I had an 89 and a 97 Honda Accord before this so I'm a bit of a die-hard Honda automobile fan. I've been eying the Fit even before the new model change and I am glad I decided to get it. It's no hybrid, but I still enjoy the mpg I get from it - and it's cheaper. It's fun to drive, the Magic Seats are functional/practical, not only is the car bigger than it looks, all the windows make it feel even more spacious. It's got a great engine and the car runs great. Anyone complaining about comfort or performance needs to be reminded that this is not a sports/luxury car... it's a compact car that is great on fuel economy, looks good, fun to drive, and reliable - it's a Honda. Drive it and see...
Blue illuminated gauges are very stylish, the USB plug, Magic Seats, the design, the average MPG gauge (it's addicting to try to beat it), according to the gauge, I'm averaging 42.1 mpg (I'm at 400 miles right now), there are so many different things that are great, you just have to find your own!
Sun visors are not very functional aside from straight down, one less cup holder for a loose change slot instead, panoramic roof would be crazy cool, two trip meters, arm rest for passenger or a bin in between the driver and passenger seat would be great... black headlight housing for a JDM look.
I've purchased this new 2009 Fit (Sport, auto). Exceptional fuel economy. Exceeded EPA rating!!! Have put 650 miles on it and the mix drivings: 39/44.7/42.3 (fastest speed is 80/85 mph and slowest is 40/45 mph) - Would recommend this lovely car to anyone! I can see the new EPA as of 38/48/45 pretty soon after engine breakdown.
Excellent handling/performance. Roomy inside- Beautiful interior design- Do not feel bad road noise as rated by many others, even with a speed of 80/85 mph. Feels great and comfortable when getting in and driving.
Missing center console and armrest on passenger side. Headrest should be adjustable.
I traded my 2007 Mazda 3 hatch M in for the fit. I have to say I like this car much more. In every day driving this car puts a bigger smile on my face. Obviously you can't push it as hard and when passing on the highway the Mazda was far superior. Seriously though, this car just makes you smile every time you get in it. If you can drive a manual car this is so fun to shift and smooth with a little practice. The ride is smooth for a car of this class Engine noise is a bit loud at high revs, and wind noise is a slightly intrusive at highway speeds but never punishing. I forgot how fun it is to drive a small low powered car hard.
* The manual transmission wants to be shifted and shifted often. * When driving you don't feel like you're in a sub compact. Can't believe how much room you have. * The folding seats are so easy to use * The dash is in a nice blue light with no split tier dash like the civic
* No floor mats. Bought factory ones for the fit for $70. * With the base model you don't get an arm rest up front. Every thing else you get on the sport is nice but its a want, not a need. But no arm rest really Honda, don't be that way. Bought a factory one for $150.
I agree with all the positives that people have included in their reviews. I look forward to driving my Fit each day. I have read many of these reviews and have been surprised that not one person, as far as I have read, has complained about the door panels where your elbow rests. If you use your elbow and lift yourself up a bit to adjust your seating position, it causes these areas to now be cracked underneath the fabric. You can't see it but you can feel it with your finger if you lightly push down on it. This has now happened to both front doors and one of the back ones. I hope it is covered under warranty.
This car is amazing in many respects and disappointing in a few. It's very roomy and versatile, surprisingly comfortable, and handles outstandingly well. The performance/economy compromise is okay but only just. My city mileage is about 29 and on the highway it will get 32 to 37 depending on the speeds involved (note that this is 4-5 mpg less than the mileage meter indicates). A sixth gear would be a big help. Worst feature is the ride, which is a lot stiffer than other cars I've had and driven of about the same wheelbase and weight. A lot of the interior seems to be made of flocked cardboard; Honda evidently thinks it has a good enough quality reputation to get away with this.
It's cute and fun to drive - a happy car that makes other drivers happy, too. And it's a Honda, so it will doubtlessly be cheap to service and as dependable as night and day.
Things like outside temp display, heated mirrors and auto AC are available in other markets. How about an EX model with those features for US? Honda could let Citroen engineers take a look at the ride comfort (but don't let them have anything to do with building the car!).
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