Built on Honda’s legendary foundation for dependability, quality and reliability, the Fit is a premium entry-level vehicle that emphasizes style, technology and value. The Fit features a 109 horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder VTEC engine, a 5-speed manual transmission or an available, first in segment, 5-speed automatic transmission, and over 90 cubic feet of passenger volume with multiple seating and cargo configurations. A Fit Sport model offers wheel-mounted paddle shifters (with automatic transmission) and a 160-watt, six-speaker audio system. Fit will be supported by a wide variety of Honda Genuine Accessories, including Honda Apple(R) iPod(R) Music Link(R), allowing owners to personalize their Fits inside and out.
Unprecedented Subcompact Seating and Cargo Flexibility
Dimensionally compact on the outside, the interior of the Honda Fit provides a surprisingly large passenger and cargo space for both maximum comfort and utility. At the foundation is the Fit’s Magic Seat(TM), an innovative 60/40 split rear seat that allows the seatbacks to fold down or the seat bottoms to flip up, providing four distinct seating and cargo carrying configurations (refresh mode, tall object mode, long object mode and utility mode) in addition to the standard five passenger mode. With all seats in the upright position, passenger volume measures 90.1 cubic feet (slightly less than an Accord’s passenger volume) with 21.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second row (slightly less than an Element’s cargo volume behind the second row). In order to help maximize Fit’s useable interior space, Honda located the fuel tank in a central location towards the middle of the vehicle. This allows the cargo floor in the rear of Fit to be relatively low, thus increasing the interior volume.
Fun to Drive...Past the Pump
The 1.5-liter, SOHC, 16-valve, 4-cylinder VTEC engine generates 109 horsepower @ 5800 rpm and 105 foot-pounds of torque @ 4800 rpm. The compact and efficient powerplant features Honda’s innovative Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC(TM)).The VTEC system’s ability to provide highly efficient operation at low engine speeds and extended performance at high engine speeds benefits fuel economy, power and low emissions.
Refinement is further enhanced with electronic Drive-by-Wire throttle control, which provides quick throttle response, smooth automatic transmission shifts (on automatic transmission models) and precise fuel delivery to the engine. Friction reducing technologies include roller bearing tipped rocker arms, a low friction timing chain tensioner, molydebenum coated piston skirts and an offset crankshaft/connecting rod design.
The suspension set up for the Fit is a combination of a front MacPherson strut/rear torsion beam with trailing arm.
The compact front suspension and rear torsion beam were both designed to allow for a large passenger cabin with a low floor to maximize the cargo carrying capacity.
Fit employs a compact, efficient and highly responsive Electric Power Steering (EPS) system that also contributes to higher fuel economy since engine power is not needed to operate a hydraulic system. The wheel size measures 14-inches with P175/65R14 tires, and 16-inch wheels with P205/45R16 are available as a dealer-installed option.
Estimated city/highway fuel economy ratings of 33/38 miles per gallon is expected to be among the highest ratings in the subcompact 5-door hatchback class. Emissions levels are rated as Low Emissions Vehicle 2 (LEV-2) by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Tier 2 / Bin 5 by the Federal government.
Top-of-Class Standard Safety Equipment
Already a leader in vehicle safety as demonstrated by Honda’s "Safety for Everyone" initiative, Honda continues to implement leading airbag technology in all vehicles regardless of size or price. The Fit has the most standard safety features in its class with no other subcompact offering as much standard advanced safety technology. Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, dual front side airbags and side-curtain airbags are standard equipment on all Fit models. All seating positions have three-point seat belts, while front occupants are further protected by pre-tensioning seat belts. An enhanced knee bolster provides additional protection for passengers.
Standard active safety equipment includes anti-lock braking system (ABS) with ventilated discs in the front and drums in the back, and electronic brake distribution (EBD).
Paddle Shifters, Audio Options Define High Content Sport Model
The Fit Sport model is the only subcompact to offer steering wheel-mounted paddle shifter controls (with automatic transmission). The Sport package includes underbody kit, rear roofline spoiler, fog lights, security system with keyless remote entry, cruise control, and 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P195/55R15 tires.
