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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 9 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
  • 1-speed Direct
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 electric (123 hp)
  • 1.5-liter 4 (117 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Honda Fit owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“When body work had to be done thanks to an accident, The tolerances on the rear bumper attaching to the back end that an otherwise blemish-free bumper will not stay in place for a smooth seam with the body of the car”

Laura R., NC (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“2 trim moldings had to be replaced, they came off”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The paint will scratch for the slightest reason. Even was scratched by a paper grocery bag. Almost anything that touches it will leave a scratch!!”

Anonymous, SC (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“TOP COAT BUBBLES”

Steve D., ON (2013 Honda Fit EV 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Chips. Not sure of cause”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“rough winter, numerous paint chips down to primer, I had an 07 Fit and never had as many chips from road stones as this 2013 Fit. I feel the paint is "thinner"”

Kenneth B., NY (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Within a few months the paint was faded and scratched up with no impact beyond commercial car washes. Honda said it wasn't covered by the extensive warranty. I have not fixed it yet, since they want to charge $900”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint chipped at unusual places”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Honda Fit EV 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Noticed small spot on both doors where paint has chipped off. Keep car in garage.Also little spot in front. Not real noticeable but appears to me to be poor paint finish quality”

Marcia H., OR (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Honda uses a very thin layer of paint, and there are some large chips in the paint already, down to the base coat”

Anonymous, TN (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“The pain is extremely brittle and there are now chips on the hood from gravel. As well, there are rust spots all over the body. Only purchased in summer 2014”

Anonymous, BC (2013 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

Premature brake wear

“I had brakes replaced at 22,000 miles and I felt that it was premature., but they were making a grinding noise”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I live in a hilly area and had to replace brake pads and front rotors around 27,000 miles”

Ariel Y., AL (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“uneven wear - right front brakes pads”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brake pads were completely worn down after 20000 miles”

Richard T., PA (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Had to replace pads and rotors due to premature wear - indicated by squealing noise”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes wore down after only 12,000 miles. Honda refused to replace or even discount repair job”

Alfred F., TX (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The brakes sound like dirt is between the pad and the shoe, I have had it looked at twice without correcting the issue. They now tell me I should have the brake lines drained every 3 years even though I hardly drive the car because of the recall and the squeaking”

John A., TN (2013 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

Tire pressure monitor

“on all the time. need to take to dealer for repair”

Debra R., IN (2013 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The TPM system continues to show low pressure even when all tires are at full pressure. Process for manually resetting is extremely cumbersome”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Interior lights

“Dashboard lights stayed on after car turned off. Fixed by dealer”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“Remote stopped opening car 6 months ago. Dealer tried to charge us to replace a lock actuator. Learned that Honda is using cheap actuators (class action suit for CR-Vs). Dealer replaced as an "accommodation". What junk. Won't buy Honda again”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“The power lock/unlock mechanism on the rear passenger-side door stopped functioning properly some months ago. I took it to Honda last month and they fixed it”

Sarah N., WA (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

“Passenger wiper failed completely - probably from ice build-up on the windshield”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Fit Base 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

“noise from the right rear window area”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It is a cheaply built car and it is noisy”

Babar A., CA (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Air or water leaks

“Water leak rear driver side door”

Jay W., FL (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Weather stripping on back passenger side door leaked badly causing serious moldy smell”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“A measure of noise, for me, is the impact the noise produces on the audio quality. With the Fit, it was certainly the worst listening experience”

Babar A., CA (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“I was just trying to point out that you can hear and feel everything on the road with this car”

Martin M., FL (2013 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

Locks and latches

“hydraulic back hatch a continuing problem. They stop holding the car hatch up. Have been replaced twice”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

“Driver side rear view mirror was warped/distorted in shape and was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

“Unable to adjust driver's seat to the driver's leg length”

Robert M., PA (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Passenger (front) window would not go down all the way. Had to go multiple rtimes to get fixed. Is fixed now”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Design flaw in the rear seats -- seat belt can get caught and crushed when folding the seats”

