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2017 Honda Fit Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2017 Honda Fit

Among the world of hatchback cars, Honda Fit has earned a lot of fame. It is one of the practical hatchbacks in terms of space, performance, and mileage. Honda Fit is also known as Honda Jazz which is marketed in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Honda is producing Fit since 2001. Since then Fit generated a fabulous market response. It has been marked as a practical hatchback. In the world of small and sub – compact cars, Honda Fit has a worthy position.

Although it’s not as swift as the superchargers, turbochargers or the V mates. But its subtle drivetrain and agile steering makes Fit a quick car to drive. The EPA figures add more fuel to the fame of Honda Fit and makes it a fun to drive the car.

Honda fit is available in three models, namely: LX, EX, and EX – L. The starting price of Honda Fit is $15,990. The concept discussed today is the third generation of Honda Fit.

By 2010, Honda Fit was introduced in Hybrid technology. The present day model is a dual tech car, with electric and gasoline combine powertrain.


1.2, 1.3 and 1.56 – speed manual


130 hp114 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
8.5 seconds119 mphHatchback29 city/ 36 highway


2009 Honda Fit Sport.
Hood of 2017 Honda Fit

The standard engine that is offered with the prescribed models of Honda Fit is the 1.5 L 4 – cylinder DOHC engine. The powertrain is available in gasoline and diesel integration. While the diesel engine is only available in 1.5 L i-DTEC.

Honda Fit is based on front – wheel drive configuration. Practically the city rides are more convenient to drive when they are based on the front – wheel configuration. The powertrain delivers more acceleration when riding through the traffic signals and thin alleyways.

The road tests revealed that Honda Fit is more fuel saving than its company advertisements. As per the reading of the factory, the highway EPA of Fit is 36 mpg. But the road tests revealed that it can make 41 miles in a gallon over the highway. Such a figure is highly recommendable for the family cars.

The amount of space and the EPA figures are when combined, then the calculation shows that Fit can ride as much people as a Sedan could do. And the mileage of Fit is far better than a number of Sedans.

The CVT class of transmission makes much of it possible. The reduced transmission time and refined ration of shifting allows more passage to not to waste fuel. And not even just the mileage, the CVT also helped in improving the acceleration of Fit.

On the basis of its strong chassis, that mostly resembles the hatchback sports cars, Fit has been recommended as the Best Car to drive by a number of Car Magazines. Honda has maintained the standard of performance in Honda Fit. The previous generations of Honda Fit even had a strong chassis with a powerful drivetrain. Generally, such type of powertrain is not expected from the hatchbacks.

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2017 Honda Fit Exterior

Honda Fit has got a happy face structure. The front of the car gives a happy face induction to the spectator. The sides and even the bonnet have the styling of swage – lines that beautify more of its shape.

Due to the Multi – Configuration Interior Concept, the ride height is lower than a number of other hatchbacks. This even allows much reduction in the drag coefficient and air friction, allowing more speed and acceleration under the circumstances of performance driving. Honda has implied the 780 MPa yield steel for the body work of Fit.


Interior of 2017 Honda Fit

Honda Fit’s interior design is famously known as Magic Seating. It has been designed over the Multi – Configuration Interior Concept, which allows to keep more space in the car. The system enables the fuel tank to be placed either in the center or front of the car. Honda Fit has it in the center, leaving enormous space for the rear row and the trunk. The present day Honda Fit has more room for the back row passengers, then it was for the previous models in the series.

Well as mentioned earlier, Honda Fit is a fun to drive the car. The fun is more enchanted by the interior of the car. The seats are comfortable for a city as well as highway drive. Moreover, the space is up for both the rows.

As most of the hatchbacks leave the feel that the back rows are congested to sit in. Not just the back rows, while driving the car, the driver feels the steering wheel hitting his or her legs. But in the case of Honda Fit, you won’t encounter such problems. It’s a complete family package for the kids, adults, and seniors.


Features of 2017 Honda Fit

The lower model of the series compromises with the touchscreen panel. But in the higher models in the range, the system is made standard.

Yet there is some default setup among Fit and some other Hondas. Most of the Hondas share the same infotainment system. And nevertheless, the system lags. Though in such a tremendous car, a lethargic infotainment system becomes a catch.

While the navigational panel is the optional feature which is available on demand. Though some work reveals that Honda’s navigational panel is quite better than its infotainment system.


2017 Honda Fit Safety

Honda Fit is considered to be one of the safest cars on the planet. The Road Safety Authorities marked it as 5-star safe car. The 5 stars are for the highly recommendable cars.

Besides the conventional safety features, Fit is equipped with driving assistive features as well. These include the rear and front view cameras and head turning curb appeal.


Toyota Scion iA

The Toyota Scion iA is a compact size Sedan, which is relatively the competitor of our Honda Fit. As per the structure, Scion iA has to have more power than Fit, but comparatively, they are almost same. And we even find less gap in their prices as well.

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If you want to flirt with the roads, air, waves, and chronology of time, then Fit definitely fits your needs. Especially the participative fuel economy makes it a superb family car.

On the other hand, you may also check out our 2018 review on the Honda Brio model.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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