2013 Honda Fit

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Honda Fit. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    117-hp, 1.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Visibility
  • Handling
  • Passenger and cargo room
  • Reliability and resale value
  • Responsive automatic transmission

The Bad

  • Busy ride, especially in Fit Sport
  • Costly tech options
  • No backup camera
  • Modest gas mileage for this class
  • Driver's seat not height-adjustable

Notable Features of the 2013 Honda Fit

  • Five-seat hatchback
  • Small four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard USB/iPod-compatible stereo
  • Related Fit EV available in some states (covered separately)

2013 Honda Fit Road Test

Kelsey Mays

Aside from some problematic crash-test results, the 2013 Honda Fit demonstrates that when a car nails the fundamentals, it can stay competitive for years.

At the tail end of the 2013 model year, Honda's most affordable car in the U.S. had been in its current form for more than five years; it's due for a redesign to show up sometime in 2014. But the automaker got the basics right. The Fit is easy to see out of, it handles nimbly, and it's roomy as hell. Its age shows up in outdated electronics and mediocre gas mileage — aspects of the car that become less competitive with the emergence of each new rival. This is no gadget-hip, 40-mpg subcompact. But it is an exceedingly practical choice, with driving fun to boot.

The Honda Fit comes in base and Sport trim levels, which you can compare here. There are no significant changes between the 2013 and 2012 Fit; compare them side by side here. We cover the all-electric Fit EV, available in select states, on a separate page. For this review, we evaluated an automatic base Fit, but we've driven other versions before.

How It Drives
With a 117-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the Fit scampers from a stop with surprising pep, and the optional 5-speed automatic picks the right gear with little delay. Alas, there's little to back it up once you're in motion: On-ramps and highway passing are long, droning journeys as the speedometer inches clockwise. We've driven the Fit's standard five...

Aside from some problematic crash-test results, the 2013 Honda Fit demonstrates that when a car nails the fundamentals, it can stay competitive for years.

At the tail end of the 2013 model year, Honda's most affordable car in the U.S. had been in its current form for more than five years; it's due for a redesign to show up sometime in 2014. But the automaker got the basics right. The Fit is easy to see out of, it handles nimbly, and it's roomy as hell. Its age shows up in outdated electronics and mediocre gas mileage — aspects of the car that become less competitive with the emergence of each new rival. This is no gadget-hip, 40-mpg subcompact. But it is an exceedingly practical choice, with driving fun to boot.

The Honda Fit comes in base and Sport trim levels, which you can compare here. There are no significant changes between the 2013 and 2012 Fit; compare them side by side here. We cover the all-electric Fit EV, available in select states, on a separate page. For this review, we evaluated an automatic base Fit, but we've driven other versions before.

How It Drives
With a 117-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, the Fit scampers from a stop with surprising pep, and the optional 5-speed automatic picks the right gear with little delay. Alas, there's little to back it up once you're in motion: On-ramps and highway passing are long, droning journeys as the speedometer inches clockwise. We've driven the Fit's standard five-speed manual before, and it does little to pick up the pace. Such is the case when driving the pint-sized four-cylinders in most subcompacts. Want more passing power? Try the Chevrolet Sonic, or move up to a compact.

If the payoff for poor acceleration is fuel efficiency, Honda gives only a modest reward. With the automatic, EPA gas mileage is 28/35/31 mpg city/highway/combined in the base Honda Fit and 27/33/30 mpg in the Fit Sport, which has a unique (but less efficient) paddle-shifting version of the automatic transmission. Manual versions of either trim get 27/33/29 mpg. Any way you look at it, those figures are uncompetitive — enough to disqualify the Fit for Cars.com Best Bet status. Combined EPA mileage in mainstream automatic versions of the 2014 Ford Fiesta (32 mpg) and Toyota Yaris (32 mpg) hatchbacks edge Honda out. The Nissan Versa Note gets an EPA-estimated 35mpg; the new Mitsubishi Mirage ekes out 40 mpg (combined!). Honda has some catching up to do.

Everyone else, though — save perhaps the Fiesta and Mazda2 — have to catch up on the handling front. The Fit feels like a go-kart, with light, direct steering and minimal body roll even with our car's base suspension. The car stops with linear pedal action despite having rear drums combined with front discs — a cost-saving setup that's prevalent in the class. The Honda Fit Sport gets front and rear stabilizer bars to quell body roll even more. The base Fit has them only up front. But the Sport's 16-inch wheels and lower-profile tires lend a firm ride that some, especially backseat passengers, may find too harsh. The base Fit rides 15s and thus higher-profile rubber; it's still a busy ride, but it's more livable. Interstate highways kick up noticeable road and wind noise, as is the norm in this class. Chevrolet and Ford have elevated ride quality in the Sonic and Fiesta, respectively, and Ford merges that with stellar handling. But the Fit's overall drivability still competes.

