Honda Fit Performance
Although it isn’t fast, reviewers like the nimble 2013 Honda Fit and say that models with the manual transmission are the most fun to drive. One reviewer says the optional Sport trim has the best cornering abilities in the model line. Several auto writers also mention that the Fit’s low-horsepower engine struggles uphill and in passing maneuvers.
- "The 2013 Honda Fit's light weight, lively four-cylinder engine and responsive steering combine to make it an enjoyable car to drive." -- Edmunds
- "If you're expecting the 2013 Honda Fit to handle like a miniature Civic Si, think again. However, we admit we were surprised how much fun this car is, especially considering its subcompact status." -- Kelley Blue Book
Acceleration and Power
The 2013 Honda Fit comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 117 horsepower. The base model has a standard five-speed manual transmission, and a five-speed automatic is optional. The Sport trim also offers paddle shifters. The EPA rates the Fit at 28/35 mpg with the five-speed automatic transmission. While these fuel economy ratings aren’t the highest in the class, they are impressive for a car with as much passenger and cargo room as the Fit.
Test drivers say the Fit’s lack of engine power shows when the Fit goes up hills or needs to pass slow-moving cars. However, they say the Fit doesn’t have trouble keeping pace with highway traffic or picking up speed on a freeway on ramp. Of the two transmissions, reviewers prefer the manual because they say it makes the Fit more fun to drive.
- "It also feels very much like a lightweight subcompact when you are behind the wheel, especially amid larger vehicles on the highway. Many newer rivals feel more substantial at highway speeds." -- Edmunds
- "Around town, even with the automatic transmission, the Fit Sport feels spunky because the car weighs only 2,534 pounds. On the highway, it cruises comfortably, although there is a moderate amount of wind and road noise." -- Kansas City Star (2010)
- "With only 117-horsepower under the hood, the Honda Fit sometimes has to struggle on steep hills or when asked to overtake slower traffic. But in normal freeway driving, the little Fit seems eager to please and has no problem merging from onramps or keeping up with fast-moving traffic." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Fit is adequate around town with either transmission, though it feels livelier with the manual." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Handling and Braking
Some reviewers say the 2013 Fit doesn’t have the best handling abilities in the class, but upgrading to the Sport trim should satisfy drivers who want a Fit that’s a little more fun to drive. Consumer Guide, however, says the base model handles well. Few test drivers comment on the Fit’s brakes, but Edmunds conducted braking tests on the Fit and its competitors. They report that the Fit takes longer to stop than rivals.
- "Sport models shine here, as they exhibit sharp steering response and little body lean in turns. Base models feel only slightly soggier. Tidy exterior dimensions make all Fits highly maneuverable." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
- "We like the Fit's precise steering and its ability to keep its poise during hard cornering. The feeling gets even better when behind the Sport trim's steering wheel, which features paddle shifters on models equipped with the automatic transmission." -- Kelley Blue Book