The Honda Fit is a subcompact five-door hatchback, introduced in the 2007 model year to slot below the very popular Honda Civic. The second generation model was introduced just two years later. Sold in base and sport trim levels, the 2013 Honda Fit retails from $15,425 for the base model or $17,160 for the Fit Sport. Its chief competitors include the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and the Volkswagen Golf.
Every Honda Fit is powered by a 16-valve 1.5-liter in-line four cylinder engine. This aluminum-alloy single overhead cam motor is rated at 117 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 106 foot-pounds of torque at 4,800 rpm. Its compression ratio measures 10.4-to-1.
Honda pairs the Fit’s engine with a five-speed manual transmission. Also available is a five-speed automatic transmission, the latter equipped with paddle shifters in the Fit Sport.
The unibody Honda Fit sits on a 98.4-inch wheelbase and is 161.6 inches long. This vehicle is 66.7 inches wide and 60 inches tall, with a front track of 58.7 inches and a rear track of 58.1 inches.
The Fit weighs from 2,496 pounds and seats five. This vehicle offers 90.8 cubic feet of storage capacity. In the front, there is 40.4 inches of head room, 41.3 inches of legroom, 52.7 inches of shoulder room and 51.5 inches of hip room. In the back seat there is 39.0 inches of headroom, 34.5 inches of leg room, 51.3 inches of shoulder room and 51.3 inches of hip room.
Cargo volume measures 20.6 cubic feet. With the rear seat folded down there is 57.3 cubic feet of storage capacity.
The 2013 Fit is rated 27 mpg around the city and 33 mpg on the highway when equipped with a manual transmission. Models equipped with an automatic transmission are rated at 28 mpg around the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
The Fit has a 10.6-gallon fuel tank for a driving range of about 371 miles. This model takes regular grade gasoline.
Body rigidity helps ensure smooth handling for the 2013 Honda Fit. This model offers a MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion-beam rear suspension. All models are equipped with a front stabilizer bar. Fit Sport models also include a rear stabilizer bar.
Honda makes use of electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. This model is equipped with power-assisted ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes.
Tires and Wheels
The Fit is outfitted with 15-inch steel wheels or 16-inch alloy wheels. Its all-season tires measure 175 / 65 R15 84S or 185 / 55 R16 83H. Each vehicle is equipped with a compact spare tire.
The Honda Fit is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety top safety pick. This model has scored “good” in crash tests for moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength and rear impact.
Honda equips the Fit with front seat active head restraints, vehicle stability control, an anti-lock brake system and electronic brake force distribution. This model comes with front, front side and side curtain air bags.
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