Review: 2017 Honda Fit

Review 2017 Honda Fit

Whether you're a city dweller looking for a car that can zip around and fit in any parking spot or you're looking for a first-time ride for your teen or college student, Honda has a model that's just the ticket.

In fact, the 2017 Honda Fit has plenty to offer anyone looking for a fuel-efficient, well-equipped ride. Here's our full review of this subcompact car:

Features

The Fit has three trim levels: LX, EX, and EX-L. Each model of the 2017 Fit is equipped with an entertainment system with Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and Streaming Audio, 5-inch color LCD screen, USB interface, MPS/auxiliary jack, cruise control, and a 4-speaker 160-watt audio system. The EX model adds a Smart Entry system, SMS text message function, push-button start, 6-speaker 180-watt audio, infotainment with 7-inch WVGA display, and Pandora compatibility. Also available are the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation system with voice recognition and traffic, HD Radio, and Sirius XM Radio.

Interior and Styling

This five-passenger compact may be small, but it makes excellent use of its space with several configurations. Refresh Mode lets you remove the front headrests and fold the front seats down for easy relaxation in the rear, while Long Mode allows for stowing of skis and lumber by folding down one side of the rear seats. The Fit's Magic Seat can be folded up or down for when you need to transport taller objects or need to utilize its full 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

Additionally, drivers have the option for a one-touch power moonroof, leather trimmed seating, leather accents, and heated front seats. The Fit is equipped with standard multi-reflector halogen headlights, body-colored power side mirrors, LED brake lights, and available fog lights and heated exterior mirrors.

Safety

The 2017 Fit received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It was designed with the ACE Body Structure that distributes force evenly upon impact to help keep passengers safe in the event of a collision. Additionally, it features standard multi-angle rearview camera with gridlines, tire pressure monitoring system, anti-lock braking, six airbags throughout the cabin, vehicle stability assist, and traction control. Just one trim level up adds the Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitoring system.

Engine

Under the hood, the Fit is packing a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The powertrain makes 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque - plenty of power to give this subcompact some get-up-and-go. It's also a fuel-efficient option, utilizing Honda's i-VTEC and variable timing control of the valvetrain for efficiency that doesn't sacrifice power. The EPA estimates that the 2017 Fit gets up to 33 MPG city and 40 MPG highway.

Pricing

Starting at $16,090 MSRP