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STYLING | 6 out of 10
functional, high-waisted styling seems to work, when it didn't quite on the Suzuki Aerio
The design philosophy behind the Fit is described as "Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum," shrinking the car around the biggest possible user space.
It's as if the nose and tail have been pulled from one another to give it a more forward-leaning, angular stance.
Character lines and fender flares make the profile a little less slab-sided
Car and Driver
Depending on how you see the 2012 Honda Fit—and how you value a voluptuous exterior—you might be turned off somewhat by its obvious preference of function over form. It's difficult to make a super-practical, small, tall hatchback like the Fit look even vaguely sexy, and the tall proportions arguably make it look like a scaled-down minivan in some respects.It only takes a quick glance to identify that the 2012 Honda Fit prioritizes function over form. It's difficult to make a super-practical, small, tall hatchback like the Fit look even vaguely sexy, and to those who value style, the tall proportions arguably make it look like a scaled-down minivan in some respects.
What the Fit doesn't have in silhouette it makes up for--partly from a style perspective, but fully in terms of functionality--in the finer points. With its last redesign for 2009, the Fit got a more aerodynamic, better-detailed look, with small side windows just ahead of the front doors to aid visibility, and a pair of character lines that run from the snout through the grille and hood.
Inside, the Fit has an airier feel than in some other small cars, with a relatively low (by today's standards) beltline and a vast expanse of dashboard ahead, due to the rakish windshield. The swoopy, two-tiered instrument panel employs textured and matte-metallic plastic surfaces, along with upholstery and trim that are simple but sturdy.
There's not a lot of inspiration to be found in the shape of the 2012 Honda; but it makes up for it somewhat in the details.