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2011 Honda Fit

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2011 Honda Fit Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.4

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 292 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

Fun to drive! Roomy & comfortable! Easy maintenanc

By on Sunday, July 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,800

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price; good gas milage; fun to drive"

Cons: "4 cylinder. Harder to accelerate especially uphill"

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

"Ive had this car for a year and a half, and I have made many trips to beaches & mountains. Fun to drive and holds a lot of stuff! I also feel safe in this car even though its a small hatchback. I would totally get another Fit!!"

If you think your VIBE is a monster, try the FIT.

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Million cup holders. Great for family trips"

Cons: "Wished it had a better seating material"

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

"I was so much worried when i had to let my 2004 Pontiac Vibe go around $5800. It was a good deal for me and i the money needed so i sold it. A month late, i bought an Accident 2009 Honda Fit sports Manual Transmission. At the beginning, i was shocked how expensive the headlight and the glass cost and was disappointed. Long Story Short, i bought the car $1900 and spent $800 to fix. It only had 75000 miles. The fun started the first time i drove to Troy, Ohio for Salvage inspection, as small as the car was, it did 90 miles per hour at lease, at some point i let go of the wheel for almost a minute and it kept going straight. The Aux is awesome and the speakers are great. I get 34-36 mpg on high and 32-34 in the city. As much as i drive between 2 jobs, i only spend the max of $25 to fill the gas every 2 weeks. I love the oil monitor that tells you what percentage the oil is. The manual shift so smooth that you cant even tell from the rear seat that the gear has been switched. I have made multiple trips across ohio (Cinnati, Cleveland, and Dayton) and this monster have never let me down. After putting 2000 miles on it within a month purposely, I'm overly impressed and excited to have a perfect replacement for my Vibe. Now my Flashy Camry can take a vacation during the week and be used for special occasions. Will buy again, again and again."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Highly recommended. My third Honda.

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

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
10/10

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

"I love this car. Wonderful town car, easy to park, very comfortable not only for the driver but also back seat passengers. Outstanding gas mileage. This is my third Honda (previously two were Accords) and I was not disappointed in the Fit."

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Fun car to drive

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Reasonable price, great value, fun to drive"

Cons: "Needs a 300cc larger engine"

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

Little brother to our other Honda, a 2006 Pilot

"I bought this car as a one year old used vehicle off the dealer's lot. I needed a car that was economical for my daily 25 mile one way commute to work. I wanted a manual transmission thinking that I wanted to be in control of what gear I was in given the small engine size. This car fit the bill perfectly, plus it was bright red (the better to be seen). It has been on a couple of 2,500 mile round trip visits to see family in Texas while attaining 35mpg at 70+ mph on the Interstate. The ride is a little stiffer than a Cadillac, but it handles like a go-kart due to the lower & wider profile tires I had installed on it. It is a fun car to drive, especially in the twisties."

1 person out of 5 found this review helpful

Little brother to our other Honda, a 2006 Pilot

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."

8 people out of 17 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.)"

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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