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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Road Pop

February 16, 2010

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As a compact car, it's only to be expected that the Honda Fit wouldn't compromise its space-saving interior to better accomodate my daily coffee-and-water combo.

At 7.5 inches, the Starbucks to-go cup makes the clearance, but at nearly 10 inches, my water bottle is feelin' a little tipsy.

Here's to hoping both top seals, uh, seal.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 21,598 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: The Real Deal

February 09, 2010

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Call me old fashioned, but I often find inexpensive cars refreshing for their familiarity and simplicity. Here's a perfect example of that ethos. To go with its basic HVAC controls, honest approach to utility and straightforward efficiency, the Fit has a real spare tire.

That's a real spare tire, a real jack and a real lug wrench. All good things when a real driver gets a real flat in a really isolated place.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ 21,302 miles

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2009 Honda Fit: Test-Driving the Cupholder Open-Top

February 05, 2010

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I've complimented our 2009 Honda Fit's driver-side cupholder before, but what I haven't mentioned is that it holds coffee so securely, you can drive around open-top.

I have a bit of a cafe latte habit. I don't like putting a sippy top on my beverage, because then I don't get to enjoy the crema before the foam dissolves. But in most cars, I then face the peril of having my latte splash onto surrounding upholstery and buttons that might get all sticky. The Fit is the only car I've driven in which I can leave the top off with a clear conscience.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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2009 Honda Fit: Feel of the Wheel Might Seal the Deal

February 04, 2010

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Car salesmen count on it and the Fit doesn't disappoint. I'm talking about the feel of the steering wheel in our Honda. As you can see, it's a pretty nice piece. A bit of an odd design maybe, but it's thicker than most wheels you'll see in cars of this class and there's a nice leather covering on it.

Also note the satellite controls. There are plenty of them, yet they don't get in the way. They're also easy to work with your thumbs, which I like.

More importantly, the actually steering feel of the car on the road is pretty solid. I always disliked the feel of our Civic Si as it always felt like it wanted to spring back to the center. The Fit is no Porsche, but it feels much more natural than that Civic Si ever did.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com

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2009 Honda Fit: Blue Skies Ahead

December 17, 2009

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On beautiful days like today, you really appreciate the Fit's relatively big greenhouse. The car has a really airy cabin -- those portholes may look kinda dorky, but all that glass makes it easy to enjoy the view. Views of pretty blue skies. And *sigh* surrounding traffic.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Automated Rear Wiper

December 15, 2009

By some aligning of the stars, Kurt and I both happened to fixate on the wipers in our 2009 Honda Fit Sport. And I agree with him, our Fit does have puny front windshield wipers and you can't manually vary the intermittent interval, either.

And so I was caught off-guard when I noticed this neat-o convenience during a weekend of steady rain. When you shift to reverse while the front wipers are on, the rear wiper automatically activates, even if the switch for it is in the off position. Very useful for parking. (Toyota bag was used to haul veggies, not promote the brand, at least not directly.)

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 17,844 miles

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2009 Honda Fit: I Fit A Bit Better in the Fit

December 11, 2009

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Hot on the heels of my cramped adventures in the SX4, I drew the Fit straw last night. The last Fit fit me pretty similar as the SX4 -- not enough seat travel, the back of the seat was mounted too high, there was no height adjustment and no telescoping steering wheel.

The new Fit, however, is better. There's still no height adjustment, but the back of the seat is mounted a little lower. The telescoping wheel is also a big help. I'm generally more comfortable, but I still wouldn't want to travel very far in the Fit. This isn't a small car thing, either. The Mini is fantastic and the new Ford Fiesta is pretty good, too. Hell, even the Smart was OK. I'm curious to see what the small Fiats (500, Panda) will be like if and when they show up in Chrysler dealerships.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 17,563 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Sun Visor Fail

December 04, 2009

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Don't you hate when this happens? The sun managed to find that (none-too-small) open space between either of the Honda Fit's sun visors on my drive home. There was no relief to be found with any amount of swinging, flipping, or otherwise manipulating the visors. Some manufacturers offer multiple defenses for this annoyance like mini center sun visors above the mirror, sun visors that slide side-to-side on their mounting arms, or auxiliary visors that deploy from the parent visors. The Fit has none of those and a very large, fast-raked windshield to make matters worse. The windshield's dot-matrix pattern did little to mitigate the problem. Argh, just looking at this photo is giving me a head ache.

