Skip to main content

2013 Honda Fit

Change year or car


starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style

Combined MPGe Combined MPGe

Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.

Related: Top 10 Most Efficient Electric Cars

Seating capacity

161.6” x 60.0”


Front-wheel drive



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

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2013 Honda Fit trim comparison will help you decide.

See also: Find the best Hatchbacks for 2024

Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

By 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 Its age shows up in outdated electronics and mediocre gas mileage — aspects of the car that become less competitive with the emergence of each new rival.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-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 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.

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
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.

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’s subcompact-car comparison admitted the car’s practicality justified its quirky styling. 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.

Send Kelsey an email  


Photo of Kelsey Mays
Former Assistant Managing Editor-News Kelsey Mays likes quality, reliability, safety and practicality. But he also likes a fair price. Email Kelsey Mays

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.8
Write a review

Most recent consumer reviews


It is now 2024, my Fit is a bought new 2013.

It is now 2024, my Fit is a bought new 2013. Still drives like new. It's a little light, keeps you attentive to the road, the back seats are a little firm, but this car holds everything. All the ways you can configure the interior is amazing. If anyone thinks this car is weak, remember the peak horsepower is 6800 RPM. Run it out and feel the Vtec boost. Heat, A/C, ell that works well. Stereo has good sound, and you can connect iPhone through USB and track and volume is controlled by radio head. Body design still looks modern.


11 years and going strong

Bought my Fit Sport new in 2013 (Ge8). Milano Red with 5 speed auto and paddle shifters. Almost never use paddles but use Sport mode for on ramps and merges sometimes. New it got 28 mpg in City and 45 mph long trips. Now 27-31 mpg in city and 40 mpg long trips Built at Hiroshima plant. It has not been babied but has been well-maintained for 142000 miles. Visibility is great and I tinted the glass when car is new. Interior is well designed, attractive and functional...the only thing I would change would be a bit more color, "lounge mode" on back seats, and a front passenger seat that would fold forward completely flat....I have hauled everything in this car...Gone through 4 sets of front brakes, 2 batteries, put in new spark plugs (1 original plug had lost its electrode!) at 110000 miles and a valve adjustment. Filters, oil, bulbs, transmission fluid refresh, etc...Also then installed Koni SRT orange struts and shocks. At 110k miles rear drum brakes were still at 90% so if anybody is thinking of doing jdm rear disc swap its not necessary. About 7 years ago tpms sensors started to fail but I never bothered to replace them....Total maintenance and repair costs have been .027 cents per mile! It's still tight, no rattles. Its been parked outside most of its life. Clear coat is starting show some wear in small areas. Hit a small deer once. Had headlights polished about 3 years ago. I am a big guy and have taken many long trips in it and no problems with front seat comfort. I have 6 wheels so I run snow tires on the front in winter. I use 205/55/16 tires as it seems to handle and ride a bit better with these slightly bigger tires. I wish Honda still sold them here. I am biased but I feel the 2nd gen Ge8s are the best looking and funnest to drive


2013 Fit: No problems for the first 10 years.

I've had my 2013 Honda Fit Sport for 10 years and I've never had a problem with it. The only annoyance is that it doesn't have a radiator cut-out valve during warmups, which means that it takes forever to warm up. It gets 29 to 30mpg. The Sport has bigger tires and I put on snow tires in the winter and it does great in ice and snow as long as the snow is not too deep.

See all 130 consumer reviews


Based on the 2013 Honda Fit base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
Combined side rating rear seat
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
Overall rating
Overall side crash rating
Risk of rollover
Rollover rating
Side barrier rating
Side barrier rating driver
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
Side pole rating driver front seat


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda True Certified+
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 12 months or 12,000 miles from their original in-service date.
Basic warranty terms
4 years/48,000 if vehicle purchased within warranty period 1 year 12,000 miles if vehicle purchased after warranty period expired
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
View all cpo program details

Have questions about warranties or CPO programs?

Compare the competitors