One thing that is very noticeable when you first drive the Fit is how responsive the steering is. There’s no lash and the electronic power assist is well weighted, while communicating good feedback and feel to the driver. On-center feel on the freeways is excellent, and it tracks straight when I removed my hands from the steering wheel. “Fun” comes to mind when I think of driving the Fit because it’s simply a pleasure to drive. The Bridgestone Turanza’s (185/55-16 tires) definitely hamper the Fit’s handling capabilities, but it’s not an autocrossing vehicle so look elsewhere if you’re looking for such dynamics.
These are some of the design features I liked:
- The snub nose and swept-back styling create a profile that looks like the top half of a bullet punching through the wind. Very sleek.
- The wrap-around headlights are very stylish (but a little big), and think projector headlamps for main illumination would allow the overall height of the light fixtures to be shorter.
- The Bentley “Flying Wing”-shaped air intake grill. This distinguishes it from other Hondas and the blacked-out grill provides an agressive look.
- The subtle hood bump that starts at the tip of the car, and widens as it approaches the windshield.
The first thing you notice walking up to the Fit is its height and size. It has a smooth and attractive shape (love the roof spoiler), and I have no real complaints against its design.
Purchasing the Fit, you receive a lot of car for the money. Its flexible interior and frugal engine give you a lot more vehicle compared to buying a 4-door sedan. Fold down the back seats, and “Wow!”, there’s a lot of space back there for weekend trips or putting a bike inside. The sticker on this model was $19.4k. Comparing it to a Nissan Versa SL, the price is comparable except the Versa has a satellite radio option and slightly larger engine. I’d still choose the Honda over the Nissan because the Fit looks 10-times better than the Versa and offers much more flexibility with storage.
The Fit reminds me of the nimble 1984 Honda CRX. That car was fun, easy to drive, and provided great gas mileage, but had its limits when hauling people and stuff. With the Fit, the space limitation is gone, and the other benefits remain. The expansive windshield provides excellent visibility to the road ahead while the well-tuned suspension soaks up the bumps and delivers a firm yet comfortable ride for all occupants. I would add some textured rubber mats into the driver and passenger foot wells as the rubber surface is a bit slippery when entering the car (if it’s been raining). Overall, I averaged about 32 mpg after 350 miles of mixed driving. When I initially picked up the car, my highway average was indicated about 38-mpg at 65-mph. These numbers are excellent. It was sad giving up the car at the end of the test drive just because it was so much fun! Go get one! It may be MY next car based on this test drive.
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