2012 Honda Fit
There are 8 user reviews for the 5-Spd AT trim shown below
- cute, great fuel economy, more spacious than it looks from outside
- not the most comfortable for taller people... and still not a full length wagon.
Purchased As New
I love my Fit, I've had it for 6 months now. It's a cute design. I wish it were a little longer, though, because I love classic style wagons more than all these little hatches-that-are-almost-but-not-quite-wagons like this, which is almost all that's available these days for if you want storage but don't want a truck or SUV. Still, with the clever way the seats are designed to fold, you'll be really surprised just how much stuff this little baby can hold, and it actually does feel bigger when you're inside it than when you're standing outside looking at it. The legroom is great for a small car, even in the back seats! I DO take some issue with the front seat shape, though, which gets uncomfortable on longer trips with multi hour drives. I really do think it's the seat shape itself (the amount of head room is probably plenty for anyone 6' or under) but I usually wind up having to put a lumbar pillow or stop to stretch for awhile because the seat just doesn't feel right.
If you really love the way big cars handle, you probably won't be happy with a Fit or any of its ilk, so either don't bother or don't complain. It's a small car and small cars usually can't help but handle like small cars, so you really shouldn't be surprised! They also are basically tin cans. It's part of what makes them more efficient and partly an acceptance of the fact that they ARE small and WILL lose in an accident with ANYTHING that has more mass (study your physics, people!) So they're designed to protect the people inside by absorbing the energy of a collision by crumpling. If you want a small/efficient car, until they develop a car that can bounce, this is just something you have to accept. Also, for those who aren't savvy - Fits also have ALUMINUM engines. I was surprised by this when I read the manual - I don't know what it'll mean for the car's longevity (I had my Cavalier for 14 years, so I DO like em to last) but it means DIFFERENT OIL and DIFFERENT COOLANT, so be aware of that if you're in love with steel engines!
As a little side, props to Honda for putting in the USB auxiliary as standard. Driving with my iPod directly connected to the radio (and able to change playlists on the fly) makes me VERY happy!!
All that being said, the handling and shifting are smooth and the steering quite agile, moreso than the Ford Focus, Toyota Matrix and Yaris, and Nissan Versa, which I also tried prior to purchase. It has a suitable amount of power for a 4cyl when I need it, but not so much kick that I'd feel uncomfortable driving in snowy weather - it should be a great little snowy/icy weather car with some weight in the back. Oh, and maybe it's just the way I drive it, but I regularly get 32+ mpg driving around town, and can get over 40 on the freeway. Gas tank is a lot smaller than my oooold Cavalier wagon, but it gets me just as far most of the time just because it's more efficient.
Focus was a close contender for me, though it had a lot of extra tech stuff I really couldn't see paying an extra $4k for. I just wanted a good, efficient car with a fair bit of storage, and I got all that I wanted in my Fit.
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