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2013 Honda Fit

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2013 Honda Fit Review

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More people are discovering you don't have to pay a lot to get a lot of car. Such is the case with the 2013 Honda Fit, a subcompact 5-door that is surprisingly roomy, loaded with cool features, and pretty darn cute to boot. Taller than most cars its size, the Fit offers upright seating with ample headroom and legroom both front and rear. And, because it's a Honda, the Fit naturally gets great gas mileage while concurrently delivering a high level of fun-to-drive. For those who would rather wave goodbye to gasoline altogether, there's the new all-electric Fit EV. Granted, competitors like Ford's Fiesta, Chevy's Sonic and Kia's Rio5 are equally attractive, but Honda has been in the small car game a lot longer, and that carries some weight.

You'll Like This Car If...

If finding a small car that can comfortably fit four adults for around $16,000 seems like a pipe dream, its time to wake up. The Honda Fit not only qualifies, it also gets around 35 mpg on the highway and holds its value better than just about anything in its class.

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While its fuel economy figures are not bad, they pale compared to the 40-mpg numbers posted by cars like the Kia Rio5, Ford Fiesta and Chevy Sonic. Also, the sedan versions of those cars cost less than the 5-door only Honda Fit.

What's New for 2013

Joining the lineup for 2013, the new battery-electric Fit EV represents Honda's first attempt at a modern electric car in the U.S. market. Given its $37,000-plus sticker price (final cost after the 36-month lease, incentives included), only 1,100 copies will be produced over the next three years, with availability limited to all but a handful of states.

Driving the Fit

Driving Impressions If you're expecting the 2013 Honda Fit to handle like a miniature Civic Si, think again. However, we admit we were surprised how much fun this car is, especially considering...

its subcompact status. We like the Fit's precise steering and its ability to keep its poise during hard cornering. The feeling gets even better when behind the Sport trim's steering wheel, which features paddle shifters on models equipped with the automatic transmission. The Honda Fit Sport is equipped with larger wheels and more aggressive tires, as well as a thick rear stabilizer bar, giving it a more playful attitude. With only 117-horsepower under the hood, the Honda Fit sometimes has to struggle on steep hills or when asked to overtake slower traffic. But in normal freeway driving, the little Fit seems eager to please and has no problem merging from onramps or keeping up with fast-moving traffic.

SATELLITE NAVIGATION
The available touchscreen navigation system inside the 2013 Honda Fit includes a voice recognition feature that allows you to speak rather than type in commands. Without ever removing your hands from the steering wheel, you can control the navigation, locate the nearest gas station, and even find restaurants by genre.

USB CONNECTIVITY
With this universally accepted connection, the 5-door Fit can accommodate portable audio players and USB storage devices, which can be controlled via the car's audio system.

2013 Honda Fit Details
2013 Honda Fit photo Interior

Where recent Honda interiors have been criticized for being too conservative, the 2013 Fit clearly didn't get the memo. Blue-lit gauges are surrounded by a curvaceous instrument panel flanked by equally elaborate door panels and seats. The Fit's interior is as fun as it is functional, with high seating positions both front and back, and generous headroom and legroom all around. When not carrying passengers, the rear seats fold flat to create a respectable 57.3 cubic-feet of cargo space. That's more cargo room than in the Nissan Versa or Kia Rio5!

Exterior
2013 Honda Fit photo

Designed with Americans in mind, the 2013 Honda Fit's tall roof and doors make it easy to get into and out of, while the generous expanse of glass, including triangular mini windows ahead of the front doors, gives everyone inside a clear view out. A long wheelbase gives the Fit a smooth ride and a more stable platform – it also increases the amount of legroom available to rear-seat passengers. The Sport trim takes things as step further, with a color-keyed lower body kit and spoiler, black headlamp bezels and dark "machine-finished" 16-inch alloy wheels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base Honda Fit hatchback for 2013 includes a 5-speed manual transmission, power door locks and windows, power mirrors, a rear-window wiper/washer, 15-inch wheels with full covers, 60/40-split second-row with under-seat storage, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescoping 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 side-curtain airbags, electronic traction and stability control, and antilock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution.

Optional Equipment

One trim up is the Fit Sport, which includes a security system, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, color-keyed side mirrors, chrome exhaust finishers, a 6-speaker sound system and, with the 5-speed automatic transmission, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Exterior upgrades include an underbody kit, a roofline spoiler, fog lights, rear stabilizer bar and 16-inch dark "machine surface" finished alloy wheels. The Sport trim can also be ordered with Honda's satellite-linked navigation with voice recognition software, but requires the automatic transmission.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Honda Fit 5-door has a 1.5-liter engine equipped with Honda's advanced i-VTEC system. The i-VTEC setup varies the intake and exhaust valve actuation to enhance performance while still achieving good fuel economy and low emissions. The Fit transmissions come in two different 5-speed flavors: manual and automatic. The automatic version uses a 3-mode system: a "normal" drive mode, a "sport" mode that holds off shifting gears for maximum performance, and a "manual" mode, which allows the driver to shift gears with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. From zero rpm, the Fit EV's permanent magnet electric motor pushes a whopping 189 lb-ft of peak torque through a single-speed gearbox. Once the battery is depleted, a full recharge using the standard 120-volt power supply takes roughly 15 hours, while a 240-volt source (not included) requires only three.

1.5-liter 4-cylinder
117 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm
106 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 mpg (manual, Sport automatic), 28/35 mpg (automatic)

AC synchronous electric motor
20 kWh lithium-ion battery pack
92 kW/123 horsepower @ 3,695-10,320 rpm (sport mode)
189 lb-ft of torque @ 0-3,056 rpm 
EPA-estimated range: 82 miles

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2013 Honda Fit Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 288 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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  • 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 6 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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