I'm driving so that I don't need to use any of my 10 cup holders. For a small car, the fit has lots of room, especially when you fold down the back seats. I'd imagine you could fit even more cups in all that space. When it comes to the car's performance on the road, it's a little above average. The car speeds up very quickly, and the gas pedal can be very touchy so you really have to ease onto it. Getting used to this car was quite the trip, to say the least. Another perk is being able to fit in almost any parking spot. I like to imagine this is why its called the Fit. I have backed in between two big trucks that were both parked over the line with a few inches to spare on each side. On a note of safety, I got in an accident in my Fit, and I'll admit it didn't do so well. Although the accident was small, none of the airbags went off despite impact to the drivers side, and the front left tire blew out. Lots of dents marginally larger than they would be on a heavier car. I'd say the car is easily damaged. Aside from that, I read a lot of reviews before buying this car, and I was afraid of a few things. Internal noise was a big one, and all I have to say is DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. The internal noise can seem like a lot if you're used to heavier cars, but turn up the radio and the noise is gone. Many people complained about the speakers as well, and I'd say they're really good given the price of this car. There are many complaints, but I'm no critic. Its a cute car, it drives well, its reliable, considerably safe, and has lots of cup holders. I'd recommend this to first time drivers and to people who want a small car that can still handle cargo."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

great car for firs time car buyer

By on Friday, May 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,500

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "price, small, roomy interior, cup holders, fun"

Cons: "stiff drivers seat, too light"

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

"This car is a great value for the price and all the optional add ons. Its reliable, rides easy and only has minor disavantages. its a bit light, so driving in windy conditions is a bit daunting and the driver seat could be more comfy, even after 7 years its a bit stiff. Other than those two little things i love this car. I can go places lager vehicles cant get and fit in more parking spaces in the city. Despite looking small, its increadibly roomy and fits a ton of stuff the way the seats fold down. More thatn enough cup holders and very sleek."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

My 2nd Honda Fit and am gonna buy a third!

By on Monday, March 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great Price, versatile storage, clear bluetooth"

Cons: "Int. cabin noise, NAVI , rough ride"

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

"For it's class, the Honda Fit has VERY flexible interior storage. I moved a 46" flat screen TV in it's box!!! The interior noise can be a little loud, although greatly improved since 2009 (way outdated NAVI technology sent me down a few dead-ends, even with map updates). GREAT on gas for highway, up to 45 MPH on long distances, but city averaging about 29. Great reliability overall. I am looking forward to buying the 2015 Sport this Spring with many upgrades, ie. improved NAVI, heated leather seats, sunroof (which I miss since my CIVIC EX), CVT transmission, camera for turning, and improved gas mileage. ~ A Dedicated Honda owner since 1991!"

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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