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2013 Honda Fit

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2013 Honda Fit Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.2

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.

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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 303 Ratings for the 2009 - 2013 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

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
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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
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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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