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Deactivating Big Brother

November 16, 2009

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I can see the logic/appeal of automatically-locking power door locks. Maybe you have or regularly transport little kids, or maybe you have to regularly drive through sketchy neighborhoods. I have neither of those concerns and find the auto-locking locks an annoyance.

The Fit's default setting is that they automatically lock at 9 mph (why 9 and not a nice even 10, I dunno, but that bugs me too). And on manual-transmission cars (like ours) they automatically unlock when you turn off the engine (automatic-tranny cars auto-unlock when you put the gear selector in Park). So why the pet peeve?

A number of times over the weekend I had to quickly drop people off (friend at his car, girlfriend at the mall's entrance, girlfriend in front of restaurant to put our names in while I parked). We're talking just letting them hop out of the car -- a few seconds event that doesn't warrant shutting off the car. And every time, said passenger would grab the door release lever in vain, followed by both of us fumbling for the lock button. It could also make for a rather embarrassing, Seinfeldian scene on a first date, too.

Long story shortened, I grabbed the manual and in 3 quick steps (turn ignition to 'on' position, press and hold power lock button until you hear a click, release switch and turn ignition back to 'lock' position) easily canceled the auto-lock function, leaving the decision of when to lock 'em up, up to me.

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Attitude Change

November 04, 2009

I don't know how many nights I've driven our Honda Fit. Both this and the previous Fit we've owned. One thing has always stood out to me: the knobby shifter.

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It kinda feels like a hot rod style pool ball shifter when palmed so I think giving it an Eight Ball shifter would "toughen up" its wimpy demeanor. Give it a fun attitude spark, even if in reality it's still the Chihuahua yapping at the big dogs.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Unrestful Armrest

October 30, 2009

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I was sitting in the back of the Fit recently and decided to rest my arm on the armrest on the door. It wouldn't let me. The slope of the rear-most part is pretty extremely raked, and my arm sort of kept slipping off. I jumped in the front seat to see if this was the case up there. Yup. The picture above is of the front passenger arm rest. Note the sloping rear section of the armrest. There's no place to keep your elbow anchored. Any other Fit drivers disagree?

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Simplicity

October 19, 2009

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Sometimes it's a relief to get into a car that's not filled with fancy, overinvolved controls. Thank you, Fit, for your simple and easy-to-use climate controls. Three knobs, two buttons and one slidey lever. That's all you need.

I'll admit that the Fit's diminutive size doesn't really require dual zone or rear seat climate control, both of which usually conspire to turn the dashboards of vehicles so-equipped into an overcrowded landscape of crazy-making buttons. But sometimes you just have to be thankful for what you've got, and this weekend I had the uncomplicated Fit and its simple, straightforward climate control set-up.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com at 14,013 miles.

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2009 Honda Fit: The Weakest Link

October 05, 2009

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If I had to name the 2009 Honda Fit's greatest weakness (and I do have to name it, otherwise this blog post would be about something else, like kittens, or that giant burrito editor MacKinnon ate for lunch last week), it'd be highway noise.

Sure enough, the Fit isn't an Audi S5 on a nighttime drive. Roadnoise is pervasive, and it's certainly louder in the Fit than it is in our other in-fleet economy car, the Suzuki SX4. And I still find myself pining for a sixth gear to lower the highway rpm some. But honestly, this isn't reason enough to skip over the Fit for a purchase. The rest of the car is an impressively solid package.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 13,503 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Ergonomic Error

September 23, 2009

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Hondas are usually ergonomic successes -- the various controls are usually intuitive in operation and right about where you'd expect them to be. The trip computer in our Fit, however, doesn't follow that design dictum.