The Fit Sport also features a premium 160-watt, AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability, a five-mode equalizer, and an auxiliary audio jack for input from a portable music player.
Standard Features and Accessories
Fit comes with standard amenities such as air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, and a two-tone interior.
The 2007 Fit promises to be one of the most customizable vehicles from Honda with approximately 30 accessories available at the dealer. Fit will offer the Honda Apple(R) iPod(R) Music Link(R) as a dealer-installed accessory. The Honda iPod Music Link allows the user’s iPod (sold separately) to interact with the audio system and charge the iPOD’s battery.
Other interior accessories include an ambient lighting, trim panel accents (silver, red and blue), steering wheel covers and shift knobs. Outside, the Fit can be customized with Honda Factory Performance equipment including 16-inch alloy wheels, Sport package underbody kit, sport exhaust, chrome exhaust tip finisher, rear bumper accents and a sport mesh grille.
The all-new 2007 Honda Fit, a subcompact 5-door hatchback set to go on-sale in the U.S. in April 2006.
2007 Honda Fit Review
Honda Fit Interior
A number of distinctive innovations allow for a wide range of passenger and cargo carrying configurations along with a high level of advanced technology features in the Fit’s interior. At the heart of the multi-configurable interior is a new 60/40 split Magic Seat (R) that is fold-flat-capable and can accommodate a variety of passenger and cargo combinations. The 5-passenger Fit provides 90.1 cubic feet of total passenger volume and 21.3 cubic feet of standard cargo capacity (41.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.).
Fit Interior Highlights
- 5-passenger seating
- Dual stage, dual threshold front airbags, front side airbags and side curtain airbags
- 90.1 cubic feet maximum passenger volume
- Cargo volume ranging between 21.3 cubic feet standard (5-passenger seating) and 41.9 cubic feet maximum (2-passenger seating)
- Exclusive fold-flat-capable 60/40 split dive down rear seat with four primary configurations
- Standard air conditioning, power windwos, mirrors and door locks
- 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with 4 speakers (Fit)
- Fit Sport adds 200-Watt Am/FM/CD audio system with 6 speakers and MP3/WMA playback, auxiliary mini jack, remote keyless entry and cruise control
Typical features such as air conditioning, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with 4 speakers, power windows, mirrors and door locks, and a sporty two-tone interior are standard on all Fit models. Fit Sport adds a security system with keyless entry, cruise control, a 200-watt, AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and MP3/WMA playback capability, 5-mode equalizer and an auxiliary audio jack for connecting any portable music player. As a dealer-installed accessory, Fit also offers the Honda Apple(R) iPod(R) Music Link(R) that allows an iPod to be controlled through the main audio interface.
60/40 Split Magic Seat
At the center of the Fit’s unique and versatile interior is its exclusive 60/40 split Magic Seat. The exclusive seat design is made possible by the Fit’s centrally mounted fuel tank and H-shaped torsion beam suspension (see the body and chassis section for more detail), allowing for class leading utilization of interior space and maximum flexibility for people or cargo.
The Magic Seat has four distinct modes for people, cargo or both. Either the seat back or seat bottom can be folded on this 60/40 split bench seat depending upon the exact cargo carrying needs. With the rear bench seat in its traditional upright seating position (shown at top right), the Fit offers 90.1 cubic feet of passenger volume (front and rear) and seats 5 passengers, while the rear hatch can carry up to 21.3 cubic feet of cargo in the standard cargo area. One of the most useful cargo configuration is with the rear seats in utility mode, where the rear seatback folds forward (with headrests still attached) to form a nearly flat cargo floor. In this configuration, cargo capacity reaches 41.9 cubic feet and can accommodate large bulky items. Additionally, to hold longer items, the front passenger seat can recline down to the floor while in utility mode to create an area perfect for items up to 7 feet, 10 inches (long mode).
For taller items, like a plant or bicycle, Fit’s rear seat can be adjusted by flipping the seat bottoms up and allowing the cargo to sit flat on the vehicle floor (tall mode). With the seat bottoms up, items up to 50 inches tall can be placed upright in the middle of Fit’s interior. Also, the Fit’s front seats can recline flush with the rear seats to create a long, flat surface perfect for relaxing when the vehicle is parked (refresh mode).
