The 5-door hatchback compact model from the automobile producer, Honda, was first released in 2001 as 2002 vehicle. It uses the small car platform, which is also used by Mobilio Spike and Honda Airwave. The similar character in all the models is the location of engine. It is also called as Jazz in Oceania, Australia, Europe and in some parts of Asia.
The awards won by the compact hatchback model include
• Best small car in 2006,
• Best economy car in 2008,
• Car and Driver’s Best Small Car in 2007, 2008 and 2009,
• One of the Greenest vehicles of 2007 and 2008,
• Car of the year in 2009,
• Best hatchback model for money in 2010, and
• MotorWeek Driver’s best car of the year in 2007
First Generation (2001-2007)
The first generation Honda Fit was also called as Honda Jazz. It was a 5-door hatchback model offered in either four wheel drive or in front wheel drive. The available engines during this generation include 1.2 liter I-4 version, 1.3 liter I-4 and 1.5 liter I-4. Available transmissions to the engines include 5-speed manual, continuously variable transmission (CVT) and 5-speed automatic transmission.
As far as the exterior dimensions of the model are concerned, it had the wheel base of 96.5 inches, length of 151.4 inches, width of 65.7 inches and height of 60.0 inches. The curb weight of the model is around 1,084 kilo grams. The subcompact model related to Honda City and Honda Airwave models. 6-different forms were offered during this generation.
Second Generation (2008-Present)
The 5-door hatchback model, Honda Fit, is designed and produced based on the GE platform. Three engine choices are offered, 1.2 liter I-4, 1.3 liter I-4 and 1.5 liter I-4. The exterior dimensions of the model have been increased. It has the wheel base of 98.4 inches, length of 156.9 inches, width of 66.7 inches and height of 60.0 inches. The fuel capacity in the tank is around 42 liters. The curb weight of the model is around 2,359 lbs. The Honda Fit released in this generation is related to Honda Freed, Honda Insight and Honda City V models.
The current generation Honda Fit model comes equipped with full-fledged safety and comfort features. Apart from wider exterior region, it also offers adequate room for leg, and shoulder. The safety features available in the Fit model include traction control, antilock braking system, curtain side air bags, front side air bags, driver and passenger adjustable front seat and tire pressure monitoring system.
Apart from advanced safety features, the other features offered as standard include power doors and locks, power steering handle, leather upholstery and driver and passenger exterior mirrors.