It helps address the safety equipment gap that's existed between some of the smallest, most affordable new models, like the Fit, and the rest of the vehicle market for the past several model years. Stability control has been shown to reduce accidents, fatal crashes, and rollovers and will be federally required for 2012.
Recently, The Car Connection counted nine 2011 models that don't include electronic stability control. The 2011 Honda Civic was one of those vehicles and, curiously, that leaves stability control standard on the 2011 Honda Fit but still hard to get on the Civic. There you have to step up to the top Civic EX-L.
Even the base model of the Honda Fit now includes cruise control, keyless entry, and a USB interface, in addition to an auxiliary input plus power windows, locks, and mirrors. Fit Sport models get alloy wheels, extra aero bodywork, a security system, a rear spoiler, and fog lamps. Top Fit Sports with Navigation now also get carpeted floor mats for 2011.
Two glaring omissions that Honda still doesn't mention in its 2011 Honda Fit information are Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio compatibility. Surprisingly, both remain missing.
Most other Fit details are carried over unchanged. A 117-horsepower, 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine powers the five-door hatchback, with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Fit Sport models get steering-wheel paddle-shifters—a feature that's not so common in this class.
Inside, the Honda Fit remains one of the roomiest, most versatile vehicles in its class—underscored by its low cargo floor and excellent Magic Seat configuration, providing a minivan-like roominess. With the seat folded flat into the floor, cargo volume expands from an already impressive 20.6 cubic feet up to 57.3 cubic feet. The Car Connection is also impressed with the Fit's high-quality interior, handling and maneuverability, and substantial driving feel.
Four new colors have also been added to the lineup of hues: Alabaster Silver Metallic, Polished Metal Metallic, Celestial Blue Metallic, and Vortex Blue Pearl.