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0912 2009 Honda Fit Sport 5 Door December Update
four seasons long-term tests

2009 Honda Fit Sport 5 Door - Four Seasons Update - December 2009

WINTER 2009 Honda Fit Sport
2009 Honda Fit reviews to date

Months in fleet: 11
Miles to date: 21,966

After nearly a full year in our fleet, can we start drawing conclusions on our Four Seasons Honda Fit Sport? Yes -- and senior Web editor Phil Floraday can narrow it down to a few highlights.

"Some cars age very well, and generate thousands upon thousands of words detailing every minute spent in our fleet," he writes. "I think our Fit can be summed up with a short list. It works well in cities, but needs six forward gears to help with highway cruising noise. Doesn't seem very appealing with gas hovering around $2.30 per gallon, but will seem like a fantastic idea once gas prices skyrocket."

At that price point, so too will virtually every subcompact. Thus far, the Fit has been one of the best subcompact cars offered in North America, but Ford's launching its 2011 Fiesta stateside later this year, and the manufacturer is clearly gunning for Honda.

"I was at a Fiesta event the other week," writes associate editor Eric Tingwall, "where they showed a host of benchmarking data that placed the [Toyota] Yaris, Fit, and Fiesta on scales between two subjective points. Interestingly it looks like Ford is targeting noise and ride comfort as two areas where the Fiesta will outperform the Fit."

Tingwall also notes the Fiesta needs to be dynamically better than the Fit, because Ford's small car "can't hold a candle to the Fit's packaging, space, and versatility." Indeed -- one staffer used the car extensively last week to haul three bicycles to his storage unit (all at once, albeit with front wheels removed) and boxes upon boxes of Christmas d├ęcor on the return trip.

2009 Honda Fit Sport with navigation

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

Overview

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

Powertrain

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)

Chassis

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

Measurements

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

ABS
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

Options

None

tmvu13
Quality quality quality. Quality of interior materials, quality of build, quality of reliability. I hope Ford does well with the Fiesta but American car companies have been dogged by those three quality areas. I hope Ford has gotten over them--competition is good!

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