After logging some 16,754 miles in seven months, our Four-Seasons Honda Fit Sport isn't much worse for the wear - except for the carpeting.
In stock form, the Fit's flooring isn't exactly plush or rugged - some staffers have noted it resembles indoor/outdoor carpeting - and as we've previously reported, it's aging and wearing rather quickly. Honda graciously supplied us with a set of floor mats to help spruce things up, and they do make a difference.
"Well, this was $99 we should have spent eight months ago," opinioned executive editor Joe DeMatio. "The floor mats go a long way toward negating the cheapness of the standard floor covering in the Fit."
We'd recommend the mats to any potential Fit buyer, but for those with small children or hairy pets may also want to spring for a set of seat slip covers.
"What you don't see until you vacuum the interior," wrote contributor Ronald Ahrens, "is the extreme, back-hallway-in-a-VFW-hall, seat fabric, with kinky fibers that snare pet hair and grass stems and hold them for dear life." Indeed, vacuuming such debris from the seat cushions is arduous, though not impossible.
Sadly, we can't seem to find an accessory that makes the Fit more adapt at long cruises down the freeway. A considerable amount of wind, tire, and engine noise makes the Fit's cabin fairly boisterous.
"I called a friend on my ride home," said senior Web editor Phil Floraday. "He immediately asked what I was driving since the car was so loud. I explained I was racing home in the Honda Fit at an incredible 72 mph." Ahrens logged a similar complaint, noting, with some hyperbole, that viewing a stock car race from within the infield is "quite serene in comparison."
Overall, most staffers are ambivalent about the Fit. There's no doubt the little Honda is perfectly suited to city-dwellers seeking an urban runabout, but the car is out of its element when pointed toward the highway. With the navigation system pushing the MSRP of our Fit close to $19,000, Floraday can't help but think the money is better spent on a $19,900 Mazda3.
"Even the base 3 makes the Fit feel like a compromise," he writes. "The Mazda just feels more substantial, and has the same hatchback utility."
2009 Honda Fit Sport with navigation
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