The 2012 Honda Fit is a subcompact 5-door hatchback that seats five people. This car is a safety leader, recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as a top safety pick. Introduced in 2007, Honda's Fit replaced the Civic which was enlarged and is now a compact model. Besides its safety credentials, the Fit holds its value, a car that starts from just over $15,000. Read on for some highlights about Honda's smallest car.
Engine and Transmissions
Honda outfits every Fit with a 1.5-liter four cylinder engine that makes 117 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 106 foot-pounds of torque at 4,800 rpm. This 16-valve engine has a 10.4 to 1 compression ratio and is of aluminum alloy construction.
The Fit is paired with a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed automatic transmission. Choose the Fit Sport and your car is equipped with dual-model paddle shifters for more spirited driving.
Top fuel economy of 28 mpg city, 35 mpg highway is achieved when the standard Fit model is equipped with an automatic transmission. All other models are rated at 27 mpg city, 33 mpg highway.
Outfitted with a 10.6 gallon fuel tank, the Honda Fit has a cruising range of 371 miles. That's enough gasoline to take you from Jacksonville to Miami with one tank of regular grade gasoline.
Honda's Fit sits on a 98.4-inch wheelbase and is 161.6 inches long by 66.7 inches wide by 60.0 inches tall. This model weighs from 2,496 pounds and is powered by its front wheels.
Total passenger volume measures 90.8 cubic feet. This model offers 40.4 inches of head room up front and 39.0 inches in the rear. Leg room comes in at 41.3 inches up front and 34.5 inches in the back. Shoulder room measures 52.7 and 51.3 inches respectively, front and back. Hip room is a near even 51.5 inches up front and 51.3 inches in the rear.
Fit cargo volume is 20.6 cubic feet behind the rear seat. Fold down the second row seat and cargo volume expands to 57.3 cubic feet. This vehicle is large enough to hold many of your garage sale finds.
Sold in Fit and Fit Sport editions, Honda's subcompact comes well equipped. Every model features daytime running lights, a tire pressure monitoring system, tinted glass and body colored door handles. Choose the Fit Sport and your car comes with underbody spoilers, a roofline spoiler and a chrome exhaust finisher.
Inside, this model is equipped with air-conditioning, power windows, power door locks, 10 drink holders, ambient lighting and a 12-volt outlet. Also included is a rear window defroster, a cargo area light, a 4- or 6-speaker audio system, an MP3/auxiliary jack, cruise control and storage compartments.