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The Honda Fit slots below the Honda Civic, which was once a subcompact model. As the Civic grew in size and in popularity, a new model needed to be "fitted" below the Civic. Hence, the Honda Fit.
All models are powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 130 horsepower. This engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Fit is available in LX, EX and EX-L trim levels.
The Honda Fit's front fascia is marked by a flush, horizontal grille and is offset by a pair of wraparound lighting assemblies. A sporty lower grille opening is punctuated by a pair of recesses housing fog lights, except on the base model.
From the sides, the Fit has a crossover-like design with a rising beltline and a sloping roofline. Strong upper and lower character lines, subdued wheel arches and available alloy wheels are also present. At the rear, the hatch has a body-colored spoiler and features a pair of dominating taillights. Deep body sculpting and grooves are also present.
The Honda Fit offers room for five, but as is typical in the segment it is best suited for four. Bucket seats are up front and a multi-adjustable 60/40 split-folding seat is in the rear. The standard cargo space measures 16.6 cubic feet and expands to 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.
Every Honda Fit is equipped with a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, cruise control, power accessories, air conditioning, a rearview camera, 12-volt outlets, a USB port, an auxiliary input port, an audio system and Bluetooth connectivity.
Fit EX models bring in push-button start and cargo area tie-down anchors. The EX-L edition adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats and leather upholstery. Available options include a navigation system paired with HD Radio and SiriusXM satellite radio.
The Fit's competitors include subcompact cars like the Ford Fiesta, Scion iA, Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio.
The first-generation Honda Fit was produced from 2007 to 2008 model years. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 109 horsepower is standard, and paired with the choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic.
The 2007-2008 Fit came standard with air conditioning, full power accessories and a CD player. The higher Sport trim adds alloy wheels, keyless entry, cruise control and an auxiliary input jack. The first-generation Fit offers up to 41.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.
The second-generation Fit debuted as a 2009 model, offering improved handling, as well as more power and interior space. Engine output increased to 117 horsepower, and the Fit's larger interior now offered 57.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seat folded.
A number of new standard features were added for the 2011 model year, including electronic stability control, cruise control, keyless entry and a USB port. Updated styling and more sound insulation were added for the 2012 model year, and the available Bluetooth system was updated to include streaming audio. The Fit didn't see any major changes for the 2013 model year. No 2014 model was offered ahead of the Fit's 2015 redesign.