Located right near the speedo like a mechanical trip meter's reset button, the Fit's button must be accessed either through or around the steering wheel. Awkward either way and not a good idea if you want to check on your fuel economy or other info while driving. Other car makers mount this button either on the side of the instrument binnacle (Nissan) or on the center stack (Ford), both of which are much more user-friendly than the Fit's fussy location.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor at 12, 742 miles

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2009 Honda Fit: I think There's a Rattlesnake in the Dash

September 15, 2009

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I drove our long-term 2009 Honda Fit up to and back from Westlake Village yesterday. It's about a 35 mile freeway run each way. During the trip I noticed an intermittent rattlesnake-like sound coming from under the dash.

At first I thought it might be a heat shield or something vibrating under the car, but then I realized the sound was actually coming from inside the car over on the passenger side. And then the hunt began.

Since it stops when I shut off the Fit's air conditioning I'd say it has something to do with the Fit's air conditioning, which is ice cold by the way.

We'll keep you posted.

Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 11,821 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Upright Citizens Brigade

September 14, 2009

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It's been a while since I've driven out Fit. In fact, I've been driving my own car, a Mazda3 a lot. The first thing I noticed when I got into the Fit was how high up the seats felt. Almost like a mini minivan.I kept looking for some way to lower the seat bottom.

For the first time I thought our Fit was very uncomfortable. It's bizarre to me since before I loved the way it felt. Amazing the difference a few days makes.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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2009 Honda Fit: Easy Dimmer - One Knob, No Waiting

August 28, 2009

Since we jump in and out of different cars all the time, it's easy to notice the little differences that make a car special, even if it's something most consumers wouldn't care about like cupholder placement or whether there's a mirror on the passenger-side sun visor. But props really have to be given to our 2009 Honda Fit Sport for having a really easy-to-find dimmer switch. Some cars I've been in make you scroll through screens to dim the interior lights while others have two different switches for the nav screen and the dash lights.

But in the Fit? One knob, no waiting. I don't know if you can see my hand in the above video, but the knob is right there below the instrument panel. AND you can turn it down really low for those with sensitive eyes or switch it to really bright in which case it switches the background on the nav screen map from night black to day white (not shown). Easy-peasy!

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Sounds Familiar

August 16, 2009

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Small four cynlinder engine, 5-speed manual transmission, rear drum brakes, hatchback with folding rear seat - the Fit, on paper, looks like Honda simply reinvented the 1981 Honda Accord.

Curuiosly, I think this old Accord was a little quieter and more comfy inside - here's why:

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Small Made Easy

August 14, 2009

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I am not a big fan of small cars - I'd rather have a 5 year old large or midsize sedan than any new subcompact (I know, I'm part of the problem blah blah blah). Still, when comparing super small cars like the Fit, Yaris, Smart and others I'm forced to admit that the Fit is not that bad. Keep the RPMs low and you don't get that thrashy engine noise like on other subcompacts. The reconfigurable rear seats also make the small Fit MUCH easier to live with. If you're a fan of the first Fit - you will like this one even more - a lot more. Got a cash for clunkers car you want to trade in for a more fuel efficient model? The Fit is an excellent choice as is the Ford Focus.

BTW - does anyone out there actually prefer small cars for reasons other than better fuel economy?

Brian Moody, Automotive Editor @ 10,455 miles.

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Picking Nits on the Fit

July 16, 2009

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Readers of the Long-Term Blog know by now that the Fit is a hit among the staffers, and I count myself as one of the "fitties". But there are just a few tiny items I'd like to see fixed in future Fits.

