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2009 Honda Fit

2009 Honda Fit

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2009 Honda Fit Sport/Nav

by from Holland, MI on July 10, 2010

After nearly 30,000 miles of driving, our 2009 Honda Fit Sport/Nav continually confirms it was a great decision for purchase. We had also looked at the Nissan Versa Hatchback and the Hyudai Elantra an...
After nearly 30,000 miles of driving, our 2009 Honda Fit Sport/Nav continually confirms it was a great decision for purchase. We had also looked at the Nissan Versa Hatchback and the Hyudai Elantra and are sure folks who chose one of those are also satisfied - time has shown they are both good cars. For our purpose and long-term use, this was the best choice for us. We consistantly get 34-36 mpg local rural and an astonishing 41-43 on road trips at 70 mph with the a/c at full tilt. The GPS is great with its easy to see large display however the 180-page manual for it is a bit more than I am willing to deal with. A class seminar at the dealership would be helpful so we could use more of the features than just the manual input. The "Magic Seat" feature opens an array of cavernous cargo options - and all have been used with great satisfaction. Having been indoctrinated to the open road in a '61 VW Bug, my personal power requirements are still lower than most so this breadbox sized engine is more than adequate. The transmission is also butter smooth and the extra gear at the top when cruising really enhances the mpg. There are enough bells and whistles to keep me entertained for hour upon hour of highway cruising. My iPod wards-off boredom with everything from opera to classic country which makes bladder elasticity the primary factor mandating occasional stops. The auto-locking door locks are a frequent source of irritation and there is a prescribed dance to do to override this feature but I don't dance well. The handling is great- especially when scooting around town and squeezing into a tight space. The windows rolled halfway down rattle on bumpy roads so we keep them up with the a/c running. The sound system is good - nice speakers and audio controls on the touch screen are easy to use on the fly. The a/c is adequate on most summer days but I would not trust it to safely dry-age any prime beef. The horsepower is probably a little low to drive the compressor very hard. Biggest criticism - interior color choice - Henry Ford black. There is no choice. I would have gladly paid more for beige leather. Beige would make it cooler and appear more spacious than it already is. However the black does make it easier to find the stray French fries and coins than find themselves between the seat cushions. Would I buy another? You betcha! This car gives us everthing we need and more.
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Excellent Value; A Lot of Fun

by from on December 31, 2009

Model: Automatic Sport. MPG: In the city I'm getting 28 to 30; highway 35 to 39. Pros: Small size, yet the interior is quite large. With the rear seats down I can fit by bike in the car, upright, w...
Model: Automatic Sport. MPG: In the city I'm getting 28 to 30; highway 35 to 39. Pros: Small size, yet the interior is quite large. With the rear seats down I can fit by bike in the car, upright, without having to take front wheel off or even lower the seat. USB port/iPod control. This is a minor feature, but once you have it, you cannot live without it. This lets you do three things: play music on your iPod over the car stereo; control the iPod using the car stereo; and charge the iPod while it is connected (and playing). For iPhone users, the port charges your phone about twice as fast as the cigarette lighter. There's a dashboard light for everything. There's a sensor for just about everything that could go wrong with the car, including low tire pressure. You don't have to worry about making sure that the oil is changed after a certain number of miles or having to take the car in for an annual checkup -- the computer will tell you when these things need to be done. While I typically use the car for a 3 mile (one-way) commute to work and shopping, I have taken it on long trips where I've driven up to 5hrs. I've found it to be quite comfortable (I'm 5'10" 155lbs). Cons: The interior scratches and gets marked up very easily. I'm worried that this is going to hurt the resale value. The headlights remain on when the key is out of the ignition and the warning sound is not loud enough. Some cars do kill the headlights when the key is removed from the ignition -- this should be a standard feature of all cars. How many times have you actually needed to keep the headlights on when the engine was off? There are no stereo controls on the steering wheel in the Sport and Base models. I see this as a safety issue. People have a natural tendency to channel surf and skip around on a CD/iPod. Having more controls on the wheel helps keep people's hands on the wheel at all time, and is much more practical than paddle shifters. The iPod navigation controls could be better. I've had my Fit for 4 months now and I've put 3,500 miles on it. Overall, I find that it's a lot of fun. Very easy to drive, easy to maneuver in cities, good handling, lots of storage despite small size, and clever features like the USB port. And for a hatchback style car, Honda has done a pretty good job making it look slick.
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Biggest Little Car Ever

