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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
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The function-over-form approach is obvious in the way that the 2013 Honda Fit interior tends to make much better design sense than its exterior. Just don't expect even a gram of sex appeal; from some angles, the Fit looks a bit like a scaled-down minivan on the outside.
With its last redesign back in 2009, the Fit got a more aerodynamic look that's also pretty well-detailed on the outside. Small side windows ahead of the doors and mirrors aid visibility, and the sheetmetal has some character lines that run through the grille and hood. In any case, the rather tall, narrow look of the Fit, as a whole, can leave it looking a bit too slab-sided for some tastes.
The Fit's cabin feels like that of a larger vehicle; the beltline is rather low compared to that of most new cars, while the rakish windshield leaves a vast expanse of dashboard ahead of the driver. The dash itself is quite upright, though, and with a two-tiered design and well-coordinated textured trims and matte-metallic plastics--along with upholsteries that are simple but sturdy--the Fit interior has a sort of sensible, straightforward fashion sense that's missing from the odd and unexciting Civic.
The 2013 Honda Fit makes no beautiful design statement from the outside, but it makes a lot of sense when you look at it from the inside out.