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2017 Honda Fit Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Honda Fit was new.


Performance: 8.1

Overall, reviewers are pleased with the 2017 Honda Fit. It has great suspension and responsive steering that deliver a smooth ride with agile handling on a variety of surfaces. Its engine has sufficient power when it comes to city driving, but it could use more on the highway. You’ll get better acceleration with the CVT than with the manual transmission. The Fit gets excellent fuel economy ratings.

  • “The 2017 Honda Fit is the perfect example of how today’s subcompact cars offer a lot more than basic transportation. … But it’s the light weight, brisk acceleration, sharp steering and nicely balanced suspension that give the 2017 Fit its primary edge over rivals like the Nissan Versa Note, Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent: Unlike those cars, the 2017 Honda Fit is actually fun to drive.” – Kelley Blue Book
  • “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 (2016)
  • “A continuously variable automatic transmission is optional on the LX/EX and standard on the EX-L. It behaves well enough, revving with only some of the telltale CVT rubber-band feeling of disconnection between your right foot and the drive wheels. – Cars.com (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The Honda Fit comes with a 130-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine in all models. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in the LX and EX models, with an available continuously variable transmission (CVT), which operates like an automatic. The CVT is standard in the EX-L.

The LX and EX with the manual transmission get 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The LX with the CVT gets 33 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway. The EX with the available CVT and the EX-L, which comes standard with the CVT, get 32/37 mpg city/highway. These fuel estimates are excellent for the class.

The Fit’s engine delivers plenty of power for driving around town, but you may wish for a little more when on the highway. The six-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly, with low internal friction, and the CVT helps deliver brisk acceleration. However, when you floor the accelerator you’ll hear a significant amount of engine noise.

  • “LX and EX cars also offer a six-speed manual transmission. It's a delight, with short, direct throws and close gearing, but the top gear could be a bit taller; the Fit hovers near 4,000 rpm in 6th gear at 80 mph." -- Cars.com
  • “The optional CVT allows revs to build naturally and avoids the moaning and groaning that typically make such transmissions anathema to enthusiasts." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • “Shifting the new six-speed manual transmission is a breeze, with clutch effort that is comically light and shifter gates that present less notchiness than the old five-speeder's. … Throttle response is noticeably improved, too, and while the new engine isn't hugely more potent (up by 13 horsepower and 8 pound-feet to 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque), the new Fit keeps pace with traffic more easily than before." -- Edmunds (2015)

Handling and Braking

The 2017 Honda Fit comes with front-wheel drive and delivers nimble handling. Its sharp steering and suspension make for a comfortable ride on a variety of road surfaces. It offers a responsive drive, however, it can feel a little firm at times. The Fit handles better than you may expect from a subcompact car.

  • “The 2017 Honda Fit isn't fun to drive because it has gobs of horsepower or neck-straining handling. Instead, it's just how the whole thing works together. The suspension offers up the kind of predictable handling you'd expect, but with a sharpness that you don't, and it combines with good-feeling steering and the responsive engine to make this little subcompact genuinely entertaining in sharp corners." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “The Fit still rides on the firm side, but it dispatches manhole covers and other bumps with Fiesta- or Sonic-like richness. Both competitors ride better still, but the Fit has closed the gap versus its sometimes-choppy predecessor. The same goes for steering, which displays good highway composure - an improvement over the previous Fit, which occasionally wandered in crosswinds." -- Cars.com (2016)
  • “Happily, core Fit features such as nimble handling and excellent visibility remain present and accounted for." -- Edmunds (2016)

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