A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Honda Fit

The 2012 Honda Fit is a fuel efficient car that has lots of head and legroom for drivers and passengers alike. In addition, its five door configuration holds large items like skis, bikes, and surfboards for those who love outdoor activities or need extra cargo room. The Honda Fit is fun to drive while still saving you money on fuel.

Key Features

The 2012 Honda Fit gets up to 28 mpg when driving in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The engine is a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder that creates 117hp. An automatic transmission comes standard on most models, a manual mode on the Sport model is an option, or a five speed manual transmission on the base model is available as well.

Changes for 2012

The base Fit and Fit Sport received trim upgrades and soundproofing to help keep the interior quiet while going down the road. The Fit Sport has a front end facelift for this year and the base Fit receives color key exterior mirrors.

What We Like

The Honda Fit is fun to drive and keeps its stability even while taking hard corners. The fuel economy is great, up to 35 mpg per gallon which can save large amounts of money over a short amount of time.

What Concerns Us

The vehicle does struggle on steep hills because of the 117hp it has. In addition, once it is loaded with passengers, acceleration is noticeably slower. This can cause it to be a little sluggish when passing slower traffic.

Available Models

The Honda Fit comes in the base model and the Sport model. The Sport model has the same 1.5 liter four cylinder engine with 117hp. Manual shift is an option with this model and the paddle shifters are located on the back of the steering wheel. The Honda Fit Sport will get 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Major Recalls

One recall for the Honda Fit was issued in 2013. The electronic stability control system may allow for increased yaw rates at high steering angles with certain types of tires. This prevents the proper functioning of the electronic stability control system and increasing the risk of a crash.

Common Issues

Consumer complaints include an uncomfortable head rest, fuel gauge not reading below 29 mpg, a sagging trunk floor, cracking windshields, AC stops working, swerving at high speeds, cruise control not working properly, and sudden acceleration.

Honda Fit 2012 Interior


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