Absence makes the heart grow fonder - 2007 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test

2007 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test

2007 Honda Fit: Absence makes the heart grow fonder

July 25, 2007

I got into the Fit last night after its month-long vacation in Fresno, and I realized I'd missed our subcompact while it was away. This is no great revelation coming from a Fit supporter, but there are certain details in this entry-level Honda that you won't find in other cars in this class.

For instance, the way the steering wheel fits in your hands is as pleasing as in cars costing tens of thousands of dollars more...

There's also the shifter's mechanical sound and feel when moving from gate to gate (something that was noticeable to me even though I'd driven the hypermechanical G35 the evening before). Honda probably could have gotten away with putting a less refined setup in the car, given that manual shifters in subcompacts are usually about as satisfying as stirring pudding with a plastic spoon. But the company opted to go beyond that in the Fit, and it's one of the things that makes this hatchback endearing.

Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor

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