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Drive: Honda Fit EV is a sweetheart of a small car

If the 2013 Honda Fit EV were a fictional character, it could be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or the Hulk and Bruce Banner. Either way, it would be way more fun than frightening. — Credit that to the Fit EV’s three drive modes. The EV is the new electric car from Honda and its motor comes from the company’s FCX Clarity, a limited-production electric car powered by fuel cells.

The Fit EV works like your battery-powered electric razor. Simply plug it in and keep it charged, jump in and drive for as many as an advertised 82 miles or more, depending on how heavy-footed you are.

Mostly you won’t get that many miles before needing a charge because of the Sport setting. It is one of three driving modes. The boring one is Econ, the Bruce Banner or Dr. Jekyll setting, which gives you the longest range but is pokey and feels like you’re pushing against a heavy spring under the accelerator pedal.

At the other extreme is Sport, the Hulk and Edward Hyde character, which unleashes all the power and makes the Fit EV leap like a jackrabbit off the line. It will have you whooping and grinning as you scoot through city traffic or snake your way around unsuspecting flat-tired cruisers on the freeway.

In between, there’s a so-called Normal drive setting, which is nearly as entertaining as the Sport mode but delivers a longer driving range because it doesn’t drain as much power from the lithium ion battery pack.

There’s also a “B” slot for the shift lever in addition to the usual “D” for drive. It stands for “brake” and delivers increased regenerative motor braking, which helps recharge the batteries. Stepping on the brake pedal also contributes.

It works surprisingly well. Starting on a 30-mile test trip, the Fit EV’s Econ gauge indicated a range of 95 miles. It was driven hard in urban, suburban and freeway conditions, mostly in the Sport and Normal modes with the shift lever in “B.”

At the end of the trip, the digital readout showed 69 miles of driving remaining in the Econ mode, meaning that the trip had, in effect, used 26 miles of range for the 30 miles of spirited driving.

The Fit EV is plenty economical, the best among current electric car offerings. The government reckons its miles per gallon equivalent at 132 in the city, 105 on the highway and 118 in combined city/highway driving.


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