2007 Honda Fit Sport: The Secret of Tiny Wheels
April 07, 2008
We are dope fiends for big wheels, aren't we?
It's the sidewall of the tires that we should be talking about, of course. Since big wheels simply make it possible to produce tires with narrower sidewalls, and that's the feature that delivers quicker steering response. But instead we're all over the wheels, equating bigger with better. When you look at design renderings for future concept cars, you can barely see any tire at all.
And yet the secret to the Honda Fit is its tiny wheels.
If you want real packaging efficiency with as much interior space as possible, it's a good idea to start with smaller wheels. Take a seat in the Honda Fit and you'll notice you're not swinging your legs around a giant wheel well in front of you, and there's plenty of room in the footwell to set up the pedals in a natural position...
(Well kind of natural, since the Fit's driving position is calibrated for shorter drivers.)
That's the message of the Honda Fit. If you want to maximize your people space, maybe you need tiny wheels, not a bigger package.
Of course, any kid in design school would rather eat a bug than draw a car with tiny wheels.
Michael Jordan, Edmunds.com Executive Editor @ 23,804 miles