September 26, 2012
2013 Honda Fit: What is it?
With the Civic growing in size over time and evolving into a compact, Honda introduced the 2007 Fit to take over as the company’s entry-level offering. Fit is a 4-door hatchback that has the general shape of a minivan. The design results in surprisingly generous passenger and cargo space for a vehicle this small. Fit’s primary competition includes the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Mazda 2, and Nissan Cube.
2013 Honda Fit: What’s New
Today’s Fit is the second-generation model that originally debuted for 2009. It received some additional safety features and extra standard equipment in 2011. Gas-powered Fits see no changes for 2013. There is a new version though, the electric-powered Fit EV. More information about the Fit EV is detailed in a separate report.
2013 Honda Fit: Model Lineup Features and Options
Honda offers the Fit in Base and Sport models. Each is available with either manual or automatic transmission, and Honda considers each version a separate model. The top-of-the-line Fit is the Sport w/navigation, but this variant is only offered with the automatic.
Base models come fairly well equipped. Standard features include air conditioning, interior air filter, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, split folding rear seat, power mirrors/windows, remote keyless entry, digital-media player connection, tachometer, trip computer, USB port, and 15-inch wheels and tires.
The Sport includes the same items and adds leather-wrapped steering wheel, floor mats, rear spoiler, fog lamps, sport suspension, chrome exhaust tip, and 16-inch tires on alloy wheels. The Sport w/navigation adds a voice-controlled navigation system and a Bluetooth wireless cell-phone link.
As is traditionally the case with Honda vehicles, the Fit is not available with any factory options.
2013 Honda Fit: Engines, Transmissions, and Drive Wheels
Fit’s lone engine is a 117-horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder. It can be paired with a buyer’s choice of a 5-speed manual transmission or 5-speed automatic. Fit is only available with front-wheel drive.
2013 Honda Fit: Fuel Economy
Some subcompacts boast EPA ratings around 40 mpg on the highway, which by comparison makes the Fit manual’s 27 mpg city/33 mpg highway estimates, and 28/35 with automatic look thirsty by comparison. (The Sport model is rated at 27/33 with automatic.) Fit uses regular-grade gas.
In Consumer Guide testing, a manual-transmission Sport averaged 34.0 in mixed city/highway driving. Our extended-use Sport w/navigation, which has the automatic, averaged 31.8 mpg over its 14,000-mile stay.
2013 Honda Fit: Safety Features
All Honda Fits come standard with the full complement of federally mandated and expected safety features.
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