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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. An all-electric EV model joined the lineup for 2013. 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 2012 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

“No cold air. Was told there was a leak and it would cost $800. They said the leak was caused by a stone flying up from the road. I did research and found Honda had class action suit due to faulty AC. When I told the dealer that he decided to repair it free.it pays to research problems”

Barbara B., RI (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“AC cooling, despite service, does not cool well and is sporadic”

Anonymous, CT (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The A/C system has never really worked well and was rarely ever used. It stopped working completely after the first year. We took it back to Conicelli Honda before the warranty was up to have it fixed. They said that it just needed Freon which was not the case. It blew semi cool air for about a week then completely stopped again and has not worked since”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“blower motor failed, upon replacing myself I could not believe how cheaply it was made”

Anonymous, OH (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The fan stopped working and then the heater would not function”

Pat B., IL (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The blower only works when on High. All other levels do not work”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Blower motor started making noise so loud it would drown out the radio. You couldn't carry on a conversation unless you turned off the fan. Dealer wanted $500+ to replace blower. I order parts and repaired for less than $100. This problem appears to be very common with the Honda Fit”

Jeffrey P., SC (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Condenser would stay off too long before cycling back on, allowing air temp to become warm briefly”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“The car didn't heat up inside”

Pat B., IL (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor design allowed a stone or something to pierce the condenser on the front of the car”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Refrigerant leaks, during hot summers when refrigerant is low the A/C compressor shuts itself off after about 30 minutes continuous use. Must top of refrigerant every year”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Car lost refrigerant and had to re-filled”

Bruce P., AR (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Air conditioning was sub-par; dealer used dye to find leak and replace part”

William S., NJ (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Twice, A/C hasn't produced cold air. First time, I took it to the dealer, who said all was well; I then took it to an independent shop, which recharged the A/C. Just recently, the A/C is back to inadequate, and I'll take it back to the independent shop”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Honda Fit Base 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

Gauges

“back lights on the temperature control for heating/ac and on the shift made it annoying and difficult to adjust in the dark .... Honda estimated a repair cost of over $300 for each because the entire dashboard would have to be removed ... ridiculous!”

Anonymous, OR (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“The right rear running light bulb stopped working at 45K, It was hard to replace,”

David W., FL (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rear brake light needed complete housing replacement”

James C., TX (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Left fog light needed to be fixed or bulb replaced”

Anonymous, VT (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Frequent replacement needed. 3 times in less than a year”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlights need to be replaced almost yearly for some reason. Difficult to change, due to limited room behind light fixture in engine area”

Anonymous, CT (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Headlights go out about once a year”

Christopher C., CA (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“My climate control panel lights have failed for temperature dial, rear defroster and AC display”

Stephen L., IL (2012 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint peeling after hitting (gently) a snow or ice bank while parking”

Anonymous, CT (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Scratches easily (birds?)”

Neal S., FL (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“fading paint over much of the car”

Lynn B., CA (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint on outside mirror bubbled in multiples spots, then cracked. Looks like it was sprayed with some chemical that caused it”

Anonymous, KY (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“On the front hood, there are places where the paint is chipped off probably from road gravel. Other than that the paint is fine”

Anonymous, UT (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“black plastic exterior trim next to rear window came loose and flew off, having to be replaced; there had been no damage to the vehicle to cause this to happen”

Janice Z., TX (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a rubber strip/moulding behind the front bumper [more or less under the radiator] that merely snaps on and off. When you park in some parking lots if the concrete barrier at the front of the parking spot is too high the rubber 'doey' can partially snap off and hang down”

Anonymous, AB (2012 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“trim underneath the dash on passenger side came off due to faulty connector; unfortunately we would have to replace the entire piece at the dealer rather than getting a new connector; another option might be super glue but then one could not get to electrical systems if repair were needed”

Janice Z., TX (2012 Honda Fit Base 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

Alignment

“Having a 3 year warranty,oil change ,tire rotation,etc. , the tires were to worn out due to improper alignment that it could not aligned due to tire wear at 38000 mi. Seems the dealer should have discovered this fault during their servicing”

Anonymous, NC (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After hitting the curb several times, the alignment had to be adjusted”

Richard R., CA (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Continually has to be readjusted...problem since purchase”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“After hitting the curb several times, tire wear was uneven so I had to have the front end aligned”

Richard R., CA (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

“rear shock fluid leak. Both shocks replaced”

Brian K., NJ (2012 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

“very noisy”

Mary G., CA (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Every time it rains my car gets humid and smells musty. I now believe there is mold in the car”

Anonymous, NC (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“very noisy”

Mary G., CA (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

“The rear area of the car rattles when driving on rough roads”

Anonymous, TN (2012 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

“New front wheel bearings made noise and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, VT (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

“software update”

Peter L., NV (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
CV joint

“CV joint boot wore out”

Anonymous, VT (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

“Have hydroplaned in this car a couple of times”

Anonymous, TX (2012 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

Rough shifting

“Jerking when start from stop, whining noise during moving”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“Transmission fluid sensor replaced - approx $220. Caused "D" to flash and car to rev high at highway speeds”

Anonymous, MA (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Transmission switch prevented the automatic transmission to shift into high gear”

Anonymous, GA (2012 Honda Fit Base 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

Rotors

“After 30,000 miles I was required to replace brake pads and the rotor; It was not possible to grind the rotor to match the new pads, but was needed to replace the rotor”

Edward M., MA (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“Original front brake pads had to be replaced at 25k miles”

Stephen L., IL (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noticed that the car would squeak when we applied the brakes”

Anonymous, TX (2012 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

“2 spark plugs baked out and shredded the threads. The sparkplugs sockets needed to be replaced with inserts”

Anonymous, BC (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine blew out a spark plug”

David R., YT (2012 Honda Fit Base 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

“Spark plug worked loose”

Anonymous, PA (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Experienced raw gasoline odor in cabin at idle (or stop light) with windows closed. Turned out to be a LOOSE SPARK PLUG! Also turns out this is somewhat common, based on prowling around the Internet”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Leaky seal around the oil pan”

Trevor D., SD (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

“Gas fumes in the cabin when we started the car and the dealer could not find the problem after about 6 months they took a closer look. Apparently a lot of people has this problem. Spark plug cable trouble, finely replaced funs fine now”

Anonymous, OH (2012 Honda Fit Base 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

“The driver door stopped locking, both inside and out. It cost $600 have the locking mechanism replaced. Very disappointing for a 5-year-old (otherwise perfectly-reliable) Honda. Door was opened by remote 95% of the time, so it did not break due to abuse. Passenger side locking mechanism is squeaking, leading me to be concerned its mechanism may be next to fail”

Robert S., UT (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“Both of the driver side door lock actuators went bad. I purchased OEM parts on internet and paid mechanic 1 hour for each to replace”

Anonymous, FL (2012 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

Voice control commands

“Volume knob is failing on factory radio. Turning the knob down regularly causes volume to climb by 10-15 points, blasting our ear drums. Had it cleaned with Deoxit, which helped briefly but the problem has returned. Steering-wheel controls work fine, but it's annoying to not have a working volume knob”

Robert S., UT (2012 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

“Warning light on dashboard came on indicating engine problem. Car continued to drive well. Service dept. at dealer replaced a part on the coolant system”

Anonymous, MA (2012 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.

Exhaust

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

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