Roadshow Video Reviews
2010 Honda Fit SportHonda's littlest car doesn't change much, but does it need to?
[ Background music ] >> It's not the prettiest thing on the road but that isn't the point is it? It's the cheapest way to get into a Honda but what about the tech? ^M00:00:09 [ Music ] ^M00:00:14 >> The Fit's always been one of my favorite low cost cabins. It's been a little bit massaged; there are these little bright light markers on the gages now that I don't know they appeal to me, not a big deal. They've reworked this remember there used to be these 3 big knobs right here for the HDAC that looked kind of clowny to me. This is a nicer layout, a little more offset unfortunately I've seen this Honda head unit before and I'm just kind of tired of it, it's not bad, it's just old and stale but this is the optional navigation rig here common to so many Honda products you see it all across Civics and Accords and their various SUVs and crossovers there's really nothing to report new on it to be honest and because this one happens to be such an old product it is still DVD based not hard drive based. You're not gonna rip anything to this guy. Also behind this tilt panel you've got your single CD slot and there's no DVD playback here but you can play, home burn, WMA and MP3 disks. Here's the odd ball which shows you how old this thing is it's still got a PC card slot. Rounding out your sources are FM radio, no HD going on here, compact disk I just showed you the card and yeah like you'll ever use that. Auxiliary goes to a couple of things. Now first of all I've got an aux plugged in here an analog mini and when that's plugged in that's what that refers to. Yank that out and aux has a different meaning entirely. Now you're connecting to a USB dongle here in the other glove box. Sound system is common on all of these Fit Sports you're looking at 160 watts, no fancy processing: bass, treble, fader, balance and your speed volume control. Interestingly Bluetooth hands free is ala carte it's not part of any advanced head unit you put in this car which this is the only one. A couple of other oddities about this system more reasons why I wouldn't get it if you get nav you have to have an automatic transmission, there's no connection it's just how they've got their manufacturing line set up and oddly enough the navigation version of the car is the only way to get the stability control system, the vehicle dynamics control that Honda has so there's some weird tying of features around that nav head unit. Now one of the reasons people love this car so much is they've done a really good job with the interior volume usage in other words you can do a lot of things with the seats. First of all they call this a magic seat or some damn thing. Get a little yank here on the lever and notice what's happening the seat bottom and the seat back are kind of cantilevering down together as a unit to create a particularly low, flat load floor, it's pretty clever. The other thing you can do with these seats when they're up like this is pull the cushion up, wow like that, fold this kind of cheap looking camp stool leg down, it stays up do that to the other side as well and then you got a place to put your bike with you know the wheels off but still it'll stick. ^M00:03:00 [ Music ] ^M00:03:06 [ Background music ]>> The Fit Sport is cheap. Eminently practical, very economical and wears a Honda badge that usually is enough for a car to go off the lot but the sport part is a little rich. There's nothing really sporty about it. Our car in blue sensation pearl is only sporty in that it has larger 16 inch wheels and their alloys and fog lights. I've always enjoyed driving the Fit, even the first gen car that had the world's worst pedal ergonomics. All the fun was carried over into the second gen, this is just an unpretentious point and shoot kind of econobox. But what kind of fun do you want the most? City fun usually means an automatic with paddles like in our car but it's over 2 seconds slower than the manual vehicle 0-60, 11 seconds, ouch. Open road fun means the 5-speed manual but to do that you have to sacrifice factory nav and Honda's VSA stability control. Ouch again. A Fit Sport will cost you just a tick over 17,000, add 850 for the automatic with the paddles and 500 for Bluetooth hands free but if you want the better factory navigation audio head unit with the built in Bluetooth that's a different car at closer to $20,000 which includes the required automatic transmission. I might skip that, roll my own fancy head unit and work the left pedal a bit.