The Fit comes with a standard three-ring instrument panel with blue back-lit illumination. A tachometer occupies the left ring, along with the gear selector display (automatic transmission models). A large speedometer is located in the center ring, while the fuel gauge and odometer populate the right ring. Each ring is accented with sporty silver trim.
Maintenance Minder System
The readout under the fuel gauge functions as a multi-information display that shows Maintenance Minder System service related items based on vehicle usage. The Maintenance Minder system automatically indicates when to have standard service performed based on actual driving conditions (tracked by the ECU) and minimizes the guesswork related to whether the vehicle is being used in standard or severe use conditions for maintenance interval purposes. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires.
Fit’s interior is enhanced by the ambient blue interior lighting that turns on when doors are unlocked and fade when the ignition is turned on. In addition, steering wheel-mounted cruise control switches are back lit to match the rest of the interior. To further upgrade the interior ambient light, Honda offers accessory footwell lighting kits.
Fit provides one of the most powerful standard audio systems in the subcompact class. Fit is equipped with a 160-watt AM/FM CD player with four speakers, while Fit Sport has a 200-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with WMA/MP3 capability, 5-mode equalizer, six speakers and an auxiliary mini jack to attach any portable music source.
The Honda Apple iPod Music Link which will turn the Sport package’s audio system into an instant connection to any standard Apple iPod.
Fit’s interior is upholstered in two available color combinations. One is equipped with two-tone beige seats and the other with sporty two-tone black/gray seats.
Storage and beverage holders
Numerous small storage compartments abound on the interior of the Fit, from the traditional glove box (7.5 liters in volume) to pockets on each side of Fit’s cargo area. The center console provides multiple storage zones with storage in the front under the Fit’s audio system and a center storage area between the two front seats. Additional front storage includes pockets in each of the front doors, an instrument tray in the dash area in front of the passenger and a small driver’s side pocket on the instrument panel. Rear storage includes seat back pockets on both front bucket seats, while the cargo area is adorned with four fixed cargo hooks to help secure large items.
Five beverage and bottle holders are spaced throughout the interior, one for each of Fit’s five seating positions. In the front, two beverage holders are located just forward of the shifter, and in the rear one is fixed to the rear of the center console and one each on the rear doors.
Interior Safety Overview
Already a leader in passenger safety, Honda continues to provide leading airbag technology to even its most inexpensive vehicles, such as Fit. Standard dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, front side airbags and side-curtain airbags help protect passengers in all Fit models. In addition, Fit incorporates 3-point seat belts at all positions.
In addition to the advanced passive safety technology of the Fit, it also utilizes active systems similar to larger Honda vehicles. This includes a four-channel anti-lock braking system and electronic brake distribution.
Fit is expected to receive a 5-star frontal crash safety rating from NHTSA and "Good" ratings in offset frontal and side impact tests conducted by the IIHS.
Advanced Dual-Stage, Dual-Threshold Front Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Airbags
The Fit is equipped with dual-stage, dual-threshold supplemental restraint system (SRS) airbags for the driver and front passenger. These airbags are designed to minimize the potential for airbag injury while providing head and chest protection for the occupants in the event of a frontal collision. This front airbag system features front passenger seat weight sensors and a driver seat position sensor designed to further enhance occupant protection.
The Fit’s front airbags can deploy at one of two rates. Deployment of the driver’s front airbag takes into account the severity of the crash and the position of the driver’s seat. During a lower speed collision, the airbag inflators are triggered in sequence, resulting in overall airbag deployment with less initial force. The same sequence is also utilized regardless of collision speed if the driver’s seat is close to the full forward position. During a higher speed collision, if the driver’s seat is far from the full frontal position, both inflators operate simultaneously for full, immediate inflation.
Deployment of the front passenger’s airbag is regulated by crash severity, seatbelt usage as well as the weight of the occupant. Sensors under the seat gauge occupant weight and if the total weight on the passenger seat is less than the NHTSA-specified FMVSS specifications (about 65 pounds), the airbag system will not deploy, minimizing the potential for injury to children. The ECU then deactivates the front passenger’s airbag from functioning and triggers a "Passenger Airbag Off" indicator light in the instrument panel center stack. Similar to what is available on the driver’s side, the airbags are deployed at the speed appropriate to the speed and severity of the collision - slower for lower speed collisions, more quickly for higher speeds.
