Not only is the 2007 Honda Fit made for carrying people and cargo, it’s engineered for fun and frugality. A 109-horsepower engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or a first-in-class five-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is rated at 33 mpg city and 38 highway. And don’t think driving a Honda Fit relegates you to a penalty box. This premium entry-level vehicle comes with six airbags, and the available Sport model includes paddle shifters with the automatic transmission, and a 160-watt six-speaker audio system. Fit owners will also have available a wide variety of accessories, including the segment-exclusive Honda Apple iPOD Music Link.
What it is
Why it matters
Any product contributes to the reputation of its manufacturer, so automakers are hesitant to sell vehicles that reveal “budget” engineering. Everyone wants class, refinement and key features, no matter how much they’re spending. Honda’s new 2007 Fit not only makes the grade in terms of expected quality, but also redefines the way in which small hatchbacks transport cargo and passengers.
What’s under the hood
Honda offers both a five-speed manual and a five-speed automatic transmission. Even cooler are the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that operate the automatic gearbox on Fit Sport models. Five gears in an automatic is an achievement in the econo-class, as the competitors make due with four. However, Nissan offers both a six-speed manual and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in the Versa
Electric power steering, front disc/rear drum brakes with ABS, drive-by-wire throttle input, a rear torsion beam suspension, and an independent front suspension all arrive as expected. It’s too bad four-wheel-disc brakes are not standard, but at least the ABS supplements every 2007 Honda Fit.
Other interior highlights include front, side-impact and side-curtain airbags, a four-speaker single-CD audio system with speed-sensitive volume, air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, gauges that are backlit in blue, and a rear window defroster.
What it looks like
What Honda says
What we think
When can you buy it
Engine Horsepower: 109
Transmission: Five-speed manual; five-speed automatic (with paddle shifters on Sport models)
Curb weight, lbs.: 2,200 – 2,400 lbs. (estimated)
EPA Fuel Economy (city/highway): 33/38 mpg (estimated, both transmissions)
Max. Seating Capacity: Five
Cargo volume: 21.3 cubic feet (behind rear seat)
Competitors: Chevrolet Aveo, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, Toyota Yaris
Photos courtesy of American Honda