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PERFORMANCE | 8 out of 10
acceleration in our automatic-equipped Fit was average at best
Steering is precise, braking feel is linear, handling is better than you would think
communicates its eager responses in a way that’s reminiscent of a sports car
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has quick steering and corners flat
highway merging and passing takes patience, though the automatic does its part by downshifting quickly for more power
The 2013 Honda Fit only offers 117 horsepower; yet it has a way of feeling surprisingly frisky when you're driving around town.
One of the keys to that isn't its power output, but that the attention given to steering, handling, and maneuverability all help make the most of it. In all those respects, the Fit is all stellar for a small, frugal hatchback. On tight streets and in places where precision matters, the Fit feels crisp and tossable.
Especially with the five-speed manual gearbox, the Fit feels lively and responsive, with the 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine revving eagerly. The five-speed automatic that's available comes with paddle-shifters in Fit Sport trims, and compared to some other automatics in this segment it does well for responsiveness--though you should be aware that you get some added coarseness and noise.Some small cars trade off low-speed responsiveness for a nervous attitude at highway speeds; but the Fit feels just fine at 80 mph; there is some engine and road noise, but Honda claims to have made some recent improvements.
The 2013 Honda Fit is responsive and nimble, but not downright fast.