2011 Honda Fit

The Honda Fit arrived on American shores in 2007 just as gas prices began to spike and quickly became the poster child for subcompacts—as well as the smart fuel-efficiency purchase for those not wanting a hybrid. An all-new, slightly larger Fit was introduced in 2009.

Inexpensive to buy and run, this gas-powered entry-level four-door hatchback touts many positives. It has an intelligent, but playful appearance, a deceivingly large and versatile five-passenger interior, and enjoys top-notch Honda build quality and reliability. But of course, the most significant advantage to this little commuter is fuel efficiency. Thanks to its small four-cylinder engine, the Fit boasts EPA numbers of 28 city/35 highway with its five-speed automatic transmission. With a manual, it comes in at 27 city/33 highway. Those figures sit between its closest peers, the Nissan Versa (28/34) and the more efficient Toyota Yaris (29/36).

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For 2011, the Fit’s styling is a rerun of the 2010 model, but there are several changes in equipment and features. The 2011 Fit gets a safety enhancement by including an electronic stability control system as standard equipment on all models, not just the most expensive version. It boosts convenience and connectivity by giving the entry model standard cruise control, a USB iPod interface, and remote keyless entry. And the top-line model, the Fit Sport with Navigation, is no longer available with manual transmission.

A hybrid version of the Fit is available in Japan and Europe, but Honda has no plans to bring it to the United States. However, an all-electric variant—no price info yet—is due in 2012.

Exterior

The hatchback body style is the optimum design to maximize passenger and cargo room in small cars, and the Fit is one of the more uncommonly proportioned examples. The Fit’s tall subcompact body exudes an edgy and youthful character. Its styling can almost be described as avant-garde, but some may see it as having an awkward presence.

Honda Fit

The styling, however, serves a larger purpose than mere aesthetics. Fit has a short front end highlighted by big, swept-back headlights. Its steeply angled front roof pillars frame an enormous windshield. And its long-roof, wagon-like body is sawed off just behind the rear wheels.

With an abundance of side-glass, small wheel openings, and an overall length of just 13 1⁄2 feet the effect is almost toy-like. But with a tall roofline and generous-for-its-size wheelbase—the distance between front and rear axles—Fit carves out room for four adults to ride in comfort along with class-leading cargo space and versatility.

If you prefer a bit of an athletic look to your ride, Sport models are distinguished from the base version by an underbody aero kit, rear spoiler, fog lights, and larger, 16-inch tires on alloy wheels. It takes the base Fit up a notch with its more aggressive look.

Honda Fit

Interior

Within, you can expect to find Honda fit and finish, and its stylish design is a good match to the exterior of the car. The instrument cluster is arranged to help maximize economical driving with an instant fuel economy meter above an average mpg display. Instruments are large and easy to read, key controls are conveniently placed within easy reach of the driver. With respect to materials, the cabin is on par with cars in the subcompact class.

Tall people will feel at home in the Fit’s front seats, where there’s ample head, leg and shoulder room for the six-foot-plus set. A tilt and telescoping steering column makes easy work of finding a comfortable driving position.

Honda designers thoughtfully included a number of nifty storage features. There’s a double glove box, cubbies in the dash, an under-seat compartment, a back row cup holder and a map pocket on the front passenger’s seat that is easily reached by the driver. Well thought-out places to stow things create an atmosphere that can make the difference between happy car ownership and a growing resentment over the years.

2011 Honda Fit Interior
2011 Honda Fit Interior

Fit’s defining feature is an innovation Honda calls the “Magic Seat.” The interior can be configured numerous ways, accommodating everything from tall plants to bicycles and surfboards. By moving the gas tank forward to a location under the front seats, there’s an extraordinarily deep—and useful—well between the front and rear seats.

The rear Magic Seat folds flat into the floor in a slick one-hand operation, with no need to remove the headrests—even when the front seats are all the way back. The load floor becomes perfectly flat, unlike those in many rivals, creating a mammoth 57 cubic feet of storage. The seat’s design also enables the rear seat cushions to flip up, creating a side-to-side chasm behind the front seats. The front passenger seatback folds forward so Fit can carry long items such as a ladder or skis.

