Quantifying the Fun Factor - Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test

2007 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test

Honda Fit: Quantifying the Fun Factor

June 11, 2007

When a discount rack car gets waves of raves for being fun to drive -- like it has here -- the rationale is usually that the car "feels more than the sum of its parts" or "bonds with its driver" or some other fuzzy esoteric emotional deal. It can't be about the numbers. Never. Well, except maybe one.

Try this: 12.8:1. That's the Honda Fit's steering ratio -- meaning one full 360-degree spin of the Fit's steering wheel pivots the front tires 28.1 degrees. In English, that's cat-quick response, and it's what makes the Fit lunge at a new heading whenever your hand moves one micron. I'm not sure a car with a 96.5-inch wheelbase needs such amplified alertness, though I suppose it works.

But geez, what a contrast to the past. As a co-owner of a 2000 Accord, I can attest to that car's lumbering response. Surely, those of you with pre-2001 Civics whose steering wheels have 3.6 turns of play know the feeling too. Heck, the Acura NSX had an 18.6:1 ratio! By comparison, a car like the Fit represents a leap of the quantum variety.

Any opinions on Honda's newfound hyperactivity? Is faster better, or is enough enough?

Brian Sy, Automotive Editor, 14,600 miles

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