Despite its diminutive exterior dimensions, the subcompact Honda Fit hatchback actually boasts a relatively roomy and flexible cabin. Honda recently gave the nimble-handling Fit a mild update that included more standard equipment.
While the Fit's overall length measures just 161.6 inches, the interior provides an impressive passenger volume of 90.8 cubic feet along with 20.6 cubic feet of cargo. The rear Magic Seat provides convenient one-motion dive-down functionality and can fold flat into the floor to create a rear cargo volume of 57.3 cubic feet.
The exclusive 60/40 split rear Magic Seat offers multiple seating and cargo-carrying configurations - tall object mode, long object mode and utility mode - in addition to the standard five-passenger mode.
The exterior design provides excellent outward visibility and contributes to the vehicle's aggressive, sporty stance. The 1.5-liter, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine is tuned to deliver a combination of power and fuel economy. The engine produces 117 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm.
A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a five-speed automatic transmission is available. Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters on Fit Sport models equipped with the available automatic transmission allow for manual gear selection.
The Fit equipped with the available automatic transmission has an EPA rating of 28 city, 35 highway miles per gallon, while the auto-equipped Fit Sport has an EPA fuel economy rating of 27 city, 33 highway miles per gallon. All models equipped with the standard five-speed manual transmission - which features an intuitive clutch and velvety-smooth shift action - have a fuel economy rating of 27 city and 33 highway miles per gallon.
The front MacPherson strut suspension and torsion beam rear suspension settings are tuned to provide a sporty, refined and dynamic driving experience. 15- and 16-inch wheels (Fit and Fit Sport, respectively) feature 175/65 R15 84S (Fit) and 185/55 R16 83H (Fit Sport) tires.
Trim Level Breakdown
The Fit is offered in two trim levels: base and Sport.
The base model Fit comes with standard amenities such as air conditioning, cruise control, remote entry, an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, USB audio interface, auxiliary audio input jack, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), power windows, power mirrors and power door locks.
The Fit Sport adds or replaces: carpeted floor mats, alloy wheels, an underbody aero kit, rear roofline spoiler, fog lights and a security system. The Fit Sport audio system provides six speakers. The Fit Sport is available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition, featuring a 6.5-inch screen and more than seven million points of interest.
Safety highlights include the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, anti-lock brakes and more. Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, dual front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side-curtain airbags are standard equipment on all models.
The standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) works in conjunction with 10.3-inch ventilated discs in the front and 7.9-inch drums in the rear.
The Fit competes in the newly revitalized subcompact segment against rivals like the Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback, Mazda Mazda2, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris Hatchback and Hyundai Accent Hatchback.