TORONTO, ON - Aug. 16, 2011 – The Honda Fit builds on its proven strengths for 2012 with updated styling on Fit Sport, interior upgrades on all models, and the addition of new standard and available features.
The Fit’s compact size and tight turning diameter (10.5 m, curb-to-curb) can conveniently navigate space-confined urban areas and fit in small parking spaces. Yet a roomy and versatile interior offers the convenience and cargo volume of a relatively larger vehicle. Compared to any other vehicle in the subcompact class, the five-passenger Fit provides the lowest, flattest cargo floor and the most cargo volume of 1622 L (57.3 cu-ft.) when the rear seats are down. Its four distinct seat configurations are designed to accommodate large objects ranging from mountain bikes to surfboards to tall houseplants.
Fit Sport exterior updates for 2012 include new designs for the front grille and bumper, black headlight bezels and a dark “machined surface” finish for the alloy wheels. The entry-model Fit retains its exclusive front fascia design and for 2012 receives updated wheel covers.
Inside, the Fit Sport interior is enhanced with dark metallic dashboard components for a unified colour theme. Fit Sport receives additional chrome accents around instrument displays. All models receive newly designed console-mounted centre beverage holders along with console ambient lighting, which provide easier access and greater stability. All models also receive added sound insulation measures in the floor, front fenders and A-pillars, plus thicker front corner-window glass, to help create a quieter, more-refined cabin environment.
The top-of-the-line Fit Sport includes a long list of exclusive, standard features, including standard perforated, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 16” aluminum-alloy wheels, and upgraded seat fabric. Fit LX and Sport models also now come with standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® to help make hands-free telephone calls more convenient.
Though the Fit has an overall exterior length of just 4105 mm (161.6 inches), the interior provides an impressive 2572 L (90.8 cubic feet) of passenger volume. There’s comfortable seating for up to five passengers, and behind the rear seats, there’s 585 L (20.6 cubic feet) of storage space – much more than you’d find in a typical sedan. For enhanced versatility, the exclusive 60/40 split rear Magic Seat® offers multiple seating and cargo-carrying configurations. With its one-motion dive-down functionality, it can fold flat into the floor to maximize rear cargo volume. The Fit’s interior can also be easily converted to tall object mode or long object mode based on the shape of the cargo.
The 1.5-litre, i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine is tuned to deliver an engaging combination of power and fuel economy. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a five-speed automatic transmission is available.
All models are powered by a four-cylinder engine that produces 117 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm. When equipped with the available automatic transmission, the Fit has a city/highway fuel economy rating of 7.1/5.4 L/100km. All manual transmission-equipped models have a city/highway fuel economy rating of 7.1/5.7 L/100 km.
A sporty, refined and dynamic driving experience is provided by the front MacPherson strut suspension and torsion beam rear suspension. Fifteen- and 16-inch wheels (Fit DX/DX-A/LX and Fit Sport, respectively) feature 175/65 R15 (Fit DX/DX-A/LX) and 185/55 R16 (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.
All Fit models are equipped with a wide range of standard safety equipment including Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, anti-lock brakes and more. Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side-curtain airbags are also standard equipment for 2012. The 2012 Honda Fit has earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the U.S.-based. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Available comfort and convenience features include air conditioning, cruise control, remote entry, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, a USB audio interface, an auxiliary audio input jack, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), power windows, power mirrors, power door locks and a security system.
The Fit Sport adds or replaces: alloy wheels, an underbody aero kit, rear roofline spoiler, fog lights and upgraded seat fabric. For improved audio performance, the Fit Sport audio system has a total of six speakers.
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