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2012 Honda Fit Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Honda Fit was new.


Interior: 8.9

The 2012 Honda Fit offers a good number of standard features like a USB port and tilt and telescopic steering wheel, but test drivers are most impressed with the Fit’s large cabin. From the outside, they say, you wouldn’t guess that it could hold a bike, surf board or sit three rear passengers without complaint.

  • "Where some recent Honda vehicles have been criticized for their conservative interiors, the Fit earns no such censure. From its super cool dash and blue-lit instrument cluster to the deeply sculpted door panels and seats, the 2011 Honda Fit offers a fun and functional interior." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Fit's strongest selling points are its impressive passenger accommodations and large, flexible cargo space." -- Consumer Guide


The 2012 Honda Fit has outstanding outward visibility, and everyone has a wide view of the road. Opinions are divided regarding front seat comfort, though. Reviewers agree that the seats are comfortable and accommodating for most drivers, but some think better cushioning, more legroom and height-adjustable seats would be helpful. One thing that aids driver comfort is the standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel, which is a luxury in this class. Reviewers agree, however, that the back seats are exceptional and rival the amount of space found in larger sedans. The back seat will even fit tall passengers comfortably. The Honda Fit has lower anchors in the second-row outboard seats and tether anchors in all second row seats for child car seats.

  • “Should you need it to actually carry people, the Fit's rear quarters provide more space and comfort than its subcompact rivals and even larger cars." -- Edmunds
  • "The tall roof line and doors make it easy for tall folk to climb in and out, and the ample use of glass, especially forward of the front door, gives everyone inside a clear, unobstructed view." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's no height adjustment for the seats, but they're mounted high enough to provide most drivers a fairly commanding seating position. The seats themselves are comfortable and there's plenty of headroom, but taller drivers might wish for more legroom." -- Consumer Guide
  • “The Fit's front seats are excellent. They hit me in all the right places and had firm foam." -- Kansas City Star

Interior Features

The 2012 Fit’s interior does have hard plastics and doesn’t feature the best cloth seats, but that’s not surprising given it’s an affordable small car.

The base Fit comes with an auxiliary input jack, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power windows and doors and an MP3/Windows Media audio system. It also has speed-sensitive volume control, which adjusts sound levels based on how fast or slow you travel. Upgrade to the Fit Sport, and you’ll get an audio system with six speakers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and have the option to add Bluetooth, which Honda added for 2012. Navigation is available, and reviewers like that it allows you to search for the nearest location or restaurant.

  • "Rotary climate controls are stacked to the right of the steering wheel and are simple to use. Audio controls are high mounted, handy, and clearly marked. The available navigation system absorbs some audio controls, but most of the commonly used ones are still separate." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The available touch-screen navigation system includes a voice recognition feature that allows you to speak rather than type in commands. Without ever removing your hands from the wheel, you can control the navigation, locate the nearest gas station, even find restaurant by genre." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Interior materials are average, but all major controls are clearly labeled and easy to use." -- Edmunds


Don’t be fooled by the 2012 Honda Fit’s compact package. It can hold a lot more than its exterior suggests. It has 10 cup holders, a rear under-seat tray and large glove box. But what really seals the deal is the Fit’s cargo area. With all seats in use, the Fit provides 20.6 cubic feet of cargo space, a number that rivals some compact SUVs. Put all the seats down, and the cargo expands to 57.3 cubic feet of space. The Fit's second-row Magic Seat is the cabin’s most distinctive feature. With four storage modes (people, long, tall and utility) you can easily fit everything from a flat-screen TV to a bicycle.

  • "This is Fit's primary strength. The rear seat cushion can be tipped up to provide a tall across-floor cargo slot. The rear seat backs easily fold flat to provide a large, cubic storage area. … The only omission is a center console." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Honda engineers have loaded their little car with all sorts of storage areas, including places to stash everything from breath mints to cell phones to coffee cups." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Fit's most impressive characteristic is its versatility, due largely to the rear ‘Magic Seat,’ which can be configured in a variety of ways." -- Edmunds

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