Honda Fit: Highest Ranked Subcompact Car in 2010 APEAL Study
Every year, the J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study surveys customers who have purchased a new model-year vehicle, within 90 days of ownership. The APEAL study identifies the features that people find most appealing about their new vehicles, assessing satisfaction with about 100 vehicle attributes (i.e., riding and handling and comfort and convenience). In 2010, the study named the Honda Fit the winner in the Subcompact Car category.
Designed to be economical, fuel efficient and fun to drive, the subcompact five-door Fit has a hatchback body, room to seat five and a long list of standard safety features, such as stability control, navigation, and alloy wheels. Known as the Honda Jazz elsewhere around the world, the Honda Fit has been on sale in North America only since 2007.
Consumers may choose between two different Honda Fit models: base Fit and Fit Sport. Both share the same 1.5-liter; 4-cylinder engine rated at 117 horsepower (hp) matched with a 5-speed manual transmission (or optional 5-speed automatic transmission); fog lights; standard air conditioning; and power windows and door locks. As for fuel economy, the 2010 Honda Fit offers a healthy EPA fuel-economy rating of 27 mpg/city and 35 mpg/hwy. And, as you can see below, it has very high safety ratings.
2010 Honda Fit Safety Ratings
NHTSA Frontal Crash Test:
– Driver front: five out of five stars
– Passenger front: five out of five stars
NHTSA Rollover Test:
– Four out of five stars
NHTSA Side Crash Test:
– Front side: five out of five stars
– Rear side: four out of five stars
IIHS Frontal Offset Crash Test:
– “Good” (above “Average”) in all categories rated: Overall, Structure/Safety Cage, Head/Neck, Chest, Leg/Foot Left & Right, Restraints/Dummy Kinematics