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You'll Like The 2009 Honda Fit If...

Those looking for a small car with good fuel economy, excellent reliability ratings and a spacious rear seat will find much to like in the 35-mpg Honda Fit.

You May Not Like The 2009 Honda Fit If...

If the bottom line is your top priority, you’ll find roughly comparable and economical substitutes for much less. The Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Aveo and Kia Rio5 all offer similar fuel economy yet are priced thousands of dollars below the Fit.

What's New

The all-new 2009 Honda Fit has a smoother aerodynamic look, a more powerful engine and a new interior design. The base and Sport trims return but come standard with larger wheels and are available in new colors. The Sport trim is now offered with satellite navigation and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA).

Interior Features

In typical Honda fashion the Fit’s interior blends visual appeal with real-world practicality. Caffeine fanatics will love the ten beverage holders, and a multitude of storage spaces provides places to stash small items such as cell phones, breath mints and empty coffee cups. Overall interior space is impressive for this class, with ample headroom and legroom both front and rear. Honda’s "Magic Seat" may take some liberties in its name, but we must admit it’s a pretty neat trick for the rear seat to fold flush without having to remove the headrest. With the rear seat folded down, the Fit offers up a respectable 57.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity, more than either the Nissan Versa or Kia Rio5, for example. The front passenger seat also folds flat, which gives enough space for items up to seven feet, nine inches long.

Exterior Features

It may have the same basic shape as the first-generation model, but look closer and you’ll find the 2009 Honda Fit is actually a bit bolder and rounder than its predecessor. This new look is more aggressive, with sharper-angled headlights and a super cab-forward design. Its tall roof line and large windows give the driver greater all-around visibility as well as a vast amount of headroom for all passengers. Also, with a wider track and longer wheelbase than before, the Fit provides even more room for five passengers and their belongings.

Driving Impressions

Superb handling is what really stands out with the 2009 Honda Fit. It’s no sports car, but we found the Fit rather agile, thanks in part to the added body rigidity and, on the Sport trim, the rear stabilizer bar. Despite the horsepower increase from the previous generation, it seems the Fit still struggles on moderate inclines, but proves eager when it comes to accelerating on the freeway or darting across intersections. The paddle shifters in the automatic Sport trim make downshifting for passing a snap, but the short-throw shifter of the manual adds to the driving fun. Compared to many of its competitors, the Fit’s driving dynamics feel more refined and confident. In-cabin noise is fairly quiet for a sub-compact and, overall, we found the Fit to be comfortable, with adequately bolstered seating and easy-to-reach climate and audio controls.

Pricing Notes

The 2009 Honda Fit has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $15,000 with the five-speed manual. Models equipped with the automatic transmission add about $800 to the base price. The MSRP for the Sport trim starts closer to $17,000 and a fully loaded model with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and navigation tops out around $19,000. To get the best deal, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price price to see what consumers in your area are currently paying for the Fit. As for residual values, we expect the Fit to be on par with the Toyota Yaris and Scion xD, but better over time than the Chevrolet Aveo5, Nissan Versa and Kia Rio5.

Notable Equipment

The base 2009 Honda Fit includes a five-speed manual transmission, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power door locks and windows, 15-inch wheels with full covers, 60/40-split second-row Magic Seat with under-seat storage, 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with four speakers and an auxiliary input jack. Safety features include dual front airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).

Notable Options

One trim up is the Sport, which includes a security system with remote entry, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a six-speaker sound system with USB audio interface and, with the automatic transmission, paddle shifters. Exterior upgrades include an underbody kit, a roofline spoiler, fog lights, rear stabilizer bar and 16-inch alloy wheels. The Sport trim can also be ordered with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and navigation. An automatic transmission is available for both trims.

Favorite Features

Satellite NavigationThe available touch-screen navigation system is easy to use and makes the Fit an even more versatile commuter-car package. USB ConnectivityStandard in the Sport trim, the Fit can now accommodate portable audio players and USB storage devices which can be controlled via the car’s audio system.

