The Honda Fit entered the market with a slew of new, inexpensive small cars, including the Nissan Versa and the Toyota Yaris. With its small engine, it works best as a city car or in dense suburban areas.
With the Sport version and the automatic transmission, you get these paddle shifters. We tried them out, but ultimately concluded they aren't really useful. They are also mounted to the steering wheel, were we prefer column-mounted paddles.