The driver’s airbag is located in the steering wheel hub and the passenger’s airbag is located on top of the dash. As in all Honda vehicles, the front passenger’s airbag is designed to deploy upward toward the windshield and then back toward the occupant. This provides a large cushion to help protect the front passenger while reducing the likelihood of injury resulting from airbag deployment.
Driver’s Front Side Airbag and Front Passenger’s Side Airbag with Occupant Position Detection System
Like many other Honda models, the Fit is equipped with seat-mounted side airbags to help safeguard the driver and front passenger from side-impact injury. An innovative occupant position detection system is used to assure that the passenger’s side airbag has a clear path for deployment. In the event a child (or a small-statured adult) leans into the deployment path of the side airbag, a seven-segment "antenna" system built within the backrest signals this condition to an electronic control unit (ECU) also located within the seat. The ECU then deactivates the side air bag from functioning and triggers a "Side Airbag Off" indicator light in the instrument cluster (near the fuel gauge). After the front occupant returns to a normal seating position, the side air bag module automatically resumes full-functional status.
Side Curtain Airbags
The front and outboard rear seats are protected by Honda’s Side Curtain Airbag system, which is standard equipment on all Fit models. The side curtain airbags deploy from modules in the roof in the event of a sufficient side impact, providing a significant level of head protection in the window area. The side curtain airbag system utilizes sensors located in the side of the vehicle to determine the most appropriate deployment timing of the airbags in the event of a side impact.
Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) System
The Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system is standard equipment for both outboard seating positions in the rear seat. In addition to the LATCH system for the outboard seats, the center seat also has a built-in, ready-to-use upper tether allowing child safety seats to be installed in any rear seating location.
Seat Belt Reminder System
The driver and front passenger seats are equipped with the seat belt reminder system that gives warning to the occupants when seat belts are not fastened.
Fit offers a number of dealer-installed accessories designed to enhance the already sporty appearance of the interior. Among them will be instrument panel, shift knob and steering wheel trim in three different color ö red, blue and silver ö ambient footwell lighting kits, and a variety of cargo organizers.
Honda Fit Powertrain
The 2007 Honda Fit powertrain is designed to deliver fun-to-drive performance with good fuel economy and low emissions. All Fit models are equipped with a 1.5-liter, SOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder VTEC gasoline engine that generates 109 horsepower and is available with either a 5-speed manual transmission (standard) or a 5-speed automatic transmission (available). The efficient and compact engine uses Honda’s Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system to deliver top-of-class performance for the sub-compact segment. And, like all Honda engines, it offers excellent fuel economy and low emissions with an estimated EPA city/highway fuel economy rating on manual transmission models of 33/38 miles per gallon and a Low Emissions Vehicle-2 (LEV-2) rating in California (Tier 2 Bin 5 Federal emissions rating).
- 1.5-liter 16-Valve SOHC 4-cylinder VTEC engine
- 109 hp @ 5800 rpm and 105 lb.-ft @ 4800 rpm
- Honda-estimated EPA fuel economy of 33 mpg city/38 mpg highway
- CARB rated LEV-2 emissions, Federal Tier-2 Bin-5
- Narrow angle intake port design
- Low-friction engine design
- Drive-by-Wire throttle control
- Standard 5-speed manual transmission
- Available 5-speed automatic transmission (segment exclusive)
- Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on Fit Sport with automatic transmission
Most significantly, Fit features Honda’s exclusive VTEC valvetrain technology, a composite intake manifold, and low-friction construction for the rocker arms and engine block. The end result is an engine with good low end torque, high-revving power and a high level of fuel efficiency. Further refinements include the use of electronic drive-by-wire throttle control, which allows for quick and precise delivery of fuel to the engine.