Anonymous, VT (2013 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

Wheel balance

“Not tracking well. Going to have alignment checked”

Cendra L., MI (2013 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Alignment

“went over curb. Front tire burst and needed to be replaced. Alignment checked out okay”

Hugh J., NY (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“Original tires on the rear wore out after ONE YEAR. Learned that rear suspension is the old fixed-axle, which can't be aligned if it ever goes out. Axle and tires replaced by dealer, after many calls to Honda. Now rotate tires often. What junk”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

“Despite rotations, tire wear was uneven and two new Dunlop tires were purchases @ 28000 miles. One of the replacement tires was defective”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

“Front wheel bearings were noisy and replaced under warranty”

Dana H., VA (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“I ended up replacing the entire air conditioning system on a relatively new car”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It seems the a/c freezes up when on long trips. The air is no longer cold. I turn off the a/c for several minutes and when I turn it back on, it's cool again”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

“Developed mildew odor whenever A/C was in use. Had to go through 2 month mediation process to make Honda replace the condenser and force the dealership to refund the money paid by me for their first inept repair. This should've been treated as a warr”

Paul W., AL (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“It isn't really a problem with the part, but a huge problem with the design of the car. The coils are located at the front of the car with NOTHING to protect it. Small rocks and other road junk hits it and damages the coils. We have had it replaced b”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Honda Fit Base 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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The GPS/Radio/CD unit lost power and had to be replaced for $800 after three years”

Anonymous, DE (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“after my wifes phone was updated, the car went into a strange mode of telling that her phone was connected on a continuous loop”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“System would spontaneously stop pairing with my phone. After 4 trips to the dealer where they re-installed software, they finally replaced the hardware- no more problems after that”

John G., CA (2013 Honda Fit EV Unsure)

“Unable to pair phone to the bluetooth hands free system. Repeated trips to the dealer failed to fix the problem. It was finally fixed about a month ago after not working for a year when the dealer did an upgrade to the system”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Honda Fit EV Plug-in Hybrid)

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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Battery was dead while still under warranty. Battery was replaced under warranty”

Randy L., MN (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Coil

“ignition coil on one cylinder failed, causing rough idle, lack of power”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

“Starter just failed. I had been driving for several hours, stopped for gas, and the car would not start again”

Bridget A., VT (2013 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

“Although I had only 15k miles, I had also towed the car behind the RV another 10-15K. Trans shifting became noisy. I researched it online and as advised, changed ATF and filter myself. Problem solved!”

Ronald U., GA (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

“the transmission mechanism that prevents the car from starting unless it is in Park or Neutral sticks at random intervals and the car will not start. Honda can not or will not fix it unless we can bring it in while it is malfunctioning”

Jim C., WA (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

“After 3 months of driving go loud clunking sound when going from about 5mph to stop. They fixed it once and then it happened again”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

“I have driven standard cars for many years. Never had a clutch burn out before 100k”

Bridget A., VT (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission totally locked up twice while being towed behind our RV (in accordance with the owners manual). Dealership (not the one purchased from) indicated total failure. Dealership replaced total transmission”

Anonymous, VA (2013 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

“Dash board indicated an engine problem. Gas cap had to replaced. Found out that the original had been updated w/ a new cap;”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Did not pass NY 2015 safety inspection. Dealer said that because car was once jump started, sensors have to be recyled by driving 100 miles at 50+ mph. Jump started because battery failed after 2 months of not driving. Did not work after just 40 mile”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Fit Base 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

“When I had an oil change the dealer said a seal was leaking oil on my engine and I had it fixed at no cost under warranty,”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Honda Fit Base 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

“while running fan came off and damaged radiator”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Honda Fit Sport 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

Electrical failure

“Failure of electrical control system that starts the car. The electronics of this system failed and so the entire module was replaced for free under warranty”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Honda Fit Sport 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

Exhaust

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

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