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2013 Honda Fit Preview

4/24/2013
Fast Facts:
  • Seating for 5
  • Front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Base and Fit Sport trim levels available
  • EPA-estimated to achieve up to 35 mpg on the highway
  • Optional navigation system
  • Up to 57.3 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seat folded

Introduction
With laudable efficiency, a compact size that belies its interior spaciousness and versatility, and the lowest base price across the entire Honda lineup, the 2013 Fit is a model with broad appeal. No changes have been made this year, though a new all-electric Fit EV variant is now available in limited numbers.

Exterior Features
Each 2013 Honda Fit offers a 5-door configuration, is classified as a small station wagon by the EPA, and features power-adjustable outside mirrors, keyless entry, and a rear windshield wiper. The base model, simply referred to as Fit, includes standard 15-inch steel wheels, while the Fit Sport adds 16-inch alloy wheels, lower body kit, rear spoiler, black headlight trim, chrome exhaust tip, and fog lights.

Interior Features
Among the 2013 Honda Fit's standard amenities are air conditioning, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power windows and door locks, cruise control, and a 4-speaker sound system with USB and auxiliary input jacks. Flat-folding front and rear seats provide several configurations that should prove helpful when carrying cargo of varying shapes and sizes.

Honda differentiates the 2013 Fit Sport from its base counterpart by adding a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, an extra pair of speakers, and a driver-side fold-down center armrest.

Optional Features
A touch-screen and voice-activated navigation system, available only on Fit Sport models equipped with an automatic transmission, features Bluetooth connectivity and additional steering wheel-mounted controls.

There are no other factory options for the 2013 Honda Fit, but a generous assortment of dealer accessories includes remote start, cargo trays and shelves, carbon fiber-like interior and exterior accents, aluminum foot pedals, and more.

Under the Hood
Honda has equipped the 2013 Fit with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 117 horsepower and 106 lb.-ft. of torque, output that is managed by a standard 5-speed manual transmission. A 5-speed automatic is available and includes paddle shifters when installed in the Fit Sport. All variants feature MacPherson front struts, a torsion-beam rear suspension and a front stabilizer bar; a rear stabilizer bar is reserved for the Fit Sport.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Honda Fit are:

  • Fit and Fit Sport with 5-speed manual transmission: 27/33/29 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Fit with 5-speed automatic transmission: 28/35/31 mpg
  • Fit Sport with 5-speed automatic transmission: 27/33/30 mpg

Safety
The 2013 Honda Fit boasts 6 air bags, front active head restraints, traction control, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with front discs and rear drums, electronic brake-force distribution, and brake assist.

In government crash tests, the 2013 Honda Fit received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Fit received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset crash protection; the Fit also received a "Top Safety Pick" designation from the Institute.

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