Months in fleet: Six
Mileage to date: 10,615 miles
Along with city car, people mover, and cargo van, we've stumbled onto another role at which our Four Seasons Honda Fit Sport excels: camera car. Copy editor Rusty Blackwell was on hand during a recent photo shoot for an upcoming issue---as was the Fit.
"Photographer A. J. Mueller loved using the Fit to photograph from," writes Blackwell. "The flat-folding rear seats provided a perfect perch for him, the wide-opening hatch gave him many options, and the car's low height easily permitted aggressive camera angles. The only thing missing was a way to open the hatch from the inside."
That latch may be missing from the Honda's cargo hold, but space certainly isn't---a fact not lost on assistant editor David Zenlea, who seems to be abandoning his pro-Civic rhetoric and warming to the Fit. "I loaded the rear compartment with $200 of groceries and didn't ever have to think 'Hmm, where should I put that?' Honestly, I'm not sure as I once was that I'd take a Civic over a Fit, simply because of how much crap you can stuff in the latter."
Zenlea's not completely bowled over, mind you. "I'm still not happy with the Fit's road manners at higher speeds. At a mere 45 mph on the overpass, I was making steering corrections to keep the nose straight."
Editorial intern Jeffery Jablansky, who drove the Fit from Ann Arbor to New York City and back, witnessed similar behavior. "With a wind-at any speed, really-the Fit's tracking gets twitchy. I was nervous about crossing the upper deck of the George Washington Bridge but did manage with nary a problem." He did, however, echo our cries for a sixth gear for long highway stretches ("Please, Honda!").
With all these miles racked on the odometer, our Fit was finally ready for its first service. An oil change and tire rotation were all that was needed, which ran us $47.90 at a local Honda dealer. If only there were a way the service techs could squeeze in a six-speed transmission...
2009 Honda Fit Sport
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
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
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
Front, side and side curtain airbags
Tire pressure monitoring system
Power windows, locks, and remote start
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
MP3 jack, USB interface