From Honda press: The 2007 Honda Fit is designed to take the subcompact market into new territory with its highly refined and ultra-adaptable functionality, sporty driving demeanor and high levels of standard safety equipment. Built on Honda's legendary foundation for dependability, quality and reliability, the Fit is a premium entry vehicle that emphasizes style, technology and value.
Already an established and hugely popular vehicle in Japan and Europe (sold as the Honda Jazz), the latest version of the Fit debuting in the U.S. has a 1.5-liter VTEC™ engine, six standard airbags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and a unique multi-configuration 60/40 split Magic Seat® as standard features, while a 5-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters is available. All of the Fit's features and equipment are designed to give drivers the ability to maximize driving fun, utility and safety.
The 2007 Honda Fit powertrain is designed to deliver fun-to-drive performance with good fuel economy and low emissions. All Fit models are equipped with a 1.5-liter, SOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder VTEC gasoline engine that generates 109 horsepower and is available with either a 5-speed manual transmission (standard) or a 5-speed automatic transmission (available). The efficient and compact engine uses Honda's Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system to deliver top-of-class performance for the sub-compact segment. And, like all Honda engines, it offers excellent fuel economy and low emissions with an estimated EPA city/highway fuel economy rating on manual transmission models of 33/38 miles per gallon and a Low Emissions Vehicle-2 (LEV-2) rating in California (Tier 2 Bin 5 Federal emissions rating).
The goal of Fit's 1.5-liter VTEC engine is to optimize the balance between high fuel economy and fun-to-drive performance. Using new SAE net horsepower standards (revised 8/04), the Fit's 4-cylinder engine is rated at 109-horsepower.
The engine displaces 1,497 cc and has a 10.4:1 compression ratio with a bore and stroke measuring 73mm x 89.4 mm. The compact VTEC cylinder head utilizes a narrow, 30-degree design between the intake and exhaust valves, contributing to the engine's overall compact size. The lightweight composite intake manifold is a long runner design that contributes to good low and mid-range torque output. Friction reducing technologies include roller bearing tipped rocker arms, a low friction timing chain tensioner, molybdenum coated piston skirts and an offset crankshaft/connecting rod design. Low emissions are a key trait of every Honda engine, and the Fit employs an oblique flow catalytic converter (increases contact area of exhaust gas inside catalyst), stainless steel exhaust pipes (fast warm up, good heat dissipation and low weight) and a conventional exhaust gas recirculation system (re-routes part of the exhaust gas back into the intake air fuel mixture).