We practiced hyper-miling techniques, stabbing the gas pedal for a quick burst, then coasting, all the while trying to keep the economy meter over 40 mpg and our speed up with traffic. If you're familiar with the 2008 Fit, know that headroom has increased 0. Being that I'm writing this in late 2017, this is for the used car buyers out there. The ride is firm, if controlled. This new Fit seems to do it all in spades, which could translate to as many as 100,000 units next year.
Though we won't know until the 2009 is tested, Honda's crash-test track record has been excellent. Add Your Navigation Code to Your Account Store your access code safely and securely in your , where you can retrieve it easily if needed. Estimated Monthly Payment will depend on vehicle make and model. Once the transmission downshifts and the engine revs higher, acceleration is definitely adequate. When times are bad, it's down two or three percent. Cars are pretty bad investments, but Honda's history of quality, reliability and longevity bode well for the Fit's resale value. We were pretty happy with the manual transmission in our test car.
The electric power steering is a nice feature. Side airbags and side-curtain bags are standard, along with anti-lock brakes. I understand that I am opting in to receive text messages from dealer or their employees. With a list of artists displayed, for example, the volume knob suddenly worked as a selection knob, scrolling through artist names. But once he realized it would take a little work to get me into a car due to my credit he stopped responding. If you've never been in a Fit, you'd be surprised by the fit.
Even after we got the average mileage, as reported by the trip computer, above 40 mpg, it didn't recede much during subsequent drives around traffic-heavy San Francisco. That being said, the car's computer fuel economy meter overstates the fuel economy badly, by 10-15%. Honda says this segment is likely to keep growing in 10-percent leaps for the next several years. Ride quality is firm but also absorbent. Be sure to check it out if backseat comfort is critical for you. Also, I rode in the back of a Fit Sport, which has a rear stabilizer bar where the base Fit has none, plus lower-profile tires on 16-inch alloy wheels compared to the base 15-inch steel wheels.
Remarkably, the electric power steering wasn't obvious. Antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution are one of many safety features you might not expect of cars in this class. Other key exterior changes include larger front quarter windows, larger, shapelier headlights, and sportier body-kit-like moldings. The result is higher peak power and a much flatter torque curve -- 117 hp at 6600 rpm and 106 lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. Along the coast, a good stretch of flatland, and a smaller stretch of 45 mph traffic, helped us boost the Fit's economy up past the 36 mpg mark. With that said, don't be fooled here: This is still a subcompact car storage area with thin floor carpeting and structurally delicate seatbacks.
Vehicle data is subject to change without notice. The first generation was no slouch; it joined a subcompact class that was already growing, with the Chevrolet Aveo and Scion xB and xA joining the likes of the Hyundai Accent and Suzuki Esteem the latter since discontinued. The Fit first became available in Japan and other countries in 2001, and then the 2007 model came to the U. Now in its second generation, the 2009 Fit is a little bigger than its predecessor, and a little more powerful, but it still lives up to its reputation. Reason I bring it up is that the previous owner just bought gas, tires and oil, too. The so called Magic Seat now folds flat by lifting a single lever and pushing the seatback forward, with no need to remove rear headrests in the process; back-seat space are surprisingly commodious, with enough headroom and legroom in back for adults, and the cargo floor is especially low for easy loading and an impressive 20. Mine has the automatic and is solid but it's constantly shifting.
We don't expect too much from a small, inexpensive car, so we weren't surprised, but driving over rough sections of pavement at freeway speeds left us feeling like we would need some dental work. Shifts are smooth and well-matched with the powertrain, but make sure you get the engine revving. The column in the previous Fit was tilt only, which made it impossible for some staffers to achieve a comfortable driving position. The Bad The audio quality from the stereo is mediocre, and Bluetooth cell phone integration isn't available. The Honda Fit receives a top rating of five out of five stars for frontal crashes, and five out of five stars for the front seat in side crashes, four out of five stars for the rear seat in side crashes, and four out of five stars in rollover crashes.
Honda still offers the 1. I understand that message and data rates may apply. The Fit wouldn't be our first choice for a road trip. At our turnaround point, the Fit broke 37 mpg, but its upward progress had slowed. Having used Honda's navigation systems in many other models from the company, we have little doubt that it would work equally well in the Fit. Our first phone call resulted in him advising me to consider different cars they had, and to call him back.
That leaves the stereo as the main tech feature in our 2009 Honda Fit Sport. For what it's worth, Honda continues to claim that the front seats recline all the way to create something of a bed, as they do in the Honda Element. The passenger's torso bag is designed to deactivate if the occupant is out of position — leaning too close to the side where it deploys. A run over some flat land boosted our economy even further, but then a particularly mountainous section made us lose precious tenths. But the 70-to-0 braking distance of 196 feet is unacceptably poor. Honda keeps the power-assist tamed in the Fit, allowing for better road-feedback, and keeps its electric motor quiet. The rack-and-pinion electric power steering system is especially good, with crisp turn in and a firm, direct feel of the road in tight corners.
One thing the Fit excels at is cargo space. With the driver's seat all the way back, my knees were in contact with its backrest, but the floor is relatively low, so my knees weren't raised much — which is how some cars shoehorn occupants in there. Stability proved good, though, as we coasted down mountain curves, not wanting to touch the brakes for fear of losing hard-won kinetic energy. But, it's something I can live with. Mobile Phone Number: - - Phone is required.