by from Portland, OR on July 18, 2011

My wife and I did a lot of research in 2009 before deciding to buy a new '09 Honda Fit. We bought the base model, manual, in black. I can honestly say that I have never once, not even for a minute, re...
My wife and I did a lot of research in 2009 before deciding to buy a new '09 Honda Fit. We bought the base model, manual, in black. I can honestly say that I have never once, not even for a minute, regretted the investment we made in getting this car. Listing out all of the features I love about this car would quickly turn into a novel, so I'll instead focus on the two aspects of the car that have been most helpful for me: Cargo space and fuel efficiency. We are winter sports enthusiasts, and the winter after we bought out Fit, we took approximately 25 trips up to the mountain to visit the resorts. Our car could not have preformed better. The 40mpg on the highway was a huge help to our pocketbook (the tank is approximately 10.5 gallons to fill, and we have gotten 400 miles in a tank when it was strictly highway driving), and the cargo space is spectacular! When traveling to the mountain with friends, we were able to fold down the smaller of the two seats in the back (which are split 66/34, I believe), store 4 complete sets of snowboarding equipment, and still have room for my 6'4" friend to be sleeping comfortably in the back seat behind me (I'm 6'2"). Both the fuel efficiency and cargo space have come in handy for more domestic affairs as well. I have never gotten less than 32mpg on a tank of gas, even when driving strictly in the city. I've used our Fit on a number of occasions to help friends move, once even managing to put all of a friend's belongings in the back in one load (including a tall mini-fridge, desk, two guitars and amps, 3 suitcases, 4 duffle bags, and a futon mattress). Honda even maximizes cargo space through the design of the back hatch. I've seen many other cars whose hatches either have a very long roof-to-floor slope (Mazda 3), or the door tapers to a narrow point at the bottom (Nissan Versa), both of which make getting cargo into the cargo area more difficult. The fit's hatch sits nearly vertical and stays wide at the bottom, allowing you to fit through the door almost anything that would fit in the cargo area (the one exception for me was a large papasan chair that would have fit inside, but would not fit through the door). I've found that the detail in engineering and design show through in many other ways: moving the gas tank forward to create cargo space for tall items (utilized by flipping the seats up) as well as allowing the seats to fold almost completely flat, instead of at an angle; the nesting headrests in back (on all Fit models 2009 or later; the 2007-08 models had regular headrests) mean you don't need to take the headrests out or move the front seats up before putting the back seats down; even the cup holders (in their excess) show quality design with their more squared shape, which allows them to hold containers more securely than larger round cup holders. To be fair, it's true that it's a fairly noisy car. Our previous car was a Ford Focus, and even that was quieter than the Fit. But, after driving the car for 2 years, I don't even notice it anymore. It is also very true that the suspension is pretty tight, and you will feel the bumps in the road. This, again, is something that I've grown accustomed to and don't really notice anymore. The reality of the situation is this: You're not buying a luxury car, you're buying an economy car. And if you're going to buy an economy car, BUY THE FIT! It has more cargo space, better design, and classic Honda reliability (In two years and almost 30k miles, I haven't had a single issue with the car's function). It's a hands down choice, and two years later I wouldn't hesitate to make it again.
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Love my Fit!

