2009 Honda Fit: Do What You Do Best
May 12, 2009
I needed to clean a bunch of stuff out of a friend's apartment last night. I could have used our long-term Infiniti FX50 or our Audi A4 Avant for the task, but when my eyes landed on the Honda Fit, I wanted the orange hatchback. You see, I didn't know how much stuff I'd be hauling, and even though our Fit has a lower max cargo volume than the FX50 -- 57.3 cubic feet vs. 62.0 (A4 has 51 even) -- it's perfectly flat-folding seats and low lift-over height make it much more desirable.
I ended up hauling the computers that got us through college (warning: old people ahead... a Macintosh Performa 636CD circa 1995 and a Compaq Presario circa 1997) off to the safe disposal site at the Santa Monica municipal dump -- you have to show ID proving you're a resident. I also boxed up a bunch of old slide carousels, convoluted term papers on postmodernism and a CD collection that includes every U2 album from 1980-1996.
It's not always flattering to see who you were 10 years ago, but the Honda Fit didn't seem to be judging me. It took every last dusty box and inkjet printer. Then, we got on the freeway, and the Fit drove in its usual honest manner. You always hear its 1.5-liter engine working, because even at a 75-mph cruise, it needs to be up around 3,500-4,000 rpm. There's always body roll through the I-5 South/I-10 East interchange, because this is a tall hatchback with soft suspension and it's good to know its limitations.
There are plenty of cars on the market that try to hide potential shortcomings, but not the Fit. It's exactly what it appears to be, and frankly, as an economy hatchback, it excels.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 6,421 miles