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Vehicle Profile: The 2012 Honda Accord Sedan & Coupe
Vehicle Profile: The 2012 Honda Fit Sport
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Vehicle Profile: The 2012 Honda Fit Sport
Being economical and practical has never been so much fun.

Since its introduction in 2006, the Honda Fit has been a huge sales success thanks to its perfect balance of fuel efficiency, fun-to-drive nature, safety, reliability and cavernous interior space that belies its subcompact status.
 
The Fit has not only captured the heart of buyers with its endearing personality, it has also garnered the praise of the motoring press. For five years straight, Car and Driver magazine has named the Honda Fit to its “10Best Cars” list. The Fit earned the highest initial quality score for subcompacts in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study, Edmunds.com named it a 2011 “Top Recommended Vehicle” in its New Car Sedan Buying Guide and it won the 2011 Residual Value Award for “Best Sub Compact Car” from ALG.
 
The 2012 Honda Fit Sport (MSRP $16,910*) and Fit Sport with Navigation (MSRP $19,540) are the top-of-the-line trim levels, and the newest addition to this award-winning subcompact line. They offer buyers a more eye-catching machine with tasteful exterior accents and interior features to accentuate the car’s sporting nature.
 
Standard equipment for the 2012 Fit Sport includes remote keyless entry with alarm and a 60/40-split rear Magic Seat that offers multiple seating and cargo-carrying options, as well as single-motion retractability that folds the seat flat into the floor to maximize cargo space.
 
The 2012 Fit Sport adds exclusive features including a six-speaker audio system with CD player, USB and MP3/WMA playback and Radio Data System (RDS), a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, upgraded seat fabric, an available 6.5-inch display screen, 16-bit flash memory and Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and Bluetooth connectivity.
 
The Fit Sport distinguishes itself on the outside with an underbody aero kit, a chrome exhaust tip, rear roofline spoiler, foglamps, a new grille and front bumper design with black headlight bezels and special 16-inch alloy wheels with a dark machined surface. Its 161.6 inches of overall length helps give it an extremely tight, 34.4-foot turning diameter, perfect for easily navigating busy city streets and squeezing into those impossibly tight parking spots.
 
Under the hood is an eager 1.5-liter, i-VTEC four-cylinder that produces 117 hp and 106 lb/ft of torque, tuned to deliver an ideal balance of power and fuel efficiency. The front-wheel drive Fit Sport is equipped standard with a five-speed manual transmission, and an available five-speed automatic comes with steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters. Both transmissions return impressive fuel economy numbers to the tune of 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway**.
 
Inside, the sporting theme is continued with dark metallic dashboard components and chrome touches around the instrument cluster, adding a feeling of quality and richness lacking in competitive subcompacts.
 
Another characteristic the Fit Sport has that competitors lack is generous interior passenger and cargo space. The Fit Sport boasts the lowest and flattest cargo floor and the most cargo volume of any subcompact, at 57.3 cubic feet with the fold-flat rear seats down. The cargo versatility of the Fit Sport is also a winner, even featuring a front passenger’s seat that folds flat to accommodate items up to eight feet in length.
 
Passengers are easily accommodated, too, with 90.8 cubic feet of space for up to five passengers. Even with the rear seats up, the Fit Sport still boasts 20.6 cubic feet of cargo space – far more than even some midsize sedans.
 
The 2012 Fit Sport also features greater interior refinement with added sound insulation in the floor, front fenders and A-pillars, thicker front corner-window glass and a newly designed console with center beverage holders and overhead lighting. All of these little touches make the Fit Sport smoother, quieter and more accommodating in all driving conditions.
 
Perhaps one of the greatest characteristics of the Fit Sport is its fun-to-drive nature. Because of its light weight, compact dimensions and MacPherson strut front/torsion beam rear suspension, the Fit Sport is agile and well-balanced, eager to carve up any roads you may encounter.
 
The Fit Sport is also safe, featuring a long list of standard safety features like six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake Distribution and the Honda-exclusive Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which distributes crash energy more evenly to reduce forces transferred to the passenger compartment.
 
All of these safety features helped the 2012 Fit Sport earn the prestigious and more stringent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “2012 Top Safety Pick” for returning top crash-test safety scores.
 
If all the versatility, performance and safety features of the 2012 Honda Fit Sport aren’t enough, for the fourth consecutive year, the Fit won ALG’s annual “Residual Value Award” in the ever-competitive Sub-Compact Car category, thanks to its ability to retain the highest percentage of its original price after a three-year period.
 
Fuel efficiency, practicality, safety, value, sporting and fun-to-drive nature; there’s only one thing missing in the 2012 Honda Fit Sport – you. So stop in today and get behind the wheel of the 2012 Honda Fit Sport. You’ll be glad you did.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $770 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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