Flash Drive: 2009 Honda Fit
This 2009 review is representative of model years 2009 to 2013.
By MSN Autos of MSN Autos
Great things do come in small packages. The new Honda Fit is a perfect example of a petite car that does many things well. The interior is smartly designed with innovative dials, quality materials and comfortable seats. Plus, it's amazingly roomy; there's enough space for two child seats. The trunk is spacious enough to fit a bunch of packed-to-the-rim bags from an excursion to the grocery store, or luggage for a quick day trip. And folding down seats provides enough room for a 5-foot-long box. Outside, the Fit has cool styling as well; the exterior design has angles and edges in all the right places. And on the road, the Fit is agile, responsive and fun to drive. Around town, you can expect fuel efficiency to average 30 mpg. Honda has perfected the small car, and the Fit is what a small car should be like. -Joe Chulick
A compact and versatile alternative to larger vehicles, the redesigned 2009 Honda Fit Sport is even more fun to drive, with improved functionality. Larger than its predecessor, with a longer wheelbase and wider track, the Fit Sport also has suspension and steering improvements for a sportier ride. The Fit Sport looks more athletic, too, with 16-inch alloy wheels, a body kit, fog lights and a roof spoiler. Powered by a 117-horsepower 1.5-liter engine, the Fit Sport accelerates well, yet it still delivers 30 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Inside, the Fit Sport makes maximum use of the available space, with easy-to-use controls, nice materials and multiple storage options. The rear seat folds down without the need to remove the headrests, even when the front seats are all the way back. Practical and efficient, the Fit Sport is still sporty and fun. -Mike Meredith
Honda has done an amazing job of somehow integrating a large, versatile interior into the smallest car in its lineup. At first glance, the Fit looks as if it has space for four passengers (two of them would be cramped) and not much more. But up-close and personal it's a completely different story. With the high roof and large windows, the Fit's front seats are comfortable, and two rear passengers can sit without feeling cramped. Cargo space is plentiful, even with the rear seat in place. But fold it down and there's a large, flat floor for hauling large boxes or whatever you need to move. Got something tall? The rear seat bottoms can be folded upright to fit tall cargo behind the front seats. Dead simple, but it works great. The Fit's small footprint makes it easy to maneuver, and while it doesn't have much in the way of power (it jumps to 30 mph quickly, but then runs out of breath), it does get good gas mileage. The trip computer showed 30 mpg in the city. It's a most impressive combination of fuel economy and versatility. -Perry Stern