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2012 Honda Fit Overview

Zac Estrada
Automotive Editor - January 30, 2012

All Fits get power windows, mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry. Cruise control, USB input, air conditioning and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel are part of the standard package. A 117-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder is the only option, and it's available with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic. Fuel economy estimates of 28 MPG city and 35 MPG highway – 27 MPG and 33 MPG highway with the manual – are off the mark for the class, though, as many approach or hit 40 MPG highway. The Sport trim level adds larger 16-inch alloy wheels, body kit with fog lamps, driver's side armrest and a six-speaker sound system. Sport is available with a navigation system on automatic transmission models. Opting for the touchscreen system adds Bluetooth.

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The Ford Fiesta is generally a sportier option than the Fit, as it's lower to the ground and is tuned more for driving. Ford also packs the Fiesta with available features like heated leather seats and SYNC. But the Fiesta is much more cramped than the Fit, especially in the rear, and the six-speed PowerShift transmission is less refined than Honda's five-speed automatic. The Hyundai Accent has a class-leading warranty and a more powerful engine that gives better fuel economy, but is less versatile overall.

The Chevrolet Sonic is available with a more potent 1.4-liter turbo and offers things like leatherette seats that the Fit doesn't. But it's also more expensive in upper trim levels. Finally, the Toyota Yaris may be frugal and inexpensive, but the interior fit and finish falls behind most of the class, as does its archaic four-speed automatic option.

Overall, the Fit is still an excellent choice among subcompacts. It comes with a load of standard features some competitors relegate to options and adds the piece of mind of a strong reliability record. The versatile, split seats with their fold-up seat bottoms will seal the deal for many customers, as the Fit can be the perfect car for young students moving from apartment to apartment, or for people who no longer want a large car but don't want to give up the practicality of a crossover. The Fit makes a lot of sense for a wide variety of shoppers.

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