The Honda Fit is a five passenger four door hatchback and comes with a complete new look. Since first arriving in the US in 1959, Honda has a long history of building small fun to drive vehicles. The 2008 Honda Fit is one of the most enjoyable vehicles to drive. It is small with quick cornering ability and a sporty handling. It doesn’t offer loads of power but has more than enough to get the job done. It’s ideal for anyone with an active lifestyle. Functional yet easy on the eyes, the Honda Fit appeals to a wide variety of people.
The Honda Fit is deceptive. It’s small but still manages to offer loads of seating space and cargo room. It’s only a little bit smaller than the Honda Civic sedan, but does offer more storage space. It’s also one of the most reasonably priced vehicles on the market. This year’s Honda Fit offers the same popular seating and cargo configuration as last year’s model as well as a slight better fuel economy. It now offers 42 miles per gallon in a combined fuel rating.
With its fuel economy rating, and entry level price of $13,950 this car has sold well. However, one of the unique aspects to the Honda Fit is the ‘Magic Seats.’ These seats offer four different ways to be folded. The ‘tall object’ configuration will allow for items that are 50 inches high. When using the ‘long object’ configuration, an item 94.5 inches long to be loaded. There is a ‘refresh mode.’ This configuration allows the passenger on the right side in the rear to stretch out comfortably. One of the advantages of this configuration is that the driver or another person can stretch out and have a nap if needed. Even in the normal upright position, the cargo area offers an impressive 21.3 cu. ft.
The Honda Fit underwent a major redesign in 2007 and drove into 2008 relatively unchanged. Standard on this vehicle are dual-stage, dual threshold front airbags, front side airbags and even side curtain airbags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the vehicle a five star safety rating in frontal crash tests for both the driver and front passenger. The vehicle also receives a five star rating for the front passenger is side crash tests. The rear passenger, however, only received a three star rating.
Under the hood, the 2008 Honda Fit offers a 1.5 liter, 16 valve SOHC VTEC engine with VTEC technology. This technology helps to boost power and torque when driving at any engine speed. This engine offers 109 horsepower. The Honda Fit also features a Drive by Wire throttle system, this helps to control the power delivery while working to maintain smooth acceleration. The Honda Fit Sport offers a 5-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters offering the driver more control. Additional features and options include electric power steering, anti-lock brakes, front disc and rear drum brakes with ABS technology. Inside the Honda Fit offers 160 watt AM/FM single CD stereo with two speakers and an auxiliary jack. There is a tilted steering wheel for easy driving, power windows, and the unique ‘Magic Seats.’
From the outside, the Honda Fit looks like it might be crowded on the inside but it really does fit four full-sized adults even offering sufficient headroom for any six foot members of your group. A small middle seat exists but is more appropriate for a child. It does come with a full three-point seatbelts and head restraint if it does need to be pulled into service for a small adult.**** Much of the popularity of the Honda Fit is due to it’s clever seating choices, practicality and handling. The Honda Fit delivers a value package for a reasonable price.
The 2009 Honda Fit is all new for 2009. The subcompact retains many of the features that buyers found so appealing, such as the multitude of ‘magic seat’ seating configurations, but it also adds a new drivetrain, more power and faster acceleration. The vehicle’s design has been given a more aggressive, cutting edge look in order to help capture the attentions of a broader section of the market.
All editions of the Fit, from the base on up are powered by the same 1.5 liter 4-cylinder engine that provides 117 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed manual or automatic transmission is standard equipment, and fuel economy is rated at a healthy 27 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Both the Fit Sport and Fit Sport with Navi also offer paddle shifting for the optional 5-speed automatic transmission.
The Fit is still all about fuel economy, but the newer model upgrades the interior and adds some features to help improve the comfort of driver and occupants. A navigational system is provided in the Fit Sport with Navi trim, and the Fit Sport offers larger wheels and a flashier exterior appearance. The Fit feels fairly spacious inside, despite its miniscule exterior dimensions, and in addition to a well-sorted storage system the Fit offers 57.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats out of the picture. This is complemented by an excellent 20.7 cubic feet that are available when the rear seats are in use.