by from Missouri on January 21, 2010

Bought my Fit in July, 2009, and love it so far. Love the gas mileage! Everyone makes fun because I drive a "go cart" but I love it! Hit a curb real hard in Dec. (in the snow) and I had to go 2 and 1/...
Bought my Fit in July, 2009, and love it so far. Love the gas mileage! Everyone makes fun because I drive a "go cart" but I love it! Hit a curb real hard in Dec. (in the snow) and I had to go 2 and 1/2 weeks without my Fit and was very glad to get it back! My previous cars were Taurus, Maxima, and Passat so the interior of the Fit is kind of shoddy compared to those cars, but hey, you get what you pay for. I drive around a lot with my job and I hate repeating myself, but the mileage is great! I drive half city, half hwy, and I avg 36 mpg. A 5 hour hwy trip got me 44 mpg! The Fit serves the purpose of me buying it, great mileage!
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Excellent Value

by from Sarasota, FL on September 13, 2009

I purchased the 2009 Fit Sport, automatic, new in 10/08 and have 17k trouble free miles. Build quality, body structural rigidity and interior quality are superior. I am a lifelong auto enthusiast wit...
I purchased the 2009 Fit Sport, automatic, new in 10/08 and have 17k trouble free miles. Build quality, body structural rigidity and interior quality are superior. I am a lifelong auto enthusiast with 45 years of driving experience and have owned or driven many cars including Volkswagen Rabbit GTI, Porsche 356 and 911, Subaru WRX, Pontiac GTP, Corvette, Sunbeam Alpine, Saab, Toyota Prius, Alfa Romeo Spider. The Fit is extremely well designed and thoughtfully executed. I attest to its well deserved accolades in the automotive press about the many features that make this a good value. Favorites: Generous interior room and flexible cargo space compared to exterior dimensions Tight turning radius Responsive handling and well controlled suspension Incredibly smooth automatic transmission USB connection to play songs directly from a thumb drive Excellent standard sound system Good all round visibility Excellent gas mileage Nitpicks: Lack of center armrest/console although driver seat has short captain chair type pivoting arm rest Bottom seat cushion could benefit from a depth/rake adjustment to offer support behind the knees No option for all doors to unlock on shift to park. Only driver’s door auto unlocks. Rear brakes are drum rather than disc. Don’t know if this would improve stopping distance. Considerable road noise in cabin at highway speeds Acceleration onto highway and passing is okay but heavier than expected gas pedal is needed Slow to recover highway speeds after brief decelerations unless you accelerate hard Miscellaneous: I would love to see this car turbo charged. Honda is submitting the Fit 1.5 liter engine to the SCAA for possible use in Formula Ford racing. Many complain the trip computer mileage is inflated. They fail to recognize this is an in-the-moment instant average. It is 3 mpg higher than the actual average unless the instant average is constant over an entire tank of fuel. Mileage on highway commutes is 38 mpg at just below 70 mph. More speed drops it to 33-35, but even at 90 mph it remains 31-33. At 60 mph I teased out 41 mpg. Mileage is also sensitive to weather and temp. Mileage improves in heavy traffic at high speeds, likely due to other cars breaking wind resistance and offering a drafting effect.
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Saved my life

by from Eastern Iowa on December 16, 2009

I bought my Fit in July 2009. I traded the much heralded 2000 Subaru Outback that had piston slap, head gasket leak and transmision problems at 79,000. The FIT is super fun to drive, I never feel unde...
I bought my Fit in July 2009. I traded the much heralded 2000 Subaru Outback that had piston slap, head gasket leak and transmision problems at 79,000. The FIT is super fun to drive, I never feel underpowered, keep up with other traffic easily. I play in a Rock Band and I can carry: bass amp, guitar amp, 2 guitars, 2 lighting trees and still have room left over. On Nov. 28 at 2 AM riding home from a gig 75 miles away from home, I hit a large deer. It crumpled the hood like it should, but I was able to drive 50 miles home. No injuries, no drive train problems, even the alignment stayed true. The safety and build quality is amazing..Thanks Honda!
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Beautifully Engineered Car

