2007 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test


I can't believe it FIT!

February 21, 2007

I used the long-term Honda Fit for some heaving lifting duty yesterday. I knew I had one large package and several smaller boxes to move, but figured it would simply be a great way to test out the Fit's versatility. Well, it was. When I finally saw the box in question my first thought was, "I think I over-estimated the Fit's functionality." But then I folded the second-row seats into the floor and reclined the front passenger seat all-the-way back (it won't fold all-the-way forward like in a PT Cruiser). With that configuration the box fit -- barely.

I had to lift my head to see out the passenger side of the car, but otherwise it was an easy drive home (even the rearview mirror still worked to see out the back). Power and handling were unaffected because the box was more bulk than weight, which meant I could still fling the Fit around corners and even pass slow-moving traffic with ease (after a downshift).

I did notice that the oil service light was on, with an ominous "5%" indicated. Made me feel a bit like a starship captain.

"Ensign, I need a status report!"

"Sir, fuel supply is still above 50 percent, but oil life is down to 5 percent and needs to be changed soon!"

Karl Brauer, Editor in Chief, Edmunds.com

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