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AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection
This week’s subject for Five Point Inspection is the Honda Fit subcompact, equipped with the Sport Package. The MSRP of this model comes to $18,700, and represents a nearly fully loaded Fit. All that’s missing is the navigation, and a la cart options and accessories.
There’s a lot more competition in the sub-compact segment than there used to be, and yet the Honda Fit continues on as a stand-out model. Those looking to see what Honda will deliver for the next generation of the car will have to wait a little longer. In the mean time, the Fit has received a list of small upgrades and additions for the 2012 model year.
The Fit’s stand-out style gets a mild update for 2012. Base models get paint-matched mirrors and a new hubcap design while Sport models get a new grille, black headlight bezels and a new shade of silver for the 16-inch wheels. Fit Sport models also gain standard equipment with the addition of steering wheel audio controls, while Bluetooth hands free controls now come on models equipped with the optional navigation system.
There are no changes under the hood with the 1.5-liter 4-cylinder still making 117-hp and 106 lb-ft of torque.
Thanks to a 2011 Honda Fit dealer brochure obtained by TempleofVtec, we now have some insight into what might be coming for the 2012 Honda Fit. With the second-gen model launching in 2009, by 2012 the car is due or a refresh and its likely to get some of the new items and upgrades currently being rolled out in Japan.
There’s a lot of new content in the Japanese 2011 models and some of it will eventually find its way here for 2012. Much of it isn’t interesting or newsworthy, but there are a few important bits of info. One big change are aerodynamic upgrades (inspired by the upcoming Fit Hybrid) that will help the car achieve better fuel economy. Currently the Fit gets as much as 35-mpg highway and this small improvement should increase that to 36-mpg.
Also of note is a six-speed manual on an RS performance model. That same transmission could become standard equipment in the Fit, helping boost highway fuel economy from 33-mpg (for manual models) up to 35-mpg.
Another important bit of info included is a 30 km/l rating for the Fit Hybrid. With a different method of testing fuel economy in Japan, it’s not possible to do a straight conversion, but this will most certainly put the Fit Hybrid at or over the 40-mpg number.
GALLERY: 2011 Honda Fit Brochure (Japanese)