What to look for when buying a used Honda Fit

Overall rating:4.5 Star Rating: Recommended
Updated: August 11, 2013
Honda Fit 2008
2008 Honda Fit Sport.

Honda Fit is a practical fun-to-drive subcompact. It's surprisingly roomy and has plenty of cargo space. If you want to haul tall objects, the rear seats flip up, so you can fit even a flat-screen TV in the second row. On one of the forums, Fit owners were discussing the biggest size flat-screen TV that you can fit in the second row and the 50-inch TV was the winner. Thanks to the elevated roof line, the Fit offers easy access and plenty of headroom for both the front and rear passengers. The interior is very basic with simple instruments and easy to use controls. Fit and finish is not bad. Front visibility is good; the rear view is a bit obstructed by rear headrests. The split rear seat folds down flat, providing a huge 41.9 cubic feet of cargo space.
Honda Fit was only available as a 5-door hatchback. The Fit is good on gas and doesn't cost a lot to maintain. This generation Honda Fit has been sold in other markets for a while, so it doesn't have the usual first-year model glitches. It's reliable, but there are a few things to watch out for. One thing that might keep some people from buying the Fit is its firm ride and road noise. Toyota Yaris is a similar car and is worth considering if you prefer softer ride.

Powertrain: The only engine is a 1.5L 16-valve SOHC VTEC. Transmission choices included a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. Honda Fit Sport with an automatic transmission has paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

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Fuel Economy: The 2007 Honda Fit is rated at 27/35 US mpg city/highway (8.7/6.7 L/100 km). These numbers put Honda Fit near the top of the small car class for fuel economy. With a 10.8 US-gallon tank, Honda Fit is estimated to drive 292 miles or 469 kilometers on one full tank of gas.

Handling and Ride: On the road, the Honda Fit is fun to drive. It holds the road much better than you'd expect from this type of vehicle. The Fit's compact size and small turning radius make city driving and parking easier. The 1.5L engine is responsive. The ride is firm and the road noise is pronounced.

Safety: The front, side, and side-curtain airbags, as well as the Antilock braking system (ABS) were standard. The 2007-2008 Honda Fit received five stars for both the driver and the front passenger in frontal crash tests performed by the NHTSA. In the side-impact crash test, the Fit scored 5 stars for the driver and 3 stars for the rear passenger. For more details, visit Safercar.gov. In the frontal offset crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2007-2008 Fit received "Good" overall rating.

Pros: Good on gas, practical interior, plenty of cargo space, fun to drive, maneuverable, reliable, easy to maintain.

Cons: Firm ride, road noise, small tires wear fast, low front bumper is easy to scrape, front seats lack height adjustment.

Reliability: There are some complaints about the electric power steering, and some other issues, but overall, the 2007-2008 Honda Fit has above-average reliability. ConsumerReports rates a used Honda Fit as a 'Good Bet'.

Timing belt or chain: The 1.5L engine doesn't have a timing belt; a timing chain is used instead. A timing chain doesn't need to be replaced in regular intervals.

What to look for when buying a used Honda Fit: When buying a used Honda Fit, check used car history records in advance; you don't want to buy a vehicle that has been involved in an accident or had other issues in the past. Read here: how to check used car history. The Fit base model doesn't have a cruise control; if you need it, look for the Sport model. During the test drive, watch for anything irregular with the way the automatic transmission shifts; a "clunk" when shifted in Reverse is a sign of a problem. Check with Honda if all the recalls have been done. The Fit has a small engine, so it's good idea to avoid anything with high mileage. Check for front bumper damage. Read more what to look for when buying a used car. Before buying, have the car properly inspected by a mechanic.
Guides for used car buyers:

Maintenance: If you notice any stone chips or other damage in the paint, touch up before the corrosion starts, read more ». Don't miss your regular oil changes to keep your engine in a good shape. The owner's manual for 2007 Honda Fit recommends to use the 5W-20 engine oil. Check the oil level regularly; the engine oil dipstick has an orange loop handle.
Change transmission fluid in recommended intervals. The owner's manual for 2007 Honda Fit says Always use Honda ATF-Z1 automatic transmission fluid. If your car has a hesitation or misfiring and the problem is diagnosed as a bad ignition coil, it's good idea to replace all the spark plugs along with the coil.
More on maintenance:

Where to check for recalls: Safety Recalls - NHTSA

2007 Honda Fit short specifications

Overall length:
Overall width:
Overall height:

3999 mm (157.4 in)
1682 mm (66.2 in)
1524 mm (60.0 in)
2450 mm (96.5 in)

Seating Capacity:


Cargo Volume:
with seat up:
with seat down:

603 liters ( 21.3 cu. ft)
1186 liters (41.9 cu. ft)

Engine: 1.5L 16-Valve SOHC VTEC In-Line 4-cylinder
109 hp @ 5,800 rpm (SAE net)
105 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

EPA Fuel Economy (US mpg, L/100 km):

Manual transmission:

Automatic transmission:

Automatic transmission (Sport):

city: 8.4 L/100 km (28 US mpg)
hwy: 6.9 L/100 km (34 US mpg)

city: 8.7 L/100 km (27 US mpg)
hwy: 6.7 L/100 km (35 US mpg)

city: 8.7 L/100 km (27 US mpg)
hwy: 6.9 L/100 km (34 US mpg)

Recommended Fuel: Regular unleaded

Fuel Tank Capacity:

41 liter (10.8 US gal)

Engine oil change capacity:

including filter: 3.8 US qt. (3.6 L)