2012 Honda Fit Review
Test drivers say the 2012 Honda Fit is a great choice with its ample and flexible interior space that can tackle nearly anything your family throws at it.
Many families skip small cars thinking that going for a small car means compromising on space. That’s not the case with the 2012 Honda Fit. The Fit has a seat that lets you haul items like a bike in the back seat, and that’s in addition to the space in the rear cargo area. Even with the rear seats up, reviewers say they’re impressed with the amount of cargo space that the Honda Fit has. Though the back seat isn't huge, it has space for three passengers or two car seats. All that utility and passenger space, as well as the Fit's outstanding safety scores has earned it our Best Hatchback and Subcompact Car for Families Awards.
The 2012 Honda Fit does have some flaws though. Reviewers are disappointed that the front seats aren’t height-adjustable, and find that taller passengers need more leg space. While many reviewers think the base engine will be plenty powerful for most drivers, some say the Honda Fit struggles uphill and needs an extra boost on the highway.
Overall, test drivers think these quirks will be minor details for shoppers in this class because they’re looking for something affordable and fuel-efficient that can carry people comfortably, haul sports equipment or move their child into their college dorm.
Other Cars to Consider:
For an affordable small car with a lot of interior space, consider the Hyundai Elantra, which is one of the roomiest models in the class. It has spacious seating for five and lots of trunk space. When comparably equipped with features like Bluetooth and a USB port, the Elantra is just a few hundred dollars more than the Fit.
No hatchback offers as much space as the Honda Fit, but there are models that are more fun to drive. Reviewers say the Volkswagen Golf is a hoot to drive and has a high-quality interior. You will, however, pay more for the Golf’s peppy engine, and you’ll get less interior space.
Details: Honda Fit
The Fit is available in three trims: Base, Sport and Sport with navigation. The most significant addition for 2012 is Bluetooth, which is available on the Sport trim and standard on the Sport with navigation trim. The Fit also gets some exterior changes, as well as more insulation to make the cabin quieter.
The Honda Fit hasn’t changed much in the past few years, so this review uses test drives of earlier Fit models.
- "While prices seem steep for the class, Fit comes very well equipped. This is a subcompact in name and exterior size only; it's really a small wagon that challenges some compact SUVs for room while getting significantly better fuel economy. Fit deserves a top spot on your shopping list, but our nod goes to the cheaper, yet no less versatile, Base model." -- Consumer Guide
- "Although the Fit is priced a bit higher than most of its competitors, Honda offers a substantial number of standard features, plus one attribute you won't find on any option list: Outstanding resale value." -- Kelley Blue Book