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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 303 Ratings for the 2009 - 2013 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

If Im gonna buy another car I will get another Fit

By on Monday, July 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 83,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Greta Price, Fuel saver, SPACE"

Cons: "?"

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

"It,s incredible spacious, you would not believe what I had loaded in my car, I use it as a family car and I use it for my business, I've being able to load 42 Boxes of 14"x10"x10" full of Flyers, Brochures, Roll Labels and Custom Packaging. I don't need to rent a Pick up truck in Hole Depot to transport Boards, Doors, Cabinets, Counter Tops, you Name it. In the city it makes 37 mpg, in highways 40 or more, we go everywhere in this car, I love it"

Great value in an exceptionally practical car

By on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Value"

Cons: "No sun roof in my model year."

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

"I bought my Fit new in 2011. It has manual transmission and I have been able to average consistently well over 40 mpg. (I am a careful driver and I don't usually accelerate quickly.) I have found that many cars don't have enough leg room for me, but the internal design of the Fit is comfortable in the front seats. (The back seats are pretty good--not too cramped.) The most amazing thing about the Fit is how much it can hold in the back. I'll be going back to Honda for another Fit in a year or two."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Comfortable, responsive & fun to drive

By on Monday, June 6, 2016

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

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: "good price, fun to drive, great storage space"

Cons: "OK gas mileage, a little noisy"

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

"The car is fun to drive. Has all the amenities you might want in a small car. No service needed in 2 years except for oil changes. No service needed in 5 years on the 2009 Fit previously owned."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Most reliable car I've ever owned

By on Friday, June 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

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
8/10

Pros: "Bullet-proof, fuel economy, cargo, handling"

Cons: "a bit loud on freeways, slightly stiff ride"

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

"My first new car was a 1977 Accord (the second year there was an Accord). I've now owned nearly a dozen over the years and this 2009 Fit is actually the most reliable and probably the best. Fuel economy is FANTASTIC. All day, every day she gets 35+ MPG and regularly 40+ on the interstates. We ordered every option available at the time and will shortly be getting a new 2016 Fit with the addition of leather interior and moonroof. Value is the name of the game with this car - unmatched by anything in it's class (or probably ANY class). Two small repairs - both under $80 and one recall on the A/C which was no cost to us. Just change the oil, new tires and brakes - that's it. The Fit is the ideal car for a new driver with excellent outward visibility, wonderful handling (think a 5 door Miata) and great crash tests ratings. The amount of things you can carry with this car must be seen to be believed. It's actually only slightly smaller in cargo that our 2003 CR-V. The only improvement I'd suggest would be additional sound insulation (done on the new model) and additional gears (no more 5 spd., new one will be a CVT). My wife actually wants the new 2016 Fit over a Lexus RX-350. I know they are not even remotely in the same class but I mention it to indicate just how satisfying a car this really is. If you can find a one-owner used Fit with decent mileage - just buy it!"

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Not the perfect car, but good purchase

By on Monday, May 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,138

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good mpg, fits a ton"

Cons: "Struggles to pass, merge. Hard to find parts."

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

"I bought this car used in 2014 with 42k miles on it. I had researched the heck out of it and had initially ruled the Fit out because of serious complaints about wind resistance/difficulty keeping it on the road at high speeds. When I took this car out for a test drive that is the first thing that I tested. Maybe it's because the '09 is bigger than its predecessors or because of the exterior sport styling of this particular vehicle that alters how it handles but this is an issue that I found to be non-existent. I happily bought the car the next day. The "Fit" really does do just that-I have stashed all kinds of stuff in the hatch by laying the seats flat (essentially making it a 2-seater car for months at a time). From a full 7 pc. drumset to a recliner to ten 50 lb. bags of mulch, etc. this car takes it all with no complaint. It handles well and delivers a fun ride with very little troubles. Do not be duped by the "sport" handle, there is very little sportiness about it, especially given that the engine struggles mightily up hills or with more than 2 adults in the car. Gas mileage is great- avg 34 mpg combined. Some complaints: interior is hard cheap plastic, seats can be uncomfortable if driving for more than 4 hours, A/C unit was quite bad when living in hot, humid NC. Unit would go in and out of cold air/warm air even when cycling inside car, having all appropriate knobs turned, etc. Also A/C knob, volume knob for stereo gets very hot to the touch for no reason. Gas light comes on about 50 miles too early. One of the bigger complaints I have is that for some reason, every car part is abnormal, small and hard to find. Don't expect to easily pick up a new battery when the old one dies-most stores don't carry this particular size. Had to change out a tire recently and due to the unusual size had to pay twice as much for the tire itself, not to mention that no store in the region carried it. Had one shipped in, paying more for that too. So, not the perfect car with a fair amount of negatives but still enjoying my purchase."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Perfect car for me!

By on Sunday, April 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

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: "Fun car!"

Cons: "Not the fastest freeway entry."

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

"My favorite car ever! Small enough for even the smallest parking areas, great fuel economy, 10 cup holders, easy fold down rear seats, large cargo area in the back, did I mention the 10 cup holders!! Love the convenience of all the cup holders!!!"

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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