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2016 Honda Fit Earns Five-Star Safety Rating From Federal Government

WASHINGTON — The 2016 Honda Fit hatchback earned the top five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Honda's 2016 Fit received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.

The 2016 Fit is expected to arrive at Honda dealerships later this summer.

Standard safety equipment on the Fit includes electronic stability control, traction control, antilock brakes and six airbags.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the 2016 Fit. But it named the 2015 Fit a 2015 Top Safety Pick.

The Fit scored "good" ratings in four Institute crash tests and "acceptable" in the small overlap frontal crash test. The test is designed to replicate what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or an object like a tree or utility pole.

Key Fit competitors include the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers should note that the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic also earned the top five-star safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent have not been rated.

Honda Fit Review

Introduced in the mid-2000s just as gas prices were beginning to race skyward, the Honda Fit immediately became a hit with frugal car shoppers. A subcompact four-door hatchback, the Honda Fit has earned praise for its engineering and design, and it has found its niche with consumers drawn to its space-efficient design and easily reconfigurable rear seats.

Over the years, the Honda Fit has successively gotten a little roomier, a little more powerful and a little better equipped with features. At its core, though, the Fit is a little car that can do an awful lot.

Current Honda Fit
The current Honda Fit is offered in two basic trim levels, LX and EX. The EX can also be had in two more upscale variants: the EX-L, which adds leather upholstery, and the EX-L with Navi, which includes a touchscreen navigation system.

Both LX and EX versions are powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a continuously variable automatic (CVT) is an option on LX and EX models and standard on EX-L and EX-L with Navi versions. EPA fuel economy numbers are commendable with either transmission.

The entry-level LX comes standard with features such as 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, a 5-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a four-speaker sound system. The EX adds 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, a 7-inch touchscreen, an upgraded rearview camera, Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot display and an upgraded six-speaker audio system. The EX-L tops it off with heated front seats and leather upholstery, and the Navi version has a voice-controlled navigation system.

The Fit is Honda's smallest automobile, but it nearly matches the total passenger space of the larger Civic sedan. Another key advantage for the Fit is its innovative, highly versatile rear seating. The Magic Seat has seatbacks that fold flat and seat cushions that can be flipped upward. You can use the latter function to create a tall load area right behind the front seats, not unlike the rear seats of a crew-cab pickup. Folding down the front passenger seat makes it possible to squeeze in items nearly 8 feet long.

In reviews, we have found the Honda Fit to be enjoyable to drive for a frugal subcompact. The car has a solid feel to it, countering the perception of vehicles in this class as tinny econoboxes, and its handling has a typical Honda sharpness to it. Acceleration is unremarkable, but high fuel economy is the main objective with this vehicle anyway. We think the Fit is one of the best choices in its class.

Used Honda Fit Models
The third-generation (2015-present) of the Fit debuted after a one-year hiatus and has remained unchanged since. So if you like the current Fit, snagging a nice used example of the current-generation model could definitely save a few bucks. Compared to older Fits, the notable upgrades to this gen are improved fuel economy, greater interior space, and new technology and safety features.

The second-generation (2009-2014) Honda Fit rolled onto dealers' lots just two years after the original. No notable changes occurred until 2012, when it received minor styling updates, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, added sound insulation, and an upgraded Bluetooth system with streaming audio capabilities.

In the meantime, the changes to this second go-round quite literally made the Fit more of a good thing. A slight bump in engine output — to 117 hp — added to the front-wheel-drive Fit's zippy driving character when mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission or the CVT automatic, with no sacrifice in fuel economy. The 4.2-inch growth spurt added more rear-seat legroom and cargo space without adding a significant amount of weight that might degrade performance. A more rigid body structure and suspension tweaks also offered improved handling and crash protection. Several other incremental improvements, including electronic stability control and an available factory navigation system, all served to set it apart from its predecessor.

As with the original, the second-generation Fit was once again offered to two trim levels. The entry-level base model came standard with 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio input. The more desirable Sport got a number of nice-to-have upgrades including 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, lower body extensions, a rear spoiler, cruise control, map lights, a driver armrest, and an upgraded audio system with six speakers and a USB port. The Sport could also be had with an optional navigation system. The addition of a standard tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel addressed one of the previous incarnation's main weaknesses by making it possible for a wide variety of individuals to find an ideal driving position.

The first-generation (2007-2008) Honda Fit was available for just two years. It came in two trim levels with no factory options available. The base version adhered to a minimalist philosophy, though it still came standard with air-conditioning and a CD player. The top Sport trim level was snazzier and, predictably, we favored it. It featured larger, 15-inch alloy wheels, stickier tires, exterior styling pieces, keyless entry, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a premium MP3-compatible audio system with an auxiliary audio jack.

The Fit stuck to the Honda playbook when it came to interior controls, which were intelligently designed and used high-quality materials. For a subcompact, the first-generation Honda Fit was surprisingly roomy and versatile. Chalk much of that up to the car's specialized 60/40-split seat design for the second row. The rear seats could be placed into four different configurations, depending on passenger or cargo needs. Folding the rear seat flat provided a surprising 41.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

Both trim levels were front-wheel drive and were equipped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 109 hp. A five-speed manual transmission was standard, and a five-speed automatic was optional. Fit Sports with the automatic also had steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.

We found the first-generation Honda Fit to possess an enviable driving-fun-to-thrift ratio. Cornering and acceleration were crisp. The subcompact could achieve 0-60-mph sprints in fewer than 10 seconds with either transmission. Fuel economy was commendable, and safety was good. The whole thing was almost perfect. Almost. The main downside was that although the car seemed less tinny than other cars in its class, at highway speeds the engine made its presence known. The lack of a telescoping steering wheel could also be an annoyance for taller drivers. But on balance the first-generation Honda Fit provided about as much fun, satisfaction and value as you could find in a small economy car.

