As consumers become more concerned than ever about fuel economy, subcompact cars like the Honda Fit, which is a four-door hatchback, are growing increasingly popular. This small, fuel-efficient car boasts a lot of surprises. Four tall, full-sized adults can comfortably ride in the Fit, which is available only in front-wheel drive. Its 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine has more than enough power to get it around. When it comes to cargo capacity, the Fit features a whopping 57.3 cubic feet of it when its rear seats and front passenger seat are folded away.
The Honda Fit was designed in Japan, which is where Honda is headquartered. It is manufactured in nine countries: Thailand, Philippines, Brazil, United Kingdom, Japan, India, China, Taiwan and Indonesia. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on all Fits; a five-speed automatic transmission is also available. The engine gets 117 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. Where the Fit really shines, however, is fuel efficiency. Manual transmission models get 27 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg combined; automatics get 28/35/31.
Although the original incarnation of the Honda Fit debuted in Japan in June 2001, it didn't make its first appearance in the United States until January 2006, when it was highlighted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The first models were sold in the U.S. beginning in April of that year. From the start, the Fit's Magic Seat feature, which makes its seats easy to configure, has made it stand out in the subcompact class. The second-generation and current Fit, which rolled out in 2009, is roomier and more car-like than its earlier counterpart.
The sleek, compact outward appearance of the Honda Fit makes its roomy interior all the more surprising. Although materials quality isn't exceptional, it is more than sufficient for the needs of most drivers. Two trim levels are available: base and Sport. The Sport trim brings a rear spoiler, cruise control, a USB port and fog lights to the table. Without a doubt, the 5-speed automatic transmission is the most popular option on this vehicle. However, the Sport-only navigation system is a close second.
The Fit handily outshines all other vehicles in its small but increasingly popular class; it has the awards and accolades to prove it, too. It was named Best Small Car and Best of the Year for 2007's Motor Week Drivers' Choice Awards. In 2009, Motor Trend named it as a finalist for Car of the Year. U.S. News and World Report bestowed it with the title of Best Hatchback for the Money in 2010. When its affordable starting price and fuel-sipping characteristics are considered, it is easy to see why it received that honor.
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