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For 2013, Honda has expanded the popular Fit line to include an electric model. The Fit EV has a 92 kW high-density coaxial electric engine that produces an impressive 123 horsepower and 189 pound-feet of torque. A lithium-ion battery pack powers the Fit EV, and has a range of 83 miles on a single charge. Also impressive is the 240-volt charger that provides a full charge in only three hours.
Like its sibling, the Fit EV features a versatile and efficient interior. Making room for the battery pack, however, reduced space in the rear seat and cargo area, and removes the collapsible Magic Seat from the Fit's standard features list.
Control layout is user-friendly, and the dashboard has a large easy-to-use center screen. The Fit EV also features Honda's navigation system with a voice recognition system.
Like most production electric vehicles, the Fit EV won't impress anyone with its acceleration. However, it has more torque than you'd get in a gas-powered Fit, and a revised suspension that might give it a better ride. The Fit EV keeps up with traffic, even on the highway. And with three driving modes -- normal, sport and econ -- drivers can optimize performance or economy for any situation.
Unfortunately, Honda doesn't make it easy to get a Fit EV. Buyers must live in one of four metro areas (Portland, Oregon; or San Francisco, Sacramento or Los Angeles, California) and the Fit EV may only be leased -- not purchased.
The Fit EV features: 15-inch alloy wheels; brake assist; stability and traction control; LED taillights; automatic climate control; a navigation system with voice recognition; Bluetooth; a rearview camera; a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; heated front seats; split second row seating; a USB interface and auxiliary input jack; speed-sensitive volume control; and a six-speaker audio system with Windows Media audio and playback.
Options are nearly non-existent.
Well-designed interior with an impressive engine, though charging the Focus will take an hour longer
Spacious interior and built on the highly successful Prius platform, but not a true electric
Innovative design and lots of features, but limited range
Affordable option with a nice engine, but poor interior materials and design