The Honda Fit can be seen more and more often on US roads. It's hard to argue with its distinctive jazzy styling, the sparkling choice of colours and, best of all, its 35mpg fuel efficiency (for manual transmission). But let's face it, with a length just over 4m there isn't much room for growth.Fit Shuttle is good news. The Shuttle is the wagon version of the Fit, and I suppose with the additional foot in length it's fit to shuttle your crew plus sports equipment and musical instruments around their various venues.
The Fit Shuttle, introduced in Japan in June 2011, comes with either the 1.5L gasoline engine familiar to US Fit owners, or a 1.3L hybrid that gets 59 mpg according to the JC08 standard. The latter tends to overstate such things; I estimate its real-life on-the-road fuel efficiency to be around 42-45 mpg. Accordingly, the dashboard lighting is a cool blue, which is the new green.
Even in Japan the introduction of the Fit Shuttle saw a few months' delay following the devastation of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Rumours are rife on whether or when the Fit Shuttle will make it to US dealers. My guess is that we will keep waiting for a while. Even in Europe they still have to make do with the regular Fit, (with either a 1.2L or a 1.4L gasoline engine).
When it does come here, I hope Honda will make the passenger-aid option available, where the passenger seat turns out towards the side, making it much easier to get in and out of the car. I know a number of people who would be grateful to have that option.
Honda Fit / Fit Shuttle / Fit Shuttle Hybrid.
|Fit||Fit Shuttle||Fit Shuttle|
|Type||1.5L man||15C FF||Hybrid-C|
|MSRP||$ 15,175||¥ 1,610,000
|City/Hwy quoted||27 / 33 mpg|
|Avg. quoted||29 mpg||44 mpg (JC08)||59 mpg (JC08)|
|Avg. actual||34 mpg||32 mpg||42-45 mpg est.|
|Gears||5-spd man||CVT auto||CVT auto|
|Length, mm(in)||4105mm (161.6in)||4410mm|
|Width, mm(in)||1694mm (66.7in)||1695mm|
|Height, mm(in)||1524mm (60.0in)||1540mm|
|Weight, kg(lbs)||1132kg (2496 lbs)||1140 kg||1190 kg|
|Trunk volume, liters(cuft)||20.6 / 57.3 cuft|
|Turning dia, m(ft)||10.5m (34.4 ft)|
|Top speed, kph(mph)|