Long term update: 2010 Honda Fit

A couple days ago I wrote a quick status update on my 1996 Mustang GT, and after I posted it I realized that there isn’t any reason why I couldn’t do the same for my 2010 Honda Fit. I’ve been driving that Fit for five and a half years now, and it has been great, but I haven’t mentioned it much on this blog mainly due to how sterile of a car it is. Yeah, the Honda Fit is about as generic as cars get but I’m not going to lie when I say that it has proven itself to be the perfect little daily driver and I’ve grown to like it quite a bit. Despite it’s blandness, I’ve actually got a lot to say about it so buckle up and let’s get cracking.

driving my 2010 honda fit

That’s me cruising down the road in my blue Honda Fit

honda fit parking garage

My Honda Fit parked safely in the parking garage at work

tiny honda fit

It’s not always alone at work though – it’s sometimes surrounded by some pretty big company.

honda fit parked at home

And this is where I park it at home. Yeah, I’m sure it much prefers being in the parking garage at work.

First of all, nothing (I repeat, nothing) has gone wrong with this Fit since I purchased it brand new in August 2010. That was the whole point of buying this car though – I needed something I could depend on every day without the slightest worry that it would leave me stranded, and in that regard it has lived up to my expectations admirably. It’s super easy to drive in traffic, I can see out of it in all directions with no issues, and it’s not so nice that I have to worry about where I park it. There’s something so satisfying about driving a cheap car like this, and I’m pretty sure that I’m always going to have a low-end car like this in my stable.

Performance wise, I have no complaints. The little 1.5L 117 horsepower 4-cylinder is plenty strong enough to merge into freeway traffic and trudge up big rolling hills here in Southern California. It won’t win any races on those on-ramps or up those hills, but when pushed pretty hard it can keep up with most traffic without an issue.

2010 honda fit transmission

There’s nothing “high performance” about this car at all, but it does ok in daily driving.

2010 honda fit interior

The car seems to be holding up well though. Not too many squeaks and rattles in the interior.

2010 honda fit interior details

Still love the interior styling of this car. The dashboard is very well designed IMHO.

Speaking of pushing it hard from time to time, the stock Dunlop SP 31 tires are taking a beating. My Fit has approximately 35,000 miles on it at the time of this writing, and the front tires have been worn down to the wear bars. The rears were perfectly fine though, so I did a quick tire rotation a while back to help to even out the wearing. I’d expect I’m going to have to replace these tires in about 10,000 miles or so, but considering how long it is going to take to drive that far, I’d expect it won’t happen for at least another two years. Yeah, this car doesn’t get driven very far. I do drive it a lot, but most trips are quick drives around town and it’s rare that I drive this thing long distances.

Dunlop SP 31 tires

The stock Dunlop SP 31 tires are staring to show signs of significant wear

I’m not sure how long I’m going to own this car, but with only 35,000 miles on it, I’m in no rush to retire it and get into something else. Despite it’s massive lack of soul, it’s the best daily driver I’ve ever had – and to be honest there isn’t anything else on the market in this segment right now that is persuading me to switch things up. Of course a newer car (with all the latest technology) would be fun, but I keep reminding myself that I don’t need a daily driver to be outrageously fun and exciting. That’s what I have a second car for.

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