You won't find impressive performance from the 117-horsepower, 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine in the 2012 Honda Fit, but provided you don't have a stopwatch it'll feel quick. Especially with the five-speed manual gearbox, the Fit feels lively and responsive--at least at city speeds.
The five-speed automatic that's available comes with paddle-shifters in Fit Sport trims, and in compared to some other automatics in this segment it tends to work pretty well for perkiness, though it brings out some additional coarseness and engine noise, it seems.
While sheer velocity might not come all that easy in the Fit, its handling and maneuverability are stellar, with this small hatchback possessing a responsive, tossable feel around town or in tight corners.
The Fit feels just fine at 80 mph, with none if the twitchy, pitchy feeling that can make long highway cruises more exhausting than they should be. Honda claims to have made the Fit even quieter for 2012 with more insulation from road noise.