The Fit’s engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission (standard) or a 5-speed automatic transmission (available). The 5-speed automatic transmission is a first for the Fit worldwide, and it is a first for the segment. Fit’s 5-speed automatic transmission also offers a unique steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifter system on the Fit Sport that enhances the driving experience. In manual mode, the transmission will hold the selected gear until another one is selected.
1.5-Liter 16-valve SOHC VTEC 4-Cylinder Engine
The goal of Fit’s 1.5-liter VTEC engine is to optimize the balance between high fuel economy and fun-to-drive performance. Using new SAE net horsepower standards (revised 8/04), the Fit’s 4-cylinder engine is rated at 109-horsepower.
The engine displaces 1,497 cc and has a 10.4:1 compression ratio with a bore and stroke measuring 73mm x 89.4 mm. The compact VTEC cylinder head utilizes a narrow, 30-degree design between the intake and exhaust valves, contributing to the engine’s overall compact size. The lightweight composite intake manifold is a long runner design that contributes to good low and mid-range torque output. Friction reducing technologies include roller bearing tipped rocker arms, a low friction timing chain tensioner, molybdenum coated piston skirts and an offset crankshaft/connecting rod design. Low emissions are a key trait of every Honda engine, and the Fit employs an oblique flow catalytic converter (increases contact area of exhaust gas inside catalyst), stainless steel exhaust pipes (fast warm up, good heat dissipation and low weight) and a conventional exhaust gas recirculation system (re-routes part of the exhaust gas back into the intake air fuel mixture).
Part of the balance between efficiency and power is made possible by Honda’s VTEC variable valve timing system. In the Fit’s 16-valve SOHC engine, the VTEC system employs a two rocker arm design (per cylinder on the intake valves) with friction-reducing roller followers for each pair of intake valves, along with intake cam lobes configured to optimize both low- and high-speed operation. Depending on engine load and rpm, an electronic controller determines which cam profile will be used and exactly how the intake valves will operate (usually around 3,400 rpm).
At low revs, where low lift and shorter duration provide optimal operation, the timing of the two intake valves is staggered and the lift asymmetrically skewed in favor of the primary valve. This helps to create a swirl effect within the combustion chamber that increases the efficiency of the burn process. At higher rpm, a hydraulically actuated spool valve causes a locking pin to engage the secondary rocker arm with the primary one, transitioning the secondary valve into a long-duration mode that increases the volume of air/fuel mixture moving into the combustion chamber. The additional air/fuel mixture helps increase power at high rpms.
Electronic Drive-by-Wire Throttle Control
Typically not found on subcompact entry vehicles, electronic Drive-by-Wire throttle control allows Fit to optimize the throttle aperture when the accelerator pedal is applied. Unlike mechanical throttle control, which relies on a cable linking the accelerator pedal to the throttle, drive-by-wire measures the engine’s fuel needs electronically, and Fit’s computer ECU instantly determines the optimal throttle opening for the driving situation. The throttle body diameter on the Fit is 50mm.
Two transmissions are offered with the Fit, a standard 5-speed manual and a new, lightweight 5-speed automatic transmission with available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters (on Fit Sport). Both are designed to optimize the power transfer from Fit’s high-revving engine and allow for quick, smooth shifts in all gears.
Standard 5-Speed Manual Transmission
Fit’s standard 5-speed manual transmission benefits from short shift strokes, while carbon single-cone synchronizers in first and third gear and double cone synchronizers in second gear minimize shift load and increase durability. In first and third gear, the carbon synchronizers reduce the shift load and enhance durability.
Similarly, the double cone synchros used in second gear also helps reduce shift load and contribute to smoother gear shifts and a precise feel. The shifter, complemented by a large and sporty shift knob, shifts through its gear ratio range to provide quick acceleration in lower gears and high fuel economy in higher gears.
Available 5-Speed Automatic Transmission
Fit is one of the only vehicles in its class to offer a 5-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is designed to work in concert with the drive-by-wire throttle control to provide quick and smooth shifts. The compact transmission employs a Direct Control System that manages the oil flow in Fit’s lockup clutch torque converter to minimize shift shock. The lockup clutch control improves Fit’s fuel economy by operating in all gears, compared to conventional transmissions that operate torque converter lockup only in a few gears. This is most noticeable during braking from higher speeds when the Direct Control System activates the lockup clutch as the transmission downshifts, maximizing the effect of engine braking and the cut of fuel to the engine during this time.
