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The all-new 2006 Honda Fit will debut at dealerships nationwide on April 20 with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $13,850, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today. The Fit leads the subcompact segment with the most standard feature content in its class, a unique level of interior functionality and a sporty driving character.

Built on Honda's foundation of dependability, quality and reliability, the Fit includes a 109 horsepower, 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder, VTEC engine with a 5-speed manual transmission (an automatic transmission is also available, bringing the suggested retail price to $14,650). The Fit's standard safety features include dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, dual front side airbags, side-curtain airbags and an anti-lock braking system (ABS). Big on space, the Fit incorporates more than 111 cubic feet of interior volume and a Magic Seat that provides four distinct seating and cargo carrying configurations.

"The 2007 Honda Fit demonstrates how an affordable and fun small car can have similar safety features and refinement as larger, more expensive vehicles," said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda. "For consumers considering an attractive, affordable, and versatile car, the Fit provides a new entry point into Honda's vehicle lineup."

Priced at $15,170, the Fit Sport model with manual transmission adds a rear roofline spoiler, aero body kit, fog lights, security system with keyless remote entry, cruise control, a 200-watt, six-speaker audio system and 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with P195/55R15 tires. Fit Sport models with the available automatic transmission come standard with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and will be available at the suggested retail price of $15,970.

Additionally, the Fit can be customized with Honda Factory Performance equipment including 16-inch alloy wheels, sport exhaust, chrome exhaust tip finisher, rear bumper accents and a sport mesh grille.

The Fit has an estimated city/highway fuel economy rating of 33/38 miles per gallon (manual transmission) and is expected to be among the highest ratings in its class. Destination and handling charges for all 2007 Honda vehicles are $550.

Additional media information and high-resolution photography is available at www.hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at www.honda.com.

Fit
-5-Speed Manual $13,850, 33/38 City/Hwy
-5-Speed Automatic $14,650, 31/38

Fit Sport
-5-Speed Manual $15,170 33/38
-5-Speed Automatic $15,970 31/37

Destination and Handling Charge is $550 per vehicle.

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bout time they set a release date.

i can't wait to go test drive one :aww
 

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seem to be a good commuter there...definitely test drive it...
 

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I'm kinda bummed that the gas mileage isnt higher. I mean, 31/38 isnt anything to be ashamed of, but my friends 91 Ford Festiva was rated for 35/42. Granted there are over a decades worth of new safety and other junk that the car has to carry around, but still, I feel like it should be hitting 50mpg. Doesnt the new Civic get like 40?
 

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I'm kinda bummed that the gas mileage isnt higher. I mean, 31/38 isnt anything to be ashamed of, but my friends 91 Ford Festiva was rated for 35/42. Granted there are over a decades worth of new safety and other junk that the car has to carry around, but still, I feel like it should be hitting 50mpg. Doesnt the new Civic get like 40?
wasn't the festiva a 3cyl like geo metros were?
 

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hobie237 said:
I'm kinda bummed that the gas mileage isnt higher. I mean, 31/38 isnt anything to be ashamed of, but my friends 91 Ford Festiva was rated for 35/42. Granted there are over a decades worth of new safety and other junk that the car has to carry around, but still, I feel like it should be hitting 50mpg. Doesnt the new Civic get like 40?
ehh the Fit may be new here, but its been in production in other parts of the world since 2001 without any significant revisions, so thier L-series engine may not be that impressive compared to Honda's recent technologies.
 

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also, only the cvt auto civics get 40 mpg... manuals are 38 as well (with the exception of the SI of course)
 

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IISaiNtII said:
also, only the cvt auto civics get 40 mpg... manuals are 38 as well (with the exception of the SI of course)

I'm just thinking that the Fit, which is more of an economy car, should be putting up better numbers, especially given the history of economy cars and their mileage...
 