Nav Screen: Leaving the office last night, the navigation screen looked nearly blacked out. My initial reaction was to blame my polarized sunglasses, but no, still dark and now I'm squinting. Maybe the headlights are on? Nope, they were off. The theory put forth by Executive Editor Seredynski was simple -- the previous driver may have switched the display mode from auto (or day) to night, or possibly adjusted the brightness level to make the screen legible in their particular environment. Now this is more of a driver setting issue, but the screen is prone to catching a lot of glare since it lacks any kind of binnacle or cowl to provide shade.While we're on the subject of the screen, how 'bout updating the graphics, Honda? The interface reminds me of Windows 95! Get a mac-based designer to sweeten up the artwork for you, mmmkay?

Armrest: The fold-down driver's armrest feels a bit lower than the armrest in the door panel. Not by much, maybe half an inch or so. It makes me feel like I have scoliosis. Other cars like our Jetta TDI have a ratcheting armrest so the driver can adjust the height. This would be a welcome addition, but I'd still prefer an even perch for my elbows.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor at 8,975 miles

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2009 Honda Fit: Fi(s)t Full of Trouble

July 14, 2009

Over the weekend there was a constant rattle coming from the cargo area of the Fit. I couldn't tell if it was coming from the hatch door or cargo floor panel (which you can lift to access the spare). Either way it was annoying to hear it's constant chattering.

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But then on Sunday I noticed the "open door" warning light had come on. I opened and slammed every door, including the hatch, more than once to see if that fixed it. The light stayed on. My suspicion is that the hatch door has a bad latch. I could be wrong, but to have both the noise and the warning light points me in that direction.

To add insult to injury, the lock button on the key fob doesn't function. Unlock works just fine, but to lock it you have to do it the old fashioned way: twisting the key in the door.

Looks like we'll be bringing it in a little early for service, we'll let you know what we find out.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer @ 8,943 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Flight Deck

July 06, 2009

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After a couple of weeks in assorted high-style cars with fast windshields, gracefully arching roofs, high protective doors and all the usual suspects of what passes for modern design, the 2009 Honda Fit Sport is a great relief. You can actually see the road again!

The tight little cabins of modern cars look really snappy in design renderings, but they leave you feeling like you're driving in some kind armored personnel carrier. In comparison, the Honda Fit puts so much glass in front of you that you feel like you've just walked onto the flight deck of some classic airliner from the golden age of air travel.

And for this you can thank Honda's big book of standards and practices, the manual of officially approved design and construction that determines the final form of every Honda built. In fact, it's this emphasis on visibility that has everything to do with the ease with which every Honda drives.

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Excellent Lazy Man Steering Position

July 01, 2009

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I almost always drive at 3 and 9, but there comes a time when stuck in traffic or mindlessly trudging down an endless strip of desert highway where I like to resort to the lazy man steering position. Elbow on the door sill, fingers at 9.

Cars with a thin sill (or high beltline) make this almost impossible with the window up, but others make it really easy. You could serve drinks on most Volvos door sills, they're so flat and wide. The last two generations of VW Jetta and Golfs come to mind as well. Add the 2009 Honda Fit to that list. It too is flat and wide, plus the car's telescoping steering wheel allows me to keep a reasonably firm grip on the wheel with thumb and fingers. Makes being lazy easy.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 8,466 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: I Want To Shoot This Car

June 09, 2009

Ok, full disclosure before I head on: I had a couple of big glasses of red wine at home with dinner. When I woke up this morning, my thumping head wasn't happy with my decision making last night. No big deal. A couple of ibu's and a cup of coffee and I'm fine, right?

Not so much. I was a little grumpy as I went to work this morning and thankfully my commute is pretty short. Fueling my ill temper was a constant squeaking coming from the glove box door. Funny, I didn't hear anything when I drove it home last night, but this morning it was possessed.

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Slight pressure would help make the noise go away, but it didn't cure it. By the time I got to the office I wanted to blast that door off. I couldn't figure out why it was doing that, but I was able to walk away from it. More coffee and ibu's please.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: What's With the High Chair?