The lightweight transmission, use of the Direct Control System and the active lockup torque converter help the Fit’s automatic transmission models achieve similar fuel economy as its generally more-efficient manual transmission counterparts.
Racing-inspired steering-wheel mounted paddle shifter
Fit Sport models with the automatic transmission are equipped with a paddle shifter system mounted on the steering wheel, allowing drivers to quickly and simply control the shifting of the 5-speed automatic transmission. The steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters offer two standard shifting profiles, "Drive" or "Sport," and allow drivers to manually shift gears up or down. The Fit’s Smart Paddle incorporates two buttons on the steering wheel. The button on the left controls downshifts and the button on the right controls upshifts. When the Fit’s main shifter is in D, or normal drive mode, the paddle shifter can be used to downshift for increased power on hill climbs or engine braking on descents with the transmission automatically shifting up when conditions return to normal. An indicator within the tachometer of Fit’s instrument cluster informs the driver what gear the vehicle is in and blinks when a downshift is unavailable.
In Sport mode (S), however, the driver has more control. The transmission will hold whichever gear is chosen by the driver via the paddle shifter. As opposed to normal driving situations where Fit’s transmission would automatically upshift when needed, in Sport mode, the transmission holds the selected gear until it is manually shifted.
Fit Powertrain Trivia
Globally, the Honda Fit (also known in European markets as the Jazz) is available in more than 70 countries with four unique engine configurations and three transmissions. The engine is commonly been called the "L" series among enthusiasts, and those engines include:
- 1.2-liter, 8-valve, SOHC, i-DSI
- 1.3-liter, 8-valve, SOHC, i-DSI
- 1.5-liter, 8-valve, SOHC, i-DSI
- 1.5-liter, 16-valve, SOHC, VTEC
Not used on the U.S. market Fit, Honda’s "intelligent" Dual and Sequential Ignition (i-DSI) system uses two spark plugs per cylinder and can fire the spark plugs separately or at the same time to influence combustion characteristics inside the engine (i-DSI is used on the U.S. Civic Hybrid, however). Three transmissions are available in global markets, and those are a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), a 5-speed manual transmission and 5-speed automatic transmission. Honda engineers examined localized market preferences when developing the Fit for the U.S., and chose the most powerful engine in the global lineup - the 1.5-liter 16-valve SOHC VTEC (L15A) - and the most appropriate transmissions - the 5-speed manual and the 5-speed automatic.
Honda Fit Body
The Fit’s body architecture is designed to offer an active and smart appearance that is aerodynamically sleek, highly rigid and designed for enhanced levels of safety performance. The use of high-tensile strength steel in 36% of Fit’s body and exclusive tailor welded blank construction allows the Fit to be relatively lightweight and maintain a high level of structural rigidity that benefits vehicle handling and safety performance. Engineers have designed Fit to achieve a 5-star NHTSA frontal crash test rating and "Good" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in both the offset frontal and side impact tests conducted by the agency.
- Lightweight unibody construction
- 36% of body uses high-tensile strength steel
- Projected 5-star NHTSA front impact rating
- Projected IIHS "Good" ratings in offset frontal and side impact tests
- Wide-opening three-stage front doors
- Unique exterior colors
- Body-colored headlamp trim
Models with the available Sport Package offer a more sporty appearance to Fit’s already unique exterior. It adds an underbody kit, rear roofline spoiler and 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels to enhance road handling and provide a premium, sporty look.
High Tensile Strength Steel
High tensile strength steel is used in large portions of the
frame, forming a solid cage around the engine bay and interior cabin and is a major factor in what engineers expect to be class-leading impact safety measures. The frame incorporates high tensile strength steel along the front side arched frame, rocker panel, A-pillar and B-pillar to provide a highly rigid foundation. In total, 36% of Fit’s total unibody weight is from high-tensile strength steel.
