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2013 Honda Fit EV: Up Close

The Honda Fit EV is based on the gas-powered Fit, but styling changes give the all-electric hatchback a distinctive appearance. It starts up front, where the regular Fit’s grille has been swapped for a solid panel and a chrome bar that gives the car a bit of a grin. Changes to the rear include a hood-like spoiler that’s quite a bit larger than the one on the Fit Sport — it’s aerodynamic, Honda says — and sharp corners on the sides of the bumper like those on the Toyota Prius.

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The transformation into an electric car has consequences in the cabin, as the Fit EV loses one of the gas model’s signature features: the Magic Seat second row.

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That seat folds flat with the cargo floor or flips up like the backseat in an extended-cab pickup truck. In the Fit EV, the lithium-ion battery pack is under the front and rear seats, and instead of the Magic Seat there’s just a traditional folding backseat that doesn’t fold flat with the cargo floor. The spacious cargo area is one of the Fit’s standout attributes.

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