2009 Honda Fit Long-Term Road Test


2009 Honda Fit Sport: What's Your Hurry?

February 12, 2009

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Our long-term 2009 Honda Fit's five-speed doesn't like to be rushed. Sure, the lever itself flits from gate to gate with uncommon lightness and rapidity, but the emissions-control software (I'm guessing) operates on a considerably more relaxed schedule. The result is what's known as "hanging revs" -- when you're accelerating at, say, 4,500 rpm and depress the clutch to upshift, the engine keeps spinning at 4,500 rpm for an extra couple beats before slowly dropping toward idle speed. Our old Fit had the same issue, and if anything it's more pronounced on the new one.

So what's the big deal? Well, it's way too easy to outpace the hanging revs when you're upshifting. I'm not talking all-out acceleration runs here; even a normal (for me) shifting rhythm has the Fit in fits. Let's go back to the 4,500-rpm example. Suppose I'm shifting from third to fourth at that engine speed: I take my foot off the gas, depress the clutch, engage fourth and get back on the gas...but in the Fit, the revs are still hanging up around 4,500 rpm, resulting in an unavoidable lurch as they plummet to 3,200 rpm (or whatever the number would be in fourth).

The solution is to pause for a second after you've depressed the clutch, then go on with your normal upshifting procedure -- that gives the revs time to drop down to where they're supposed to be. I don't know about y'all, but personally I'd rather not have to do this much thinking every time I shift.

Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com @ 1,574 miles

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