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2011 Honda Fit Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Honda Fit was new.


Performance: 8.4

Other than reviewer complaints about the Fit’s noticeable engine noise, the press agrees that the Fit is the perfect car for city and highway driving. Its spunky attitude won’t disappoint many drivers, even if it’s not as zippy as the Mazda3.

  • "The engine is fairly quiet at idle, but produces a buzzy whine under acceleration, especially at higher engine speeds. Bump noise is well suppressed, but wind and road noise combine for raucous highway travel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We got behind the wheel of a Sport model with the automatic transmission, which includes a set of solid paddle shifters. This is and will be Honda's most popular model, and for good reason. For something this small and inexpensive, it's one of the most fun things we've driven in a long time." -- Motor Trend

Acceleration and Power

While the Honda Fit isn’t a sports car, reviewers say that for an affordable small car, the Fit has a lot of pep, and great fuel economy.

All Fits are equipped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 117 horsepower. The standard manual transmission gives the Fit a sporty feel, but the Fit Sport's automatic with paddle shifters also delivers a fun ride.

The EPA says the Fit averages 28/35 mpg city/highway with the five-speed automatic transmission and 27/33 mpg with the five-speed manual.

  • "Adequate around town with either transmission, though Fit feels livelier with the manual. Highway passing takes patience, but at least the automatic kicks down quickly for more power." -- Consumer Guide
  • "As isolated and smooth as it is over rough roads, the new Fit isn't quite the go-kart it once was. A back-to-back drive of old versus new confirmed our impressions. We suspect most drivers looking for a car in this class will be willing to trade some of that spunky fun attitude for the more refined package -- especially if long freeway commutes are the norm rather than the exception." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Despite the horsepower increase from the previous generation, it seems the Fit still struggles on moderate inclines, but proves eager when it comes to accelerating on the freeway or darting across intersections. The paddle shifters in the automatic Sport trim make downshifting for passing a snap, but the short-throw shifter of the manual adds to the driving fun." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

Test drivers think the Fit handles like a champ. Want an even more fun-to-drive experience? Try the Fit Sport. Reviewers like it because steering is sharper and there’s less body roll.

If you live in a city, you won’t have any problems driving this car. The Fit’s compact shape and precise steering make maneuvering in and out of lanes and parking a cinch.

  • "Sport models shine here, as they exhibit sharper steering response and less body lean in turns that helps them live up to their name. Base models feel somewhat soggier. Tidy exterior dimensions make all Fits highly maneuverable." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Like all subcompacts, it's highly maneuverable and a great urban runabout. Where the Fit rises above the rest is in the way it actually drives. Because of its approximately 2,500-pound curb weight and wonderfully direct steering, the Fit feels light and nimble while cornering." -- Edmunds
  • "It's no sports car, but we found the Fit rather agile, thanks in part to the added body rigidity and, on the Sport trim, the rear stabilizer bar." -- Kelley Blue Book

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