The Little Engine That Tries Really, Really Hard

The 117-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder does an OK job moving the Fit. It's a noisy, rev-happy engine that feels appropriate for a sporty little car. If you're afraid to put the pedal to the floor, though, the Fit may feel underpowered. I frequently had to bury the pedal to pass or merge on the highway.

While cruising at highway speeds, the Fit didn't like to maintain a steady pace; I had to play with the throttle to keep up with traffic. Other Cars.com editors noticed this inconvenience as well. The problem is easily avoidable using the Sport's standard cruise control, but base models don't offer it.

If you need a small car to travel long distances on highways, you'll want to check out the 2011 Fiesta, which feels more comfortable there. Not only does it track better, but the Fiesta also seems to let less road and wind noise inside.

Though all Fits use the same engine, gas mileage varies by transmission and trim level. The Sport model we tested with an automatic transmission is rated 27/33 mpg city/highway. In a Cars.com mileage challenge in which we pit the Fit against the xD, Cube and Fiesta, the Fit returned an overall average of 33.48 mpg during a day of mostly highway driving. For complete results, see here.

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