Would You Drive this Off-Road(ish) Honda Fit Crosstar concept?

The Honda Fit Crosstar concept is featured at the 2021 Tokyo Auto Salon (virtual) show. Image: Honda

Is this Honda Fit Crosstar a badass little rally car commuter? No.

There are very few official details about the Honda Fit Crosstar concept, but it certainly looks like a slick little rally car. For those of you who didn’t know, there is a Honda Fit Crosstar overseas that’s not as butch looking as this concept. It is basically a lifted Honda Fit/Jazz with some extra cladding. This Honda Fit Crosstar concept takes the Crosstar production car’s design up another step to look even more off-roady.

It looks like a baby Subaru Crosstrek – right?

All Honda Fits come with one of the most utilitarian interiors in the business. Folding, tumbling seats make for more useable cargo options than many larger SUVs. This interior design is being used in the Honda HR-V, which is about to get a major redesign.

This is the factory built Honda Fit Crosstar (Image: Honda)

Sadly, Honda no longer sells the Fit in the U.S. market. If it did, the Crosstar would be a great competitor against other faux crossovers like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR. That’s basically what this car is, a front-drive lifted commuter that looks like an adventure vehicle. Nothing wrong with that, but it WOULD be cool if it had some sort of all-wheel drive (AWD) system.

Technical information is scarce

No technical information about the concept has been officially released, but we do know the regular Crosstar has a 98 horsepower 1.3-liter engine that makes about 87 lb-ft of torque. It’s hooked up to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that’s powering the front wheels. Compared to the production Crosstar, this one looks like it stands taller on Toyo A/T Open Country off-road(ish) tires mounted on small steel wheels.

One of the big design changes is the front end look. It has a more aggressive-looking grille design, and there’s an almost believable looking skid plate upfront. It might be real, or it could be plastic. Black rubber accents look kind of cool on the sides, and it appears that there are altered trim bits along the wheel arches too. The overall design is topped off with a Yakima roof basket with cargo tubs.

IF this vehicle was offered with a turbocharged engine (Honda’s 1.4-turbo would work), along with a six-speed manual transmission, it would make for a sweet little mountain car. Add an AWD system of some sort – it would be epic.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.