On The Road

Available in two trim levels, base and Sport, the Fit is powered by a 117 horsepower four-cylinder engine. Granted, 117 ponies don’t sound like much these days – and it’s not—but it is adequate to the task of motivating the 2,500-lb Fit. Although at nine seconds, the 0-60 sprint isn’t much of an adrenaline rush. Honda’s celebrated i-VTEC variable lift-and-timing valve technology is tuned here for a broad and powerful midrange. Peak torque of 106 foot-pounds is widely available, enhancing responsiveness in a wide variety of situations.

The engine can be hooked up with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. The manual offers clean gates and a comfortable, easily engaged clutch action. The Sport version is more appearance than performance, but it adds a manual shift mode to the automatic, with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Want to keep it in manual mode? No problem; move the floor-mounted shift lever to the “S” (for Sport) position and shift to your heart’s content.

What the Fit lacks in power, it makes up in handling. The rack-and-pinion steering system is electrically assisted, offering fuel savings over hydraulic systems. Unlike many electric systems, the Fit’s is communicative and responsive. The rear suspension is subcompact-typical, a torsion-bar setup, which works nearly as well as an independent design in negotiating quick corners. Rear drum brakes hold costs down without imposing much negative effect on stopping distance or fade-resistance.

In-town driving is a no-muss, no-fuss affair. Power is more than adequate in suburbia, and at modest speeds the suspension tackles bumps and dips in a gracious manner. Parking, either parallel or head-in, is accomplished with ease and you can cut a U-turn in 34 feet.

The Fit is no Mini Cooper when it comes to handling, but it is rather agile. On sharp, switchback roads, Honda’s engineering trumps the plebeian blueprint. The car responds quickly to steering inputs and eagerly bites into corners, yielding to noseplow only on high-speed turns that reveal the limited grip of the small tires. Unlike driving on city streets, the Fit’s suspension becomes a little raw when speeds increase, particularly encounters with pavement expansion joints.

However, fuel economy is most likely a higher priority than sharp handling for the typical buyer. Like all cars—hybrid, diesel or gasoline powered—the Fit’s consumption of fuel is determined by how it’s driven. Used in the typical fashion as a grocery-getter, kid-hauler and commuter car, we averaged 34 mpg in the Sport model during a weeklong, 327-mile test drive. That’s 3 mpg above the EPA’s estimated combined number. Our stint with a manual transmission Fit was exactly the opposite, obviously due to a long session of, shall we say, spirited driving.

Economics

The sticker price is where most consumers will raise an eyebrow. Base MSRP for the Fit is $15,100. That’s $940 more than the Versa hatchback and a whopping $1,845 more than the Yaris hatch. In its defense, Fit has a Prix Fixe menu — both models in the lineup have a set suite of features; factory options are unavailable. On the other hand, the Versa and Yaris offer comfort and convenience features a la carte style—nearly everything except air conditioning is extra, including a radio. Standard features on all 2011 Fits include: remote keyless entry; power windows, locks, and outside mirrors; air conditioning; cruise control; and an audio system.

On a day-to-day basis, the Fit performs its driving duties admirably. It scoots about town with little effort and when it hits the highways, has no problem keeping up with the flow. Where the Fit really shines is inside. Seating is comfortable, knobs and controls are easy to reach and operate, and that trick rear seat expands the already-generous cargo area to a space that rivals small SUVs. With its 28 city/35 highway rating, the Fit is unquestionably one of the more efficient vehicles on the road. It easily has a range of more than 300 miles on a full tank of regular gas. That’s pretty impressive for a small car.

Prices are Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) at time of publication and do not include destination charges, taxes or licensing.

 


Pros
  • Excellent handling and agility
  • Peppy performance
  • Deceivingly large interior
Cons
  • Slightly more expensive than direct competition
  • Lacks gadgets and top-notch stereo
  • Some find sawed-off rear-end unattractive

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2011 Honda Fit
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  • Aiden

    The Fit’s a trusty little car: It just got JD Power’s Most Dependable Sub-Compact:
    http://www.jdpower.com/autos/car-photos/VDS/Most%20Dependable/2011/

    The Fit has earned a spot on Car and Driver’s 10Best for 5 straight years–every year the Fit has been sold in the U.S.
    http://www.caranddriver.com/features/10q4/2011_10best_cars-10best_cars/2011_honda_fit_page_7

  • Shines

    My older brother bought a Fit – he loves it.
    In a strange sort of way the Fit reminds me of the 1970s AMC Gremlin. If only AMC had worked on the quality of their cars…
    Still I remember one of their commercials of the day which still seems to fit (pun intended). Nice car – where the rest of it?

