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2010 Honda Fit ReviewThe Good
Great fuel economy and around-town maneuverability have made the 2010 Honda Fit a winner in the subcompact market, especially considering its impressive interior storage and cargo space.The Bad
The 2010 Honda Fit suffers from suspensions that fail to offer performance and comfort, an anemic engine, and interior materials that are unfortunately right on par with what you’d expect in a subcompact.
The CarGurus View
Achieving an average fuel economy of almost 32 mpg without the help of diesel or hybrid technology is impressive, especially given the Fit's price. The question remains, though: Are you willing to give up things like soft plastics, leather upholstery, usable horsepower, and a suspension that can actually perform without requiring a visit to the chiropractor to save a few dollars at the pump every year? If a subcompact is what you’re looking for, the 2010 Honda Fit is a good option.
At a Glance
Honda’s Global Small Car platform has given us the Fit, now in its second generation. After being released in Japan in 2001, the Fit didn’t make it to U.S. shores until April of 2006, which accounts for the seeming immediate redesign only last year and that we see no changes for the 2010 Honda Fit.
Now Honda’s introductory subcompact, the Fit gained that title when the Civic coupe increased in size and was rebadged as a compact. The Fit is available in front- and all-wheel drive, and all trims of this four-door hatchback come with the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, with the buyer’s choice of a standard five-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic.
At 115 hp, the 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine in the Fit isn’t fast. It’s not even sprightly. However, the manual transmission does help it feel a bit more virile, especially when compared with the comparatively flaccid automatic. Even the Sport trim with its paddle-shifters fails to impress or deliver, although a sport mode does improve shift response. Both the clutch and the shifter are surprisingly light, perhaps even worryingly so.
Fuel economy is the strong point of the Fit, with manual-equipped models returning 27/33 mpg with the recommended regular-grade gasoline. Fits fitted with the automatic do even better at 28/35, and an extended-use automatic Sport trim was even reported as getting an average of 31.7 mpg over an 8,000-mile period.
However, the engine makes a lot of noise under load, and with 115 hp, it’s always under load, making it sound coarse and strained at anything other than idle. Drop a few gears while attempting to pass, and even turning up the stereo won’t cover up the racket.
Ride & Handling
This is a give and take situation with the Fit, especially given its short wheelbase and low curb weight. Give a bit of comfort to take a bit of handling, with the reverse being true as well. Sport models handle better than the slightly sluggish Base, with a sport suspension and low-profile tires on their larger 16-inch wheels, but the ride becomes harsh, and reactions to bumps and ripples much more pronounced. Base trims are more composed over uneven pavement, but also lean more in turns and lack the steering response of the Sport trim. Traction control and anti-skid are curiously available only on Sport trims equipped with the navigation system.
Cabin & Comfort
A lot of function is marred by a lack of form, although this is in keeping with the class. Subcompacts are not known for their luxurious materials, and the Fit doesn’t deviate. Controls are well-placed and intuitive, even with the optional navigation system absorbing some audio functions.
Seats are comfortable and supportive, front and back, although front passengers may wish for additional legroom, if they lean toward the long. Even rear seats offer enough room for reasonably sized adults, which is surprising for a subcompact. Cargo room is an even bigger surprise, as the Fit far surpasses its competition with seats that fold flat to offer more than 57 cubic feet (20.6 cubic feet with seats up) of interior storage.
NHTSA results show five stars for the 2010 Honda Fit in all categories except rollover resistance and passenger impacts, which both earned four stars. The Fit comes standard with dual front and front-side airbags, as well as curtain-side airbags, antilock brakes, daytime running lights, and a tire pressure monitor. Sport trims with the nav system also get traction control and an anti-skid system.
What Owners Think
While the Fit is still priced a bit higher than its competition, owners are pleased with the added value they get with the Fit, perceived or not. Even with its increase in size last year, the Fit is still a small and sprightly little vehicle that makes around-town maneuvering a breeze. Still, interior materials could be upgraded, and more power is never a bad thing. Strangely, one of the most frequently heard complaints is about the Fit's ineffective sun visors.
A CarGurus contributor since 2008, Michael started his career writing about cars with the SCCA - winning awards during his time as editor of Top End magazine. Since then, his journalistic travels have taken him from NY to Boston to CA, completing a cross-country tour on a restored vintage Suzuki. While his preference is for fine German automobiles - and the extra leg room they so often afford - his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. Corvette races down the local highway, in the backseat of his father's latest acquisition.
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