Tailor Welded Blank
The use of tailor welded blanks is becoming increasingly more common in automotive manufacturing and the Fit is the latest Honda vehicle to incorporate it into its body structure. Tailor welded blanks help increase structural integrity while reducing vehicle weight and allowing for lower fuel consumption. In the 2007 Fit, Honda uses this method to form the foundation of the firewall between the engine bay and the passenger cabin, which also helps support the structural rigidity of the frame’s A-pillar.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)
The Fit is designed to provide a quiet and comfortable ride with minimal engine noise and minimal road noise intrusion into the cabin. To minimize the noise and vibration in the engine bay, Honda utilizes side-mounted hydraulic engine mounts (shown at right), a hydraulic transmission mounts (shown at left), a new crank pulley damper and a sound-absorbing composite engine cover. In concert, these technologies help to reduce the general noises from the drivetrain.
To best insulate the cabin when Fit is at highway speeds, Honda started with highly rigid cross member construction (shown at right) to minimize dynamic vibration and added sound insulation over a majority of Fit’s interior to achieve an exceptionally quiet interior. This includes urethane insulation on the Fit’s roof, floor, dashboard and in holes where body panels are attached to the frame. Additionally, Fit’s hood and wheel wells are all reinforced with lightweight sound insulation.
Unique to any vehicle in the subcompact class, the centrally-mounted fuel tank is a key component to the Fit achieving a large interior volume. To help maximize the useable space on Fit’s interior, Honda located the fuel tank in a central location towards the middle of the vehicle. This allows the floor in the rear of Fit to be lowered, thus increasing the useable area behind the Fit’s front seats.
Wide-Opening Front Doors
In order to make ingress/egress as easy as possible, the front doors are designed with three distinct detents to hold the door open at various degrees. At it’s widest, Fit’s front doors are allowed to open at a nearly 80-degree angle to allow easy entry and exit from the vehicle.
Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlights with Body-Colored Bezels
The Fit’s unique headlight bezels match the exterior color of the vehicle. Standard on all Fit models, this body-colored headlight bezel gives the Fit a sleek, integrated appearance day or night.
Seven exterior colors will be offered for the Fit, including two exclusive colors available only on the 2007 Fit. The first new color, Sirius Blue, will only be available on Fit, while a new, vibrant Blaze Orange will be a Sport model exclusive. Additionally, Taffeta White, Silver Storm Metallic, Nighthawk Black Pearl, Milano Red and Vivid Blue Pearl will also be offered.
To help buyers personalize and accessorize the look of their Fit, Honda will be offering a number of exterior accessories. Most notable is a 16-inch alloy wheel designed by the Honda Factory Performance group. This bronze-tinted, 8-spoke wheel will be available both on Fit and Fit Sport. On all models, a mesh sport grille, chrome exhaust tip finisher and a sport muffler are also offered.
Honda Fit Chassis
The compact design of the Fit’s front suspension and rear suspension allows for a large passenger cabin with a low floor height for maximum interior space. The Fit uses a MacPherson strut front suspension and a torsion beam rear suspension that provides excellent handling characteristics and ride quality. The Fit’s front MacPherson strut suspension has geometry that contributes to the Fit’s stable straight-line tracking and fun-to-drive cornering ability.
Similar to the steering systems used on the 2006 Civic Si and Civic Hybrid, Fit utilizes an electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system (EPS) to provide quick response with minimal effort from the driver. Its high-output brushless motor also contributes to improved fuel efficiency by eliminating the constant load on the engine from a hydraulic pump.
Fit Chassis Highlights
- MacPherson strut front suspension
- Torsion beam rear suspension
- ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
- Electric Power Steering (EPS)
- Standard 14-inch steel wheels for Fit, 15-inch alloy wheels for Fit Sport
Fit employs a sophisticated anti-lock braking system (ABS) with ventilated discs in the front and drums in the rear. The ABS system has electronic brake distribution (EBD), which varies braking force from front to rear based on dynamics associated with vehicle load. Fit’s braking performance provides a direct and linear feel consistent with its fun-to-drive character. Standard equipment includes 14-inch steel wheels on the base model and 15-inch alloy wheels on the Fit Sport.
MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
Fit’s MacPherson strut front suspension geometry includes a high caster angle and caster trail for straight line stability and optimum toe control during cornering. With these characteristics, Fit’s front suspension provides sharp, responsive steering and exceptional straight line control, which is further aided by a quick steering ratio, bushing tuning, rigid control arms and mounting points, and spring and damper tuning. Similar to the setup in the new 2006 Civic, Fit’s front strut suspension also provides more stable cornering by allowing the inner wheel to remain closer to vertical throughout a greater range of travel, which improves tire adhesion compared to conventional strut suspensions.
To provide good ride comfort, the compliance angle on the lower control arm is optimized to transmit less harshness. Further settings include a minimal center offset with the wheel to minimize the potential for torque steer and transfer of road imperfections from the tires to the steering.
Torsion Beam Rear Suspension
This H-shaped torsion beam was chosen for its compact size allowing for a lower cargo floor and maximum interior volume. To achieve high handling performance and ride comfort, the rear roll geometry and rates for springs and dampers are optimized for a stable and secure feel.
Electric Power Steering
To further reduce fuel consumption and to increase the "crisp" steering feel, the Fit employs an Electric Power Steering (EPS) system similar to that used in the 2006 Civic Si and Civic Hybrid. This electric steering gear box contributes to improved fuel efficiency by eliminating the constant load on the engine from a hydraulic pump. Instead, a high-output brushless motor replaces the oil pump to further improve the overall fuel efficiency of Fit.
The Fit has 10.3-inch ventilated front discs and 7.9-inch rear drum brakes. Vehicle stopping is further enhanced by a standard 4-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). The standard ABS incorporates wheel sensors at each wheel to modulate braking pressure. With this type of system, the ABS control unit is able to monitor wheel speed at each wheel and adjust braking pressure to each of the front drive wheels and rear wheels independently.
The potential for wheel lockup is greatly reduced in virtually all driving conditions, including situations where one side of the vehicle has significantly less traction than the other. The ABS system enhances the Fit’s ability to maintain steering control during hard braking in normal and adverse road conditions.
Wheels and tires
Fit comes standard with 14x5.5-inch steel wheels (with wheel covers) and P175/65R14 81S tires. With Fit Sport, larger 15x6-inch alloy wheels with P195/55R15 84H tires are standard (shown at left). Accessory alloy wheels and tires from the Honda Factory Performance division are available for Fit and Fit Sport in a 16x6.5-inch size and a bronze finish (shown at right). Accessory tires are P205/45R16 83W performance tires.
Honda Fit Prices
The all-new 2007 Honda Fit will debut at dealerships nationwide on April 20 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $13,850. The Fit leads the subcompact segment with the most standard feature content in its class, a unique level of interior functionality and a sporty driving character.
Built on Honda’s foundation of dependability, quality and reliability, the Fit includes a 109 horsepower, 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder, VTEC engine with a 5-speed manual transmission (an automatic transmission is also available, bringing the suggested retail price to $14,650). The Fit’s standard safety features include dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, dual front side airbags, side-curtain airbags and an anti-lock braking system (ABS). Big on space, the Fit incorporates more than 111 cubic feet of interior volume and a Magic Seat that provides four distinct seating and cargo carrying configurations.
"The 2007 Honda Fit demonstrates how an affordable and fun small car can have similar safety features and refinement as larger, more expensive vehicles," said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda. "For consumers considering an attractive, affordable, and versatile car, the Fit provides a new entry point into Honda’s vehicle lineup."
Priced at $15,170, the Fit Sport model with manual transmission adds a rear roofline spoiler, aero body kit, fog lights, security system with keyless remote entry, cruise control, a 200-watt, six-speaker audio system and 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P195/55R15 tires. Fit Sport models with the available automatic transmission come standard with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and will be available at the suggested retail price of $15,970.
Additionally, the Fit can be customized with Honda Factory Performance equipment including 16-inch alloy wheels, sport exhaust, chrome exhaust tip finisher, rear bumper accents and a sport mesh grille.
The Fit has an estimated city/highway fuel economy rating of 33/38 miles per gallon (manual transmission) and is expected to be among the highest ratings in its class. Destination and handling charges for all 2007 Honda vehicles are $550.