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How does the Honda Fit 2018 handle in the snow?

Priorities: Fuel economy / Safety & braking / Powertrain performance

Need minimum of 4 seats

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Maximum price: US $ 23000

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Response from Jim

12:32 pm March 26, 2018

Great car. Mine has almost 200K, my daughter's is going on 180K. Having had several Fits of the first two generations, I can attest that they handle just fine in snow- PROVIDING YOU INSTALL 4 SNOW TIRES for winter driving. Bridgestone, Michelin, Continental, Nokia are all good for snow and ice service. Do NOT count on reliable winter traction in any car with All Season tires. They are mis-named, and are truly only good for 3 season- not Winter. However, the new type of "ALL WEATHER" TIRES are reputed to be close to snow tires in winter traction, and might bbe worth trying. Nokia WRG3 and Toyo CELSIUS are the two that have been around the longest. I might try one of them on my next round of winter tire purchases.
Since the ground clearance is not that great, deep snow that the car rides up over will not be easily driven through, and you should not expect to pass through, without getting stuck. Always keep a shovel with you, and a winter emergency kit, however.

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Response from danlisahall

2:35 pm March 26, 2018

I had a 2011 for 6 years; wonderful little car! With FWD and traction control as standared equipment Fits are reasonbably snow capable.

I live on the coast of NW WA where snow is sporadic so cities are poorly equipped to remove snow when it does fall. I probably drove my Fit with All Season tires about 30 days in snow up to 6" deep in some pretty hilly areas. While I was prudent where & when I drove, mine never had an difficulty with forward traction, including climbing up moderate snow covered hills. But I did find that my steep driveway from a standing start was a real challenge!

I would agree with Jim that if you have to drive in snowy conditions regularly getting a set of 4 Studless snow tires would be wise. Honda Fit OEM tire size is not a common one and I see that TireRack only shows 3 snow tires that fit - none of them are Bridgestone, Continental, or Nokia. However they do show a185/55R16 Blizzak and Michelin which are both excellent tires.

Also bear in mind that the Fit clearance is not great, but pretty typical for a sub compact car. Just don't drive in deep ruts or attempt a lot of drift busting or you WILL NEED that shovel Jim recommended!

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Response from LectroFuel

6:37 pm March 27, 2018

I agree with the above posts. Get some good snow tires. Also keep in mind that the Fit is a small car (with good safety ratings) and will not hold up well in an accident against a larger car, which is much more likely to happen in the snow. 90% of cars on the road are bigger than the Fit. For me, that would be a deal breaker if I lived in the snow.

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Response from gondorian

8:07 am April 3, 2018

I have had a 2016 Fit for two bad winters with lots of snow. With all season tires it does about average. With good winter tires such as Michelin X-ice 3 or Nokian Hakka R2, it does great. Winter tires make a night and day difference, and winter tires for this car can be had for cheap. The traction control does a good job of letting it slip a little to get you going, and it is easy to turn off. The ABS works great as well. Honestly if you are considering it against something like an HR-V a CR-V or a RAV4 with awd, just buy the Fit and get winter tires. The Fit gets amazing gas mileage and has such a spacious interior and is cheaper it is an obvious choice.

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