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2013 Honda Fit EV Comes with Bonuses

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A new car purchase isn't nearly as fun as it used to be with a challenging economy to deal with. That's why it's so fun to see automaker Honda throwing in a few extras to sweeten the deal on their 2013 Honda Fit EV.

The Honda Fit EV is kind of a cute commuter all on its own, so imagine the happy Fit enthusiast who finds some freebies thrown in with their 2013 model. What am I talking about? Honda rolled out the 2013 Fit EV--first in California--with free collision insurance, routine maintenance, road side assistance navigation system updates. It's unusual to see that kind of offer in today's economy.

New car prices continue to go up, up, up, so it's nice to see dealers like Honda stepping up to tack on a few goodies like insurance on new car models.

That's not all the Honda Fit EV has going for it, of course. Apart from the insurance deal, the car can be absolutely coveted for its gas mileage. What kind of numbers are we talking about? The Fit EV will get an estimated 132 miles per gallon equivalent in the city, according to Honda. Put into perspective, the 2013 Toyota Prius--arguably an industry leader--is only estimated to get 51 miles per gallon in the city.

Review are favorable on Fit's three driving modes which include Eco for normal, everyday traffic driving along with a generous 20 kWh battery pack will deliver you into the 100 mile range.

There is a bit of improvement that could be had for the front drivetrain if the Fit EV is going to compete on the same level as its gas-powered counterpart, but there is a lot of get up and go and like most EVs, it's a pleasure to drive.

But that may be of little interest to those seeking great fuel economy. Honda recently got to brag about the Fit EV's EPA numbers, boasting the car's average fuel economy of 118 miles per gallon equivalent for the combined city and highway number. That's right, those numbers make the Fit EV the most efficient car yet tested by the EPA. However, the mpge number cited for electric cars is still difficult for most drivers to understand and compare, and few but an engineer will be impressed with the 29-kilowatt-hour-per-100-miles number that Honda includes in its spec sheet for the Fit EV.

The biggest concern of consumers over EV is always range. Here the Fit EV only scores 82 miles in the EPA tests, a bit lower than the leaders but certainly not a bad number for new electric cars. More in the car's favor is the 3-hour charging time when using a 240-volt source, thanks to its 6.6-kilowatt onboard charger. Besides, charging the Fit EV will be cost a lot less than filling an equivalent car with gasoline. Honda estimates a savings of about $4,000 in three years for charging the Fit EV over paying for gasoline. Those are numbers consumers can put to good use in shopping for a new car.

Compared with the other electric cars on the market, such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Fit EV can hold its own. Drivers may also find a lot more fun behind the wheel than what they get with these other EV choices. The Fit EV's different driving modes allow the driver to tap most of the power train's acceleration potential, thought it will put a bigger drain on the battery.

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