2009 Honda Fit Sport: Three Days, Three Scenarios, Five Thumbs
August 03, 2009
I put the Fit through its paces this weekend, subjecting it to three wide-ranging scenarios, some enjoyable, some not. In the end, the Fit earned five thumbs.
Friday evening: L.A.'s obscene rush hour traffic -- Two thumbs up.
The Fit's easy clutch and gearshift efforts kill the "I'd rather have an automatic transmission in the city" argument that so many people "automatically" make. The Fit's light, precise and progressive setup bolsters the "manual gearbox is more responsive and fun" argument. You barely notice the clutch effort and can flick the stick through the gates with two fingers.
Saturday evening: A 60-mile (round-trip) freeway run from Culver City to San Pedro -- One thumb up.
The Fit cruises at 75 no problem. But though the engine is commendably smooth at higher revs, a sixth gear would be nice to lower those revs and the cabin noise.
Sunday: A run through twisty canyon roads in Malibu, followed by a run down the PCH -- Two thumbs up.
The eager, thrash-free engine, buttoned-down chassis and communicative (for the segment) steering were enough to give me grins and a few reminders about the speed limit from my girlfriend.