Interior
Inside the 
Honda Fit, a sea of hard textures meets the eyes … and elbows, forearms, knees — you name it. That's the norm in this class, though a few competitors — the Fiesta and Toyota Yaris, in particular — improve on things. Whenever the redesigned Fit comes around, I hope Honda heeds the same call.

The automaker needs to stay the course on practicality, however. I geek out about this stuff, so indulge me here: The Fit's dashboard obstructs no knee space, as the Fiesta's maddeningly small cabin does. Dual glove compartments and a slew of cubbies, shelves and cupholders should be plenty for even the worst pack rats. A telescoping steering adjustment is standard, which is rare in this class. And a litany of factors — tall windows, narrow pillars, big mirrors and nesting rear head restraints — combine for excellent sightlines.

One caveat: Part of the visibility comes because the driver's seat lacks a height adjustment, which most competitors offer. That leaves many drivers, including me, in a lower-than-preferred seating position — but that lower line of sight also gives the illusion of a taller windshield. Take note on your test drive and see if the tradeoff is worth it to you.

Ergonomics & Electronics
The 
Honda Fit has large, easy-to-see controls; tuning the radio or turning up the heat is a cinch. Manual air conditioning is standard. Automatic climate control, offered in the Fit EV and a number of competitors, isn't available in gasoline models.

Electronic features are a different tale, however. Car shoppers now are more connected than ever, and the Fit's electronics feel stuck in the 2000s. Most consumers have navigation on their smartphones, and automakers have dropped in-car navigation prices like it's Black Friday. Honda's system runs an impossible $1,780 on the automatic Fit Sport — but it's the only way to get Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, both of which many competitors include on mainstream trims. A USB/iPod-compatible stereo is standard, but if you want to stream content wirelessly, prepare to fork over more than $20,500 for a loaded Fit Sport.

Cargo & Storage
With its low load floor and high ceiling, the 
Honda Fit boasts 20.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats. Honda's split, second-row Magic Seat folds upward — like the rear seats in many crew-cab pickup trucks — for a storage alley between the seats, should you need to move furniture or other tall items. Fold those seats to the floor instead and the resulting cargo area maxes out at 57.3 cubic feet. That's more than double the Fiesta's max cargo. It beats nearly the entire class — and even tops a few small SUVs.

Safety
With top scores in moderate-overlap front, side, roof-strength and rear-impact tests, the 
Honda Fit is a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, as of this writing, the car received a poor score in IIHS' small-overlap frontal test, which simulates hitting a narrow object like a telephone pole or tree with the car's front-left corner. Read more about it here. Note that most subcompact small cars didn't pass the small-overlap test: The Chevrolet Spark scored acceptable, but IIHS rated four cars as marginal and six — including the Fit — as poor. The Fit features front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. None received the agency's top score, good, so if safety is a high priority, consider a larger class.

Click here for a list of standard safety features or here to see our evaluation of child-safety seat provisions. A backup camera, which competitors increasingly offer, is unavailable.

Value in Its Class
Form follows function in the 
Honda Fit, and even two real-world shoppers in Cars.com's subcompact-car comparison admitted the car's practicality justified its quirky styling (read more about it here). Honda is stingy on the electronics front, but base Fit models can be had for around $17,000 with an automatic transmission and the destination charge, and that includes a healthy list of standard convenience features. Strong resale value — the Fit won ALG's residual-value award among subcompacts for 2013 — and excellent reliability in the current generation distinguishes the Fit further. It won our 2012 subcompact comparison, beating out the Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and other recent redesigns. It remains a strong choice today.

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2013 Fit Video

If you're in search of a subcompact car that offers better than subcompact-car comfort and cargo space, you might find the 2013 Honda Fit a good fit.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great Mileage--Great for Hauling

by Over65 from Louisville, KY on September 17, 2018

I love my Honda Fit. The mileage is great and I can put almost anything in the back to take on trips. Most cars don't have great trunk space. When I go to Costco and buy a lot of bulk items I can put ... Read full review

(5.0)

Surprisingly peppy for an economy car

by mockginger from PA on August 1, 2018

I went from a Subaru WRX to this, so trust me when I say this car is surprisingly peppy for an economy car. It was the only car that didn't make me sad to drive when looking to improve my MPGs and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Honda Fit currently has 5 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Honda Fit Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Honda
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    182-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Fit received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

C

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker