New Car Reviews

2009 Honda Fit Sport – Four Seasons Update – May 2009

Long-Term 2009 Honda Fit Update: Spring 2009 Array Miles to date: 0

Months in fleet: Five
Mileage to date: 7335

Our Four Seasons may be a well-sorted city car, but it seems we’ve been using it as a moving van lately. That’s not surprising–with our Four Seasons Dodge Ram constantly in demand for its ability to wrestle large and heavy loads, those looking to move a considerable amount of cargo turn to our second-roomiest vehicle: the tiny Fit.

We’ve praised the Fit’s versatile interior in the past, but we truly put it to the test in April. One staffer threw a 7-foot-long Ikea bookshelf kit into the car and still managed to close and latch the hatch without rope, twine, or string. Impressive, but there were bigger tasks at hand, including moving our trusted motor gopher (and his two roommates) out of his college dormitory.

“I fell in love with this little guy,” gushed gopher Steven Sherman. “In three trips, the Fit hauled a futon frame and mattress, microwave, mini-fridge, various boxes, a full-sized mannequin, camping backpacks, mountains of clothing, and all of the other random junk we accumulated over this school year.” (What were you doing with that mannequin, Steven?-Ed.)

The Fit’s ability to handle such a gargantuan load lies with the so-called “Magic Seat,” which quickly and easily folds either up (allowing a bicycle, sans front wheel, to fit into the car transversely) or flat. We’ve even made use of the oft-forgotten “Long Mode”–fold the rear seat down, scoot the front passenger’s seat all the way forward and tilt it fully backward, and the Fit can now carry even longer items. Practical, although make sure you plan first–you’ll be able to carry only one passenger, and he or she will be seated behind the driver.

Some, though, still wish the little Honda‘s driving dynamics were further developed. Web editor Phil Floraday, who spends most of his time on roads lined with slower traffic, pines for more power: “Everything from farm equipment to old people seem to line up in front of me at 40 mph,” he explains. “The Fit just doesn’t have enough power to catapult past more than one vehicle at a time, so I end up stuck behind something slow and my commutes with the Fit are anything but enjoyable.”

Still, we’re generally finding the Fit to be versatile, practical, thrifty, and fun–the exact characteristics that made the earliest Hondas legends in their own right.


Miles to Date: 7335
Average MPG: 35.5 mpg

Base price (with dest.): $16,930
Price as tested: $18,780


Body Style: 4-door hatchback
Accommodation: 5-passenger
Construction: Steel unibody


Engine: i-VTEC 16-valve SOHC I-4
Displacement: 1.5 liters
Power: 117 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque: 106 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Drive: Front-wheel
Fuel economy: 27/33/29 mpg (city/hwy/combined)


Steering: Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Turns lock-to-lock: 2.5
Turning Circle: 34.4 ft
Suspension, Front: MacPherson strut
Suspension, Rear: Torsion beam
Brakes F/R: Power-assisted ventilated disc/drum; ABS
Wheels: 15-in aluminum alloy
Tires: Dunlop SP Sport (all-season)
Tire Size: 185/55 R16 83H


Headroom F/R: 40.4 / 39.0 in
Legroom F/R: 41.3 / 34.5 in
Shoulder Room F/R: 52.7 / 51.3 in
Wheelbase: 98.4 in
Track F/R: 58.1 / 57.4 in
L x W x H: 161.6 x 66.7 x 60.0 in
Cargo Capacity: 20.6 / 57.3 cu ft (rear/with seats folded)
Weight: 2534 lb
Weight Dist. F/R: 62 / 38%
Fuel Capacity: 10.6 gal
Est. Range: 315 miles
Fuel Grade: 87 octane

Standard Equipment

Front, side and side curtain airbags
Tire pressure monitoring system
Air conditioning
Power windows, locks, and remote start
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
Trip computer
MP3 jack, USB interface