Honda has updated its range of small cars for 2011. We looked at the refreshed Jazz earlier, and now let’s see what is what with the updated Honda Fit. The car is said to deliver better value for money than before, since it comes with more equipments as standard, and of course it’s Honda which means it will last forever and a day. So they are rightful in making fuss about the value!
Honda says the 2011 Fit is more comfortable, and comes with more convenience features, and it’s also safer since all models include Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard. New features on the Fit (base model) include cruise control, remote entry, a USB audio interface and VSA. The Fit Sport (non-navigation) also gains VSA for 2011, along with carpeted floor mats.
The standard kit includes air conditioning, cruise control, remote entry, an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, USB audio interface2, auxiliary audio input jack, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), power windows, power mirrors and power door locks. The Fit Sport adds or replaces: carpeted floor mats, alloy wheels, an underbody aero kit, rear roofline spoiler, fog lights and a security system.
Then there’s the Fir Sport model, which comes with Navigation and carpeted floor mats as standard equipment. Four new colors become available – Alabaster Silver Metallic, Polished Metal Metallic, Celestial Blue Metallic and Vortex Blue Pearl.
All Honda Fit models also feature the 60/40 split rear Magic Seat that offers multiple seating and cargo-carrying configurations – tall object mode, long object mode and utility mode – in addition to the standard five-passenger mode.
The new Fit is powered by a tweaked version of 1.5-liter, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that now develops 117 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. Fuel consumption for models equipped with automatic gearbox is 28/35/31 mpg city/highway/combined. These figures for the manual gearbox are 27/33/29 mpg, and for the Fit Sport automatic 27/33/30 mpg.
The car gets 15-inch wheels with 175/65 R15 84S (Fit) and 16-inch wheels with 185/55 R16 83H (Fit Sport) tires, plus anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) uses 10.3-inch ventilated discs in the front and 7.9-inch drums in the rear.
The Fit’s safety features include Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, standard VSA, anti-lock brakes and more. Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, dual front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side-curtain airbags, all standard on all models.