Under the Hood

The 2009 Honda Fit has a 1.5-liter engine, which Honda revised by incorporating a more advanced i-VTEC system. The i-VTEC varies the intake and exhaust valve events, which in turn enhances performance while still achieving good fuel economy and low emissions. The Fit comes in two different flavors: Manual and automatic. The automatic version uses a three-mode system: A normal drive mode; a sport mode, which holds off shifting gears for maximum performance; and a manual mode, which allows the driver to shift gears with the paddle shifters. 1.5-liter in-line four117 horsepower @ 6600 rpm106 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/33 (manual, sport automatic), 28/35 (automatic)

Editors' Notes

Honda made a name for itself by building small, frugal and reliable hatchbacks. Yet, as the company grew, so did its cars. Larger models, with trunks, soon came to symbolize the Honda brand, leaving many to predict the death of the Honda hatchback. Not willing to concede the youth market to Scion and MINI, Honda returned to its humble beginnings by creating the five-door Honda Fit. Although this entry-level hatchback is priced slightly higher than most of its competition, the Fit nevertheless offers an ample supply of features, versatility and, above all, that unbeatable Honda resale value. Given a major makeover for 2009, the Fit continues to see strong sales across all demographics, proving Americans will buy hatchbacks so long as they offer the right blend of style, fun and efficiency.

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2009 Honda Fit- Pretty dang good

2009 Honda Fit Sport Electric

Generally, I really enjoy my car. It was perfect when I was single and did not have a child. It has been extremely reliable, other than the motor of the windshield wiper fluid dispenser (?) going out within the first 6 months. I have otherwise not had any issues with the car. While driving the car, my only complaint is that, while on a bend there is a large blind spot due to the thickness of the strip between the windshield and drivers side window. There was a bend by my old home that I had to take very carefully because if someone were crossing the street from the left, they would constantly be in the blindspot until they were in front of you. I had to ensure I was watching out my window rather than my windshield while on turns like that. Otherwise, the car has held up very well over the past 10 years. I don't recall having to do any work on it at all other than regular maintenance (which I have been poor about doing regularly and the car forgives me for it). The only reason that I may be upgrading in the future is the back seat is a little snug for car seats. With one child, it's not a big deal because I can push the passenger seat all the way forward. When I have to put a second carseat in, I am unsure of how it will fit because I cannot push the driver's side seat all the way forward and still be able to comfortably drive. Also, not that my husband routinely has to drive, but my husband is 6'5' and barely fits in the driver's seat without 'eating his knees'. It is not a reason to upgrade my car at this time but it is something to consider when purchasing my next car that would prevent me from choosing a Honda Fit again. Overall, I love my car. It just does not necessarily a family car narrative, which I haven't seen it advertised as such anyway. I feel it's pretty perfect for their target audience.

- Victoria C

Extremely reliable and dependable. Great trunk space.

2009 Honda Fit

Knock on wood, my Honda has not had any major problems over the last 9 years. It always starts reliably, has incredible gas mileage, and has a surprising amount of space. The back row collapses forward with an elevated trunk space so that you have a completely flat storage space if needed. I can easily fit a large cooler along with floaties and chairs without even having to collapse the seats. The only problem with space with this car would be that with my 6 year-old daughter's chicco car seat in the back, it is not quite enough room for her to be comfortable for longer periods without moving the front seat forward. Over the last couple of years, a rattle has developed when I accelerate the car, which I have yet to get looked at, but this is the first problem I have had with the car over the life of the car. I love this car and will drive it until it no longer will. I have driven it long distances of more than 1000 miles without problem several times. Of course with the engine that is in this car, acceleration is ok, but with all the other perks of this car, I have been very happy with this purchase.

- Cara R

Great car, multi-functional and fuel-efficient

2009 Honda Fit

It's a great car for fuel efficiency and utility. The hatchback and foldable back seats make hauling things around really easy; I used this car to move in and out of my college dorm by myself. The small size makes parking super easy, especially for parking garages and parallel parking. With the small size, the back seat is definitely cozy, but not uncomfortable, even with three average size adults I've never had a problem with it besides needing to replace the catalytic converter earlier this year, but that was more precautionary than anything. The car has trouble accelerating uphill, but I imagine most do, and otherwise I always feel safe in this car on the interstate. Definitely a great car for a single person or as one vehicle option for a family.

- Abby N

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