Launched internationally in 2001, and in the U.S. in 2007, the Honda Fit entered its second generation for the 2009 model year. The 2010 model doesn't change much, but finds stiff competition from Nissan, Scion, and Kia.
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With its bug-eye headlights and narrow grille, the Fit presents a unique look.
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The 1.5-liter engine motivating the Fit is unremarkable, putting out 117 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque.
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Function wins over form with the exterior design of the vehicle, as its almost tubular body maximizes interior space.
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With a torsion beam rear suspension, the ride in the Fit can be a little rough, with firm seats that don't exactly coddle the passengers.
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Honda's Magic Seat easily folds up or flat, offering a few different configurations for cargo or passengers.
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Honda changed the interior configuration a little, moving the heating and air conditioning controls to a more driver-centric position.
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An electric power steering unit on the Fit takes strain off the small engine.
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The Fit can be had with five-speed manual or automatic, although if you opt for the navigation system, you are limited to the automatic.
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This double-DIN stereo and navigation unit has been used by Honda for years. The maps show poor resolution, but iPod integration has been added.
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The nav unit's screen motors down to reveal a CD slot, PC Card slot, and the navigation DVD.
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A USB pigtail in the upper glove compartment accommodates USB drives and iPod cables.
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Six speakers and a 160-watt audio system add up to pretty average sound quality.