2010 Honda Fit Sport Road Test Review

Arv Voss - CAP staff
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The Honda Fit entered the Canadian marketplace as a 2007 model, and was completely redesigned for the 2009 model year, with a higher level of refinement than ever before, while it continued to provide ultra-adaptable functionality.  The 2009 model added premium features and offered up a sportier nature, thanks to improved steering enhancements and suspension, increased body rigidity and an elevated level of safety features as standard equipment.  Also introduced was a new, more powerful 1.5-litre inline four-cylinder engine that delivered 117 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. 

The Fit for 2010 will continue to be offered in three trim levels: DX (base), LX and Sport.  Two transmission versions are available in each model as well: a five-speed manual gearbox, or a five-speed automatic transmission (with paddle shifters for the Sport model).  The Fit, regardless of trim level, still scoots down the road courtesy of the aforementioned 1.5-litre four. 

The interior is capable of accommodating up to 2,570 litres (90.8 cubic feet) of cargo with the unique 60/40 split "Magic Seat," which allows seatbacks to fold down or the seat bottoms to flip up.  The reconfigurable seats allow varying cargo-carrying modes including: tall object mode, long object mode, utility mode and the basic five-passenger configuration. 

In terms of its exterior visual appeal, the five-door (hatchback) Fit breaks no new styling ground, though it is attractive.  The Sport version comes with a lowered appearance thanks to a ground effects body kit, and also features a rear liftgate spoiler and larger 16-inch alloy wheels.  An upgraded 160-watt stereo (with four additional speakers over the base DX and USB connector), remote entry, a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel, alarm system, and cruise control are also part of the Sport model's refined and well-finished interior.  The Fit seats five non-NBA adults comfortably. 
My Fit tester was a Sport model with the five-speed automatic transmission featuring wheel-mounted paddle shifters and navigation system.  The base price of my Sensation Blue Pearl metallic Fit Sport with Black and Charcoal interior was set at $21,375; $20,175 with the six-speed manual (the base DX starts at $15,875). Standard Fit Sport features and equipment include: air conditioning; dual front, front side and side curtain airbags; anti-lock braking system; power windows, mirrors and door locks; an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers; tire-pressure monitoring system; fog lights; multi-reflector halogen headlamps with body-coloured bezels; tinted glass; adjustable steering column; power windows with driver's auto-down feature; power door locks; fold-flat 60/40 rear Magic Seat; cruise control; cargo area light and much more. 

The Honda Fit Sport provides sporty handling characteristics, comfortable ride quality, adequate acceleration response, and pleasing fuel economy (7.2 / 5.7 L/100km city/highway with the manual and 7.1 / 5.5 with the auto), all at an affordable price. 

The Fit also provides an ideal base for the aspiring street tuner, as there are many aftermarket parts and accessories readily available to improve Fit appearance and performance.  Not wanting to miss out on this market, Honda Factory Performance offers special alloy wheels, a sport muffler, a chrome exhaust tip finisher, a sport mesh grille and rear bumper accents. 

The choice is yours -- a cool, affordable, stock Fit, or a really cool, custom Fit in either Base or Sport trim.  Quality, function and fun still live in the Honda Fit Sport, offering positive proof that small can really be big.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Hatchback, Honda, 2010, Fit, $10,000 - $19,999,

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