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The Fit is roomier on the inside than you might expect, with an interior that is unusually versatile and flexible. It also has easy cabin access and a panoramic outward view. Well equipped, the Fit also has comfortable seating. Lightness and agility make it fun to drive, plus the powertrain is smooth and willing and fuel economy is enviable.
Alerts
There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS, side and head protection air bags standard. ESC available from 2009, standard from 2011.
Road Test

The Fit is roomier on the inside than you might expect, with an interior that is unusually versatile and flexible. It also has easy cabin access and a panoramic outward view. Well equipped, the Fit also has comfortable seating. Lightness and agility make it fun to drive, plus the powertrain is smooth and willing and fuel economy is enviable. Road noise is pronounced though, and the ride is a little choppy, especially in the Sport version. Look for a 2011 or newer Fit; stability control became standard. This generation of the Fit scored a "poor" in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 (117 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Honda Fit owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“AC went out two years ago. Prohibitively expensive to repair. Went out just after warranty end, Honda would not honor warranty”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“moisture built up in the freon, causing the A/C to quit working if used more than 15-20 minutes (blew slightly cool air)”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A/C suddenly stopped working. Had to replace the compressor, the evaporator was corroded and leaking, and due to the design with the receiver drier incorporated into the condenser it had to be replaced as well. All in this repair is ~$1,400 by a private party or $1,800 at a dealer. I am surprised given the reliability of the car”

Kevin P., IN (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“The blower stopped working on all speed settings, except for "high". It was repaired by a private garage (non-dealership)”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“fan switch only came on when I put it on 4..I thought it was the switch..$150 installed..it was a $60 resistor..now its fine..Honda dealer in Greenville SC”

Stephen H., SC (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“blower broke, which broke another part. dealer wanted $660, but they gave me a reduced rate of $500 after i complained”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blower motor and transistor failed, cost over $400 to repair. Internet suggests this is a common problem”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blower motor would only operate on high speed. Failed resister believed to be immediate cause. Because most of the replacement expense was for removing the dash to get at the blower, the motor plus resister was replaced”

Doug C., IA (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“AC is always on”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blower fan motor had to be replaced, blew out a fuse twice. I was told that Honda said this was a common problem, but I had to pay several hundred dollars for repair”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Fan could only go at 100% speed or off. Fan had to be replaced”

Gordon R., TX (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The blower only works when turned to the highest setting”

Tabitha M., MI (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blew the resistor. So it could only turn off or be on high Fixed the resistor and it blew again Looked online seems to be a common problem for the fit. Happened just outside the 50,000 mile warranty I thought Charlie's Honda dealership should re”

Mark G., ME (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“strange sound coming from the van”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Reading online it seems like a poor design by the manufacturer and a common issue. Had to buy a new blower for my AC to work”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The fan motor only works on high speed”

Katie L., CA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blower motor failed due to a resistor failure; Honda (apparently having mismatched resistor-motor in its initial design) insisted both had to be replaced. I did so, since that's the only problem I've ever experienced with the 2011 Fit over ~90K miles”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The fan only works on speed 4. With summer temps coming up, we will get it repaired”

Jon K., NC (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The fan only works on maximum. Heard from other Fit owners that this has happened to them too and Honda should have recalled the car for this or offer to fix it for free”

Bert E., CA (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blower failed twice”

Norman D., NJ (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blower fan relay fails once a year”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Would operate only at highest setting”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“only worked on high”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blower in High setting shorted. Had to be repaired. Low and Medium worked fine”

Anonymous, IL (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

“Cost over $600 to repair”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Air conditioner gradually became less effective. Would work initially but on a longer trip would stop functioning. Had to replace condenser to get it fixed. (Tried lesser intervention last year, but it was not effective.)”

Charles G., IL (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“This is the third season in a row that I need to recharge the refrigerant. Last year, the dealership recharged but didn't find/fix the leak. The air-conditioning has never been very efficient. Even when new, the AC had to work really hard and didn't keep the car very cool”

Rebecca P., MI (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

“Low beam lights failed on each side within 4 months of each other”

Doug C., IA (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“Light in car out - not on in any position. Probably burned out (?). Will have dealer check it out in the coming week”

Anonymous, AR (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“Passenger door locks motor works only occasionally”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Hatch back is stuck and won't open”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“Tire pressure monitor in one wheel failed”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Light came on, then went off. Dealer not find problem. Brought in when light came on again (per dealer's direction). Told right front monitor going out and left front to soon go out. Tires okay. Will replace within next week”

Anonymous, AR (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Alert system constantly showed low tire pressure, but moniter was bad-replaced it”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“TPMS light has been on for a year. Been told that the front tire sensors are burned out”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“at 35,000 miles windshield washer pump stopped working. dealer would not honor warranty. could not wash windshield which is a problem as we have snow all winter”

Charles O., CT (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Running lights below headlights shattered not too long after buying new. Poor placement for glass lights with little protection! Not cheap to fix/replace”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Condensation leak from under dash A/C drain pan/box unto passenger floor”

Anonymous, NC (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rattles coming from under dash from drivers side all across including passenger side”

Tom R., AK (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“High pitched rattle that seems to originate in the passenger air vent or from under the dash”

Anonymous, WA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Various dashboard sounds and one window rattles when open”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Squeaks/rattles was coming from the TPM sensors area, which needed to be replaced. Had this repair done twice at the dealership”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

“Noise”

Leonard G., SC (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“they were leaking”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The rear shocks were leaking badly when I took the car in for service. I hadn't noticed the difference until I had them replaced. It was riding very hard when hitting any bump when leaking”

Carol R., CA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Rear factory shocks leaking”

Paul L., IN (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Routine replacement of worn calipers, right on schedule”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“Rear brakes locked up”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Seems to need repair every 20 to 40 thousand miles”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Brakes have been repaired, resurfaced, etc, more on this car than any car we have ever owned. It's been one problem with brakes after another!”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Torn, worn weather stripping. Bottom of doorsill drivers side”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“body is cheaply put together, several pieces of trim have come loose or fallen off during the course of normal driving”

Charles O., CT (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“not huge but by the hood of the car there is some paint chipping away”

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“cracking pain on roof. chips vey easily”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Coil

“Helicoil needed to be replaced due to spark plug housing failure”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“Spark plug torque incorrect. This blew in engine. Had to replace "Helicoil", new spark plug, new housing for spark plug”

Anonymous, MO (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“battery went dry prematurely”

William S., CT (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“sport fits are all low profile. the rear axle is not an axle but a bar with a metal plate on each end where the wheel is attached. all wheels have sensors for tpms system around $200-250 each. at night in rain left rear hit new formed pot hole and”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveline vibration

“Shock absorber was replaced”

Christine A., TN (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

“Occasional noise which appears to be throw-out bearing”

Robert R., MA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

“Getting code P0456: Evaporation Emission System Leak Detected (Very Small Leak). Plan to replace the gas cap then purge vent valve. It has been warning of loose gap cap occasionally for a couple of years. Also the tire warning system light is on for no reason”

Kevin P., IN (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“CD player would not play CD when was insert in player, was not reading the CD, no message, just would not play CD”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Windows

“The rear passenger power window does not work anymore”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Dealer service center stated broken plug fell into cylinder and required complete replacement. Honda USA approved replacement at no cost even though car was outside 50k warranty. This appears to have been a major service error and not a defect”

Anonymous, VA (2011 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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