If there was ever a perfectly timed vehicle launch, it was the one for the 2009 Honda Fit. Just as gas prices had reached their zenith and the economy was entering its nosedive in the summer of 2008, Honda introduced the redesigned edition of its already strong-selling subcompact. Whereas most "B-segment" cars come with a bargain-basement price, good fuel economy, and not much else, the Fit sells on its design and versatility, and it can be ordered with all manner of features usually reserved for "real" cars. For suddenly fuel-economy-conscious consumers, it was like manna from heaven, and in the months after the car's debut, Honda had a hard time keeping Fits on dealer lots. We liked it, too, enough to name it a 2009 All-Star. And yet, we wondered if the typical American would really be happy - long-term - with such a small vehicle, especially once fuel prices went down. So, we ordered a Fit Sport with navigation and lived with it for a year. We found that the Fit certainly can be a replacement for the bigger, more powerful cars that we usually drive but not without some qualifications.
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