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2019 Honda Fit Performance Review

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Performance: 8.2

The 2019 Honda Fit isn't very fast and has lackluster engine power, but thanks to its nimble handling and well-tuned steering, it's still an agile in-town hatchback. It also has one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the subcompact car class.

  • "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
  • "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." -- Cars.com (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 with a 130-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available. Acceleration is leisurely in the Fit, a problem worsened with the CVT. This transmission also tends to emit a droning sound at highway speeds. However, the CVT will save you in fuel costs, with one of the highest gas mileage ratings in our subcompact car rankings: It gets 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. With the manual transmission, the Fit gets 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

  • "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
  • "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
  • "The CVT is prone to that droning noise, especially at highway speeds and during acceleration. It would be more acceptable if the noise were accompanied by large increases in speed, but that's not the case, either." -- Cars.com (2018)

Handling and Braking

The front-wheel-drive Fit feels composed and nimble, and its sharp steering imparts a playful quality, making the Fit more fun to drive than many of its competitors. Its suspension is a little firm, but the ride is still comfortable.

  • "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
  • "The Fit's steering is linear and direct. Effort is light, but it builds naturally. It offers almost no feel of the road, but that's not unusual for this segment." -- Edmunds
  • "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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