    The answer with the Fit is – it’s inside.
    interior space, design, and quality

  • isaac

    My 2010 Fit Sport has 12,000 miles and I average around 37MPG’s city/highway combined!

    I took a 300 mile trip last week with my girlfriend and we averaged 42MPG driving between 60-70 MPH.

    On the way back we took advantage of the “magic seats” and loaded up my FIT with a ton of stuff from Ikea, even an un-assembled full-size bed!

    I chose the FIT over the Honda Insight. I really wanted the Insight, but after test driving them both, and seeing how little the difference in MPG/ clean emissions ratio was, I opted for a less-expensive car, with more features and accolades.

    I hope Honda reconsiders and brings the FIT hybrid to the States, because I’d trade in my gas-only FIT for a hybrid version.

    AND I’m looking forward for the EV FIT version in 2012!

  • isaac

    My 2010 Fit Sport has 12,000 miles and I average around 37MPG’s city/highway combined!

    I took a 300 mile trip last week with my girlfriend and we averaged 42MPG driving between 60-70 MPH.

    On the way back we took advantage of the “magic seats” and loaded up my FIT with a ton of stuff from Ikea, even an un-assembled full-size bed!

    I chose the FIT over the Honda Insight. I really wanted the Insight, but after test driving them both, and seeing how little the difference in MPG/ clean emissions ratio was, I opted for a less-expensive car, with more features and accolades.

    I hope Honda reconsiders and brings the FIT hybrid to the States, because I’d trade in my gas-only FIT for a hybrid version.

    AND I’m looking forward for the EV FIT version in 2012!

  • Anonymous

    To anyone who’s already in the market shopping for Honda hybrid:
    incentives for 2011 Civic hybrid and 2011 Insight, which are assembled in Japan, will end from April 18, as reported by Automobile News.

  • nycsolar

    Does the aero kit affect fuel economy? Positively? Negatively? Untested?

  • sheldoncooper

    I’m sure the fit is a gas sipper, but comparing that price to the korean carmakers, I will buy a Hyundai or Kia. I believe that the better value is going now to the Koreans because for the same price I can get a bigger elantra/optima. They have better looking dashboards and I’m especially liking the dash covers and the center consoles of Hyundai cars today compared to the bland and plain interior of Hondas and Toyotas.

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  • ted johnson

    I would go with a used Fit before a Korean. The Fit has better useable space and gas mileage better by far and has the reliability of a Honda not a Kia, or Hyundai. I have gotten as high as 55 mpg on several tanks with the 5 speed fit. Others get in the high 40′s. Never touch that mpg with a Korean, and its more fun to drive as well.

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  • Terri

    I bought the Fit in 2006 when it first came out. The sticker said 31 city 36 Hwy. I got 25 city and 36 Hwy. Which I brought to the company’s attention they claim that it’s air conditioning radio and weight that is making me get less!! The next year they lowered the MPG’s to 27 city and 31 Hwy. Then my power train went out and I now get 20 MPG city. I’ve complained numerous times but have gotten nothing from the company. I really like the car but if you’re looking for good gas mileage I’d look elsewhere.

  • ted

    What part of the power train failed??

  • Dan gr

    I bought a 2009 DX-A with 25k km on it. I run it for 23k km since l nov. 2011. I tried to understand why the avg shown fuel consumption is always lower than actual (between 10% and 24%). My best actual milleage is 5,66 l/100 km and my worst 8,52 l/100 km from a steady highway driving @ 100 km/hr with a pushing wind to a city-suburb commuting with some traffic jams. I am quite happy with this fuel consumption(however higher than my old 1994 Jetta TD) but still wondering why the on board computer cannot achieve the real result. Honda did not have a clear answer for me.

    thank you

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  • Micky

    I am not sure, but this one looks like honda jazz. Maybe it is called fit at some places and jazz in others. I love the ivtec engine for its silence and smoothness.

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    I bought the Fit in 2006 when it first came out. The sticker said 31 city 36 Hwy. I got 25 city and 36 Hwy. Which I brought to the company’s attention they claim that it’s air conditioning radio and weight that is making me get less!! The next year they lowered the MPG’s to 27 city and 31 Hwy. Then my power train went out and I now get 20 MPG city. I’ve complained numerous times but have gotten nothing from the company. I really like the car but if you’re looking for good gas mileage I’d look elsewhere. The forums on this motoring site are full of similar complaints http://www.motortradesinsurance.com/

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