2007 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test

Honda Fit: I simply don't fit

February 08, 2007

Even though the following is lame, I just have to purge it from my brain: I'm unfit for the Fit. Why? I don't fit. And I'm tried of it.

When your knee whams the back of the steering wheel every time you let the clutch out, you tend to have a hard time liking a car. Sure, there's gobs of headroom, but I feel all praying mantis in this thing. I know Erin mentioned it in her post, but at 6'2" tall the problem is mission critical for me. I could never own one of these, however good it may be.

A telescopic steering wheel is an absolute must. Contrary to what you might think, it is the taller of us who need to pull the steering wheel out to give the knees room to schroom.

In fact, the first thing I do in any car so-equipped is slide the wheel all the way out. I've never found one yet that telescoped too far. In the shot below, I've placed my hands where I'd like them to be. I figure I need the steering to be 40 or 50mm closer.

It's pretty obvious that the 2007 Honda Fit is an adapted-for-the-US JDM car. The odd thing is that the CRX was too. But I owned a gen 2 version of that car and had tons of space. In fact, it was possible to slide the seat so far back that I couldn't press the pedals!

For me at least, the Fit is no go.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 4702 miles

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