Is the 2014 Honda Fit Electric Car a Good Buy?
Updated on Jun 14, 2022 · 3 min read
Honda is diving into the world of EVs again with the new 2024 Honda Prologue and an as-of-yet unnamed electric Acura SUV. But it's not the automaker's first foray into electrification. The 2014 Honda Fit EV is a long forgotten electric car.
The 2014 Honda Fit was an electric car fit for no one
The automaker produced an electrified version of its Fit compact hatchback for the 2014 model year to little fanfare. Car and Driver gave the five-door 2014 Honda Fit EV hatchback a 5 out of 10 rating.
The publication noted that by swapping its gas engine with an electric powertrain that produces 123 horsepower and 189 lb.-ft. of torque while netting only 82 miles of range, the Fit lost all of what was originally appealing about the vehicle.
And for $37,445 MSRP, it was pricey for what's essentially a pokey electric hatchback with next to no range compared to contemporary EVs.
Is a Honda Fit electric car a good buy in 2022?
No, simply for the fact that you could never buy a 2014 Honda Fit EV. They were lease-only and created to gauge an interest in electric-only propulsion, which was just starting to become more popular around the time of its release.
But if you could buy it, would it be worth it?
Based on reviews from its release, most definitely not.
Aside from its cold reception by motorists, you could only lease the car in a limited number of states, which significantly reduced its availability for would-be EV lessees in 2014. It was available in just one trim level and one color combination, meaning any kind of customization was lacking.
It was also pretty pokey, with a painfully slow 0-to-60 time of 9 seconds—in sport mode, no less. The only real benefit to the Honda Fit EV's poor performance and range was its relatively fast charge time of 3 hours from empty to fully charged on a 240-volt charger.
If you did happen to find a 2014 Honda Fit electric somewhere (unlikely, since no websites seem to have any listings for that specific model year), it's most definitely not worth it. It was barely worth getting when it was new.
If you want a Honda EV, you're better off waiting for one of the automakers upcoming offerings.
As previously reported, Honda and General Motors are co-developing a line of affordable electric compact SUVs for the U.S. market by 2027. Honda is already reported to be adopting GM’s EV platform for two of its 2024 electric SUVs.
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