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I'm just thinking that the Fit, which is more of an economy car, should be putting up better numbers, especially given the history of economy cars and their mileage...
true, but it's got probably the best hp/tq of any economy car to date (entry level that is).

i would say the reason the numbers are low-er (while nothing to be scoffed at) are because honda wants to maintain a reasonable level of sportiness to the feel of the car. i'm sure they could have made a 50 hp gas-sipping engine, but today's market isn't really shopping for that.. people want cars they can zip around in, not something that takes half an hour to get up to 60 mph
 

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hobie237 said:
I'm just thinking that the Fit, which is more of an economy car, should be putting up better numbers, especially given the history of economy cars and their mileage...
Agree

I do however wanna at least test drive one. I really think the sport is a great looking car.

If I did not owe more on my current car I would consider selling it for one
 

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hobie237 said:
No. It was a 1.3L 4-cyl. Also, not all Metros were 3-cyl, some were 4.

The Festiva had 63hp and ~1800 lbs, not that far off from the specs of a CRX of the same vintage.
fit has 109 hp.. almost double. if honda made a 63 hp hit, garaunteed the gas mileage would be better.
 

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Hi-TeK JZA70 said:
fit has 109 hp.. almost double. if honda made a 63 hp hit, garaunteed the gas mileage would be better.

I understand that the Fit has more power, but when you look at it in proportion to what a more mainstream car would have, cars' power on the whole has doubled as well since those days. In other words, the 109-hp car of today is the 63hp car of yesterday. I feel like it should have at least the same mileage as the economy cars of yesteryear...
 

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hobie237 said:
I'm kinda bummed that the gas mileage isnt higher. I mean, 31/38 isnt anything to be ashamed of, but my friends 91 Ford Festiva was rated for 35/42. Granted there are over a decades worth of new safety and other junk that the car has to carry around, but still, I feel like it should be hitting 50mpg. Doesnt the new Civic get like 40?
think safety (crash test, fuel tank,air bags, smog...etc). Feds has put so much regulations in everything that you cant really compare the MPG of todays car to 10+ years ago. plus the MPG test today is probably alittle different than yesterday.


the Scion gets the same MPGs.
 

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think safety (crash test, fuel tank,air bags, smog...etc). Feds has put so much regulations in everything that you cant really compare the MPG of todays car to 10+ years ago. plus the MPG test today is probably alittle different than yesterday.


the Scion gets the same MPGs.

I aknowledged the fact that there is more safety stuff to lug around, but there have been some equally significant innovations in motors that should lead to MPG remaining the same.
 

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hobie237 said:
I aknowledged the fact that there is more safety stuff to lug around, but there have been some equally significant innovations in motors that should lead to MPG remaining the same.
there hasnt been a real significant innovation in a combustion engine since variable vavle timing. alot of the maufacturers turn to using lighter material in cars and adding a hybrid car to help bring their fleet MPGs meet the Feds CAFE standard.
 

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This just tells me engine design is leveing off a bit. Until direct injection or gets developed better or somone comes up with somthing new we may not be seeing be leaps like back in the day.

mmmm didnt porche make a 1.6L with 160hp back in the 60s?
 

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there hasnt been a real significant innovation in a combustion engine since variable vavle timing. alot of the maufacturers turn to using lighter material in cars and adding a hybrid car to help bring their fleet MPGs meet the Feds CAFE standard.

Not true at all. Lean burn tech is advancing, as are many systems to squeeze every bit of efficiency out of a motor, from optimizing port design to minimizing internal losses.

The fact that the Fit is not classified as ULEV amazes me.
 

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Dude! its a 5 yr old car. Its not going to be great compared to todays car. Maybe back then it was quite alright, but now of course it wont be. Since when did mileage become such big of a issue. Especially when people bitch about power or lack of
 

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Dude! its a 5 yr old car. Its not going to be great compared to todays car. Maybe back then it was quite alright, but now of course it wont be. Since when did mileage become such big of a issue. Especially when people bitch about power or lack of

If a car has lots of power, then gas mileage is sacrificed. When a car has shitty power, gas mileage should increase, or at least thats the way I see it. Economy cars should be getting higher mileage than they are. I'm just saying I dont have much motivation to buy a Fit when I could buy a Civic that gets almost exactly the same mileage and has 140hp.
 
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