2007 Honda Fit's Little Annoyances

2007 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test

2007 Honda Fit's Little Annoyances

January 22, 2007

I was going to write yet another post about how much I like the Fit and how it's perfect for someone like me -- a single, city dweller -- but figure you've heard that all before so I'll just list off some small issues I encountered with Honda's little five-door when I had it this weekend...even though I still enjoyed driving it around. Mind you, I'm not just complaining for the sake of complaining. If these things annoyed me, they could annoy some small-car shopper out there.

The door locks are so annoyingly small, making them kinda difficult to unlock because you have to pinch them and pull up. I know it's just a matter of my getting used to pressing the universal lock/unlock button on the door's armrest instead and maybe that's why Honda made them so small because it assumes you'll never handle the little plungers. But why not just make them like the Civic Si's easy-to-push see-saw buttons in the side of the door? (I bring up the Si since it's the only other Honda I've recently encountered in our fleet.) Why does the entry-level hatch get this lock treatment which seems to just call attention to its cheapness? Is it because it's cheaper to make?

I love the fact that this low-price car comes with an aux power point, but trouble is I didn't know it had one at first glance while searching for it in our low-lit subterranean garage. I looked in the usual places, like near the stereo face and the center console but couldn't find it. So I didn't take our community aux cable with me for the weekend. It wasn't until I emerged from the garage that I saw the aux power point was in the center camouflaged by its own dark, handy-dandy rubber coverlet. Sure, it's discreet and once you know where it is, you won't forget. But having it hidden prevented me from enjoying my iPod in the car this weekend. Boo-hoo.

Production Editor Caroline Pardilla at 4,122 miles

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