2013 10Best: Cars

2013 Honda Fit

Intelligence in five-door form.

With the Fit, Honda hands drivers a bargain-priced tool that is neither pretty nor powerful. In place of all that is something rarer: density of thought. There's more intelligence packed into the Fit than in many cars nearly twice its size. It's the defining small car—mechanically precise, pared of excess fat, respectful of gasoline, and graced with fluid handling. It's also hugely practical and affordable. Like a genie lamp, it's small on the outside and remarkably cavernous inside. An electric version priced itself out of contention, and the gas model is by no means perfect—the 117-hp engine needs more oats. But the Fit's every component hums the song of high-quality  machinery and that seduced us again.


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