2012 Honda Fit Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Honda Fit is the most enjoyable to drive of the subcompacts. It’s also practical, economical, and roomy. The Fit was redesigned for 2009, just two years after its introduction. There were no changes last year, but the 2011 Fit adds electronic stability control, cruise control, remote entry, and USB interface to its list of standard equipment.
Found the 1.5-liter engine very smooth and powerful for an engine that small. It’s rated at 117 horsepower at a high-revving 6600 rpm, with 106 foot-pounds of torque at 4800 rpm. There’s never an issue with not enough torque, that force that propels you from intersections and up hills.
Mated to the 5-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, it’s an exceptional powertrain. Most other subcompacts have 4-speed automatics. The Honda automatic has a sport mode that holds the transmission in gears longer when you’re in Drive, and not using the paddles for manual shifting. This sport mode is meant for sports-car-like driving, which the Fit likes. And the 5-speed manual gearbox is tight and fun, with a clutch that’s easy to use.
Fuel mileage is rated at 27/33 mpg City/Highway, or 28/35 for the base Fit with the 5-speed automatic.
The 2011 Honda Fit comes in two models with three trim variations: Fit, Fit Sport, and Fit Sport with Navigation. The primary differences are in standard equipment and technology upgrades. The Fit Sport offers one-inch larger wheels, and the Fit Sport with Navi adds not only satellite navigation but also Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA).
The Honda Fit comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic. Standard features include 15-inch steel wheels; telescoping steering wheel; power windows, mirrors (black outside) and locks; auxiliary input jack for your iPod; MP3/WMA playback; 160-watt stereo with four speakers; plus that equipment added for 2011: stability control, cruise control, remote entry, and USB interface.
Fit Sport upgrades with 16-inch alloy wheels, lower body flares, body-colored side mirrors, security system with keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, two more stereo speakers, map lights, fog lights, and other amenities. The Sport comes with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission with sport mode and paddle shifters. Fit Sport with Navi comes only with the 5-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
The Honda Fit wears the face of the future, with its wedge-shaped front end. People ask if it’s a hybrid or electric car, because it looks like it should be, so small and aerodynamic. It has a presence that reaches beyond its subcompact status. It wears red well, especially eye-catching and sporty in that color.
Honda calls Fit a five-door, and not a hatchback, probably because Americans don’t like the idea of hatchbacks. From the front 3/4 view, the Fit is more striking than the Ford Fiesta, Mazda2 and Toyota Yaris because of the sharpness of the nose and the mini-wagon body shape. It doesn’t have their roundness, looks more like a tiny wagon than a 5-door. It has a wide low stance, slight fender flares and sharp character lines along the sides. Also in the class are the Scion xD and Kia Soul, whose boxiness is another way to have fun. From the rear, the liftgate is like a mini SUV.
The first thing you notice when you climb in a Fit is how much room there is inside. It feels like a bigger car to the driver, partly because the dashboard is long to accommodate the raked windshield, and partly because there’s so much legroom in the front, again thanks to that rake.
The standard black cloth seats are wonderful. It’s a smooth comfortable material that’s pleasing to the touch, and the bolstering is just right, with excellent cornering support.; in fact the seats would work in a sports car.
The 1.5-liter engine is very smooth and powerful, for an engine that small. It’s rated at 117 horsepower at a high-revving 6600 rpm. Mated to the 5-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, it’s an exceptional powertrain. And the 5-speed manual gearbox is tight and fun, with a clutch that’s easy to use.
2012 Honda Fit Price :
MSRP range : $15,175 – $19,540
2012 Honda Fit Specs :
Drivetrain : Front Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 2496
City (MPG) : 27
Hwy (MPG) : 33
Horsepower : 117@6600
Torque (lb-ft) : 106@4800
Wheelbase : 98.4
Length (in.) : 161.6
Width (in.) : 66.7
Height (in.) : 60.0