2008 Honda Fit


$3,466 - $3,797

2008 Honda Fit Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2008 Honda Fit was new.


Performance: 8.1

Many reviewers are pleased with the 2008 Honda Fit's performance capabilities. Most describe the Fit as fun and comfortable to drive, with steering more precise than its close competitors the Nissan Versa or Toyota Yaris.

  • "One of the quickest cars ever through our lane-change test." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Fit's 'park it anywhere' dimensions are easy to live with and especially prized in the cozy confines of city driving." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Because of its approximately 2,500-pound curb weight, the Fit feels light and nimble when cornering. Its light weight also helps acceleration; expect a 0-60-mph sprint to take fewer than 10 seconds for cars with either transmission." -- Carz Unlimited
  • "Handling is good. Acceleration is spirited. You can go to jail or to hell in the Fit as quickly as you can get to either of those places in anything else." -- Washington Post

Acceleration and Power

The Honda Fit's 1.5-liter engine with 109 horsepower is one of the smallest in the class, but reviewers still say it adequately spirits the Fit around town. But several critics do mention that the Fit's small stature should guarantee more gas mileage than it achieves. According to the EPA, the Fit rates at 28 miles per gallon in the city and 34 on the highway, using a five-speed manual transmission. With the automatic transmission, the EPA estimates 27 mpg in the city and 34 on highways. When it comes to transmissions, reviewers note the standard stick shift brings the best out of the Fit, but the optional automatic transmission comes with paddle-shifters -- an appreciated rarity for compact vehicles.

  • When testing the Fit and Toyota Yaris, the NY Times writer says, "While the two cars have small engines, their sophistication helps to compensate for their size." -- New York Times
  • "The Fit isn't exactly a speed demon but is peppy enough to navigate traffic without the need for a stiff drink when you get home." -- Autobytel
  • The Chicago Sun-Times writer wishes for better gas mileage. "The fuel-stingy, attractive Honda Fit. ... still provides an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 34 on highways with a five-speed manual transmission and 27 and 34 with a five-speed automatic." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Also available on the Sport model are wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the automatic transmission -- a feature not found elsewhere in the entry-level segment." -- Cars.com
  • "Race car-type paddle shifters that drivers activate with their fingers to move from gear to gear via a 5-speed automatic. The norm among small, lower-priced cars is a 4-speed automatic without sport shifting." -- MSN

Handling and Braking

Most test drivers summarize the Honda Fit's road dynamics as among the best offered for its size. Additionally, experts declare the Fit the most secure in corners in more than one comparison test featuring the Fit and the similar Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris.

  • "It's the Fit's agility and terrier spirit that win our hearts." -- Car and Driver
  • "Ride and handling rival anything in the subcompact class. The electric power steering has a comfortable heft and sight lines for the driver are good." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • In 2007, Road and Track editors conducted a comparison test featuring the Fit alongside the Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris. Similar to Motor Trend, they write, "In real-world handling, the nimble-feeling Fit Sport is the only one that elicits the desire to throw it at a highway entrance ramp curve with semi-reckless abandon." -- Road and Track
  • "The height of the car made it feel top-heavy. We also expected a better turning radius because of the size of the car, yet on a few wide, suburban streets, we had to make a three-point turn where we thought we could get away with a U-turn." -- CNET
  • "Brakes work well but respond abruptly with very little pedal movement." -- Chicago Sun-Times

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