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2012 Honda Fit: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions June 2015

The 2012 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, and due to the gas tank being located under the front seats, it can be folded flat no matter where the front seats are positioned. This is done with 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, while remaining nimble and maneuverable. The fit has a curb-to-curb turning circle of just 34.4 feet. Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) stability control is standard.

The 2012 Fit doesn't achieve hybridlike fuel economy, but it's equipped with a perky 117-horsepower 4-cylinder engine 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. For 2012, the Fit gets more sound insulation for quieter cruising. The Fit's standard equipment list now includes console-mounted cupholders, ambient interior lighting and body-color mirrors. The 2012 Fit Sport model gets a more aggressive front-end appearance, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and upgraded cloth seat fabric. Fit Sports equipped with the optional navigation system add Bluetooth hands-free phone integration and audio capability.

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; good value for the price; standard stability control

What We Don't

Some wind noise; no sixth-gear option; no 4-door sedan available

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 (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 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 2012 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, console cupholders, ambient interior lighting, a driver's footrest, visor vanity mirrors, 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 audio 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, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio capability.


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. Used Fits tend to retain their value well.

To get a good idea of the 2012 Fit's price range, investigate the Kelley Blue Book used-car values at Also, search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following recall for the 2012 Fit.

The stability control system may allow excessive yaw rates at high steering angles with some tires, increasing the risk of a crash.

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 gave the 2012 Fit a 4-star overall rating, with four stars each for frontal impacts, side impacts and rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2012 Fit Good ratings for moderate-overlap front and side impacts, as well as for roof strength, head-restraint and seat tests, but a Poor rating under the new, upgraded tests for small-overlap front impacts.

American Honda Motor Company sold the 2012 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

2012 Nissan Versa -- The top-selling subcompact Versa sedan is all new for 2012. It features a 109-hp 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine and a roomy cabin, but cheap, plasticky interior trim spoils the mood. Carried over unchanged is the 5-door hatchback with a 122-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, 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.

2012 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. New for 2012 is a 200-watt premium audio system. The xD provides up to 35.7 cu ft. of cargo space with the rear seat folded.

Autotrader's Advice

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 enhance the small-car ownership experience. Look for lower-mileage examples, and 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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