Her + His Car Reviews
There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that!
To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle –
Her and His perspectives.
|Base $20,800; $21,590 with options
| The Honda Fit is one of the highest rated and quickest four cylinder cars in the subcompact category. This vehicle moves for a smaller car and that, with many other reasons, makes it a top seller and contender. Coupled with the continuously variable transmission (CVT), the car is fun to drive and get around town in.
Handing is smooth and acceleration is as expected; spunky and marked. I get why the paddle shifters are in the car, but question how many drivers really use them for their incremental cost, albeit not much more than a couple hundred dollars. But on an entry level car, that a car month car payment.
|1.5 Liter four cylinder engine. Don't let those figures unsettle you. The Fit is plenty fast and is as much fun to drive as my 2005 Mini Cooper convertible. The Mini Cooper, for me after all, is the gold standard of small car performance and handling, and the Fit is right up there with it.
The Fit handles like a bat out of hell, has accurate steering, and brakes that are top notch.
|36 city miles/ 41 highway miles - hybrid territory!
|36 city, 41 highway.
|The Fit is in it's third generation and its finest. Value is a word all on its own when used to describe the Fit. How so? The interior isn't as small as it appears; taller passengers can be seated in the back fairly comfortably and not be cramped up - a real plus. Of course, the seat configuration that can be made so that space can be adjusted and contorted to accommodate your things or gear is quite unique. Click to see them all.
Made in Mexico. Like the fact that the seats adjusted and fit me. And, that in January, they are heated. Honda has done a nice job using materials of quality grade. Nothing seemed cheap or diminished. In the upgrade package we got the 16" alloy wheels and all season tires. Nice sunroof, too.
|The Fit has undergone a pretty extensive refurbishing, including a much nicer and upgraded interior with the same flexible seating arrangements that have made it such a hit with everyone.
If you fold the rear seat cushion up you can stand up a bicycle inside! It also has a new six speed manual transmission and more interior and comfort.
|Safety features consist of Driver ad Front Passenger Dual Airbag and their Side Airbag, Side Curtain Airbag with Rollover Sensor, ABS with Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Distribution, Tire Monitoring System, ACE Body Structure for rigidity and integrity, LATCH system for children.
The smartest and most innovative safety addition to this and may in the Honda family is LaneWatch. Click the link to view demo of how it works. By activating the right turn signal, the driver now can see what is to the back right side of the vehicle (a big blind spot area), by looking into the 7" screen on the dash.
|All the airbags you will ever need: dual stage driver and front passenger airbags, side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, ACE body structure and loads of other safety items.
|Again, repeat aloud... V-A-L-U-E. Lets take a closer look at the technology that doesn't quit in the Fit. AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio Touch Screen and 6 Speakers. 7" Display Audio with Honda Satellite Linked Navi. Voice Recognition and Rearview Camera. Next Gen HondaLink with Smartphone Application. XM Radio - 3 month subscription included only. HD Radio. HD Traffic. Bluetooth. USB Audio Interface. Lanewatch. SMS Text Message Functionality. Push Button Start. Air Conditioning. Air Filtration System. Center Console. Telescoping Wheel. 12-volt Power Outlets.
|Standard features include drive by wire throttle system, direct injection engine, anti lock brakes, leather seats heated front seats, vehicle stability assist, AM/FM and MP3 audio touch screen system, next generation Honda Link with smartphone applications, HD radio and HD Traffic, SMS Text Messaging Functionality, full power equipment, Lane Watch feature, air conditioning, cruise control, etc., and many, many other features.
|Aesthetics & Styling
|This eggshell combination-slash mouse-shape design is sleeker than past cars. Also, the headlights are thinner, making the vehicle all around more attractive and the design language more universal.
|I always loved the Fit's styling, but the additional new character lines that make it look like it's moving when standing still are great, along with new styling designs up front and around back. A favorite feature: Honda offers a right lane visibility feature via the touch screen that comes in handy making right turns.
|3 year/36,000 mile limited warranty and a 5 year/60,000 mile limited powertrain warranty.
|Three years or3 6,000 miles basic warranty, five years or 60,000 limited powertrain warranty.