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2020 Honda Fit Performance Review


Performance: 8.1

The 2020 Honda Fit exhibits playful handling and enough power to scoot around the city. However, its acceleration is too slow for some, and its engine drones at higher speeds.

  • "The Fit isn't overly quick to accelerate, but it is nimble around turns and generally fun to drive. It's also stable at freeway speeds. Though by no means what we would call a 'hot hatch,' the Fit is responsive and an easy car to live with on a daily basis." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "What limits the fun is the engine, especially with the CVT – it's slow to accelerate and doesn't seem to pull the car with much urgency even at high engine revs. The manual transmission improves things a bit, but the car remains sluggish from a start. Passing maneuvers need to be meticulously planned with either transmission, and short merges onto highways may be pucker-inducing." -- (2018)
  • "When you get behind the wheel of the 2017 Fit, you'll find that it's especially enjoyable to drive. A longer wheelbase and revised suspension tuning make it one of the most nimble subcompact cars around, yet it's also more comfortable and less susceptible to choppy pavement." -- Autotrader (2017)

 Acceleration and Power

The Fit comes equipped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It makes 130 horsepower in models with the six-speed manual transmission and 128 horsepower in those equipped with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The Fit's powertrain is not its strong suit. Its engine tends to drone at higher rpm, and critics are mixed on the Fit's acceleration. Some claim acceleration is leisurely, while others praise it for being surprisingly lively.

The 2020 Fit gets 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway with the standard manual gearbox. Models with the CVT get up to 33/40 mpg city/highway.

  • The only powertrain decision that Fit buyers must make is the choice between the six-speed manual transmission and the CVT, although horsepower drops to 128 for CVT-equipped models. At the higher engine speeds, however, the engine is buzzy. The manual transmission affords greater control for getting the most power out of the engine; the CVT saps life from the engine and isn't as satisfying to drive." -- Car and Driver
  • "Either way, the Fit is slow. But with the stick-shift, the driver is more involved and has greater control over the powertrain. With the CVT, he or she does not, despite paddle shifters that suggest otherwise." -- New York Daily News (2019)
  • "Honda's 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine makes 130 horsepower in the 2019 Fit, and its eagerness to rev gives this compact Honda a feisty nature. Unlike many engines that fall a bit flat at high rpm, the Fit engine, thanks to variable-valve timing and control, makes excellent power at its 6,800-rpm redline." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)

Handling and Braking

The front-wheel-drive Fit delivers a comfortable, playful ride. The suspension does a good job smoothing out flaws in the road. Critics are mixed regarding the Fit's handling, though, with some calling it merely competent and others praising its nimble responsiveness.

  • Only the Fit's ride quality stands out as a highlight. The car is almost supple when driving over most road imperfections, particularly when equipped with the bigger tires of the base LX iteration. What rides well doesn't always handle well, though, and the Fit's soft suspension leaves it dynamically unexceptional. There is still ample body roll in corners and the steering offers zero road feel—nor is it as precise as it was in the previous generation of the Fit. Call it competent, not fun." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Fit is proof that a car doesn't need gobs of horsepower to be fun. Agility and responsiveness are far more important, and the 2,600-pound Fit has both in spades, aided by a 6-speed manual gearbox with well-defined shift gates. This fuel-efficient little Honda is a comfortable everyday runabout that shines on twisty roads, aided by firm but not jarring suspension tuning and accurate electric-assist steering." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "Nimble handling helps to put a smile on the driver's face, and with the HFP package, the Fit eagerly zips around corners, helping to conserve forward momentum. Considering the rear drum brakes, pedal feel is excellent, and it is easy to modulate while attempting to scrub as little speed as is possible before entering a turn." -- New York Daily News (2018)
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