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2009 Honda Fit Sport - Four Seasons Update - June 2009

Months in fleet: SixMileage 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...

Miles to Date: 7335Average MPG: 35.5 mpg

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

Overview

Body Style: 4-door hatchbackAccommodation: 5-passengerConstruction: Steel unibody

Powertrain

Engine: i-VTEC 16-valve SOHC I-4Displacement: 1.5 litersPower: 117 hp @ 6600 rpmTorque: 106 lb-ft @ 4800 rpmTransmission: 5-speed manualDrive: Front-wheelFuel economy: 27/33/29 mpg (city/hwy/combined)

Chassis

Steering: Electric power-assisted rack-and-pinionTurns lock-to-lock: 2.5Turning Circle: 34.4 ftSuspension, Front: MacPherson strutSuspension, Rear: Torsion beamBrakes F/R: Power-assisted ventilated disc/drum; ABSWheels: 15-in aluminum alloyTires: Dunlop SP Sport (all-season) Tire Size: 185/55 R16 83H

Measurements

Headroom F/R: 40.4 / 39.0 inLegroom F/R: 41.3 / 34.5 inShoulder Room F/R: 52.7 / 51.3 inWheelbase: 98.4 inTrack F/R: 58.1 / 57.4 inL x W x H: 161.6 x 66.7 x 60.0 inCargo Capacity: 20.6 / 57.3 cu ft (rear/with seats folded) Weight: 2534 lbWeight Dist. F/R: 62 / 38%Fuel Capacity: 10.6 galEst. Range: 315 milesFuel Grade: 87 octane

Standard Equipment

ABSFront, side and side curtain airbagsTire pressure monitoring systemAir conditioningPower windows, locks, and remote startTilt and telescopic steering wheelTrip computerMP3 jack, USB interface

Options

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