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STYLING | 5 out of 10
a wedgelike affair that resembles many of today's larger vehicles
plastic surfaces...thin carpeting...uneven gaps
lines suggest function more than fashion
Kelley Blue Book
[the] design works and is instantly likeable
it looks neat...actually is bringing sexy back
Road & Track
The 2008 Honda Fit will probably not win any beauty contests...but then, looks aren't really the point with this vehicle.
One of the most perceptive comments found by the experts at TheCarConnection.com was mentioned on Cars.com, where the reviewer points out--quite sensibly--that the "simplest, quickest and most affordable way to improve your fuel economy substantially is to buy a smaller vehicle." The Honda Fit was designed for economy, not looks, a fact also noted by Kelley Blue Book in its comment about function over form.
That said, the Honda Fit does manage to avoid some pitfalls in the design department. Despite its attempts to look like the larger offspring of a station wagon and a minivan, it has managed to avoid a "frumpy," soccer-mom vehicle appearance. Motor Trend actually praised the design, calling the vehicle's "lines and attitude...edgy enough to steal sales" from serious competitors. Road & Track adds that the 2008 Honda Fit is showing American drivers that it's "sexy to be small."
Another issue to keep in mind here is that the designers of the 2008 Honda Fit were more concerned with interior space and comfort than outward appearance. While comfort levels are generally considered adequate (see below), the interior, according to ConsumerGuide Automotive, left a great deal to be desired with its cheap, ill-fitting materials. Nonetheless, Road & Track approved of the interior layout, calling it "fantastically well thought-out...top notch."
If practicality and frugality are utmost on your mind, the 2008 Honda Fit may be a "good fit" for you--but don't buy this vehicle for its looks.