• (5.0) 1 reviews
  • Available Prices: N/A
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 118
  • Engine: 123-hp, (electric)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 1-speed automatic
2013 Honda Fit EV

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Honda Fit EV

What We Don't Like

  • Loss of regular Fit's versatile Magic Seat
  • Limited availability

Notable Features

  • New for 2013
  • All-electric hatchback
  • Estimated driving range of 76 miles in mixed driving
  • Recharges in as little as three hours on 240-volt electrical source
  • Available for lease of $399 per month in select states

2013 Honda Fit EV Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Honda adds an all-electric car to its lineup with the launch of the five-seat Fit EV. It's based on the gas-powered Fit subcompact hatchback, but it features an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack that's expected to yield a driving range of 76 miles on a single charge in combined city and highway driving. Unlike its chief competitor, the Nissan Leaf, the Fit EV will only be available for lease, with payments expected to be $399 per month.

The Fit EV hits dealerships in California and Oregon in summer 2012 before becoming available on the East Coast in early 2013.

Exterior
The Fit EV received styling changes that give it a unique, 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 hatchback 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 and sharp corners on the sides of the bumper like those on the Toyota Prius. Exterior features include:

  • Offered in one color, Reflection Blue Pearl
  • EV decals on the side and EV badge on the liftgate

Interior
The cockpit is familiar, but there's a new instrument cluster with a digital speedometer centered between a power/charge indicator and a battery gauge in the style of a traditional gas gauge. Choosing Normal, Sport or Econ modes changes the digital screen's accent color in addition to the driving characteristics.

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. 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 is packaged under the front and rear seats, and instead of the Magic Seat there's just a traditional folding backseat, and it doesn't fold flat with the cargo floor. Interior features include:

  • Coaching feature designed to help the driver maximize the Fit EV's driving range
  • Electric air conditioning
  • Fabric seat upholstery
  • Interactive remote shows battery charge and cabin temperature and offers basic charging controls when within 100 feet of the car
  • Smartphone can control charging and cabin-temperature conditioning
  • Navigation system with public charging locations and traffic info

Under the Hood
The Fit EV has a 92-kilowatt electric motor powered by a 20-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack. Honda expects a combined driving range of 76 miles on a single charge.

The Fit EV has a 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger for shorter charging times; with a 240-volt electrical source, fully recharging the battery could take as little as three hours. The Fit EV also uses regenerative braking.

Safety
Honda says the Fit EV will have at least as many safety features as the gas-powered Fit, which comes standard with antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags and an electronic stability system.

Consumer Reviews

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Average based on 1 reviews

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Fit Electric is amazing

by Electric car enthusiast from Silicon Valley on February 27, 2015

This is an amazing, award winning electric car. It's collectible if you can find one. It drives very smoothly and quietly.

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2013 Honda Fit EV Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall 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

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/36,000mi

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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