2008 Honda Fit LX 1.5 from North America


Best small car ever


Oxygen sensor failed at 62,000 kilometers. Honda would not repair under warranty.

Front brake rotors warped at about 100,000 kilometers and were replaced. 2nd set of brake rotors is warped now and will have to be replaced.

Rattles and noises from the dash from day one, and it's worse when it is cold outside.

Gas mileage never lived up to Honda's claim of 51 MPG, and when I complained about it to the dealer, I was told that Honda used mileage information provided by Transport Canada, and to take it up with them.

General Comments:

This is one of the most dependable cars I have ever owned. Apart from regular maintenance and three sets of tires, I have only had to replace the oxygen sensor.

I have used my Fit for several road trips with my family, which consists of my wife and I and three girls. The Fit keeps up with highway traffic all day long, but there is quite a bit of road noise. Even at 176,000 kilometers, I would not hesitate to take it on a road trip.

There is tons of room inside, with the back seats that fold up for tall items, or fold down flat for bigger items.

Even though gas mileage was never as good as Honda claimed, I still get between 500 and 600 kilometers to a tank of gas. The most I ever got was 650 kliks.

All in all, an excellent little car. I'm going to pass it on to my daughter, and will buy myself a new Fit.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2013

7th Jan 2013, 01:26

Very surprised the car rattled inside, why didn't you switch for another?

I love this fuel economy site; never go by window sticker.


11th Dec 2015, 00:08

Just an update from the original poster. The car now has 261000 kilometers and still runs like a top. Replaced spark plugs and coil packs at about 220000 km, and replaced brakes again. Very easy to do yourself. I also change the oil regularly and a new air filter every spring. I drive fairly aggressively, but she just keeps going. Would not hesitate to take a trip.

15th Jan 2017, 16:06

Short gearing kills the Fit's highway efficiency.

2008 Honda Fit LX from Mexico


Except for the failure of the safety feature, we would buy another


We were in a head on collision and the car was 60% destroyed.

The airbags failed to deploy.

The cockpit was so well made that our injuries were minor.

The car gave great service prior to the accident.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th April, 2010

3rd Jan 2011, 19:51

Nice to hear that even without airbags, the little Fit held up enough to keep your injuries minor. This is a common problem with small cars, though, not just the Fit. The airbag sensors are lower to the ground, so a vehicle riding higher than the Fit (particularly vans, trucks, and SUVs) has a good chance of not setting off the airbag. Unfortunate that people around here think they need those trucks to be safe, bigger isn't smarter.

2008 Honda Fit Sport 1.5 liter from North America


Drives great, very inexpensive to own


Engine air and cabin air filters got dirty. ~$30.

Nail in a tire, $0.

General Comments:

What can I say? This has been a fantastic car. It drives well, costs practically nothing to own, and holds its value well.

Steering is light and very accurate with loads of feedback. Can get a little imprecise on long highway trips.

Brakes have a very well balanced feel, and are quiet with low dust.

The shifts are short and the gears have a precise mechanical feel. Clutch takeout is a little tricky with the electronic throttle.

Handling is very good, although there is too much body roll to be considered as a true sporting car. Most people would consider the ride as firm, but not harsh.

The engine can get a little noisy, but it's very smooth. It only has about 4.5 horsepower (okay, a few more than that). The point is, you won't win any drag races; but it's quick enough for the average person.

I have averaged 30-31 mpg's in nearly pure city driving. Highway is 34-37, depending on how many people are in the car. Yes, the extra weight will make a big impact.

Interior space is simply excellent for a car of this size. My 6'4" father in law said he was very comfortable in the backseat during a relatively short trip. With half of the backseat folded, I can fit 3 mountain bikes upright with front wheels removed, 3 people and all our gear. That was a huge selling point for me with the car. I'm 5'11" and I am plenty comfortable. It really is amazing how much stuff this car will hold with the seats up or down.

Here's my wish list if Honda were asking: different seat material (attracts lint like crazy), better carpeting, dead pedal, arm rest, less body roll, stronger AC for 100*+ days, 6th gear, iPod controls through the stereo. Nothing major, just minor stuff you notice after 30k miles.

I would recommend this car for anyone who needs a fun to drive, spacious hatchback and doesn't want to pay a whole lot of money. It might cost you more than say a Kia upfront, but the lower service costs and LOW depreciation more than make up for it in the long run.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2010