2010 Honda Fit Review

In a segment filled with econo-boxes, the Fit is almost too good

2010 Honda Fit Review

The trip from Havana to Paris might not be as exotic as you’d expect when it takes place entirely in Arkansas, but this narrow pass that connects the two southern state towns is providing plenty of thrills. Challenging both driver and car, it tests the surprisingly sporty road manners of the Fit Sport, Honda’s itsy-bitsy five-door hatchback outfitted with a fuel-stingy engine.


1. The 117-hp 1.5L gets 27/33-mpg (city/hwy) for the manual or Sport automatic and 28/35-mpg for the automatic in base trim.

2. Cargo room is a spacious 20.6 cubic feet or a total of 57.3 cu.-ft. with the rear seats folded.

3. Six airbags are standard with stability control standard on Sport models.

4. The Fit Sport includes upgrades such as a body kit and spoiler, 16-inch wheels, fog lights, a chrome exhaust pipe, cruise control, a 160-watt sound system, remote entry and paddle shifters for the automatic transmission.


With a roof barely five feet high and the pint-size body about 13 feet long, the little Fit resembles a sleek bullet dominated by a quick-sloped windshield and hood capped by a body-colored grille separating vast headlamp clusters mounted on the front corners.

Sport models like our test car add ground effects with a front fascia housing a broad air intake port and foglamps. Also included in the top-trim Sport model are alloy wheels and a roofline spoiler extending over the tail.


Sold as the Jazz overseas, this platform is offered in 70 different markets throughout the world. The genius of the setup is the utility it allows with a compact suspension design that carves out more space for the passenger compartment and a lower floor for easy entry.

Honda installs independent MacPherson struts in front with a stabilizer bar and an H-shaped torsion beam with stabilizer bar in the rear. The steering system gets electric power assistance, which eliminates a load of hydraulic equipment and contributes to the efficiency of Fit’s modest engine.

Stopping power comes from a front disc, rear drum setup with standard ABS with electronic brake force distribution (EBD). Added safety features come with the top trim Fit Sport thanks to stability assist (VSA) with a traction control system (TCS). Also in the safety department are six standard airbags.


Under the hood a single-cam 1.5-liter 4-cylinder is made from aluminum with a drive-by-wire throttle and Honda’s i-VTEC (variable value timing and lift electronic control) technology to precisely manage engine breathing and combustion in order to maximize horsepower and disperse torque across a broad band. It produces 117-hp at 6000 rpm plus torque of 106 ft-lbs at 4800 rpm.

Two five-speed transmissions are offered (auto and manual) with the latter an engaging experience, while the electronically controlled automatic boosts fuel economy and even comes with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the Sport model.

The car’s compact dimensions and 2,489-pound curb weight factor in to its high fuel economy scores with the EPA giving it a 27/33-mpg (city/highway) rating for the manual and a 28/35-mpg rating for the automatic. Sport automatic models do, however, rate the same as the manual.


Climb inside to discover that the cabin feels airy and roomy, despite overall dimensions that tie the Fit to the smallest category of cars. The cockpit floor dips low so you can step aboard easily, and the ceiling bows high up front to fit tall chair-like seats on the front row. Passengers in the two front buckets sit upright, with their heads positioned high for better visibility though the ring of windows.

Designers counterbalanced spatial confinements of a small car by raising the roof and lengthening the wheelbase to fashion a cabin that seems spacious even for backseat passengers and also provides 20.6 cubic of cargo room (or an incredible 57.3 cubic feet with rear seatbacks down).

A clean and efficient layout for the cockpit sets the instrument panel below an arched bonnet, with a sporty three-spoke steering wheel (with audio and cruise control commands on Sport models). HVAC controls are also located immediately to the right of the driver making for excellent ease of use.

In the rear there’s a 60/40 split bench that Honda calls the "Magic Seat" as the seatbacks dive down and bottom sections flip up to vary configurations for passengers and cargo. The rear seatbacks can fold away to form a virtually flat cargo floor or the front seats will recline flush with rear seat bottoms to make a long and flat cushioned area like a bed.


The entry edition 2010 Fit with a five-speed manual transmission lists for $14,900, or $15,700 with the automatic shifter. Sport models start at $16,410 (manual) or $17,260 (automatic) and you can toss in Navigation (a rarity in this segment) for a total of $18,260 (manual) and $19,110 (automatic).

While it’s certainly not the $10,000 econo box that some automakers are offering in this segment, with the Fit you get what you pay for and then some. It has plenty of standard equipment, great options, tons of style (inside and out), is fun to drive and great on fuel. In its segment, the Fit is so good it’s almost not fair.


