New Car Reviews

2009 Honda Fit Sport – Four Seasons Update – April 2009

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

Months in fleet: Three
Miles to date: 5,564

Is it possible to get safety, utility, value, fuel economy, and perfect driving dynamics in one package? No – although our Four Seasons comes close.

After racking up an additional 1246 miles in April, our staff continues to find the Fit to be a bit manic on the open road, especially when the weather turns blustery. “It’s funny that enthusiasts love lithe cars and frequently pine for hatchbacks,” notes web editor Phil Floraday, “but the combination of light weight and a tall profile works better for sailboats than economy cars.”

Indeed, the Fit’s skittish nature, coupled with the lack of a sixth gear, has some of us thinking a Civic would be a better buy for those intent on tackling our nation’s highway infrastructure. Others, like executive editor Joe DeMatio, think our opinion will sway now that spring has arrived in Michigan.

“Now that the weather is nice,” he writes, “I suspect more people will be willing to take the Fit on slightly longer trips. As long as it’s not terribly windy and the sun is shining, it’s actually a pretty decent freeway car, because the huge windshield makes for such good visibility.” Some argue there may be too much visibility – road test coordinator Mike Ofiara found that the headlamps of a trailing Suburban were enough to transform the rear-view mirror into a veritable disco ball at night.

We still can’t sing enough praise for the Fit’s packaging, and we’ve amazed ourselves with how much gear we can pack into the little Honda. DeMatio has perhaps set the record – heading out for a Schutzhund dog training course, he managed to squeeze a dog crate, tent, propane heater, rake, and a number of other baubles into the Fit.


Miles to Date: 5564
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