2009 Honda Fit Sport: 10 Cool Bits
March 12, 2009
Our 2009 Honda Fit Sport is all ate up with convenience features. Start crawling around this car, and you can't help but be impressed by the thoughtful tweaks and constant attention to space utilization and function. Start factoring in price, and it's almost hard to believe how much effort must have gone into the small details. If you're wondering why the staff keeps going on about the savvy features and keen engineering of this sub-$20K wonder, I'll point out 10 of the slickest.
Few cars at any price point feature solid three-spoke steering wheels with perforated leather wraps and cruise, audio, and voice-activated nav controls at hand.
The shifter ball is not leather, but its chunky size and super-grippy rubber coating make it fun to snap off shifts.
Flying-buttress door pockets make access to short or tall items a breeze, and note the indent in the door to accommodate taller beverage containers.
An actual driver's armrest that's both solid and soft-skinned, which can be rotated and firmly stashed out of the way for gymkhana maneuvers.
How to get the last bits of that acre-size windshield clean? With this passenger-side canted mini-wiper, of course. Note the beveled indent in the windshield surround to accommodate the blade.
Safest place for a child's car seat is in middle of the rear seat, right?. How about a LATCH anchor for that position deftly cached into the roof above the cargo area.
What about a middle passenger in the rear seat? No problem, and the Fit provides a secure, out of the way binnacle for the shoulder strap when not in use.
Fat side-view mirrors (plus the cool front ports also sported by the Suzuki SX4 x-over) provide impressive lateral visibility.
Each side of the cargo bay provides grocery bag hooks to prevent way-home omelets, with metal D-rings also haunting each corner of the cargo bay floor.
The corner-dash cupholders (two of six cup spots in the front cabin) may be ripe to soda stain the instrument panel, but they're the perfect spot for your cell phone in hands-free mode.