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Honda polishes its packaging marvel by Mike Schlee
The Honda Fit is a bit of a mystery in the automotive world. Seeming to offer everything customers could want in a sub-compact hatchback, sales of the Fit have lingered mid-pack over the years.
Engine: Power comes from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque.
Transmission: Six-speed manual or a CVT automatic.
Fuel Economy: 33 mpg city, 41 mpg highway for the Fit LX CVT.
Price: The Fit begins at $16,315 after destination charges, while a fully loaded EX-L with navigation retails for $21,590.
With odd styling, no sedan version and a less than ideal supply chain, many factors have contributed to the Fit’s lackluster sales. Hoping to turn things around this year, Honda has completely redesigned the car from the ground up.
For its third generation, Honda has built on the Fit’s key strength of having an incredibly usable interior space for its rather diminutive size. Thanks in part to a wheelbase that grew by 1.2 inches, overall passenger volume increases by 4.9 cubic feet. Rear legroom is up by 4.8 inches, bringing the total to 39.3; a number that rivals many mid-size sedans. To gain the extra space for passengers, cargo room behind the rear seats has diminished by four cubic feet, now totaling 16.6. With the seats folded down, space shrinks as well to 52.7 cubic feet as well. That’s still a lot of space. For example, it’s slightly more spacious than the Crosstour.
Guinea pig #1 here.
Placed an order early last month (Feb) with one of the larger dealers in my area. When specs come out will get Storm Silver but would change that to the Orange (if ever available), 6-speed manual and the EX model (non-leather). Just dreading what MSRP is going to be. Sub-$20's would be perfect!!!
Of course, first prod - made in Mexico - unknown drive quality..... would certainly cause concerns if one is buying unseen and moreso, undriven. Despite my deposit, I will have the opportunity to bring the puppy around the block before inking the ownership.
Has anyone else here bitten the bullet???
Keep your eye on the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, where we'll see plenty of exotics including the McLaren 650S and Koenigsegg One:1. Also expect to see other new cars like the Lexus NX, Audi TT, BMW X4 and the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Coverage starts on March 4, so be sure to stop by.
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