The Honda Fit is a sub-compact car that offers good gas mileage and ease of use, while being comfortable and spacious.
Over the years, the Honda Fit has been at the top of the Subcompact segment. It has a long-standing reputation for reliability, which is why US Car News ranked the 2013 model of the Fit #1 in the 2013 Subcompact Car category.
The Honda Fit is efficient, fun and agile like a sports car. It has a four-cylinder engine that saves a lot of fuel compared to other vehicles in the sub-compact class. It’s a nice little car that’s affordable.
Plus, it’s hard to find a vehicle that has the ability to be fun and economical at a low price. However, some cars, such as the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio, offer stronger brakes, powerful engines and higher quality interiors. The Fit is still more affordable, and those features aren’t necessary if you’re planning on buying a subcompact as your first car.
Let’s focus more on the 2013 model and learn more about the Honda Fit and why it’s one of the best cars in the subcompact category.
The Honda Fit isn’t fast, but the handling is top notch
Under the hood is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 117 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. There’s a five-speed manual that works well with the engine, but for owners who want an easy ride, there’s an optional five-speed automatic. There is also a Fit Sport model with shift paddles on the handlebars.
According to My Car Specs, the 2013 Honda Fit comes with a five-speed manual transmission that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds and a top speed of 111 mph. These performance specs aren’t bad, but they’re below average.
The Fit combines a lively four-cylinder engine and responsive steering to make it a fun car to drive. On the highway, the car moves smoothly through traffic and has excellent maneuverability, a distinguishing feature of all small Hondas. The manual transmission fit models are more fun because they offer faster acceleration than the automatic transmission models.
The Fit differs from other small vehicles that trade low-speed responsiveness for sharp steering at highway speeds. The car feels safe and comfortable at 80mph. The only downside was that older Honda fit models had some engine noise.
The Honda Fit stands out as a small hatchback because of its interior design
The interior of the Fit has a stylish design, but the quality of the materials is not rich and premium. The seats are comfortable and the rear seats can accommodate two adult passengers. The only downside is that the driver’s seat is not height-adjustable, so some drivers may struggle to get comfortable.
Compared to other small hatchbacks, the Fit’s interior is refreshingly different and offers plenty of space for passengers and luggage. The design of the Fit is similar to minivans, crossovers and wagons. So there is plenty of head and legroom in the back. The Magic Seat function allows you to fold the seats flat by lifting a single lever and pushing the backrest forward. In addition, you do not have to remove the rear headrests.
The Fit’s cargo space is 20.6 cubic feet, and the designers have made the cargo floor especially low for easy loading. The cargo area allows the driver to place things such as seats and bicycles, which is very rare in a subcompact vehicle.
In addition, there are two glove boxes (one higher, one lower), lots of cup holders and lots of useful storage in the center console, dashboard, doors and under the rear seats.
The driving position of the vehicle is upright but comfortable. It is a little lower than other hatchbacks, but has excellent visibility in front of it. On all versions, the handlebars are telescopic, making drivers of different heights comfortable.
The ride quality is adequate but far from pleasant. The suspension is intended for urban streets and highways, but on sidewalks and off-road it can be a challenge. The switchgear is excellent quality, but the Fit’s cab overall has a respectable look and feel.
The safety features of the fit are not top, but adequate
For example, the 2013 Honda Fit doesn’t have high safety ratings like other subcompacts, but the safety features are great and advanced. It has features such as front side airbags, full-length side curtains, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes.
The vehicle failed to pass federal NCAP crash tests. The car earned four out of five stars in most categories, although in more in-depth testing the car had a few lower scores, such as three stars for driver’s side protection and just two stars in the side rating.
On the plus side, the IIHS gave the Honda “good” ratings across the board in the front, side and rear impact tests, along with the roof strength test.