2009 Honda Fit

Base FWD 5-Dr Hatchback I4 man trans

2009 honda fit Reviews and News

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0811 07 Z+2009 Honda Fit+front Three Quarter View
Two years ago, this story would not appear here, in its lead-article, three-page glory. No, driving a bargain-price, 1.5-liter fuel-sipper would have warranted a miserly, quarter-page nugget tucked into a corner and paying deference to the likes of a Ferrari, a large rear-wheel-drive V-8 sedan, or some hot-rod version of a full-size SUV.
But as time has moved forward, fuel prices have shot upward and priorities have taken an entirely new direction. A segment once derided is now basking in relevance. A car with expected annual sales of 50,000 has managed to find almost 30,000 additional buyers per year. Honda's Fit is-dare we say it-hot. There's no telling if the past two years of surging entry-level sales make a trend, but the time is certainly ripe for automakers to be taking small cars seriously.
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The latest iteration of the Honda Fit arrives just when we would typically be expecting a midcycle refresh. Instead, we get an all-new Fit, but that's because the car had already been on sale globally for almost five years when it first landed here in 2006. The driving experience of that car was predictable and competitive, although not brilliant. Still, in the exploding entry-level market, that first Fit maintained a class-leading reputation bolstered by ingenious packaging, unexpected interior chic, and spacious comfort.
The 2009 Fit capitalizes on that formula as a worthy evolution, bringing more style to the exterior, refinement to the ride, and more innovation inside with a dose of the driver engagement that we've been yearning for. The most noticeable improvement is a five-speed manual shifter that no longer feels like it's slogging through thick mud, but is instead inviting to move with its toggle-switch precision. It may lack a bit of weight that would lend it a sportier feel, but it's safe to say that the gearbox is now in line with the transmission excellence we've come to expect of Honda.
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Ride quality is much improved thanks to a stiffer body structure and softer rear springs that keep harsh bumps from shuddering through the entire cabin. The suspension still serves up understeer when you would expect it, but the car's low weight and resistance to body roll encourage you to find where those limits are and then tease them on twisty roads. Steering feel between 2008 and 2009 Fits is also very similar. The quick-ratio rack makes for sporty turn-in, and it's easy to place the car where you want it to go when you keep speed in check, but the light weight and disconnect of electric assist can have you making frequent corrections when aggressively diving into a turn.
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Output from the SOHC four-cylinder engine is up marginally, to 117 hp and 106 lb-ft, but the real change comes from a power curve that is wider, providing more pep when taking off from traffic lights and stop signs. Ironically, in higher rev ranges where Honda's small engines usually find their gusto, the Fit with the optional five-speed automatic transmission seemed gutless, with engine speeds climbing slowly when downshifting to pass. In typical city driving, though, the slushbox was flawlessly smooth and quite quick when moving up or down a gear. As before, paddle shifters are standard on Sport models with the automatic.
The Fit's true mission lies in its ability to transport people, gear, or a combination of both in one of the most efficient packages on the market. New retractable headrests on the rear seats mean that you no longer have to slide the front seats forward to use the 60/40 dive-down seats, which hug the floor and create a cavern for payload. Alternatively, the rear seat bottoms flip up to make a tall storage space behind the front seats. There's also dual glove boxes, a tiny bin under one rear seat cushion, and a nearly unusable number of cupholders (ten!).
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A new mileage display nested in the speedometer offers a readout for both instantaneous and average economy. EPA testing places fuel economy at 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway for all Sport variations, as well as the manual-transmission base car. Automatic base-level Fits improve on that, offering a 28/35 mpg rating. Our test cars repeatedly showed averages of 35 mpg as we flat-footed around city streets, back roads, and a few highway stretches.
