By Cars.com EditorsMay 13, 2009
About the video
Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder takes a look at the 2009 Honda Fit. It competes with the Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris.
(upbeat rock music) Hi, I'm Joe Wiesenfelder with cars.com here with the 2009 Honda Fit. It's been redesigned. The second generation here in this country, The Fit is a subcompact.
It's one level below the Honda Civic, a little bit cheaper and a little bit smaller. Now, unlike the Civic, which comes as a coop four-door sedan, this only comes as a four-door hatchback and it comes with a mystifying advertising line. The Fit is go. Not the Fit is a go. Not the Fit goes. Just the Fit is go. I think I might've figured this out. If you're new to this, if you're new to driving, you are muddled, if you push on this thing here on the right, the Fit is go. If you push on this one in the center, the Fit is stopped. Now the appeal of something like the Fit is the best way to save on gas is to buy a smaller car. So just because people are downsizing from a larger car, doesn't mean they want a crappy car. So something like the Fit, which is small on the outside, pretty big on the inside. And it's actually pretty nice on the inside. Might be a good alternative as a family vehicle. So we decided we try it out with our very own family. It's not a real family. It's the cars.com family. Cars.com family member, Jackie Brennan from communications. How does the Fit fit? It's a little bit tight in here, but overall, not too bad. You're all right with leg room? I have pretty good leg room. You're all right with head room too? Yup, not even close to touching. And here's junior.vIt's Colin Bird, cars.com intern. You look like you're a little bit more squeezed in there? Yeah, I'm a little bit bigger, so this is a bit snug. Yeah. How about headroom? Everyone's fine. All right. How about leg room? It's good right now. Yeah. The seat is not all the way back. All right. Now what's happening. My, my legs are touching the seat. It hurts a little. It hurts a little? That's what interns are for. Let's go for a ride. Now I got to say, as the driver with four people in the car, even though it's a small four cylinder or 1.5 liter and pretty efficient, I thought power was pretty good. It helps that this one has the manual transmission, even though an automatics available. Jackie, how was the ride in the back? I didn't think it was too bad. With the car seat in there, it was a little bit snug, but overall I was pretty comfortable. And we went over some rough pavement. How did that feel? It's a little bumpy bumpier than I was used to, but I mean, it's livable for a short trip. Short trips. I don't know if short trips make for a good family car, but Colin, your turn. What what'd you think about the ride quality? I mean, it was comfortable as long as we weren't going over any bumps. It got pretty choppy when that happened. So you think the average family car is going to ride better? Yes. Yeah. All right. Sarah Gersh, multimedia coordinator, you rode in the back and the front, your thoughts? Well, I'm small, so it was doable for me, but I was any bigger, I don't think I would be as comfortable. Is the Fit go? It's a no-go for me. The Fit is no go. Finish this sentence, the Fit is? Go. He doesn't sound convinced. Jackie is the Fit go? Yes. We have one go. We have one go, and one no-go. So I guess the answer to the question is, if you're considering a Fit as a family car, the Fit is worth considering. <v Announcer>For additional information on this car or any other go to cars.com and our blog kicking tires.