The Fit is both very economical and fun to drive, thanks to a 117-horsepower, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with Honda's i-VTEC variable valve timing system. The engine provides enough power even with the available automatic transmission, which has five speeds for better passing response and more relaxed highway cruising. A precise-shifting 5-speed manual is standard, but for those who want the best of both worlds, the Fit Sport model, when fitted with the automatic transmission, features paddle-shifters alongside the steering wheel.
With its front MacPherson strut and rear torsion beam setup, the Fit's suspension utilizes a common layout, yet handles nimbly. Ride quality is firm but also absorbent. The rack-and-pinion electric power steering system is especially good, with crisp turn in and a firm, direct feel of the road in tight corners.
Above all else, it's the Fit's interior that impresses the most. Front seats are ample for tall or large adults, an armrest is available in front and the back seat can actually seat adults, thanks to plenty of headroom all around and longer cushions than is customary for back seats. What's more, thanks to Honda's Magic Seat, the Fit's rear seat folds neatly down to create a flat floor with just one continuous motion, with no need to even remove the rear headrests. The steering wheel adjusts for tilt and telescope, and there's a footrest for the driver. There is also an abundance of convenient cupholders and cubbies.
Thanks to the versatile configuration, the Fit is surprisingly commodious for large cargo items. With the seats down, there is 57.3 cubic feet of space--enough for items like a big-screen TV or cumbersome sports equipment--and there's no tall edge to lift over when loading items.
Also of note on the 2010 Fit is Honda's ACE body structure, which is designed for better compatibility with vehicles of different sizes. The Fit has done well in crash tests and is the only vehicle in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's "Minicar" category to achieve Top Safety Pick status for 2009. Standard safety equipment on the Fit includes anti-lock brakes and active front headrests, along with front side and side-curtain airbags. Electronic stability control, a feature not usually seen on low-priced small cars, is available on the Fit Sport.
The Fit comes in two different models: Fit and Fit Sport. Even the base Fit includes a long list of features, such as air conditioning, power windows and power locks--but the Fit Sport adds a long list of the most popular features, like larger alloy wheels, remote entry, cruise control and a premium 160-watt sound system with USB input and MP3 capability. It's also dressed up a bit more, with aerodynamic spoilers and additional chrome trim outside, plus perforated leather trim for the steering wheel. Navigation is available on the Fit Sport, and includes Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation with voice recognition.