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2008 Honda Fit Base 5dr HB Man

2008 Honda Fit
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Front Wheel Drive, 5-Door Hatchback, Small Station Wagon
28 mpg city / 34 mpg hwy
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December 29, 2012, 9:27 pm

Frank M
 

Question: Why is the Honda Fit MPG so low?

We baby this car, and barely get 32-33 MPG with it. I mean, we accelerate so slowly that we get a line of traffic behind us. And we drive in the e-way at 10 under the limit. '09 Fit Sport Auto.

On the other hand, our '97 Integra, which is a WAY higher performance car, with 5 spd and WAY better road feel and feels bigger and heavier (but not a wagon so won't carry as much)...well, we drive it like Granny gone wild, and get 34-35MPG on the same route/roads.

Why? The Fit, by any measure, is a weak, wimpy car. I hoped that the unpleasant lack of engine power would at least be rewarded in the 50+ MPG we routinely got on our '97 Civic LX, which was also quicker.


January 5, 2013, 11:38 am

Ron W
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Can't really say.

Comparing one vehicle to another is kind of comparing apples and oranges. You could contact Honda and see what they say, but it really comes down to fuel strategies and weight vs horse power. Sometimes a little motor doesn't get as good fuel millage as a larger engine if the weight ratio isn't correct.


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