June 05, 2009

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When did our Honda Fit get so uncomfortable? Got in it last night and the seating position is terrible. Ok, maybe not terrible, it does have a telescoping steering wheel, but the seat is way too high.

Granted, at 6'2" I'm a little taller than most, but it felt like I was starting down at the top of the dashboard. I suppose it's set up that way to give the average size driver a good view through the windshield, but how about they just add a seat height adjuster instead? This is the "Sport" model after all, right?

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 7,216 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Arcade Shifter

May 28, 2009

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I don't think the Honda Fit's shifter is mechanically attached to the transmission. It is so ridiculously light and devoid of any resistance, moving the stick through its gates feels more like the manual shifter on an arcade game. If you were to tell me that putting the Fit's shifter into each gate triggers an electrical signal that triggers a gear elsewhere, I wouldn't be surprised. The Fit's lack of torque certainly contributes to this toy car feel.

It certainly makes for easy shifting -- dropping from third to second can be accomplished with your pinky -- but count me as a person who would like some actual mechanical feel to my manual transmission. I don't need some stiff thing that feels like its attached to a John Deere grain combine (cough, Infiniti G35, cough), but some inkling of response would be nice. A Mini Cooper S is one example of how to do it right.

And this is coming from a person who owned an Acura TSX, another car with one of Honda's typically low-effort gearboxes. Perhaps it's because the shifter wasn't capped with a giant super ball, but the TSX and other more powerful Hondas manage to avoid feeling like the Fit's arcade shifter.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 7,200 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport:

May 26, 2009

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Maybe it's a male thing, but I love it when this happens. Check out the harmony between my Costanza wallet and cell phone and the Fit's small-items trays. Doesn't it make you feel good just looking at it? It's like Honda designed those trays for my small items. And since I remove both of them from my pockets every time I drive a car, I find these little guys exceptionally accommodating.

These are the perfect trays: Exactly the right depth to handle these items without them falling out or flopping around.

Josh Jacquot, Senior road test editor @ about 7000 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: No Cargo Cover?

May 04, 2009

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After spending the weekend in our long-term 2009 Honda Fit and using it for family runaround duty, parking it successfully in all sorts of small places, and using it to lug Target purchases home, I found myself asking "Why no cargo cover?" I recently spent some time in a 2009 Toyota Yaris S four-door hatchback, which did have a rigid cargo cover/shelf that was quite convenient for shielding my belongings from prying eyes. A quick search of our site, Honda's consumer and media sites, and a Fit enthusiast forum or two suggests that a cargo cover isn't available. Shouldn't all hatchbacks come with covers for the cargo area, especially economy hatchbacks that cost nearly $19,000?

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 6,035 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: A Wok in the Park (ing Lot)

April 21, 2009

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Yesterday was our first 100-degree day of the year, and the 2009 Honda Fit Sport revealed a weakness.

(1) Tons of glass = a lot of heat inside. They don't call it "greenhouse" for nothing. The worst part is the windshield: this heavily-sloped baby extends so far back that it readily exposes the steering wheel and most of the seats to direct sunlight. The wheel in particular stays hot to the touch for quite awhile. Visibility is indeed a two-edged sword.

Such a thing as "solar control glass" exists, but it costs money and is therefore left out of low-priced cars such as this.

(2) Honda air conditioning = still weak in this case. My old 1986 Acura Integra had weak-sauce A/C, and the Fit isn't much different. The air coming out of the vents isn't cold enough, so cabin cool-down drags on forever in the face of all of that sun-load. Perhaps this is because the Fit isn't an Ohio-developed Honda. How hot does it ever get in Japan, anyway?

(3) No rear A/C vents. OK, this condition is par for the economy-car course, but others get away with it if they don't have condition (1) or (2). As it stands, the Fit's front center vents aren't able to push much cool air between the front seats to the rear. My daughter complained bitterly about being too hot back there, even when it was just 80 outside.

