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You'll Like The 2010 Honda Fit If...

Those looking for a small car with good fuel economy, excellent reliability ratings and a spacious rear seat will find much to like in the 35-mpg Honda Fit.

You May Not Like The 2010 Honda Fit If...

If the bottom line is your top priority, you’ll find roughly comparable and economical substitutes for much less. The Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Aveo and Kia Rio5 all offer similar fuel economy yet are priced thousands of dollars below the Fit.

What's New

Fresh from its makeover last year, the Fit sees no changes for the 2010 model year.

Interior Features

In typical Honda fashion the Fit’s interior blends visual appeal with real-world practicality. Caffeine fanatics will love the ten beverage holders, and a multitude of storage spaces provides places to stash small items such as cell phones, breath mints and empty coffee cups. Overall interior space is impressive for this class, with ample headroom and legroom both front and rear. Honda’s "Magic Seat" may take some liberties in its name, but we must admit it’s a pretty neat trick for the rear seat to fold flush without having to remove the headrest. With the rear seat folded down, the Fit offers up a respectable 57.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity, more than either the Nissan Versa or Kia Rio5, for example. The front passenger seat also folds flat, which gives enough space for items up to seven feet, nine inches long.

Exterior Features

It may have the same basic shape as the first-generation model, but look closer and you’ll find the 2010 Honda Fit is actually a bit bolder and rounder than its predecessor. This newest look is more aggressive, with sharper-angled headlights and a super cab-forward design. Its tall roof line and large windows give the driver greater all-around visibility as well as a vast amount of headroom for all passengers. Also, with a wider track and longer wheelbase than before, the Fit provides even more room for five passengers and their belongings.

Driving Impressions

Superb handling is what really stands out with the 2010 Honda Fit. It’s no sports car, but we found the Fit rather agile, thanks in part to the added body rigidity and, on the Sport trim, the rear stabilizer bar. Despite the horsepower increase from the previous generation, it seems the Fit still struggles on moderate inclines, but proves eager when it comes to accelerating on the freeway or darting across intersections. The paddle shifters in the automatic Sport trim make downshifting for passing a snap, but the short-throw shifter of the manual adds to the driving fun. Compared to many of its competitors, the Fit’s driving dynamics feel more refined and confident. In-cabin noise is fairly quiet for a sub-compact and, overall, we found the Fit to be comfortable, with adequately bolstered seating and easy-to-reach climate and audio controls.

Pricing Notes

The 2010 Honda Fit has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $15,500 with the five-speed manual. Models equipped with the automatic transmission add about $800 to the base price. The MSRP for the Sport trim starts closer to $17,000 and a fully loaded model with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and navigation tops out just under $20,000. To get the best deal, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers in your area are currently paying for the Fit. As for residual values, we expect the Fit to be on par with the Toyota Yaris and Scion xD, but better over time than the Chevrolet Aveo5, Nissan Versa and Kia Rio5.

Notable Equipment

The base 2010 Honda Fit includes a five-speed manual transmission, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power door locks and windows, 15-inch wheels with full covers, 60/40-split second-row Magic Seat with under-seat storage, 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with four speakers and an auxiliary input jack. Safety features include dual front airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).

Notable Options

One trim up is the Sport, which includes a security system with remote entry, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a six-speaker sound system with USB audio interface and, with the automatic transmission, paddle shifters. Exterior upgrades include an underbody kit, a roofline spoiler, fog lights, rear stabilizer bar and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Sport trim can also be ordered with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and navigation. An automatic transmission is available for both trims.

Favorite Features

Satellite NavigationThe available touch-screen navigation system is easy to use and makes the Fit an even more versatile commuter-car package. USB ConnectivityStandard in the Sport trim, the Fit can now accommodate portable audio players and USB storage devices which can be controlled via the car’s audio system.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Honda Fit has a 1.5-liter engine, which Honda revised by incorporating a more advanced i-VTEC system. The i-VTEC varies the intake and exhaust valve events, which in turn enhances performance while still achieving good fuel economy and low emissions. The Fit comes in two different flavors: Manual and automatic. The automatic version uses a three-mode system: A normal drive mode; a sport mode, which holds off shifting gears for maximum performance; and a manual mode, which allows the driver to shift gears with the paddle shifters. 1.5-liter in-line four117 horsepower @ 6600 rpm106 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 (manual, Sport automatic), 28/35 (automatic)

Editors' Notes

Honda made a name for itself by building small, frugal and reliable hatchbacks. Yet, as the company grew, so did its cars. Larger models, with trunks, soon came to symbolize the Honda brand, leaving many to predict the death of the Honda hatchback. Not willing to concede the youth market to Scion and MINI, Honda returned to its humble beginnings by creating the five-door Honda Fit. Although this entry-level hatchback is priced slightly higher than most of its competition, the Fit nevertheless offers an ample supply of features, versatility and, above all, that unbeatable Honda resale value. Given a major makeover in 2009, the 2010 Fit continues to see strong sales across all demographics, proving Americans will buy hatchbacks so long as they offer the right blend of style, fun and efficiency.

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Honda Fit: great for all ages, reliable, quick and spacious

2010 Honda Fit Base

My vehicle has never had any problems, I've always gotten the oil changed faithfully, tires are good. Caring for the vehicle has never been an issue. The only thing I notice with Honda is the paint starts to discolor after awhile, particularly on the roof of my vehicle. Even at 9 years, my Fit will get up and go, I can go from a full stop to the speed limit fairly quickly. The USB port occasionally won't recognize my device or phone but usually I just unplug and replug it in and it's fine. I would definitely recommend this vehicle to anyone, it's spacious inside, the seats fold down for easy storage of items, I carried a whole vanity complete with mirror in the back of my car when I was moving. It comfortably fits 4 people, it gets tight with 5, but it's doable. Handles well in the rain. Great on icy roads surprisingly. I have a hard time finding a sunshade that fits my windshield because of the sides but that's a trivial thing. A/C is cold; heater is hot. I have no complaints about my vehicle. 9/10 would purchase a Honda Fit again.

- Elizabeth H


2010 Honda Fit Base

For the most part my Honda Fit is pretty reliable, it does well on gas. It's really comfortable, I can fit 3 people in the backseat and the regular passenger seat. The trunk is pretty spacious and what I like the most is that my back seats can come down which gives me a lot more trunk space. I'm a college student so I always have a lot of things to travel with and having the option to put my seats down really help with all of my boxes and stuff. My car comes with an aux cord on the radio and the side mirrors fold in. Also has back windshield wipers! My car gets me where I need to go and it's actually one of the safest Honda's. It has side and front airbags. Depending on the year of your Honda it will function better compared to my 2010 in regard to speed and things like that. Overall, this is my first car and I really do like it. It's really spacious and it's a good looking car.

- Angel C

2010 Honda Fit Sport with paddle shift

2010 Honda Fit Sport Electric

The Honda fit is amazingly reliable and fast. I have a paddle shift in mine and it allows me to shift to different gears when needed. It is excellent on the interstate, however, you do need to watch your speed. It will feel like you are going a regular speed but really you are going way over the speed limit. We use my vehicle to travel and usually our trips are at least 6 hours long and the seats are super comfortable. The only downside for smokers is that if someone is smoking in the front the ash will go back in the window and dust the backseat. The room in it for things is surprising, in a good way, given the overall size of the vehicle. We used it to pack all our things we needed to live in after a move until our stuff arrived by truck. I bought this car because of the safety ratings but this car has so much more to love about it.

- Olivia T

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