Mar 182006

--Photo: Honda Fit--Inside Line from reports that a hybrid version of the Honda Fit may go on sale in the U.S. as soon as next year. This hybrid is supposed to get 80 mpg and costs under $12,000.

Honda already has Accord and Civic hybrids and the groundbreaking Insight, the first gas-electric hybrid car on the U.S. market. If the Fit hybrid does go on sale at under $12,000, that price would sharply undercut the hybrid offerings of Honda’s rival Toyota. The standard gasoline-engined Fit is set to go on sale in the United States later this year.

An 80 mpg car for under $12,000 sounds pretty tempting. I can almost start putting the money aside now and be able to pay cash!

  16 Responses to “Hybrid Honda Fit – 80 mpg and Under $12k”

  1. Word on the street is that it’ll fit three full-sized Pygmies, plus ceremonial hunting mask!

    awwww yeah. Sign me up.

  2. Hey, that’s more than my Z will hold! ;-)

  3. I am not sure where the pygmies would find the electricity to run this one. They would be better off with a Hummer.

    Could it have less room than my previous Geo Metro? I drove 3 kids to Disneyland in that little thing.

  4. That’s a good question. How else would they get 80mpg? After seeing some pictures from a coworker who went to Rome, if this thing is popular in the rest of the world, I could well believe that it might be as small or smaller than a Metro. Some of those “cars” were obscenely small – the kind you could zip under a semi truck trailer and out the other side while driving on the freeway. (Assuming, of course, the cars were capable of reaching freeway speeds.) And I found it disturbing that there is no concrete point of reference in this picture of the Fit. :)

    But at any rate, the fact that you drove anywhere in a Geo Metro, much less to California and back, automatically places you in the “thoroughly insane” category, and casts a shadow of doubt upon your vehicular opinions. :D

  5. I own a fit and find it extremely roomy. I’m 6′ and 200 lbs and have no problem with it. The seats are great and the flexibility to “fit” things is incredible. You’ll have to try one to be convinced.

  6. I am 6 foot 5 and weigh 260 and the car is just wonderful. However dont think you are going to buy a hybrid for 12000, thats baloney. A hybrid fit will probably run around 18,500 and will have a sticker mileage of around 55MPG,

    I like the car so much, that we have 3 of them, and we are averaging around 41 MPG.

  7. Please get them to ship this car over to the UK, we are paying around $12 per gallon and you cant buy a hybred car for under £13,000 approx $22,000

  8. 80 mpg!!!!!! I’d almost give a kidney to get that now.

  9. If it can be done it is rather amazing Still its the overall cost of the car – with total costs of service and maintenance included that matters not the initial price 1 % fault failure rates on a large number of cars results in a lot of cars and a lemon label Imagine 2 – 5 % Here in Winnipeg Canada ( where the temperature in the winter goes down to – 40 degrees C) fully half of the taxis are now hybrids I cannot think of a more demanding test and worse situation for testing cars and their reliability The cars are on the road 24 /7 in demanding runs, lots of idling etc , often no time for service , or get it on the road quickly Shinder. On top of that the very cold minus 40 Mantioba Winnipeg winter temps add the final part of the acid test for endurance

  10. I am glad to hear they are making a hybrid Hoda Fit. That is a great car and the Hybrid version will be even better. I finally ordered a Prius but was trying to hold out until they came out with plug-in hybrids.

    The problem with the hybrid numbers on MPG is that there is a tendency for them to be overinflated. It got so bad that Consumers Report had to invent their own hybrid MPG testing system which gave results much lower than the Government got; the number on the sticker.

    I also don’t think a new Honda would sell for that low unless they are planning to sell those cars almost at a loss to fulfill some kind of union obligation, as happens with Mazda3s.

  11. Good for the world, bad for the driver? EMF emissions in hybrids can be dangerously high (NYT, 4/27/2008 article.) Manufacturers claim they are safe, and while most folks claim they aren’t concerned with EMF, houses under power lines generally sell for less and take longer to sell. While we wait for market forces and/or the EPA to step in (hahaha, c’mon sheeple, I’m kidding), entrepreneurs are figuring out ways to help you out. So, after plunking your young’uns in the backseat of the hybrid for weeks on end, you can comfort them with this website:

    fondamyhonda, you may well give at least a kidney for that kind of mileage.

  12. As the owner of a 2001 Honda Insight (which really does get 60-70 mpg highway) and a 2007 Honda Fit Sport, I feel extremely confident that this report is way off on the price and gas mileage of the hybrid Fit. Based on all I’ve read, the Hybrid Fit will cost $1300 to $1800 more than a gas-only Fit. Given our experience with the Insight and Fit, I’d offer an educated guess that highway mileage in a Fit Hybrid will be around 60-65 mpg (up from the 39 mpg we get on the highway with our Fit) with city mpg around 40 (unless Honda switches to the Toyota approach of starting with the electric engine, which I freely admit is a better approach). I only hope that the hybrid Fit has the Insight fantastic digital instrument panel rather than the Fit’s dismal analog panel.

  13. Sorry… not to disappoint, but the VW Wundercar was getting 265mpg years ago – and it wasn’t hybrid… the first hybrid was developed in 1904… the auto industry should be properly called ‘the banking cartel’… they’re not giving us anything for our money, that’s for sure… save your money, take public transit, ride a bike, work from home… when the auto industry gives us a car that can fly… then I’ll be impressed… in the meanwhile… I’ll keep my money out of the hands of these snake oil salesmen…

  14. This would sure give the Toyota hybrids a run for their money and put them into their place

  15. Slamming Metros? Ha ha. We have had a Geo Metro for years, love it. Yep, small light and cheap, you just keep talking & I’ll just keep grinning…(at the gas pump).

  16. Both 80 mpg and $12,000 for a Honda Fit Hybrid is misleading, if you compare it to a regular Honda Fit.

    To compare apple to apple, let’s look at a Civic Hybrid vs. Civic.

    First of all, a Honda Civic Hybrid gives only 12 to 15 mpg EXTRA compared with a regular Honda Civic which has 25~35 mpg.

    Second of all, a Honda Civic Hybrid is more expensive than a regular Honda Civic. I would say it is about 15 to 20% higher.

    From the above comparison, we can say that the Honda Fit Hybrid would reach approximately 45 to 50 (max) mpg.

    As for the price, a Honda Fit Hybrid would cost ~$17,000.

    Let’s discuss if you don’t agree with me.


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