2009 Honda Fit: Not Slow Unless You Want To Go Fast
March 23, 2009
I've been doing a lot of city driving in our 2009 Honda Fit recently and have been impressed by the torque output from the car's 1.5-liter engine. The 2009 engine revisions have made this car more tractable than our original long-term 2007 Fit. Even when I upshift in every gear at about 2,500 rpm (this gets me into fifth gear by 40 mph), there's enough acceleration here to match urban traffic flow.
Nailing the throttle for maximum acceleration, though, is a good reminder that the Fit is still running with just 117 horsepower. If you're really in a hurry, the speedo's upward movement can seem quite slow if you've gotten used to today's world of 270-hp V6 family sedans. (As we posted earlier, the car can do zero to 60 mph in a respectable 8.9 seconds (or 8.6 seconds with a 1-foot rollout), but the traction-control-enabled 9.8-second 0-60 mph and 17.1-second quarter mile times are more reflective of the car in the real world.) Even so, I'm very pleased with our Fit's around-town, general-use performance.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,230 miles