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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
dispenses fun disproportionate to its price
Car and Driver
slow to gather speed
drove like a champ
good acceleration...well-suited for skating through traffic
Kelley Blue Book
you [can] control the shifts to get the most out of the power it has
You're not going to win any street rallies in a small, four-cylinder economy car like the Honda Fit. However, for what it is, this 2008 Honda actually scores better than average in the driving pleasure department.
Road & Track reports that it's "the most fun to drive" of the three subcompacts they tested, with "sharp handling, an excellent gearbox, [and] proper heel-and-toe pedal placement." Car and Driver concurs: The 109-hp four-banger will "fling you into corners at a clip sufficient to experience a chassis so well tuned that it is one of the quickest cars ever " to go through the C/D lane-change test.
Handling and response is generally excellent for this particular 2008 Honda. Motor Trend reports that the Fit completed the slalom test at over 64 mph, an "agile go-kart handler."
Understand, however, that highway maneuvers that require sudden bursts of acceleration--passing, merging on to freeways, and so on--will require a good amount of judgment and planning on the part of the driver, because the Honda Fit is competing with the big boys out there on the automotive playground. Fortunately, the transmission compensates for this somewhat. Nonetheless, it's not a V-8, and owners should drive accordingly.
Where the Honda Fit excels is in the area for which it was designed: fuel economy. At 33 mpg city and 38 mpg highway when equipped with the five-speed manual transmission, the Fill will definitely have you gloating at the gas pump. However, the Honda Fit's fuel tank capacity is only slightly over 10 gallons, so you'll still be visiting that pump regularly.
It's a sprightly little car, but the 2008 Honda Fit is better for fuel economy than it is for performance.