Honda Fit Cars for Sale

2017 Honda Fit EX
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2017 Honda Fit LX
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Dealer Notes

Stick shift! Get Hooked On Honda of Chantilly! Confused about which vehicle to buy? Well look no further than this stunning 2017 Honda Fit. This terrific Fit is the car with everything you'd expect from Honda, and THEN some. All prices exclude taxes, title, license, and dealer processing fee of $699.00. Published price subject to change without notice to correct errors or omissions or in the event of inventory fluctuations. All features not on all vehicles. Vehicles shown are for illustration purposes only. MPG is based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors.

2017 Honda Fit EX-L
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Dealer Notes

Check out this great low mileage vehicle! A comfortable ride in a spacious vehicle! Honda prioritized fit and finish as evidenced by: front fog lights, turn signal indicator mirrors, and 1-touch window functionality. It features an automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, and an efficient 4 cylinder engine. We'd also be happy to help you arrange financing for your vehicle. Call now to schedule a test drive.

2017 Honda Fit EX-L
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Dealer Notes

Silver Metallic 2017 Honda Fit EX-L FWD CVT 1.5L I4 6 Speakers, ABS brakes, Air Conditioning, Alloy wheels, AM/FM radio, AM/FM/CD Audio System, Brake assist, Bumpers: body-color, CD player, Driver door bin, Driver vanity mirror, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Exterior Parking Camera Rear, Front anti-roll bar, Front Bucket Seats, Front Center Armrest, Front fog lights, Front reading lights, Front wheel independent suspension, Fully automatic headlights, Heated door mirrors, Heated Front Bucket Seats, Heated front seats, Illuminated entry, Leather Seat Trim, Leather Shift Knob, Low tire pressure warning, MP3 decoder, Occupant sensing airbag, Outside temperature display, Overhead airbag, Panic alarm, Passenger door bin, Passenger vanity mirror, Power door mirrors, Power moonroof, Power steering, Power windows, Radio data system, Rear window defroster, Rear window wiper, Remote keyless entry, Security system, Speed control, Split folding rear seat, Spoiler, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Tachometer, Telescoping steering wheel, Tilt steering wheel, Traction control, Trip computer, Turn signal indicator mirrors. 37/32 Highway/City MPG** Reviews: * Surprisingly spacious cabin for a subcompact; unique rear seat design offers unmatched cargo versatility; excellent fuel economy ratings. Source: Edmunds All conditions subject to credit approval. All offers plus Tax, Tags, Freight ($875 - $940 for new vehicles), processing fee of $699. Dealer installed options additional. Offers may require financing through VCI. Stock photo colors, options and trim levels may vary. Vehicles subject to prior sale. Not responsible for typographical errors. Specifications, features, safety and warranty data are based on what is available as standard specs/features per trim level; for the designated model-year, and may not apply to vehicles with added packages or options. Final price must be verified by management. See dealer for details. Vehicles may be in-transit to dealer. Please call to confirm status.

2018 Honda Fit LX
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 Request price quote Criswell Honda(16mi)(33)
Dealer Notes

Fit LX, 1.5L I4, CVT, FWD, and Black w/Cloth Seat Trim. Gasoline! STOP! Read this! If you demand the best, this fantastic 2018 Honda Fit is the car for you. The precision-tuned 1.5L I4 engine provides the very essence of performance, delivering substantial horsepower and torque. The New Vehicle Internet Sale Price includes incentives that everyone in our region will qualify for. Destination and Handling, sales tax, tag fees and a $300 processing charge are additional. You may qualify for additional incentives. All prices, specifications, and availability are subject to change without notice. Pictures may be for illustrative purposes only; offers not valid on prior sales. Please contact Criswell Honda in Germantown, MD for details and the most current information.

2018 Honda Fit Sport
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2017 Honda Fit EX
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Dealer Notes

2017 Honda Fit EX 36/29 Highway/City MPG**

2018 Honda Fit Sport
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 Request price quote Shockley Honda(24mi)(5)
Dealer Notes

Shockley Honda proudly presents this 2018 Honda FIT Sport CVT. Represented in ORANGE FURY and complimented nicely by its BLACK interior. Fuel Efficiency comes in at 36 highway and 31 city. Under the hood you will find the 1.5L 16-Valve 4-Cylinder DOHC i-VTEC -inc: Variable Cam Timing (VTC) coupled with the AUTOMATIC.Warranty Information:Purchase this Honda with confidence knowing it is backed with a 36 month / 36000 mile warranty.Whether you are looking for a new or used Honda car, truck, or SUV you will find it at Shockley Honda. We have helped many customers from Baltimore, Brunswick, Columbia, Ellicott City, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Hagerstown, Mount Airy, Olney, Randallstown, Rockville, Taneytown, Thurmont, Walkersville, Washington and Westminster find the perfect vehicle to meet their needs! Call us TODAY at 301-694-5400 or visit us online at to schedule your appointment.Shockley Honda has been proudly serving the Frederick area for over 40 years with an extensive selection of new and used vehicles and highly reputable customer service. Please call us for more information.

2016 Honda Fit EX
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Dealer Notes

All conditions subject to credit approval. Dealer installed options additional. All offers plus Tax, Tags, (freight of ($875 for cars and $940 for SUVs/trucks) and a processing fee of $699. Stock photo colors, options, and trim levels may vary. Vehicles subject to availability or prior sale. Specifications, Features, Safety, and Warranty data are based on what is available as standard specs/features per trim level, for the designated Model-Year, and may not apply to vehicles with added packages or options. Not responsible for typographical errors. Final price must be verified by management. New Vehicles may be in-transit to dealer. Please call to confirm status. See dealer for details.

2017 Honda Fit EX
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