The interior finish is cheap, but it's in line with competitors' offerings. Plastics on the dash are very hard, and the map pockets seem disconcertingly flimsy, but Honda has taken care to place softer materials where fingers will turn knobs and elbows will rest. The leather-wrapped steering wheel (plucked from the Civic) is a nice addition, as is a driver's armrest in Sport models. The driving position is significantly improved, aided by a telescoping steering wheel that's standard on all 2009 Fits. A seat-height adjuster, unfortunately absent, might be the final piece to refining the driving position. Passenger comfort is superb, with serious amounts of head- and legroom and a rear seatback that can be set at two different angles.
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The Fit's proportions remain largely the same, but subtle tweaks to its styling have transformed the car from slightly awkward to sleek. Headlights and fascia openings have taken on more angular forms and accentuate a sporty, forward-leaning stance. Wheel sizes on all cars are up by one inch (the Sport now gets sixteen-inch aluminum wheels). The new Fit grows more than four inches in length, but that can largely be attributed to a front overhang that has been lengthened on North American cars for both safety and styling purposes. The '09 Fit is also half an inch wider and some 50 pounds heavier.
All Fits come standard with power windows and locks, plus an auxiliary audio input. If you opt for the Sport model, as Honda expects 70 percent of buyers to do, you'll be rewarded with keyless entry, cruise control, and a new USB iPod connection that allows you to select songs through the radio interface. Navigation and stability control come standard in a new third trim package.
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Prices for the new Fit have risen between $600 and $840 for the lower two trim levels, with base models starting at $15,220 and Sport versions retailing for $16,730. A fully equipped car with navigation will cost upward of $19,000, and some trim levels put pricing well into Civic territory. Despite the price increase, we still think the new Fit will sell even better than the last generation. When Honda set its last sales projection for the Fit, it was conservative by nearly 30,000 cars. We doubt the company will be quite that far off this time, but it's possible that Honda is being humble when it targets 85,000 annual sales with this new car.
The Specs
On Sale: Now
Price: $15,220/$16,730/$18,580 (base/Sport/Sport with navigation)
Engine: 1.5L I-4, 117 hp, 106 lb-ft
Drive: Front-wheel
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0808 01 Z+2009 Honda Fit Sport+side View
Just two and a half years after the Honda Fit arrived in the U.S. as a subcompact class-leader, we're set to receive an all-new model for 2009. That's because the Fit wasn't exactly brand-new when it arrived here in April 2006-it had already been out for five years in Japan. Impressive fuel efficiency and creative packaging pushed the old Fit to the front of the pack, but the new version will attempt to maintain that position with greater refinement, better dynamics, and premium features.
Growing up doesn't have to be awkward
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The car's new styling adds a sporty edge with a forward-leaning stance. The previous car's bulging headlights are replaced by stylized, angular units that play off a more aggressive upper grille and a raised hood bump. Sport models receive fog lights, a rear spoiler, revised fascias and a chrome exhaust tip along with larger, 16-inch wheels.
Honda refers to the new shape as "super-forward" with the cabin moved even further forward and the quarter windows between the front door and A-pillar tripling in size. Overall length grows by more than four inches, but that change is almost entirely captured in the front overhang that is lengthened exclusively for North American models to accommodate crash standards and styling preferences. Width is increased by approximately half an inch.
Fold and flip in fashion
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The first-generation Fit was widely acclaimed for packaging that provided generous interior space belying the car's exterior dimensions. The 2009 Fit continues that concept with Honda's so-called Magic Seat in the rear. With the fuel tank beneath the front seats rather than the rear bench, Honda freed up room to allow the rear seats to collapse to the floor when the rear seat backs are folded, creating a very large and useful cargo hold with a totally flat floor. Alternatively, the rear seat bottoms can be flipped upward to create a tall storage space between the front seats and the rear cargo area.
The new Fit makes it easier to store smaller gear as well. A second glove box now lives on the top of the dashboard and there is a small compartment located on the underside of the rear seat cushion. It may not be practical for storing regularly used items, but Honda's suggestion of stashing the owner's manual there makes sense, as it would free up room in the more-accessible main glove box. And for those with basketball-sized bladders, the number of cupholders has doubled to a total count of 10.
