Fit Sport: The Honda That Zigs
February 20, 2007
Last weekend I spent a few days driving our long-term Toyota FJ Cruiser up in the mountains. Absolutely perfect for the job. Strong, torquey engine, big size, thick tires, lots of ground clearance. Perfect for the big country, the America of pick-ups and 4WD, of mountains and four-season weather...
Unstoppable in snow and ice. But not much in the city. It has the turning radius of an Airbus A300 and the subtlety of Gilbert Gottfried.
Conversely, this weekend I drove the Honda Fit Sport. I was in the city. I can't imagine anything worse in snow, what with its extremely low ground clearance, small tires, and relatively whiny engine. (Haven't driven it there; it could be sure-footed and tough.) But in the city it's utterly fantastic. It's so much FUN to drive, whips around parking lots, a crazy-quick point guard to the FJ's thunder dunker. Mugsy Bogues to the FJ's Shaquille O'Neal. Which is great. Whips through traffic, great visibility, smart, ergonomically laid-out controls. One CD at a time so you simply push eject and the CD pops out and you put a new one in. And there's a great little console for your CDs up front. It just makes SENSE.
And not the extra bells and whistles that I can't stand. A passenger's in the car and hasn't put his belt on yet? It'll beep a couple times, but then leave you ALONE. When you click the lock on the key fob, it flashes its lights for a sec but doesn't HONK at you. A tremendous car. For the city.
Doug Lloyd, Copy Editor