Bottom line: Buy and use a sunshade or park an extra 100 yards away if it means you get to park in shade.

And don't look for the 2009 Honda Fit to be named "The Official Car of Phoenix, Arizona" anytime soon.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 5,451 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Talented, but Needs Torque

April 13, 2009

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The more I drive the Fit, the more I wonder if most of us need more car than this. The Fit will probably handle 90 percent of what 90 percent of us need in a car day-to-day. An impressive piece, all is not perfect in this wildly versatile and frugal little wedge. The electronic throttle definitely needs some recalibration, as it tends to hang on to revs, and is too sensitive when getting underway, often resulting in some high-revving histrionics when all you wanted was a reasonably swift stop-light launch.

The little 1.5-liter four-cylinder feels peppy when unladen (aided by the Fit's low weight, you can carry impressive speed into corners as you cane this frisky little pod), and the annoying e-throttle actually tends to help with rev-matched downshifts. With five adults on-board however, 106 lb-ft of torque suddenly feels completely inadequate when trying to hustle the Fit up a short, steep onramp to anything approaching freeway speeds. Once up to speed, road noise is also excessive, not uncommon on Hondas, and an obvious trade-off for light weight. The lack of sound deadening does not make the Fit a first choice for long freeway stretches, a prejudice compounded by its slightly nervous high-speed demeanor.

Those same traits pay dividends on surface streets, and as an errand-running star in your personal fleet, the Fit is practically unmatched. I can only imagine how sweet the Fit could be with a torquey little turbo-diesel engine and a more hunkered down and stability enhancing sport suspension. The rumor mill is saying we can expect an upcoming hybrid version of the Fit, but I'd hate to see any new proulsion system that has a weight penalty. For what's real and available now, the Fit continues to impress, but would you "Jazz" it up with a hybrid's torque/weight, a larger Civic motor or an oil-burner?

Paul Seredynski, Executive Editor, @ 4910 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Nerd -- Press Start!

April 06, 2009

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My previous brief drives in the 2009 Honda Fit were -- Surprise! -- uninspiring.

But I thought the more I drove it, the more I'd like it.
It's not working out like that.

One thing I'm not loving is the shifter. At first I was going to write how it behaves like a shift-by-wire transmission (where there is no direct mechanical connection between the shifter and the transmission.) And the Fit shift lever doesn't feel like it's connected to the transmission.

But what it more closely approximates is the shifter on a video game -- arcade-style, not xbox.

Our Copy Editor loves the shifter on the popular the Fast and the Furious arcade game -- and it's somewhat close in feeling to the shifter of the Fit.

Now we just have to rig up our long-term Fit with a N2O switch.

Albert Austria, Sr Vehicle Eval Engineer @ 4785 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: I Can See All

March 30, 2009

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This weekend was my first time in our 2009 Honda Fit Sport and in addition to its ultra-light shifter I was pleased with its awesome visibility -- an important feature for a small car, I think. No, not its visibility to other drivers. How can you miss that searing orange? (BTW one passer-by actually told me that "my car" was ugly.) Rather both the Fit's front view and rear view present a near panoramic picture of the surrounding environment (difficult to capture on camera, sorry!). This made me confident enough to squirt in and out of traffic as well as cross busy intersections where all I got is a stop sign.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 4,564 miles

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2009 Honda Fit: Small Car, Big Storage

March 25, 2009

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As Steve Carell's Andy Stitzer said in The 40 Year Old Virgin, "I hope you've got a big trunk ... because I'm puttin' my bike in it." For today's special post, I've got the scoop on all the places you can store stuff in our 2009 Honda Fit. There's even an ultra-secret storage place you probably didn't know about.

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2009 Honda Fit: USB Port and Display Screen

March 19, 2009

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The Sport version of the 2009 Honda Fit comes standard with a USB port/cable located in the upper glove box. Today, I connected my iPod to the USB cable via my iPod's sync cable.

