The 2011 Honda Fit is one of the most popular vehicles in the subcompact segment, and with good reason: it’s small on the outside but big on the inside, relatively entertaining to drive and affordable for most any budget. It’s racked up “Best Of” awards from the likes of Car and Driver, J.D Power and Edmunds, and Fit sales in 2011 are up by nearly 32 percent compared to last year.
With that much going for it, you’d think that Honda would leave well enough alone for 2012. Why mess with a good thing, and why add content to a car that’s selling well enough on its own?
To stay competitive, that’s why. Honda is well aware of the progress made by Hyundai, which just launched an entirely new 2012 Accent. Chevrolet hasn’t been idle, either, and their all-new 2012 Sonic subcompact is set to hit showrooms later this year. Honda knows that maintaining (or better yet, increasing) market share with the Fit takes work, so the automaker has made subtle changes to content and features for the 2012 Honda Fit.
For 2012, all Fit models get revised beverage holders, console ambient lighting, more sound insulation and thicker front-corner window glass to reduce cabin noise. Base Fit models now come with body-color side mirrors and restyled wheel covers, but the bulk of the changes come on Honda Fit Sport models.
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For 2012, Fit Sport versions get a revised front grille and bumper, black headlight trim and dark “machined surface” alloy wheels. Inside, the Sport models get dark metallic dash trim, chrome accents around the instruments, steering wheel audio controls and upgraded seat fabric. When equipped with Honda’s navigation system, Fit Sport models now include Bluetooth phone integration and audio streaming. Oddly absent is satellite radio, which remains unavailable on all 2012 Fit models.
Mechanicals, including the 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine, five speed manual or five speed automatic transmission and front MacPherson strut / rear torsion beam suspension carry over unchanged for 2012. All Fit models come with air conditioning, cruise control, remote entry, a 160-watt audio system, power windows, power mirrors, power locks and a security system. As for safety, all 2012 Fit models come with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, front airbags, side airbags and side-curtain airbags.