Honda Fit: All in the family
April 25, 2007
Entry-level Hondas and entry-level Acuras may play in different leagues, but anyone who's driven the late, great RSX will have fond flashbacks after a spin in the Fit. Its engine feels like a 1.5-liter chip off the 2.0-liter block, boasting the same invigorating soundtrack and feeling equally at home revving at redline. The shifter's got the same tightness, the same pinpoint precision, and begs the same question of whether this could be the best manual on the market. Together, the two add up to score big points in powertrain nirvana.
Of course, the RSX's rack-and-pinion steering felt nicer, its fiercer VTEC kick would give the Fit a much-needed second wind (with 109 horsepower, is there even a first?), and the Fit's torsion beam thwacking makes a guy wish for the wishbones in that Acura's suspension. But at 15 grand and change, the Fit is forgiven.
Brian Sy, Automotive Editor, 9,535 miles