This subcompact car is on top of the food chain, and just like Usain Bolt, no competitor can catch it. The 2017 Honda Fit offers a roomy and comfortable interior, impeccable fuel economy and cargo space that can be used for many reasons. This car brings alive the idiom of don't judge a book by its cover because it's actually more spacious than it looks. This car represents value for money because it is affordable and efficient; it's ideal for a person on a tight budget, one looking for a smaller car or one looking for his or her first car.
What should I know about the trims?
The price range for the trims ranges between $16,090 and $20,365 depending on the features it offers. The 2017 Honda Fit comes with three trims that include: the LX, EX, and EX-L. The 2017 Honda Fit still maintains the same reliable features it has used in previous years.
All the models have a 1.5 -liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 130 hp. The EX and LX have a standard six-speed manual transmission while the EX-L has a standard CVT engine.
The LX goes for $16,090; it's a very good bargain especially because the car offers some great features. It has Bluetooth connectivity, a 5-inch display screen, Honda's Magic Seat, a rearview camera as well as a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. It can produce 130-horsepower from its four-cylinder engine.
The EX will cost you $18,000. The additions in this trim include a 7-inch touch screen, a moonroof, push-button start, fog lights and a six-speaker audio system. The driver can also use apps on the touch screen by synchronizing his or her smart phone using a HondaLink.
The EX-L's starting price is $20,365. It features, even more, features like leather-trimmed seats, leather upholstery, CVT engine, leather-covered steering wheel, shift knob and heated front seats. It also features side mirrors with turn signal indicators which are very important for road safety.
Does the Fit have any limitations?
You might not like that the cabin of the Fit produces some road noise. It is also underpowered when it hits highway speeds, and you might be frustrated by the slow touch screen interface. Also, Android users have lesser smart phone integration choices.
What does the drive feel like?
Driving the 2017 Honda Fit is as pleasurable as taking a warm shower after a long day of work. You will enjoy driving this agile subcompact car which has a revised suspension tuning and a longer wheelbase. The engine is quite small, but it beats some of the competitors in acceleration; it definitely outperforms its weight class.
Honda's bigger cars are far more comfortable than the Fit, but it still offers enough comfort when compared to other competitors in its class. The touch screen stands out, and it helps make the cabin look appealing. However, there is no volume knob, no supporting physical buttons and the frustrating virtual icons that are just too small.
This car can offer a great drive, but it goes without saying that its main selling point is its interior versatility. The rear seat can be totally folded into the floor, creating more space for your pets and anything else you would like to carry with you. The roomy interior can even compete with some small SUVs.
How safe is the 2017 Honda Fit?
The Fit features stability control, front-side airbags, a backup camera, Anti-lock brakes, traction control and side-curtain airbags. Additionally, the EX trim comes with an enhanced backup camera and LaneWatch blind spot camera.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted side and frontal crash tests on the Fit, giving it a perfect score of five out of five. According to the NHTSA crash tests, the Fit is slightly safer than the Toyota Yaris.
The Fit also performed well in a safety test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Does the Fit have a warranty?
This car has a limited powertrain warranty for five years/60,000 miles and a limited warranty for three years/36,000 miles. It is worth noting that most subcompact cars like Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, and Chevy Sonic also offer similar warranty terms. However, some competitors like Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio have better warranties. They offer a powertrain warranty for ten years /100,000 miles and a basic warranty of five years/60,000-miles.