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in 2012 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,411 - $15,528
Original MSRP: $15,325 - $19,690
MPG: 27 City / 33 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 Honda Fit Review

Review Last Updated: 9/3/14

The 2012 Honda Fit has strong fuel economy ratings, and reviewers praised its large and versatile cargo hold, agile handling and fun-to-drive personality.

Reviewers said the 2012 Honda Fit’s four-cylinder engine feels lively around town, but that the Fit can be slow to accelerate and pass other vehicles on the highway. Test drivers said the standard five-speed manual transmission is fun to shift and makes the best use of the engine’s power. However, the Fit feels less peppy with the available five-speed automatic transmission, they added. Equipped with an automatic transmission, the Fit gets an EPA-estimated 28/35 mpg city/highway, which is great for the class. Auto writers said the Fit has responsive steering and agile handling around corners, and that its compact size makes it easy to drive in the city. The ride is generally composed, they added, though a few critics noted that it can feel harsh in the Sport trim.

Test drivers said 2012 Honda Fit’s cabin is constructed with basic materials, but said its eye-catching design and accent lighting make it look cheerful. They wrote that the Fit’s front seats offer generous head- and legroom and are set high for good visibility. The Fit also earned praise for the amount of head- and legroom in the back seat. With the rear seats folded, the Fit has an exceptional amount of cargo space for a subcompact car, with 57.3 cubic feet of space. Critics liked that the Fit’s front passenger seat and rear Magic Seat can be folded multiple ways to allow for cargo of different sizes and shapes. The base 2012 Fit comes with air conditioning, cruise control, a four-speaker CD audio system, a USB port and power windows and door locks. Optional features when it was new include Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a voice-controlled navigation system. Auto writers found the Fit’s audio and climate controls easy to reach and simple to use.

When it was new, the 2012 Honda Fit won our 2012 Best Subcompact Car for Families and 2012 Best Hatchback for Families awards.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Ford Fiesta gets slightly better fuel economy ratings, and reviewers said it has nimble handling and is a blast to drive. They were also impressed with its upscale cabin.

The 2012 Hyundai Accent has similar fuel economy as the Fit and reviewers said it makes a comfortable and quiet daily driver. The Accent has an excellent amount of cargo space for a hatchback and test drivers praised its inviting cabin and upscale interior materials.

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