2007 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test


Honda Fit: Lefty-Centric Seat-Track Adjuster

March 28, 2007

Whenever I get into our Honda Fit, I always reach in the wrong place to move the seat on its track. Most cars with manual fore/aft adjustment either locate the lever on the lower right side of the seat, or they have a bar that goes all the way across. On the Fit, there's just a small lever on the left side. This would be great if I was left-handed but I'm not...

I wonder if it's a function of the fact that the Fit was originally designed as a right-hand-drive car -- perhaps Honda just picked up the driver seat and moved it to the opposite side of the car, levers and all?

In other news, I realized recently I had never run the Fit's 1.5-liter engine to its 6,500-rpm redline in the course of normal driving. So I tried it and it wasn't memorable. For normal acceleration purposes, there seems to be little benefit to going beyond 5,000. And the engine isn't that happy beyond this point anyway. To its credit, it's still pretty smooth. As you can see, it's easy to check the oil in the Fit, so after snapping my photo, that's just what I did. The level registered smack in the middle of the dipstick.

Erin Riches, Senior Content Editor, 7,705 miles

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