2013 Honda Fit Sport
For the past few years, the Honda Fit has enjoyed its position as the go-to choice for car buyers in the subcompact category. In prior years, subcompacts have simply not been able to match up with the Fit in the areas of efficiency, driving impression, reliability, and versatility. Though competition in the subcompact field has intensified, the 2013 Honda Fit Sport remains a solid choice for those who are in the market for a small car. The most notable in the 2013 version is the modification Honda made to its color palette by replacing Orange Burst Metallic with Midnight Pearl Plum, the 2013. However, the Fit has returned with the same reliability and innovative features Fit owners have come to love.
Fit Review Contents
MSRP: $15,425 – $19,790
- 2013 Fit Base
- 2013 Fit Sport
A flashback to the small, zippy hatchbacks for which Honda was known in the past, the 2013 Honda Fit Sport is fun to drive and easier on the wallet than other vehicle options. The Fit Sport also offers superior functionality that subcompact car buyers will appreciate. Not only does the Fit boast one of the more spacious cabins of all the subcompacts, but the rear seat bottom be flipped up to create enough space to transport larger objects. The rear seats also fold into a position that creates a completely flat load floor, freeing up 57 cubic feet of cargo space, which competes with the cargo capability of some larger crossover compacts.
Like all other trims of the Honda Fit, the Sport has a 1.5 liter four cylinder i-VTEC engine with a rating of 117 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. In a performance test, the Fit Sport reached 60 miles per hour from zero in 9.5 seconds. EPA estimated fuel economy ratings are 28 city miles or 35 highway miles per gallon for a combined rating of 31. The 2013 Fit’s responsive steering coupled with its lively engine make it an enjoyable car to drive. A standard five speed manual transmission and optional five speed automatic are available. The Sport trim includes paddle shifters on the automatic transmission. For quicker acceleration, drivers should select the manual transmission.
Driving impression is overall smooth as the Fit’s transmission shifts seamlessly. However, the lightweight, aerodynamic design may cause the Fit to be more easily affected by a strong headwind.
The interior of the 2013 Fit is stylish and comfortable and is capable of seating two adults in the rear without issue. All passengers have excellent outward visibility. Improvements have been made to the vehicle’s soundproofing in an effort to create a quieter cabin when compared to the prior year’s model. The Fit’s large dashboard and raked windshield create the feel of a larger vehicle. In addition to the flat loading floor Fit owners will enjoy when folding the rear seat backs down, the front seat also flips down, creating enough space to transport items that are up to eight feet long. In addition to having versatile seats, driver and passengers will enjoy supportive, comfortable seats made from smooth, touchable material that could easily be used in a higher end vehicle. Rear passengers will enjoy legroom which surpasses that of other competitive subcompacts.
The 2013 Honda Fit received satisfactory safety ratings as it was awarded four starts in government safety testing in frontal-offset, side, and roof strength tests. The National Institute for Highway Safety rated the Fit “Good” in frontal-offset, side, and roof strength tests. Standard safety features include six passenger airbags including front side and side curtain airbags, stability and traction control, and active head restraints. Child safety locks and daytime running lights are among other safety features.
The 2013 Honda Fit’s solid reputation in the subcompact category is backed up by customer satisfaction and also by prestigious awards. The spunky vehicle is ranked among Car and Driver Magazine’s 10 Best for its innovative features. ALG awarded the 2013 Fit the Residual Value Award, which should be a major factor for any car buyer who is looking for a good value vehicle. Fit also received a number one ranking out of 43 affordable small cars that were reviewed by U.S. News & World Report. The Fit also received a separate number 1 ranking in the hatchbacks category.
From its ample cargo space and innovative storage solutions that outshine all other vehicles in its segment to its smooth ride, futuristic design, and highly rated safety features, the Honda Fit Sport is a standout choice in the field of subcompact vehicles. High fuel economy and award-winning residual value make the Fit a considerable option for the value-conscious consumer. The Fit Sport’s nimble handling makes everyday driving more enjoyable, and its high quality seats make commuting more comfortable. Overall, the 2013 Honda Fit Sport carries on Honda’s longstanding legacy of building reliable, fuel efficient, sporty small cars.