Best Bet
  • (4.6) 60 reviews
  • MSRP: $6,585–$13,485
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 30
  • Engine: 117-hp, 1.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD
2012 Honda Fit

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Honda Fit

What We Don't Like

  • Drum rear brakes
  • Only offered in hatchback form

Notable Features

  • Fit Sport gains more aggressive styling for 2012
  • Additional sound-deadening material for 2012
  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Available paddle shifters with automatic transmission
  • USB input for MP3 players and flash drives

2012 Honda Fit Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The subcompact Honda Fit competes with the Hyundai Accent, Scion xD and Toyota Yaris. It serves as Honda's entry-level model but has an aggressive design that Honda describes as "super-forward aero-form." A versatile, configurable interior is one of the Fit's highlights, and it has room for up to five people.

New for 2012
The 2012 Fit Sport receives new front grille and bumper styling, darkened headlight bezels and a dark finish for the alloy wheels. The base Fit, meanwhile, gains body-colored side mirrors and new wheel covers. Changes to the Fit Sport continue on the inside, as the car gets dark metallic dashboard trim and chrome-accented instruments. All Fits have newly designed console-mounted cupholders, console ambient lighting, additional sound-deadening material and thicker front corner-window glass. In addition, the Fit Sport now comes with steering-wheel audio controls and new seat fabric.

ExteriorTo account for the base of the windshield being several inches farther forward, Honda incorporated a large sail-shaped window into each A-pillar that visually extends the side windows forward of the front doors. It's a peculiar look, but it improves visibility. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels with covers
  • Optional 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Sport models have a body kit, rear roof spoiler and fog lights
  • Body-colored side mirrors

Interior
The Fit is large on the inside for such a small car. Interior features include:

  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Rear backrests can be left upright and the bottom cushion can be raised to provide a large, vertical space for tall items
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port
  • Optional leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Optional navigation system

Under the Hood
The Fit's 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 117 horsepower and 106 pounds-feet of torque. Mechanical features include:

  • Front-wheel drive
  • Uses regular gas
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission
  • Optional five-speed automatic, with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles on Sport trim level

Safety
The Fit employs Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering, a body structure designed to engage the crumple zones of taller vehicles optimally in a collision. Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Active front head restraints
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Curtain airbags that cover the side windows, front and rear
  • Electronic stability system with traction control

 

Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 60 reviews

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I love the design, cute and fun

by CarForDogs from Cherry Hill, NJ on November 2, 2017

Great car and enjoy driving. My only issue with the car is that the material of the seats attract dirt and pet hair and doesn't come out easily. Otherwise, this is a great car, especially for room, ... Read Full Review

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2 Trims Available

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2012 Honda Fit Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Fit Base

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Fit Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
A
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda Fit Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda Fit Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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