Honda Fit Sport Review

By Paul Riegler on 17 May 2010
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The 2010 Honda Fit, which was completely redesigned for 2009, is confusing. Its measurements are those of a subcompact but the interior is actually spacious (and not much smaller than that of the larger Honda Civic sedan).  In addition to the space for passengers (the rear seat legroom and headroom is particularly impressive for a car of this size), the highly adaptable interior offers multiple seating and cargo-carrying configurations that go beyond the standard five-passenger mode.

The so-called Magic Seat, while not having any apparent connection to wizardry, has seatbacks that fold flat and cushions that can be flipped upward, thereby creating a tall load area directly behind the front seats.  This puts the Fit’s maximum cargo capacity at an incredible 57 cubic feet.

The Fit, while not upscale, is not at all barebones either.  Seats are comfortable, covering in an elegant black cloth, and the materials used the cabin appear to be of better than average quality.  The Fit comes with air conditioning, a sound system that supports MP3 and WMA playback, an auxiliary audio input jack (USB is optional), and power windows, mirrors, and locks.  The car (rather inexplicably) comes with ten cupholders, or two per passenger.

The optional navigation system is a bit old in terms of technology (it’s DVD based, for starters) but it works well, is easy to use, and has more than seven million points of interest.  Those ordering the navi also get Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), also known as electronic stability control.

So why is The Diesel Driver writing about the Honda Fit in the first place?  It’s not even a hybrid, I hear you all cry.  In its base form, the Honda Fit gets uses only 8.4 l/100 km (28 mpg) in city driving and 6.7 l/100 km (35 mpg) on the highway.  Combined fuel usage is 7.6 l/100 km, or 31 mpg.  The combined fuel economy is better than the BMW 335d, which uses 8.7 l/100 km (27 mpg) although the Bimmer only uses 6.5 l/100 km on the Autobahn.

Our test car was the Fit Sport which came equipped with larger (16”) wheels and tires and front and rear stabilizer bars.  It also comes with rocker moldings, a roof spoiler, and front and rear body bits to add a more sporty look.

Driving the Fit Sport on smooth pavement was a pleasure.   Unfortunately, on rougher surfaces, the driver and passengers felt every bump.  The car’s tall profile makes it a target for getting tossed around in crosswinds, making for an unpleasant ride.  The five-speed automatic transmission shifted smoothly and seemed nicely matched to the engine.

The base Honda Fit, at under $15,000 MSRP, is a great buy given the amount of standard equipment and interior room included in the price.  And the base model also has better fuel economy; this Fit uses only 8.4 l/100 km (28 mpg) in city driving and 6.72 l/100 km (35 mpg) on the highway).  Just imagine what these figures would look like with a diesel engine!

2010 Honda Fit Sport
Base price/price-as-tested
Drivetrain Front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine 1.5 liter/117 hp/ I-4
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Curb weight (lbs) 2615
Wheelbase (inches) 98.4
Length x width x height (inches) 161.6 x 66.7 x 60.0
0-60 mph (seconds)
City/highway fuel economy (mpg) 27/33