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2017 Honda Fit carries over from 2016 with little change

As it should be: One of if not the highest consumer rated sub compact 5 door hatchbacks available in North America comes to market as a carry over from 2016. Hey, if it’s not broken why fix it?

I was on hand for the unveiling of the 3rd generation Honda Global Small Car platformed Fit at the 2014 North American International Auto Show -- when Honda introduced a much improved rendition of a car that at that time had already crossed the million unit production mark. Dynamic, reasonably priced and targeted to an ever ‘on the go’ new millennium generation of young and old drivers alike that expect “ more” from their new car purchase -- Honda answered the call in spades! I first experienced the dynamic Fit Tech on the streets and highways of Los Angeles.

Now manufactured in Japan, the Mexico Fit no more

Well, that was a short run! My friends at Honda point to an increased consumer demand for the growing in popularity Fit platform based Honda HR-V crossover for the transitioning of Fit production from Mexico back to its origins in Japan. Could be, However, looking to the numbers, as well as an unfortunate over abundance of legitimate, mostly cosmetic related consumer complaints generated on my Fit owners forum, the move to Japan may also be an effort on the makers behalf to improve the fit and finish of 2017 Honda Fit to pre 3rd generation standards.

500,000+ of your friends and neighbors drive a Fit in the U.S.

On a side note: looking to Fit related racal numbers in the U.S., this award winning 5 door hatchback holds one of the highest product reliability rating in the automotive industry.

As for me, I’m good with Fit, and in fact, although I’ve experienced seat time in all Honda and Acura offerings, enjoy driving what I consider to be a pleasurable drive and ride experience, and a measurable new car purchase value. For 2017 Fit comes to your local Honda dealer with a base MSRP of $15,900 to $20,626+, with three model trim packages to chose from.

For those of you that enjoy the hands-on experience of manual shifting, the base model Fit LX presents one of the best in the business, transferring torque to the FWD differential via an EarthDreams ™ 1.5 Liter direct injected, super low emissions 4 cylinder gasoline engine. For drivers that prefer the ease of automation, Honda’s exceptional CVT drives the balance of the lineup, while enabling exceptional fuel efficiency and ease of operation.

Featuring an easily transformable second row “magic seat’ to near flat cargo cargo capacity rivaling many midsize SUVs, this 36+ highway MPG, 5 place people hauler is fun to drive and embarrassingly thrifty, yet exudes a very likeable, near playful, sport-like drive dynamic. I like that. Other than an exterior color change or two for 2017, Fit remains unchanged. Why fix it if it’s not broken? Read my latest Fit drive and ride review here.


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I currently drive a 2005 Honda Jazz II (EU version of the Fit) with a 77.5 HP engine. Apart from needing some more juice when AC is engaged, the car drives beautifully with very few parts exchanged. The new Jazz is, however, priced a bit steeply for what it offers, and the Civic is a curb parker's worst nightmare, so I will likely be giving Honda a rest for a while when buying my next car.
Welcome Robert. Best of luck to you in your search. Have you looked at the HR-V crossover?