3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Honda Fit EV

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 132 City / 105 Highway
Pros
  • Incredible efficiency
  • Lots of torque
  • Refined and quiet
  • Airy cabin
Cons
  • Substantially more expensive than gas-powered Fits
  • Limited range
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The Fit EV might be the best electric car on the market -- but it has limited West Coast availability, and may only be leased.

Introduction

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.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Honda Fit EV
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2013 Honda Fit EV Base

Recommended for: Eco-friendly drivers living on the West Coast

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.

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