Pros Does what it's suppose to, and very well at that
Cons Looks like a lunchbox on wheels
Summary The writer cites the Honda Fit is bad because it's 1)underpowered 2)has no traction control 3)no navigation 4)and no bluetooth
Underpowered by "I'm-a-hot-rodding-monstertruck-loving-nascar-watching-budlite-chugging-hick" standards?? Yes, absolutely! But to address her other issues:
2) what if Honda ACTUALLY put traction control in a 2500lb, fwd car with a 1.5L engine??? that would be tantamount to shooting a fly with a howitzer. overkill.
3) nav has come down-market but the Fit tops out at 15 large -> any car offering nav will probably start at $20K with nav adding around $2K... but I suspect Laura Burstein has 22" gem-encrusted chrome spinners on her Ford Pinto so $2K nav on a $15K car isn't THAT unreasonable
4) once again, does the word "econocar" mean anything?? most people don't even have bluetooth on their cell phones which are MEANT FOR COMMUNICATING much less their cars which last I checked are meant for driving
An interesting tidbit: in this month's "Car and Driver" the Honda Fit was clocked at 70+mph in their slalom test which is faster than the Corvette Z06.
Just my two cents.
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Pros Small on the outside, large on the inside!
Cons Not the best ride!
Summary The Honda Fit (Sorry, but here in the UK, it's the Jazz!) is known for it's room. The seating and controls are great! The ride is a bit firm (yet sporty) and for all you over there, the power might be a bit low. For a small car culture, such as the UK, it's one of the best. It might seem over there to be too compact, but give it a try. What have you got to lose?
Pros Quick 5-speed sequential paddle-shift auto/manual
Cons Haven't found one, except I have a hard time getting it away from the Wife.
Summary As my wife says, "The handling is as good as her Mercedes-Benz SLK". I love the quick steering response; drive by wire throttle; and the great match between high-tech VTECH engine and 5-speed Automatic/Sequential manual shifter.This is a perky car that has no trouble in doing more than just keeping up with the traffic, both in town and out on the road.. Of course the 32+ mpg is nice too.. Love the car, seats are easy to arrange into numerous configurations. Very comfortable even for my 6'2" body.
It appears that the CNet reviewer didn't set foot in this car before creating her review.Updated
Not everyone will enjoy the taunt ride of the fit. But it still hands very well when fully loaded with four LARGE adults
Pros Best Stylish Economy Car of it's kind! All Around Standard Safety Features
Cons Black interior fabric attracting lint.
Summary Most people have to remember that the Honda Fit is not really a new model vehicle. It has been around for a while now and been the #1 most popular car in other countries. So don’t feel like you’ll be beta testing this car in its first year in the United States. I picked my Fit up 1-week after its release and I absolutely love it. I went with the Blaze Orange Automatic Sports model. In sports-mode, it’s a blast to drive! Incase your not aware; the Automatic sport-model Fit has paddle shifters on the steering wheel that lets you shift the car like a manual NASCAR when in sports mode. I also travel from Staten Island NY to Morris County NJ almost everyday with two other passengers and here no complaints from them. In fact everyone is amazed and surprised at how roomy the car is inside.
I was considering the Toyota Yaris because the Honda Fit was a bit higher in price but after figuring I would have to add more money to add features that were standard on the Honda Fit, the choice was obvious. The lacking safety features on the Toyota Yaris like… Anti-Lock Brakes, Side/Curtain Airbags (all which come standard on the Honda Fit) was discouraging and should come standard on all vehicles. Bravo Honda! The 2007 Honda Fit has also earned a "5-Star" safety rating for frontal crash performance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The best for a car of it’s kind! The CNet score for this car is very unfair and the reason for that score is a joke. The Honda Fit was meant to be an economy car without the boring economy car look.
The only negative issues I have with the Fit is the interior fabric attracting lint. Definitely have a lint brush in the glove compartment.
In this day and age of High Gas Prices and Car Maintenance, buying the Honda Fit is a wise purchase!
Pros Price, Standard Safety features, Versatile Seats maximize interior space
Cons It's an economy car
Summary How can cnet give the Scion a 7.1 rating while giving the Fit a 6.1?
I walked into Boch Toyota to hand over the check for a Scion. When told to wait for the paperwork, I walked next door to Boch Honda which had just gotten the new Fit and was demo'ing it in front. I test drove & signed over the check for the Fit on the spot. For about the same price you're blow away by the far better ergonomics of the rear seats which move just about anyway to accomdate items from huge hdtv's to bikes to dogs. The Fit also has superior standard safety features (side metal door bars & standard side airbags) than the Scion. But, cnet faults this econo car for lacking mid-size items while doing not doing so for the Scion. What's with that? Change your rating, cnet!