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All Fits come standard with power windows and locks, an auxiliary audio input, and a telescoping steering wheel. Honda expects about 70 percent of buyers to choose Sport models, which add cruise control, keyless entry, and a USB connection to control an iPod through the radio interface.
There's a suitable amount of room for four full-size adults with surprising amounts of headroom and legroom. Cushioning for all seats is enhanced and driver comfort is improved in Sport models with a fold-down armrest and leather-wrapped steering wheel borrowed from the Civic. Interior materials are on par with the cheap, hard feel of the competitors, but style is a step above with unique textures and ergonomics.
More toys for small spenders
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As consumers downsize, Honda is betting buyers will be willing to put more money into their small cars. Proof of that comes from a new navigation system, one of the first to be offered in a subcompact car. The system appears on the new range-topping trim known as Sport with navigation. A 6.5-inch touch screen is easy to use and a voice-recognition feature allows destinations to be entered while keeping your hands on the wheel. The system also works clearly with an iPod connected. Navigation-equipped models are also come with standard stability control.
Perfecting the power/economy balance
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The Fit continues to use a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine; slight tweaks have been made to produce equally slight changes in power and fuel economy. Power is up 8 hp to 117 hp while torque increases by just 1 lb-ft. to 106 lb-ft. Those changes are hardly noticeable from behind the wheel, but drivers should notice a slightly broader torque curve that adds a bit more energy when driving in the city and taking off from stops.
Buyers receive a five-speed transmission whether they choose an automatic or manual. Automatic transmissions feature a sport mode to keep revs up and prompt earlier downshifting, while Sport models come with paddle shifters. The manual shifter on the new car has a much-improved feel over the 2008 model and welcomes gear changes with a more precise and direct feel. The shift action is very light, as is clutch take-up, whereas we'd like more feedback to tell us when the clutch is engaging.
All Fit models achieve similar city fuel economy as last year's models. Base models equipped with automatic transmissions now achieve 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. All other Fits are rated at 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Economy-minded drivers will appreciate the new fuel-economy display that can show either instantaneous or average fuel consumption.
Smooth roads ahead
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One of the most noticeable and beneficial changes for commuters (and their occasional back-seat passengers) is suspension refinement that tackles bumps and dips with much more grace. That improvement stems largely from a stiffened chassis and softened rear springs. The driving experience has improved over both smooth and severely pockmarked pavement, as stability is improved and bumps no longer jitter through the entire cabin.
Slightly more sport, still lots of subcompact
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Pushing the 2009 Fit through turns isn't all that different from driving the 2008 model, although there are improvements that help to engage the driver. The quick-ratio steering provides sporty turn-in, but is burdened by the artificial feel of electric assist. The handling benefits from greater chassis rigidity, with the car more willingly following a quick line through a turn but still understeering at the limit. Power is adequate around town and the engine has enough spirit to be fun when driven hard. The manual shifter is much more willing to play and encourages you to keep the tachometer needle in the 3500-rpm fun zone. However, the automatic Fit often feels anemic at high rev ranges.
Maintaining the title
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The Fit's largest strides come during city driving, with improved engine responsiveness and better isolation from large bumps. Add incremental improvements in the driving experience, styling, packaging, and equipment list, and the Fit should retain its title as king of the class. The new Fit goes on sale in early September. Prices increase by $600 to $900. Base models are priced from $15,220, while Sport models start at $16,730. Fully equipped models will cost more than $19,000. Despite creeping onto the Civic's price turf, we expect the Fit will continue to be a hot seller as more buyers look for efficient cars that offer utility and up-level content.
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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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2009 Honda Fit Specifications

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1.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
27 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
33 MPG
117 hp @ 6600rpm
106 ft lb of torque @ 4800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control (optional)
  • Electronic Stability Control (optional)
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
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