Fast and Furious?  No.

Funky, Functional…and even fun…oh yeah!

Honda’s 5-door hatchback FIT is what I’d call an “active-lifestyle” economy car.

“Active lifestyle” because in addition to the usual 5-door functionality, Honda has designed the FIT’s front passenger seat so that it can fold down, allowing you to roll with something 7’ 9” long completely enclosed in the vehicle….or to shove ladders, paddleboards, and bicycles in with just a few feet hanging out the rear.

The FIT is a pretty distinctive ride….very sloping windshield for aerodynamic purposes….and it works….getting a rated 27 / 28 city and 33 / 35 mpg highway…depending upon whether or not you’re shifting it yourself.    And is the case with so many vehicles these days, the automatic beats the manual…even tho’ it’s just a 5-speed auto.   We took a road trip in the FIT…pushing it hard where we could…and still got 36 mpg…on regular, of course.

Due to it’s low price, high resale value, and overall economy, Consumer Reports has the FIT tied with Toyota’s more expensive Prius as the least-expensive vehicles to own.

The FIT comes in three models….with a fourth Electric Vehicle on the way.

The base shift-it-for-yourself FIT lists for $16,215 including transportation.  You’ll get the basics here, altho’ some of these basics don’t come standard on some of the FIT’s competitors…AC, power windows and locks, a 160-watt stereo…and wheel covers.

Bump it up to $18,800 for the “Sport” model and you’ll get 16” alloys, an auto transmission with paddle shifters, better sound, and some trim pieces that make the whole package more attractive.

And a “Sport” with NAV will come in at $20,580.

They’ll all have a 117 HP 1.5 liter engine, which may not sound like much, but  unless you’re consistently driving around with three other plus-size adults, or a couple of 500 lb barbells in the back, it’s quite enough to get the job done.

What sets the FIT apart from so many competitors, tho’ is it’s utility.  You’ve got over 20 cu ft of storage in the back….and that’s with the rear seats up….over 57 cu ft if you fold down the rear seats.   And those seats fold down individually and absolutely flat.   Plus there’s “Secret Storage” under the rear seat.

I’m sure that more than a few “Mall Mommas” would be surprised to see just how much shopping they could fit into a FIT…how much easier it would be to navigate in-town traffic…and how much better mileage they got…..compared to their two-ton SUV’s.

The FIT is yet one more of a number of vehicles that have put some degree of flair, funky and fun into “Small”.



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