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2010 Honda Fit
Features And Prices


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When it comes to the hatchback segment, the 2010 Honda Fit is clearly the segment leader with a myriad of winning qualities, including an excellent balance of performance and practicality, a versatile interior with lots of passenger and cargo room, very good fuel efficiency, solid crash test ratings and affordable pricing.

This subcompact four-door hatchback is a surprisingly nimble performer while offering good gas mileage as well ... big pluses. But it's also the Fit's interior design and functionality that further separates it from the pack. The cabin has been extremely well thought out in terms of user-friendliness and its visibility is outstanding. Even with its small size there's plenty of room for both front and rear adult passengers.

And its rear seat is particularly notable and functionally unique. It can fold down without having to remove the rear headrests, resulting in a cavernous 57 cubic feet of cargo space. To put this in perspective, that's right up there with some compact SUVs. In addition, the seat cushion can also be flipped up to create a tall cargo area between the first and second rows.

2010 Honda Fit Sport

Trims, Standard Features And Options:

The 2010 Honda Fit is offered in two trims: Base and Sport.

The Base model is already well-equipped with standard features that include full power accessories, air conditioning, 15 inch steel wheels, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a 4-speaker audio system with a CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio input.

The Fit Sport model than adds cruise control, foglights, 16 inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, lower body extensions, map lights, a driver armrest and an upgraded 6-speaker sound system with a USB port.

In terms of available options, it's pretty simple. There's only one. It's a navigation system offered on the Sport model only.

Engines, Powertrain And Gas Mileage:

Powering the front-wheel-drive Honda Fit is a fiesty 1.5 liter four-cylinder engine that outputs 117 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque. It's coupled with a standard five-speed manual transmission while a five-speed automatic is optional. And on the Sport, steering-wheel-mounted manual shift control paddles come with the automatic transmission.

A manual shifting Fit has an acceleration time from 0 to 60 mph in a very respectable 8.9 seconds (11.0 for the automatic).

What's more, the 2010 Fit is one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road. The EPA gas mileage estimate for a manual Fit comes in at 27 mpg city and 33 mpg on the highway. Base models with the automatic are rated even better at 28 mpg city and 35 highway due to more conservative shift programming, while the gas mileage for the automatic Fit Sport stands at 27 city and 33 highway.

Safety:

Standard safety features on all 2010 Honda Fit models include antilock disc brakes (ABS), front seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain airbags and active front head restraints. In addition, Sport models with the navigation system can also be equipped with a stability control system.

In government crash tests, the Fit earned five out of five stars for frontal impact protection for both the driver and passengers. In side-impact tests, it earned five stars for front-passenger protection and four for the rear.

Interior:

As mentioned earlier, the cabin of the Fit is one of its strongest attributes. It's comfortable, roomy and attractive with controls that are easy to see and use. Taller drivers will be surprised with the headroom while rear passenger space is particularly impressive.

In addition to the rear seatbacks folding flat without removing the headrests, the front passenger seat also folds down, allowing room for items up to 7 feet, 9 inches long.

Drive:

Unusual for a subcompact, the 2010 Fit's nimbleness and agility make it fun to drive. The four-cylinder engine is athletic and steering is responsive. However, the automatic transmission of the Fit's Base model loses some of its fiestiness (but has the best fuel economy), if that's important to you. The Fit's entertaining driving dynamics are at their best with the five-speed manual while the Sport's automatic with shift paddles is also a quite engaging choice.

How To Get The Lowest Price:

Best Negotiating Tactic: Well, there's definitely a 'best way' when it comes to new car buying. If you want to get the best bottomline, out-the-door price you need to know exactly who to talk to at the dealership, how to make the contact and how to make this person eager to quickly drop prices as low as possible to get your sale.

Here's the details on exactly how to get the best price on a new Honda ... or any other car.

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Prices:

2010 Honda Fit:

Base, manual: dealer price: $14,900, invoice price: $14,380
Base, auto: dealer price: $15,700, invoice price: $15,148

Sport, manual: dealer price: $16,410, invoice price: $15,829
Sport, auto: dealer price: $17,260, invoice price: $16,645
Sport w/Nav, auto: dealer price: $19,110, invoice price: $18,421




Other Models Of Possible Interest:

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2011 Honda Civic Overview
2011 Honda Accord Review
2011 Honda CR-V Info
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Additional Pages Of Possible Interest:

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Used Honda Civic Info
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Used Honda Overview





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