11th Jun 2007, 09:23
I've been driving Miatas the last 6 yrs. so I have some reference to sports cars. I agree that it handles like one. I have only had mine a week, but the manual gear shifting and even acceleration is not much different. It hangs in the curves yet feels some wind at hwy speeds where there are transfer trucks passing. Like the Miata it has great consumer report ratings so unless you want to spend 25k plus, then say "well done Honda".
13th Sep 2007, 12:32
I am the above poster returning with more feedback.
- I have driven this car about 4000 miles no still with no problems, the fuel econ DID get better not that the engine is broken in.
- I HAVE driven a WIDE variety or cars (93 Toyota Celica, 78 Datsun 280Z, 90 Nissan 240SX, 87 Nissan Pulsar, 77 Chevy Corvette, and the 07 Fit) and you guys have to understand that the car's suspension is very well designed for what ITS INTENDED FOR. NO the car does not handle like a Ferrari (cause that's fair to begin with ^_^) around a TRACK. The car delivers exactly what it is designed to give you... a sporty car feel, absorption of minor/medium bumps, a comfy and quiet ride, good turning radius, and poised control while braking/accelerating.
- Ugly is in the eye of the beholder, not the general public. I personally really like this car's styling.
That's all for now, some of you guys have really high expectations for a car that costs $17k in the high model brand new. For your money you are getting a LOT of car.
17th Sep 2007, 10:13
Excuse me sir..
You do realize.. BMW's are a waste of money correct?
You buy one.. Go ahead.
No, the Honda Fit with its base hp of 109 isn't fast stock..
But.. if you can afford to keep your piece of crap Fords, Pontiacs and BMW's running, you could afford the K20A swap into the Fit.
Oh.. Lemme guys..
You don't know what that is?
17th Jan 2008, 09:56
I just bought the 2008 Fit Sport last weekend and after owning 8 Hondas and 4 Acura's from 1986 to now I love it. The 200 watt sound system and storage out the wazoo. I haven't tried it yet, but the front seats lay flat with the rear seats for a huge level padded area. MPG is a real plus. I bought my last 8 cars from the same salesman and I don't have to go through the usual I'm looking for a car... I know it's going to be a Honda every time.
7th Feb 2008, 06:51
Bought my new black '08 M/T Fit Sport two weeks ago after test driving everything in it's class. Previously owned VW Jetta VR6 GLX and BMW 535 and have to say the handling compares very favorably with both. Acceleration, of course, does not compare, but the fuel economy more than makes up for it.
My decision was based on 1) fun to drive, 2) practical carrying capacity 3) fuel economy and 4) reliability... so far, not disappointed in any respect.
Time will tell, but, so far, I love it!
7th Feb 2008, 07:51
Over the years I've owned many cars including a Porsche 944, Porsche 914, VW Bus, VW GTI 16v, VW Jetta VR6, 81' Honda Accord, 87 Honda Accord LXi, 87 Honda CRX Si.
I've always been happy with my Hondas, but also BORED with them. Hondas don't have much personality. The German cars like VW and Porsche are a LOT more interesting and OTHER PEOPLE look at you differently when you drive a VW or Porsche.
You'll get a LOT more attention in a VW than in a Honda.
Drive through a college town in a VW Bus and watch how COOL you seem to everyone. They'll wave at you, give you a nod of approvial and even stop to talk with you about your VW Bus.
Now Drive through the same college town in a Honda and watch what happens... You're TOTALLY IGNORED.
Driving a Honda is a lot like working with someone who has no personality. Sure they get the work done, but there just no fun to hang out with.
23rd Mar 2008, 23:45
You're right, it is slow, given the fact that it's made to be a fuel efficient, "microcar" to rid the world of gas guzzling and polluting SUVs. Not good handling?? Slalom speeds of 72mph, being higher than a Z06 Corvette, and you consider that not good??
You are getting a car starting at 13k with Honda reliability and build quality, resale value that is always at the top of its market, and a car practical enough for nearly anyone with its huge cargo area (especially with the seats down).
There are only a few other cars in it's class.
Mini cooper (BMW reliability, and I say that as a bad thing, not really roomy.
Toyota Yaris (looks like turd IMO)
Chevy Aveo (drove a couple, felt like a throwaway car due to poor build quality)
Nissan Versa (never been a fan of Nissan since Renault bought out a large part of them)
Smart (not safe on US roads; yeah it's got a safety cell, but the small crumple zones will leave you with enough whiplash to last a lifetime, or till you get to the morgue)
The Honda fit is a great car IMO, and I am definitely considering getting one. As a college student who drives downtown every day, it's small size and huge interior will prove useful for anything I need.
2nd Apr 2008, 22:54
"You'll get a LOT more attention in a V.W than in a Honda."
Yeah, from your MECHANIC! Have you checked out the current issue of Consumer Reports on cars? Honda is the #1 rated automaker. V.W and other Europeans (um.. it's spelled B M W) are waaay low in reliability. Just another reason to buy a Honda!
By the way, I am a proud owner of a 2008 Storm Silver Metallic Fit Sport, manual transmission. LOVE IT! My only wish is for a sunroof! (My previous car was a sporty convertible... got tired of never being able to FIT anything in it!)
Honda Rules! (Unless spending lots of money maintaining a decomposing car brings you great joy...)
3rd Apr 2008, 16:23
Yeah, I have checked the latest release of Consumer Reports, and I don't see Honda listed as Number 1. What category are you looking at? In the categories of Initial and 3-Year Quality, the rankings go: 1) Lexus and Buick; 2) Cadillac; 3) Lincoln; 4) Mercury; 5) Acura I don't see Honda.
6th Apr 2008, 17:49
Re:3rd Apr 2008, 16:23.
If you had actually checked Consumer Reports, you would have seen their "Who makes the best cars?" article, where the first three words of the subheadline are "Honda is tops" with plenty of discussion of that assertion.
Your use of the phrase "initial quality" shows that you are quoting J.D. Power figures, which I don't take seriously. They send out brief surveys to certain people 3 months and then three years after new car purchases, and frequently make headlines showing how a much-maligned automaker--Hyundai, Ford, Buick, etc.--has made great strides, as if it matters how reliable a car is while it's still under warranty. Those of us who have owned cars that are more than three years old are interested in better data.