Great value for useful basic transportation
April 1, 2019
My Fit Sport is one of the most useful vehicles in its price range. It's noisy on the highway, with mainly road/tire noise, and has a stiff suspension, but it gets around 40 mpg at a steady 70 mph with the automatic transmission. Around-town, mainly urban mileage is 26-30 mpg. The engine is responsive but is down on horsepower and torque. It's adequate around town, but merging onto a highway (especially on an upgrade), or passing on a two-lane road takes careful planning. Mechanically, it's been absolutely trouble free for 109,000 miles. Front pads and rotors were replaced preventatively at 90,000 miles, and it's on its second set of tires that have another 20,000 or more miles to go. It has no rattles or squeaks and feels almost as tight as when I bought it 9 years ago. It consumes no oil between changes (it gets new synthetic oil and filter every 5,000 miles). Other than tires and front brakes and one battery replacement, it's had no repairs. It has no leaks of any kind, engine or body. A special strength of this vehicle is its flexible rear seating system, which makes the space available for hauling much larger than it appears from the outside. It has more useful hauling space than several small to midsize SUVs. Overall, this has been an excellent vehicle since new. Its major flaws - lack of power and road noise - I knew about when I bought it, and these have been acceptable trade-offs for the new purchase price and bulletproof reliability. It continues to serve its purpose as a daily commuter vehicle with exceptional cargo capacity, without fail.