by from Illinois on July 6, 2011

So you've already read the reviews about how great a car this is. Simply put, the best. So let's skip the functionality, great value, roominess, features, etc. Let's talk about this car from a mechan...
So you've already read the reviews about how great a car this is. Simply put, the best. So let's skip the functionality, great value, roominess, features, etc. Let's talk about this car from a mechanic's perspective. I've had the pleasure of building the first ever USDM 2nd gen TURBOCHARGED Honda fit. This car is nothing short of a joy to work on. It took me less than 12 hours to pull out the engine, change to a new shortblock, bolt on the old head w/ a new gasket, and drop it back in. Everything fits together so beautifully. It's art in a way. Everything from the dowel pins on the timing cover, to the clearly labeled tolerance range stamped on the side of each hot-forged cracked rod cap. No tough tool clearances, no hard to reach bolts, no unique tools for every part. Nearly every bolt is 10,12,14,17,or19mm. You could practically rebuild it with a $20 tool set. It is a mechanic's dream. I look at the ford escort in my garage and laugh. It's a joke. You can't even get the oil drain bolt off with a ratchet and socket because theirs no clearance due to the K member, and the oil filter is nearly unreachable - these are only the routine maint. items! The rest of the car is even worse! That car was not made with the same engineering passion as my fit. Did I mention the turbo? T28 @ 10 psi is exactly what this car needed. There is an incredible tolerance for knock in this engine. And if it can handle the abuse I put it through, I assure you that a bone stock fit will last forever. And even if it does breakdown, it's an easy fix for any home mechanic. With the passion displayed in every nut, bolt, and plastic trim clip in the Fit, I promise you, it won't be a bad decision.
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Great Car!

by from Pittsburgh, PA on July 11, 2011

I like Hatchbacks, so this car already fit my main criteria. What surpised me was the excellent gas mileage. I get an average of 35 miles to the gallon without even trying. It is very roomy despite be...
I like Hatchbacks, so this car already fit my main criteria. What surpised me was the excellent gas mileage. I get an average of 35 miles to the gallon without even trying. It is very roomy despite being a small car. It is a sport version so I was fortunate to find a color that was to my liking. The sound system allows me to plug in my ipod and use the dashboard controls to select and play music. There are only two things I would change about the fit. 1. Improve the music search mechanism....takes a long time to find songs if you're looking for an artist who's name starts with Z. 2. Suspension is a bit hard...would be nicer if the bumps I encounter didn't seem so big.
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Decent Compromise

by from Phoenix AZ on August 4, 2009

I really wanted a truck, that was cheap (less than $20k), held 4 people (quad cab) and got over 30mpg on the highway. Seeing as how that vehicle is a fantasy, I settled on this. Haven't regretted it f...
I really wanted a truck, that was cheap (less than $20k), held 4 people (quad cab) and got over 30mpg on the highway. Seeing as how that vehicle is a fantasy, I settled on this. Haven't regretted it for a moment. +: It can carry ANYTHING. Tons of space. Comfortable interior, nice lights, good stereo, great mileage (this depends heavily on how you drive it), nice turning.... uhm, nice little amenities like the rear wiper coming on when you have the front ones on and you put it in reverse. -: Underpowered. No. Seriously. It's weak. It needs a 6th gear (I have the 5 Manual) BADLY, at 80mph it's revving 4,000+ rpm. No arm rest / console. I had to buy one from Honda and install myself. Weak interior lights. Annoying tendency to lock doors at bad times, which I can't turn off. Rear drums? WTF. What year is this? Where's the 8track to go along with that? And how much $ could Honda have possibly saved ditching the disks? Minor; but very awkward engine oil fill.
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Great Car. Very versatile. Excellent value.

by from Stuarts Draft on November 2, 2010

This is our fifth and possibly favorite Honda. Our's averages over 40 mpg combined city/highway driving!
This is our fifth and possibly favorite Honda. Our's averages over 40 mpg combined city/highway driving!
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