You know that hotel chain with the TV commercials that say you become smart just by staying in their rooms?
When you drive the Fit, you just feel like you're a little smarter, because you're spending only pennies on gasoline, getting a very reliable vehicle and enjoying a big dose of practicality, despite its small size.
The Fit has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 117 horsepower. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic.
That engine offers more than enough power, while still getting you 28 mpg city, 35 highway with the automatic and 27 and 33 with the manual. If you upgrade to the Sport model, which the tester was, you get 27 and 33 regardless of manual or automatic.
The Fit, with its four doors and hatchback, is easy for passengers to enter and exit, and is easy to feed cargo. There is a whopping 20.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and overall 90.8 cubic feet.
How's that for practicality?
If you need more storage space, lift the seat cushions on the 60/40 split rear seats and you get a nice little cubbie hole for more stuff.
The Fit has standard 15-inch wheels, or you can upgrade to 16-inch alloys.
On the exterior, the Sport offers upgrades of a rear roof spoiler and fog lights.
With a car this small, you're always concerned about safety, but fear not with the Fit. It has front head restraints, traction control, antilock brakes and six airbags, all standard.
And it was chosen as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as a top safety pick.
The Fit starts at just under $16,000 and ranges to around $18,000, making it a sensational value.
So if you want to feel like your IQ has gotten a 100-point bump, drive the Honda Fit.