2008 Honda Fit Car Review

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Overview of the 2008 Fit

They say good things come in small packages, and the Honda Fit is no exception. Don’t let its diminutive size fool you – this car is speedy, fun to drive, and roomy for the driver of average height. As a happy owner of a 2008 Honda Fit, the author has found this Honda model not only economical on gas, but also a carefree pleasure to drive.

Honda Fit Positives

At first glance, the Fit appears to be just another subcompact car with barely any room on the inside. But take a closer look and you’ll be amazed at how Honda engineered such a small vehicle with such a roomy interior.

The main lure of the Fit is its trademarked Magic Seats. The front seats can fold flat, but it’s the back seating that really increases interior space in two ways. The most useful way to increase the interior space is to fold the rear seating down completely flat, forming a large SUV-like trunk space whereby height and length can handle long 2X4s, bicycles, or large boxes. However, you can also fold up the rear seats to provide additional vertical space for bicycles or other tall, thin objects.

Other positives to the Honda Fit include numerous options on its base model that you’d have to pay for in most other car purchases such as power windows, power door locks, and power side mirrors. The seating is comfortable with the higher seats making it easier to get in and out of the car.

The Fit is a peppy little car with great agility and a steering ratio that can actually prevent an auto accident. It is very quick to respond, and easy to drive. Yet another bonus is the six-month oil change. A digital oil change indicator tells you the percentage of usable oil left, and when to drive into the dealership or auto shop for a new oil change.

Perhaps the best aspect to owning a Honda Fit is the gas mileage rating of 28 MPG city and 35 MPG on the highway. One tank of gas can last approximately 1-1/2 to 2 weeks and approximately 230-240 miles depending on how far the owner drives to work every day. The tank is small, so it only takes around $20 on average to fill up (based upon gas prices at the time this article was written). It is an environmentally friendly ULEV (Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle) car that creates less highway pollution.

Honda Fit Negatives

Though the 2008 Fit is a peppy car that is fun to drive and highly versatile in terms of interior cabin space, it does have a few negatives. It’s not the best car choice for purely highway driving. The main reason for this is because it tends to blow around easily in windy conditions. Dealerships offer the option of stability control, but it’s unclear whether this specifically addresses the problem of being knocked around on windy days.

When two people are in the front seat, back seat occupants may find less legroom than they want. They may also feel the car is a little jerky if the driver fails to control his or her urge to speed around town like a bat out of (you know where).

The Fit is safe due to safety features including front and side curtain airbags. However, one design flaw in the 2008 model is a large blind spot on the driver’s side A-pillar. The pillar is very wide, and if a biker or walker is caught in this blind spot, it could spell big trouble.

Final Thoughts on the 2008 Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is definitely go. It’s a stylish, small subcompact car packed with upgraded features and one of the most roomy interiors in its class. Buy the Sport model and you get cool upgrades including remote entry, GPS mapping, cruise control, and a USB port for playing your favorite MP3s.

The Honda Fit may not be the right automobile for a family of five or those who are six feet or over, but drive it off the lot and you’ll find a zippy little car that that's just as reliable as it's fun to drive.

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