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2011 Honda Fit: Used Car Review

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ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Ron Sessions April 2015

The 2011 Honda Fit offers near minivanlike roominess and utility in a small, fun-to-drive car that's great on gas and easy to maneuver and park. Maximum cargo space is a whopping 57.3 cu ft. A key enabler is the Fit's rear Magic Seat, which, due to the gas tank being located under the front seats, can be folded flat no matter where the front seats are positioned by using a handy lever that accomplishes the task in a single motion. With the passenger seat folded forward and the rear seat down, the tiny Fit can easily hold a 6-foot ladder, yet the Fit remains nimble and maneuverable, with a curb-to-curb turning circle of just 34.4 feet. New for 2011 is standard VSA (or Vehicle Stability Assist) stability control.

The 2011 Fit doesn't achieve hybridlike fuel economy, but equipped with its perky 117-horsepower 4-cylinder, it's rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 28 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the optional 5-speed automatic. The Fit's standard equipment list now includes cruise control, keyless remote entry, a USB audio interface, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a driver's footrest, and driver and front-passenger vanity mirrors. A navigation system is optional.

The Honda Fit is a great first car for buyers with limited funds and is a good used-car choice for anyone looking for a thrifty, fun-to-drive small car with incredible roominess and versatility.

What We Like

Fun-to-drive character; great outward visibility and maneuverability; outstanding interior roominess and versatility; good fuel economy; value for dollar; standard stability control

What We Don't

Engine is buzzy at freeway speeds; some wind noise; no sixth-gear option

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Honda Fit and Fit Sport are powered by a thrifty 1.5-liter single-overhead-camshaft 4-cylinder. Equipped with four valves per cylinder and Honda's i-VTEC (which stands for intelligent variable valve timing and lift electronic control) system, the 1.5-liter generates 117 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel. Both the Fit and Fit Sport are available with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic. The automatic in the Fit Sport includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the option of manually controlled sequential shifts. Fit models with the 5-speed automatic are rated by the EPA at 28 mpg city/35 mpg hwy, while Fit Sport models with the automatic and all Fits and Fit Sports with the 5-speed manual gearbox receive a 27 mpg city/33 mpg hwy rating. All models are equipped with front-wheel drive.

Standard Features & Options

The 2011 Honda Fit is available in Fit and Fit Sport trims.

The standard Fit includes 15-inch steel wheels, 175/65R15 tires, air conditioning with cabin air filtration, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with speed-sensitive volume and an MP3 decoder, a USB audio interface, intermittent wipers, reclining front bucket seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, cloth upholstery, anti-lock brakes, VSA stability control, dual front- and side-impact airbags, overhead airbags and power locks, windows and mirrors.

Fit Sport models gain 16-in alloy wheels, 185/55R16 tires, a 6-speaker upgraded audio system, map lights, a perforated-leather-wrapped steering wheel with illuminated controls, steering-wheel shift paddles (automatic transmission only), fog lamps, a chrome-tipped exhaust, a rear spoiler, an underbody aero kit, a security system and body-colored side skirts. The Fit Sport is also available with optional navigation with voice recognition.

Pricing

With the Civic and Accord selling in such huge numbers, the subcompact Fit may be one of Honda's best-kept secrets. There isn't a huge supply of used Fits available, and clean, low-mileage examples likely won't last long on dealer lots, especially if gas prices start rising again.

To get a good idea of the 2011 Fit's price range, investigate the Kelley Blue Book used-car values at KBB.com. Also, search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued no recalls for the 2011 Fit.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA did not rate the 2011 for frontal impacts or side impacts, but the small hatchback did earn four stars for rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2011 Fit Good ratings for moderate-overlap front and side impacts, as well as for head-restraint and seat tests, but an Acceptable rating for roof strength and a Poor rating under the new, upgraded tests for small-overlap front impacts.

American Honda Motor Company sold the 2011 Fit with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty.

Honda certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles must be younger than 6 years and have no more than 80,000 miles on the odometer. Every CPO Fit undergoes a 150-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, extending the basic new-car warranty to 48 months or 48,000 miles and powertrain coverage to 7 years or 100,000 miles from when the vehicle was first sold, whichever occurs first. A vehicle-history report is also included.

Other Cars to Consider

2011 Nissan Versa -- The top-selling subcompact Versa is available as a 5-door hatchback or a 4-door sedan, with a 107-hp 1.6-liter or 122-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder. Both versions offer a good ride and a roomy interior with nice touches such as padded armrests. The hatchback provides 50.4 cu ft. of cargo space with the rear seat down, but the rear hatch opening is small.

2011 Scion xD -- The smallest Scion is a 5-door hatchback. No sedan is offered. Its 128-hp 1.8-liter makes generous power for the class and is EPA-rated at 27 mpg city/33 mpg hwy with the base 5-speed manual and 26 mpg city/34 mpg hwy with the optional 4-speed automatic. The xD is boxy but stylish and well equipped. However, cargo space is a disappointing 10.5 cu ft. behind the rear seat and 35.7 cu ft. with the rear seat folded.

Autotrader's Advice

After gas prices spiked several years ago, automakers retooled subcompacts offered in other parts of the world for U.S. consumption. The Honda Fit, sold elsewhere as the Jazz, is proof that small cars don't need to feel cheap or be boring to drive. Any used Fit, provided that it has received regular care and maintenance, is a good used-car choice for first-time buyers or for anyone who appreciates a well-designed, well-engineered small car that's fun to drive and economical to own.

While the base Fit offers a lot of car for the money, the Fit Sport provides an upgraded appearance, sportier handling and higher amenities that make the small-car ownership experience all the more enjoyable. Look for lower-mileage examples that have seen obvious care and maintenance, and make sure to get a car-history report. Going the Honda CPO route is always a wise choice. Make sure that the Fit you're planning to buy has had any applicable safety recalls attended to.

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