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BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, February 14, 2014    

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WHEN it comes to defining its class in space, performance, safety and fuel economy, the Honda Fit is hard to beat.

The Fit is available in three trim levels and starts at $2.9 million; it's best to go straight to the top for the highest level.

The extra cash adds features that increase the sporty nature of the Fit, like more aggressive tyres and most significantly, the panoramic moon roof.

The compact external dimensions make the Fit a pleasure to manoeuvre through the bustling city streets. The spacious interior feels even larger due to the massive amount of cabin glass. This helps driving visibility immensely, but once the moon roof is opened, the Fit's interior takes a whole new persona as the flood of extra light makes it feel like a much larger vehicle. Those craving more space can use the second-row magic seats. With the ability to be folded flat, or pushed up like a clamshell, there are four modes to suit whatever cargo the Fit needs to carry.

Like all Hondas, the real pleasure is behind the wheel and the Fit doesn't disappoint. Once you're comfortable in the driver's seat, the car can be made to cruise along getting maximum fuel efficiency from its 1.4-litre i-VTEC engine. Moving the five-speed transmission into sport mode means the full 98bhp can be exploited using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Honda has thankfully left things up to the driver, unlike many other rival systems. It doesn't automatically upshift when you hit the rev-limiter.

It wouldn't be called the Fit Sport if it didn't have some of Honda's racing DNA, and the chassis is more than able to keep up with any pace the driver so desires. At high speeds, an advanced body shell, auto tensioning seat belts, and front airbags are standard safety features while its anti-lock brakes and brake assist provide further peace of mind.

The Fit Sport can be had at ATL Honda showroom at just a hair over $3 million.

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