We've driven and reviewed the significant new offerings from the subcompact class of 2007. Each takes advantage of unique features to differentiate itself from the next guy: Aveo's interior space; Accent's warranty; Versa's engine; and storage compartments galore in the Yaris. But our short-term tests showed one hatchback comfortably seated at the front of this class, the Honda Fit. Adding a 2007 Honda Fit Sport to our long-term test fleet seemed like the best way to confirm our short-term results and determine whether this car is truly the cream of the crop.
Senior Consumer Advice Editor Phil Reed contacted several dealerships to check the availability of purchasing the car. His answer from dealers was the same, "We don't have any Fits. We are not expecting any Fits. The Fit is impossible to find." At one point we were offered a Fit Sport automatic but turned it down because a manual transmission was our preference. This went on for two months until one day our luck changed.
Phil was "driving" on the 405 freeway, but as usual in Los Angeles, traffic was at a standstill. Glancing over at a Honda dealership alongside the freeway he spotted a Storm Silver Metallic Fit on the lot. He called Carson Honda, in the city of Carson, and was connected with Internet Manager Joe Davis. "Yes, the Fit is still for sale," Davis told him, "but it's a Sport. I should tell you, too, that it's a manual transmission." Phil couldn't believe his ears. They discussed price and settled on buying the Fit at sticker, which was also the current Edmunds.com TMV® price. He drove to the dealership that afternoon and signed on the dotted line for $15,170. The service at Carson Honda was excellent and Joe Davis was very helpful and thorough.
The upper-trim Sport model purchased did not have any options. Instead, it was loaded with standard features: a 109-horsepower VTEC 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, front-passenger dual-stage airbags in addition to side airbags, rear curtain airbags, ABS brakes and 15-inch alloy wheels to name a few.
As with all long-term test vehicles, we test performance capability at the beginning and end of the one-year period. After 1,000 miles of daily use we took the Fit to our testing facility where it accelerated from zero to 60 in 9.5 seconds and completed the quarter-mile in 17 seconds at 79.8 mph. Chief Road Test Editor Chris Walton noted, "There is not much power but the shifter is awesome. I never came close to missing a shift." Stopping from 60 mph took 128 feet and the pedal remained firm through each attempt.
Grip from its P195/55R15 Dunlop tires proved to be the limiting factor for the 2,490-pound Fit during our skid pad testing, where the car produced 0.77g. Following a few runs through the slalom course, Chris was surprised by its recorded 65.5-mph speed. "The Fit can rotate confidently and still manage to maintain poise. Love the well-bolstered seat and quick steering."
Is the Fit really "Go?" We hope to find out over the next 12 months. We will be sure to leave a trail of our exploits behind the wheel on the long-term road test blog page.
Current Odometer: 1,378
Best Fuel Economy: 34.7 mpg
Worst Fuel Economy: 27.4 mpg
Average Fuel Economy (over the life of the vehicle): 31.6 mpg
Body Repair Costs: None
Maintenance Costs: None
Edmunds purchased this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.