2012 Honda Fit hatchback packs more updates and features


The 2012 Honda Fit is in its last year for the second-generation design since its introduction in 2008, and the competition in the small compact car segment (B-segment) is more fiercer that ever before.  So, Honda is introducing the 2012 Honda Fit hatchback with more updates and features to make it more competitive. 

For 2012, the Honda Fit hatchback receives a few minor revisions to the exterior style. In the 2012 Honda Fit Sport version, it gets a new front grille, black headlight bezels and a new set of  16-inch “machined surface” finish alloy wheels. While the Honda Fit entry trim gets body-color exterior mirrors and a new wheel cover design.

In the interior, the 2012 Honda Fit Sport is updated with dark metallic dashboard components for a unified color theme. Fit Sport receives additional chrome accents around instrument displays. To make the a quieter cabin, all models also receive sound insulation material in the floor, front fenders and A-pillars, plus thicker front corner-window glass.  In addition, two new colors are added as well: Blue Raspberry Metallic and Orangeburst Metallic.

The top-of-the-line 2012 Honda Fit Sport includes a long list of exclusive features, which include steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth hands-free telephone on navigation-equipped cars, and Bluetooth Audio integration with compatible phones and devices.

The 2012 Honda Fit hatchback is powered by the same 1.5-liter, i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine, which is tuned to deliver a combination of power and fuel economy.  The engine produces 117 horsepower and 106 pound-feet of torque,  and is mated to either a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission. The Honda Fit with an automatic transmission has an U.S. EPA rating of combined fuel economy rating of 28 city/35 hwy/31 combined miles per gallon. While the Fit Sport has a fuel economy rating of 27 city/33 hwy/30 combined miles per gallon.

Standard equipment on all 2012 Honda Fit models includes air conditioning, cruise control, remote entry, a 160-watt audio system, a USB audio, an auxiliary audio input jack, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks and a security system.

For sure, with a slew of new features and updates, the 2012 Honda Fit will definitely attract more car buyers.