The Honda Fit is the subcompact hatchback to beat
It's hard to find fault with the Fit for what it is.
It'll fit just about anything you can shove into the huge cargo hold. It's not going to turn your wallet upside down at the pump. It's even a delight to toss around corners.
Not bad for a car that starts around $17,000, including destination.
The Honda Fit is Doctor Who's Tardis, but slightly less boxy. It's small enough to get lost in a Target parking lot full of SUVs and crossovers, but once I slide inside, there's a surprising amount of room.
Many subcompact cars have cramped backseats, but not the Fit.
There's a surprising amount of legroom -- 39.3 inches, to be exact, which is the best in its segment by more than a full inch.
The Fit's engine is a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter I4 putting out 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
If you opt for the continuously variable transmission, output numbers are reduced to 128 horsepower and 113 pound-feet.
Given the industry's push to turbocharged engines, it's sort of refreshing to have a tiny, naturally aspirated powerplant that requires me to wring the living hell out of it.