2007 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test

2007 Honda Fit Sport: Boom-Boom

March 20, 2008

I've been spending a lot of quality time with our venerable long-term Fit recently, and I have to say I'm less than aurally impressed with its engine. While the Fit's engine note has been lauded by at least one of my colleagues, I can't find much to like about the 1.5-liter's uncouth booming north of 4,000 rpm. Thing about the Fit is, you'll be north of 4k rather frequently if you want to keep up with traffic, so you're going to hear that strident soundtrack on the regular, like it or not. It doesn't help that the emissions-friendly engine calibration has given our Fit an unfortunate (though not uncommon) case of hanging revs...

Hey, I know the Fit's a budget compact, but when I see "VTEC" on an engine cover, I expect a more pleasant aural experience en route to redline.

Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com @ 22,531 miles

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