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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $11,191 - $13,876
Original MSRP: $15,100 - $19,240
MPG: 27 City / 33 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Honda Fit Review

Review Last Updated: 7/30/12

Even though it’s a small hatchback, the highly-ranked 2011 Honda Fit can haul five people comfortably and accommodate all sorts of cargo. Throw in great safety and reliability scores, and the Honda Fit outshines the competition. When it was new, the Fit won the U.S. News 2011 Best Hatchback for the Money, Best Subcompact Car for Families and Best Hatchback for Families awards.

The 2011 Honda Fit is designed for shoppers who need comfortable seating for five and lots of cargo space. Car reviewers said that the rear row is spacious for the class, though tall adults may want more legroom. The 2011 Fit has a Magic Seat that flips different ways, allowing you to haul a bike or other oddly-shaped cargo in the back seat. With the rear seats folded, the Honda Fit has the most cargo space in the class.

The 2011 Fit comes standard with basic tech features like a stereo and a USB port. Navigation was optional when it was new, but Bluetooth, a common available feature for cars in the Fit’s price range, isn’t available at all.

A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers the Honda Fit. Reviewers were mixed on the engine’s performance, with some calling it underpowered, but many reviewers agreed that it is plenty powerful for daily commutes, and that the Fit’s nimble handling is its strongest characteristic. The Fit gets up to 28/35 mpg city/highway with an automatic transmission, which is good for the class. The Honda Fit also has excellent safety scores and a class-leading reliability rating.

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Other Cars to Consider

Like the Fit, the redesigned 2011 Hyundai Elantra has high safety scores, a good reliability rating, spacious rear seats and a lot of cargo space. However, the 2011 Elantra bests the Fit with outstanding fuel economy ratings of 29/40 mpg city/highway on the base model. Only available as a sedan, the Elantra has a cabin that reviewers said is upscale for the class, and it comes with a wide range of available features.

If you don’t need as much cargo space as what the Honda Fit offers, consider the 2011 Ford Fiesta, which is available as a sedan and hatchback. The Fiesta was a reviewer favorite for its quality interior, good performance and comfortable cabin. In addition, the 2011 Fiesta earned the 2011 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award thanks to its high safety scores and outstanding fuel economy ratings that can reach 40 mpg on the highway, depending on the model.

Compare the Fit to the Elantra and Fiesta »