Honda may have unveiled the Fit EV Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but that doesn’t mean they have forgotten about their petrol version of the Fit. For 2011, the Honda Fit gets more comfort, more convenience features, and VSA as standard. The car is already on sale with prices starting at $15,100 for the standard version and $16,860 for the Sport version.
The 2011 Fit is offered with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 117 HP at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. The engine can be mated to either a 5-Speed Manual or a 5-Speed Automatic transmission.
The Fit comes with standard amenities such as 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.
Hit the jump to read full details on the 2011 Honda Fit Sport.
The Exterior and interior
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 Fit Sport with Navigation (previously equipped with VSA as standard equipment) receives carpeted floor mats as standard equipment. Four new colors become available - Alabaster Silver Metallic, Polished Metal Metallic, Celestial Blue Metallic and Vortex Blue Pearl - and replace similar colors from the previous model year.
Compact on the outside yet spacious inside, the Fit stands apart from other entry-level vehicles with its multi-functional interior and emphasis on quality and refinement. The exclusive 60/40 split rear Magic Seat® offers multiple seating and cargo-carrying configurations - tall object mode, long object mode and utility mode - in addition to the standard five-passenger mode.
Compact on the outside with an overall length of 161.6 inches, the interior provides an impressive passenger volume of 90.8 cubic feet for its class and a rear cargo volume of 20.6 cubic feet. The rear Magic Seat provides convenient one-motion dive-down functionality and can fold flat into the floor to create a rear cargo volume of 57.3 cubic feet.
Safety highlights include the 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 are standard equipment on all models.
The Fit Sport audio system provides six speakers. The Fit Sport is available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with Voice Recognition3, featuring a 6.5-inch screen and more than seven million points of interest.
The 2011 Honda Fit is powered by a 1.5-liter, i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine produces 117 HP at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a five-speed automatic transmission is available. Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters on Fit Sport models equipped with the available automatic transmission allow for manual gear selection.
The engine The Fit equipped with the available automatic transmission has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 28/35/31 miles per gallon . The Fit Sport with the available automatic transmission has an EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 27/33/30 miles per gallon1. All manual transmission-equipped models have an EPA city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 27/33/29 miles per gallon.1
The front MacPherson strut suspension and torsion beam rear suspension settings are tuned to provide a sporty, refined and dynamic driving experience. Fifteen- and 16-inch wheels (Fit and Fit Sport, respectively) feature 175/65 R15 84S (Fit) and 185/55 R16 83H (Fit Sport) tires. The standard 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.
On the US market, the Honda Fit has strong competitors. There are lots of small hatches priced under $20k, including Mazda2, Scion xB and of course the recently added Ford Fiesta.
And while it might have no problems competing with all the others, the new Fiesta will give it lots of head aches. It features a sportier and much younger design and is powered by a 1.6-liter DOHC I-4 engine that delivers 120 HP and 112 ft.-lb. of torque.
The 2011 Honda Fit is on sale with prices starting as follow: Fit 5-Speed Manual - $15,100; Fit 5-Speed Automatic - $15,900; Fit Sport 5-Speed Manual - $16,860; Fit Sport 5-Speed Automatic - $17,710; Fit Sport with Navigation - $19,240.