Road Test: The Most Magical Aspects Of The 2010 Honda Fit

March 9, 2010
After a week of testing the 2010 Fit five door hatchback by Honda there really is only one conclusion that you can make. Honda, at one of its secret testing facilities, must be in possession of a magic shrinking ray. Why, you ask? Because the Honda Fit is so huge inside that it works against all laws of nature and physics to create a vehicle so perfectly packaged that it is hard to imagine how more space could be crammed into such a small car.

Starting at just $14,900 for a base model Fit, this Honda comes standard with power windows, locks, air conditioning, incredible rear legroom and storage, as well as a 160-watt audio system and USB integration. For a little bit more you can get the fully loaded Fit Sport model ($16,410) which adds alloy wheels, a cool looking body spoiler kit and cruise control.

This test covers a 2010 Fit Sport model with the optional five speed automatic and paddle shifters that come in quite handy when you feel like revving the peppy 1.5 liter 117-horsepower four-cylinder all the way to the redline. Come on. You know it isn’t a Honda engine if it doesn’t love to rev.

Fuel economy for the Fit is 28 city/35 highway, a figure made all the more impressive by a vehicle that is shaped sort of like a mini-minivan. Granted, the Fit doesn’t look dorky like many minivans do but it shares the same knack for versatility, cargo hauling and using every inch of available design space.

Honda Makes Great Transmissions: While there was always enough room for passing situations even on steep hills during the test, small cars with small engines like the one in the 2010 Honda Fit just feel more responsive and generally are more economical when attached to a manual. And the lucky thing is that Honda makes the best manual transmissions in the auto industry. So if you are on the market for a new, inexpensive family runabout here are just some of its most impressive skills.

The Second Row “Magic” Seats: By moving the fuel tank under the front seats, Honda was able to free up a huge amount of rear seat and cargo space. So much so that a six-foot human can easily ride with legroom to spare in the back and the seats fold so flat that you can carry a mountain bike inside the cargo hold standing upright. Try that in a Fiesta or a Nissan Versa and you will be sorely disappointed.

2010 Honda Fit Sport

2010 Honda Fit Sport

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In addition to the commodious rear cargo area, all of the seats also fold a different way to make a “Magic Bed.” Anyone who has ever taken a cross-country road trip knows how important it can be sometimes to take a quick cat-nap at a roadside rest-stop. Now you can rest easy knowing that Honda designed all the seats to fold as flat as possible so you can rest your weary little head anywhere. Heck, it makes you wonder how many people are living in their Fits considering the state of the economy.

It Has An Optional In-Dash Navigation Unit: If you are one of the many people interested in downsizing your car but not the luxuries, then rejoice in the fact that Honda offers an in-dash navigation system. This is a huge plus because there will be no need to mess up your new car interior with those annoying cables that come with aftermarket units. The Fit really renewed the subcompact genre when it was first released thanks to its unbeatable combination of high-end features, price, cleverness, economy and solid build quality.

It Feels Like all the Car You Will Ever Really Need: Made with sturdy looking plastics, thick upholstery and all the features you could possibly ever need, the 2010 Honda Fit’s interior gives out a serious impression of solidity. Honda is a master at making cars that fill all of your needs through strength in quality and engineering. The 2010 Honda Fit is also exemplary in that it makes you really enjoy the driving experience.

The steering rack is highly communicative and has plenty of feel while the ride absorbs most harsh impacts all the while minimizing body roll. How Honda achieved this feat in such a tall vehicle is hard to say. One thing though is highly likely. It probably has something to do with that shrink-ray that Honda has stored away.

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