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2012 Honda Fit: Ch-Ch-Changes

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The 2012 Honda Fit Sport will get unique aesthetic upgrades that distinguish it from the base Fit, which keeps the same look as the previous model year. Updates include a new front grille and bumper, headlights and sportier alloy wheel designs. The Sport’s interior features dark metallic trim on the dashboard, replacing the gray-colored trim from 2011, and there are new chrome accents around the instrument cluster.

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The Fit Sport also gets standard steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and upgraded seat fabric standard (steering controls were only available with the navigation system in 2011). 

The base Fit model also gets a few updates such as standard body-colored side mirrors and new hubcaps for 2012.

A new center-console-mounted cupholder and ambient lighting has been added to all trims. There’s also new sound insulation – added to the floor, front fenders, A-pillars, as well as thicker front corner window glass – that reduces road noise. We thought the Fit could have done better with road noise in our 2010 review, so we look forward to seeing if the changes make a difference.

Despite the upgrades, 2012 model year pricing increases only modestly compared with 2011.

When the 2012 Fit goes on sale later this year it will have a starting price of $15,175, which is a mere $75 increase from last year. The more extensively updated Sport trim will come in at $16,910 – a $50 increase. A five-speed automatic transmission costs just $800 or $850, depending on the trim. That’s relatively affordable for the option.

2012 Honda Fit pricing (2011 pricing)

  • Base manual: $15,175 ($15,100)
  • Base automatic: $15,975 ($15,900)
  • Sport manual: $16,910 ($16,860)
  • Sport automatic: $17,760 ($17,710)
  • Sport with navigation (automatic only): $19,540 ($19,240)
  • Destination: $770 (same)

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