2009 Honda Fit Sport: Squirrelly
July 20, 2009
Took the Fit on a quick early-morning trip to Huntington Beach (about 40 miles from my home) this weekend. The 405 freeway was relatively empty, so I was able to experience the Fit at a higher speed than I usually do on my 7-mile stop-and-go commute. I noticed that the 2,500-pound hatchback can feel pretty squirrelly at higher speeds (which isn't so surprising for a subcompact), and more than once the freeway's rain grooves caused the Bridgestone Turanza EL470 all-season tires to hunt rather fiercely (which, combined with the squirrelliness, can make the experience even more disquieting).
Most of the driving I'd do if I owned the Fit would be on city streets at a slower pace, so it wouldn't be an issue most of the time, and maybe I'd have the luxury of owning a heavier car that was more suitable for road trips and highway travel. But for Fit owners with more modest budgets, the occasional, slightly disconcerting freeway wiggle will have to suffice.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 9,058 miles