Honda Fit winter driving?

Discussion in 'Fit' started by QUAKEnSHAKE, Mar 20, 2009.



    Would like any feedback as to how the Fit rates in snowy conditions?
    Im in Northern IL most snowfalls are under 8" with many 3"-5"
    QUAKEnSHAKE, Mar 20, 2009

    CH®IS Guest

    Winter driving a primary concern? Get something 4wd... seriously. It's
    like night and day the difference between my front wheel drive 07 Dodge
    Caravan work van (which gets stuck on a flat slushy driveway with studded
    tires) and my four wheel drive 99 Toyota Rav4 (which you have to try really
    really hard to slide with on snowy/icy roads with M+S tires).

    Of course, neither of them are a Fit, or even a Honda, so that adds a
    different dimension to things for you. But I would seriously consider
    whatever alternatives you have with 4wd options.

    - Chris
    CH®IS, Mar 21, 2009

    Leftie Guest

    That comparison is too 'apples to oranges to have any value'. I've
    been driving FWD cars in Upstate NY for 30+ years, and all I need are
    good snows on the front and good all-seasons on the rear. AWD is needed
    mainly for completely unplowed roads. And ridiculous SUVs, of course. ;-)

    As for the Fit, I only test-drove one. Based only on how the weight
    balance felt then, I'd guess that with soft-compound snows on all 4
    wheels it would do fine in the above conditions.
    Leftie, Mar 21, 2009
  4. Are you kidding? Dragging around all the extra weight and spinning
    drivetrain, with the extra fuel and maintenance costs, just for a few
    days of snow?

    Get REAL snow tires. Seriously. A Honda with snow tires beats hell out
    of anything else with all-seasons.

    If you're in REAL snow country, you drive all four wheels AND have real
    snow/ice/winter tires mounted.

    Snow tires are much cheaper of a solution than driving all four wheels
    just for a few days out of the year.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Mar 21, 2009

    CH®IS Guest

    Just a few days of snow? Really? Well then I guess it really doesn't
    matter what you're driving or what connects it to the road.

    Actually if I only had a couple days of snow to worry about, I'd stick with
    my 87 civic with its summer tires. I guess with spring coming soon
    (hopefully in another month or two), I forgot about you warm people who
    don't have winter for half the year (almost two thirds actually).

    In that case, if you like the Fit (I wouldn't know, haven't been in one) and
    don't think it looks too much like a giant rolling doorstop (especially the
    blue ones for some reason), then I'd so go for it.
    CH®IS, Mar 22, 2009


    Thanks All
    The vehicle being replaced is a 95 Pontiac Gran Am. This vehicle has a
    bit more clearance than the Fit. My worry was unplowed road mixed with
    low clearance of the Fit.

    Side note
    Test drove a Fit yesterday. First thing you cant see the front-end at
    all while in the vehicle. There is this deep dash then nothing cant see
    the hood a bit odd. Ride is a bit on the choppy side even on one of the
    very few roads we have that was smooth. Im guessing it would be a
    roller-coaster on our "normal" roads. Engine revs but not much umph to
    it but expectations werent high to begin with. Interior door panels are
    thin hard hollow sounding with a cheap sense/feel same for spare
    covering trunk area. I liked that the rear seats fold UP for space such
    as my bike to fit there for transport. Seating was comfortable but
    seemed a bit high wanted to lower the Driver seat a bit. Overall I think
    it dropped out of the running will look at Civic and Corrola next.
    QUAKEnSHAKE, Mar 22, 2009
  7. You're in Canada. The OP, to whom both you and then I responded, is
    not. Maybe your reading comprehension isn't so great. Let's try again.
    The OP said:

    Your response had little to do with the OP's concerns.

    Of course, this being the Usenet, that doesn't surprise me.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Mar 22, 2009

    Toommy Guest

    That's correct - always some know all taking time to make a useless point
    Toommy, Mar 22, 2009

    laurie Guest

    I put Blizack snow tires on my 2009 Fit and had now trouble driving in
    south-west Ontario winter conditions in the country.
    laurie, Mar 29, 2010
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