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2016 Honda Fit Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Honda Fit was new.


Performance: 7.9

The 2016 Honda Fit rides comfortably over rough roads and feels agile when cornering, according to reviewers. Auto journalists say the Fit has sufficient power for city driving, but several agree that it could use more punch on the highway. The Fit gets excellent EPA fuel economy ratings for the class.

  • "The 2016 Honda Fit has a composure at freeway speeds that was lacking in its forebears. Directional stability is far better, so keeping the car in its lane now requires fewer steering corrections." -- Edmunds
  • "Sure, the 2015 Fit's less-involving driving dynamics are a step back from the outgoing car, but it's still better than the majority of its competitive set. It isn't the far-and-away-better, great-to-manhandle hatch that it used to be, but for daily use, we don't think the overwhelming majority of consumers will mind - most probably won't even notice." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "Its 130 hp is all you really need in a subcompact, and the engine has a dash of character thanks to its somewhat sporty engine note and willingness to rev." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The Honda Fit is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 130 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which operates like an automatic, is optional. Fuel economy with the CVT is up to an EPA-estimated 33/41 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class.

Some test drivers say the Fit has plenty of power for everyday driving through urban traffic. However, other critics say the Fit feels underpowered, especially on the highway. Test drivers agree that the manual transmission is delightful to operate. They say the CVT is responsive, though a few complain that it is noisy as well.

  • Although the Fit feels snappy enough when driving around town, if you floor the accelerator for highway passing or merging, the CVT causes the engine to drone loudly. Still, this transmission is a slick unit compared to others of its ilk, swiftly 'downshifting' on demand but otherwise remaining unobtrusive. The six-speed manual is a pleasure to operate if you like to shift your own gears, but it does exact a penalty at the pump." -- Edmunds
  • "Like the outgoing Fit, the new 1.5-liter engine is pretty gutless in the low end of its powerband, and you'll really be digging into the throttle under acceleration, especially uphill. With either transmission, that sort of order is met with an audibly buzzy engine soundtrack - in fact, despite Honda's efforts to quiet the cabin, the Fit feels louder in terms of powertrain, road and wind noise than many competitors." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "While acceleration feels about the same as before, the CVT is surprisingly responsive and manual shifts are executed immediately after flicking the paddles on models so equipped. Still, we would definitely choose the manual, with its near-perfect shifter quality-notchy, but not obstinate, just the way we like it." -- Yahoo Autos (2015)
  • "We found acceleration to be perfectly adequate, and the CVT 'kicked down' quickly for more passing power when the throttle was prodded at speed." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "Plus, the Fit still feels a lot more lively and willing to hustle than competitors like the listless Nissan Versa, especially when equipped with the slick, satisfying standard six-speed manual transmission." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Handling and Braking

The 2016 Fit is fun to drive and feels controlled and composed while cornering, reviewers say. They also note that it rides comfortably on rough roads.

  • "On winding roads, the 2016 Fit feels light and nimble, showing off some genuinely athletic moves within its modest limits." -- Edmunds
  • "Steering is light, quick and responsive; the car exhibits little in the way of roll. Because of the longer wheelbase, the ride is compliant for a car with such a short overall length." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Like the Mazda Miata and the Mini Cooper, the Fit is one of those cars that doesn't need to win stoplight drag races to put a smile on your face; the fun comes in carrying speed through corners with control." -- Yahoo Autos (2015)
  • On the twisting roads around San Diego, the new Honda Fit's reflexes aren't quite as sharp as those of its predecessor, mostly due to lighter steering and slightly softer suspension damping. But considering the pockmarked roads many Americans face every day, the new car's more composed ride is a welcome tradeoff." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

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