2007 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test


2007 Honda Fit Sport: Lessons in Lightness

February 26, 2007

With a 2,471-lb curb weight spec for a manual-shift Honda Fit Sport, it shouldn't come as a surprise that our long-term car imparts a lightweight, unencumbered feel when you drive it. Over the weekend, though, I realized how Honda designers took care to ensure that this sensation comes across in virtually every detail. The doors, for instance, are super light, and thanks to their two detents, there's no chance of them whapping back on you in a tight parking lot.

Then, there's the clutch pedal, which is so light and so forgiving. The clutch engages right when you expect it to for an economy car -- not too close to the floor, but not too high in the pedal travel. On Saturday night, I drove the Fit while wearing 3-inch heels and didn't have a problem. Maybe it sounds silly to those of you who don't wear heels, but this is a definite advantage for me: A clutch that's compatible with all my footwear is just practical.

Finally, the shifter. It doesn't have quite positive feel of other Honda gearboxes, but it's oh-so-light running between the gates, which just adds to the feeling that the Fit is the sort of car that minimizes life's hassles rather than adding to them. Yet, it's still fun to drive. Cool.

Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor, 5,700 miles

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