2011 Ford Fiesta: First Drive 2009 Toyota Yaris 2009 Hyundai Accent GLS 4-Door

2009 Hyundai Accent SE 3-Door Hatchback 2009 Chevrolet Aveo5 LT Review 2009 Nissan Versa Hatchback

« Back

AutoGuide.com’s Monthly Overlay Newsletter Signup – By subscribing to our email newsletter, Entrants are eligible to win one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card (value of $100.00 USD). One (1) winner will be chosen every month at random and contacted by VerticalScope Inc.’s staff. *Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this promotion. Except as required by law, Amazon.com Gift Cards ("GCs") cannot be transferred for value or redeemed for cash. GCs may be used only for purchases of eligible goods at Amazon.com or certain of its affiliated websites. For complete terms and conditions, see www.amazon.com/gc-legal. GCs are issued by ACI Gift Cards, Inc., a Washington corporation. All Amazon ®, ™ & © are IP of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. No expiration date or service fees.


2. PRIZE: One (1) Winner will be randomly selected every month to each receive: one (1) $100.00 Amazon.com Gift Card (the “Prize Supplier”). Total approximate retail value of all prizes is approximately $100.00 USD. Prizes are not transferable and no cash or prize substitution is allowed. Prize package is awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.

3. ELIGIBILITY: From the time of entry through the final date of prize fulfillment, each contest entrant and selected entrant must be a permanent lawful citizen and resident residing in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia or in Canada, and be twenty one (21) years of age or older. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, IN ALL FOREIGN COUNTRIES OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES, AND ALL OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES OR CANADA AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives, of the Sponsor and the Prize Supplier and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, promotion partners and any entity involved in the development, production, implementation, administration or fulfillment of this Sweepstakes, and the immediate family members (e.g., spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, grandparent, in-law, daughter and son, regardless of where they live) and persons living in the same household (whether or not related) of such individuals are not eligible to participate or win. Only one selected entrant per household. All decisions of the Sponsor with respect to this sweepstakes are final. The Sponsor shall have the right at any time to require proof of identity and failure to provide such proof may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes.

4. ENTER BY INTERNET: You may enter this sweepstakes via the Internet by logging onto AutoGuide.com and subscribing to our email newsletter via the pop-up overlay.

5. SELECTION OF WINNER: One (1) Entrant will be selected by random selection who have subscribed to our email newsletter. The winner may be announced publicly on AutoGuide.com and will be contacted by VerticalScope Inc.’s staff. The winner will be required to provide a mailing address (that is not a P.O. box) to receive the prize which will be shipped free of charge.

6. ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning a prize are determined by the total number of eligible entries received.

7. RESTRICTIONS: The prize package consists of one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card with an approximate value of $100.00 USD. If prize cannot be awarded due to circumstances beyond the control of the Sponsor or Prize Supplier, no substitute prize will be awarded due to the unique nature of the prize. Sponsor and Prize Supplier shall not be liable to the winner or any person claiming through winner for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulations(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, utility failure, internet failure, terrorist acts, threatened terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal) labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other cause beyond Sponsor's or Prize Supplier's control (collectively, "Force Majeure Event"). Sponsor shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions or any act or omissions whatsoever by the performers/events, other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of these services and accommodations to passengers including any results thereof such as changes in services or accommodations necessitated by same.

8. CONDITIONS: By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules, Terms and Conditions and that Sponsor has the irrevocable right to use in perpetuity entrants' names, user names, likenesses, photographs, voices, home mailing address, biographical and prize information, and entry materials, without notice to entrants and without compensation or obligation, in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world, in any manner whatsoever, to advertise and promote Sponsor, its products and services, the Sweepstakes, and for any other purpose except where prohibited by law. Entrant waives the right to assert as a cost of winning a prize any and all costs of verification and redemption or travel to redeem said prize and any liability which might arise from redeeming or seeking to redeem said prize. Sponsor is not responsible for fraudulent calls or emails made to entrants not by the Sponsor. If the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned by reason of damage by computer viruses, worms or bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical limitations or failures, any Force Majeure Event or any other cause which, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, could corrupt, compromise, undermine or otherwise affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, viability or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend all or any part of the Sweepstakes, and to select a winner from among all eligible entries received by Sponsor up until the time of such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension, as applicable. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual that (i) tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operations of this Sweepstakes in any manner, (ii) violates the Official Rules, Terms and Conditions or (iii) acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK CIVIL AND/OR CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND/OR DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Any expenses and receipt and use of the prize and federal, state and local taxes and fees applicable in connection with the prize awarded are the sole responsibility of the winner. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued in the name of the winner for the actual value of the prize received. This Sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state and local laws of the United States. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sponsor, Prize Supplier, and their respective officers, directors, parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies, employees, representatives and agents are not responsible for and shall not be liable for (i) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by a prize resulting from acceptance, possession or usage of the prize, or (ii) printing, distribution or production errors. Sponsor or its affiliates may rescind any promotion found to contain such errors without liability at its or their sole discretion.

9. SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this contest is VerticalScope Inc. (the owner and operator of AutoGuide.com), 111 Peter Street, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1.

Subscribe to our email newsletter and automatically be entered to win.
*Restrictions apply. See offer for details

Get Breaking Automotive News, Reviews and Video in your Facebook Feed!

Already Liked