The Fit detected my iPod immediately. Compared to the interfaces on some of our higher-end long-term cars (like the Audi A4 and Infiniti FX50), you can't do as much with the Fit's. It doesn't display as many of the iPod's main menu items, and navigating around involves lots of tedious button-tapping. Still, it's way better than just hooking up one's MP3 device to the regular auxiliary audio jack (which our Fit also has).

One other note: I was planning on criticizing the look of our Honda Fit's touch-screen display -- the low-resolution blue map background, silver screen buttons and red jumping audio-level-bar display made me think Honda used a Windows 95 PC for inspiration. Really, it was awful. But then I discovered you can customize the look of the display. Our Fit now has a much more pleasing white map background and black display buttons. I turned off the background audio display, too.

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: 10 Cool Bits

March 12, 2009

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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.

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2009 Honda Fit: Two Great Features That Should Go Together

March 09, 2009

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I recently got back from a photo assignment with about 500 miles worth of driving. If there was something I could change about our Fit it would be one of two things on the same theme:

1) A sixth gear to reduce the high rev whine while driving on the freeway.

2) More sound deadening material to reduce engine noise when driving on the freeway.

Option one and two together would be even better. After two hours of highway driving at high rev/noise, I felt like I drank too much coffee at work. I got a little anxious to get out of the car for an extended period of time.

Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Underused Space in the Instrument Panel

March 03, 2009

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There's nothing seriously wrong with the gauges in the 2009 Honda Fit. They're functional enough, and they light up in cool blue at night.

But one thing that has bugged me ever since I first drove the redesigned Fit is the right-hand pod with the fuel gauge in it. There's all this unused space and I can't take my eyes off it.

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2009 Honda Fit: A Better Driving Position

March 02, 2009

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One of the main reasons I disliked driving our 2007 Honda Fit was that I didn't fit in it. It had no seat height adjustment and the non-telescopic steering wheel was too far away. My 6-ft 2-inch frame was utterly incompatible with what felt like a hasty JDM adpatation.

All of my complaints have been magically wiped away in the 2009 Honda Fit. Being able to lower the seats and pull the new telescopic wheel back has several benefits. My knees have clearance behind the wheel, which means I can operate the clutch and other pedals without splaying my legs apart, mantis-style. I can also reach the wheel without reaching, maintaining a nice bend in my arm. And my ankle doesn't feel strained because it no longer takes an awkward bend to rest it on the throttle.

And it goes beyond mere driving position. The 2009 Fit is more stable and precise when it comes to maneuverability and steering. And it has a less-wheezy engine, so I find myself downshifting far less often to summon speed when passing.

To me, the 2009 Honda Fit is an entirely different car. It went from a car I steadfastly avoided in 2007 to one I seek out in 2009. I've always favored small cars, and the 2009 Fit restores my faith in the genre.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,723 miles

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2009 Honda Fit Sport: Better in every way!

February 06, 2009

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Kids love the new Honda Fit. "Daddy, it's so cute" they say. I can't say I LOVE the new version but I do like it quite a bit. I spent a lot of time with the previous version of the Honda Fit and found it to be just adequate - decent fuel economy, nice interior space but with the expected compromises in terms of noise, harshness and power.

The 2009 version has an even roomier interior, looks more substantial and forces FAR fewer compromises around town and on the highway. The car is clearly more powerful, the transmission feels more precise and, this is a big one, the interior remains surprisingly quiet even at 70 mph and the ride is much more comfortable. Relax people, good fuel economy no longer means earplugs and bruised kidneys - thanks Honda.

Brian Moody, Automotive Editor

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2009 Honda Fit: Buy The Nav, If Only For One Reason

February 06, 2009

I would fork over the extra cash to get the nav just so I wouldn't have to look at that ugly center stack:

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The nav, besides functionality, adds so much to the interior.

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