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2013 Honda Fit EV: Drive review

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What is it?

This is Honda’s all-electric variant of the Fit. and it injects sorely needed attitude into this entry-level hatch.

Honda says the 20-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack powers a coaxial motor to provide 116 mpg-e. It runs in three modes—eco, normal and sport. The car costs $37,395, including destination, and the lease rate is estimated to be about $399 a month.


The Fit EV has an estimated 76-mile range, according to the EPA s adjusted scale.

Revealed at the Los Angeles auto show in production guise, the car launches this summer in California and Oregon for leases. It will then be available in East Coast markets in early 2013. Honda anticipates a three-year volume of 1,100 units.

What is it like to drive?

It’s like a Fit on Viagra. We sampled it on a road course at Twin Motegi in Japan, and electricity jolts Honda’s small hatch with a newfound energy the conventional model lacks in most circumstances. The electric powertrain is quiet, and the transmission is efficient and smooth. The torque is strong from launch and acceleration is respectable.

The regenerative brakes are a bit heavier but not annoying. Otherwise, it drives and handles like a Fit, which is rather robust for such a small car. The chassis is tight, the body is composed and it handles medium speeds adeptly.

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Do I want it?

Surprisingly, yes. The gasoline Fit toes the line of feeling inexpensive at times. We know we had one as part of our long-term fleet for a year. But it is a lot of fun to drive in some circumstances, and when you delete the raspy four-cylinder for a silky electric powertrain, suddenly enthusiasts and green-car junkies alike have reason to check it out.

The prowess and efficiency overshadow the considerable faults of the Fit. Remember, this is an electric built on an established platform. In this new age of EVs with questionable claims and sometimes unproven technology, that means something.

Consumers still have to pay for electric technology, and considering the $40,000-price range even upstarts such as Coda are charging, the sticker on this is reasonable. Still, the Chevrolet Volt feels more upscale and substantial, even though it’s not all electric.

What’s the best deal? That could be the BMW ActiveE, which can be leased for about $499 a month with a down payment. It’s a bit more, but it’s a 1-series, which by nature trumps the Fit.

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