The Honda Fit is a subcompact car that offers good gas mileage and practical functionality while being comfortable and spacious.
Over the years, the Honda Fit has been at the top of the subcompact segment. It has a long-standing reputation for reliability, which is why US Car News ranked the 2013 model of the Fit number 1 in the 2013 subcompact car category.
The Honda Fit is efficient, pleasant and agile like a sports car. It has a four-cylinder engine that saves a lot of fuel compared to other vehicles in the subcompact class. It’s a nice and affordable little car.
Plus, it’s hard to find a vehicle that has the ability to be fun and frugal on the cheap. However, some cars like the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, and Kia Rio offer stronger brakes, powerful engines, and higher quality interiors. The Fit is even more affordable, and those features aren’t necessary if you’re considering buying a subcompact as your first car.
Focusing more on the 2013 model, let’s find out more about the Honda Fit and why it’s one of the best cars in the subcompact class.
The Honda Fit isn’t fast, but its handling is top-notch
Under the hood, there’s a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 117 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque. There’s a five-speed manual transmission that works well with the engine, but for owners who want an easy ride, there’s an optional five-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a Fit Sport model with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
According to My Car Specs, the 2013 Honda Fit comes with a five-speed manual transmission that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds and has a top speed of 111 mph. These performance specs aren’t bad, but they’re below average.
The Fit combines a lively four-cylinder engine and responsive steering to make it a fun car to drive. On the highway, the automobile cuts through traffic without problems and has an excellent quality of agility, an exceptional characteristic of all small Hondas. Models equipped with the manual transmission are more entertaining as they offer quicker acceleration than the automatic transmission models.
The Fit differs from other tiny vehicles that trade low-speed responsiveness for responsive high-speed steering. The car feels safe and comfortable at 80 mph. The only downside was that older Honda Fit models had a bit of engine noise.
The Honda Fit stands out as a small sedan because of its interior design
The Fit’s interior has a sleek design, but the quality of materials isn’t rich and premium. The seats are comfortable and the rear seats can accommodate two adult passengers. The only downside is that the driver’s seat lacks height adjustment, so some drivers might struggle to get comfortable.
Compared to other small hatchbacks, the Fit’s cabin is pleasingly different and offers plenty of room for passengers and cargo. The Fit’s design is similar to minivans, crossovers and wagons. So in the back there is enough head and legroom. The Magic Seat feature allows you to fold the seats flat by lifting a single lever and pushing the seatback forward. What’s better, you don’t need to remove the rear head restraints in the process.
The Fit’s cargo space is 20.6 cubic feet, and the designers made sure that the cargo floor was particularly low to make loading easier. The cargo room allows the driver to put things like seats and bikes, which is very rare in a subcompact vehicle.
Plus, there are two glove boxes (one upper, one lower), a ton of cupholders, and plenty of useful storage on the center console, dash, doors, and under the rear seat.
The vehicle’s driving position is upright but comfortable. It sits a bit lower than other sedans but has excellent vision ahead of it. On all versions, the steering wheel is telescopic, allowing drivers of different heights to feel comfortable.
Ride quality is adequate but far from pleasant. The suspension is intended for city streets and highways, but on pavement and off-road it can be difficult. The switchgear is of excellent quality, but the Fit’s cabin generally looks and feels respectable.
Security features of the fit are not great but adequate
The 2013 Honda Fit, for example, does not have high safety ratings like other subcompacts, but its safety features are excellent and advanced. It has features like side airbags for the front seats, full-length side curtains, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes.
The vehicle did not perform well in federal NCAP crash tests. The car earned four out of five stars in most categories, although in more in-depth testing, the automobile received a few lower marks, such as three stars for driver’s side protection and only two stars for the side-post rating.
On the bright side, the IIHS gave the Honda “good” marks in all areas in the frontal, side and rear impact tests, as well as the roof strength test.