2013 Honda Fit EV

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Honda Fit EV. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Quick recharge time
  • Interior space and amenities
  • Distinctive appearance

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2013 Honda Fit EV

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.

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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.


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What Drivers Are Saying

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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. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Honda Fit EV currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Honda Fit EV has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Honda

Program Benefits

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  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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 EV received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* 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