Why Honda Fit owners love their subcompact hatchback
This Torque News contributor has penned well over 50 Honda Fit articles in the past 2 years, how much more can I write about Honda’s smallest, least expensive North American offering?
With a mother and sister in the family that drive Honda Fit, there’s plenty of firsthand feedback to spin into glowing accolades -- as to Fit’s “magic seat” transformer-like interior, haul capacity, and notably, the greatest interior passenger and cargo volume available in a subcompact car format today. As for me, I’ve logged 1,000 miles in Fits of varying trim levels, and find Honda’s least expensive offering to be surprising at every turn.
2016 Honda Fit EX-L with Navigation
This week we had a 2016 Honda Fit EX-L Navi delivered to the house, my 3rd week-long drive review of the 3rd generation Honda Fit “ World Car.” This one mostly manufactured and assembled in Celaya, Mexico.
I’d spent my initial seat time behind the wheel of 2015 Honda Fit in Los Angeles, California traffic, and was taken by how well Fit performed -- not only on surface streets, but on the “rougher than Cobb,” transitional crap-shoot that is the Freeway system of L.A. Honda Fit drives and rides with larger car stability and comfort. You may find 2016 Honda Fit model price and specifications here.
An owner’s experience: 83 year-young teacher loves Honda Fit
Professor Gwen McCants of Whittier, California is an interesting case study of “old-school”-stick-shift driver meets modern progressive, young at heart educator -- she also happens to be my mother. I’m amazed by this octogenarian’s energy and zest for life -- she’s driven Fit across the U.S. and back, and despite a fender bender or two, fins Fit to be a capable and competent city street warrior.
While visiting Whittier, Mom, who just happens to own and operated a manually shifted 2009 Honda Fit, eagerly swapped keys (momentarily) for the fully equipped 2015 Fit EX-L CVT with navigation, and loved it! Although a decades-long manual gear shifter, after a moment or two of driving the automatic Fit, Professor McCants was sold!
According to Mom she appreciates the ease of city maneuvering afforded by Fit; the interior space available for art supply and pet hauling -- as well as Fit’s in-town fuel economy that she claims kisses 40 miles per gallon at times. Here’s the original story.
Standing just a shade over five 5-feet, 2 inches tall, Honda Fit offers the perfect “fit” and utility for this “still” very busy artist and educator.
Daughter like mother
Sister Juliana McCants, also an award winning educator, recently received her Master’s degree. Along with the degree, this Tenured grade-school teacher received a long deserved increase in remunerations.( pay raise) Sister Juliana also commutes some distance daily on the surface streets and Freeways of Los Angeles County, California.
Ms Julie, along with her husband Dale is an animal lover, cares for 2 adopted horses and 5 dogs. In her case, she penned a deal for a dark blue Fit EX CVT and loves it! Julie tells me that her Honda Fit was initially affordable to purchase, loves the look, fuel economy, and the way the her Fit drives.
Desert heat, no problem! Read my latest Fit drive impressions here.
What I like about Fit
For me, a seasoned driver and auto review guy approaching legal senior discount age, Honda Fit is a modern high-tech approach to the subcompact hatchback of the past. I’ve always preferred a small car when not driving a pickup truck,my preferred mode of transportation for decades. In the case of Fit, owner's find the “magic seat” near flat-deck utility, maneuverability in town, and decent driver-dynamic to be an ideal vehicle for my daily transportation and hauling needs. Fit also looks “cool!” Need to seat 5 adults in Fit, no worries.
Without this reading like a Honda Fit advertisement
Along with most auto journalist polled today: I believe that 2016 Honda Fit when directly compared to the competition, presents the greatest purchase and ownership value in the sub-compact car segment, as well as the highest safety rating. The icing on the cake for Fit owners is bulletproof mechanical reliability, affordability, ease of ownership and exceptional long term residual resale value. Did I mention that Fit is fun to drive?