February 05, 2010
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
December 17, 2009
Over the weekend, I drove our 2009 Honda Fit to a toystore to buy a 20-inch bicycle for a 10-year-old. I purchased the bike unassembled and needed to load the box into the car.
Because the bike's manufacturer, Huffy, admonishes against laying the box flat, I had to find a way to keep it upright -- no easy task with the way I drive the subcompacts. Folding the "60" side of the rear seat flat accomplished this task beautifully. We wedged the box in, and it didn't budge an inch during 300 miles of driving over the next three days.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 17,951 miles
December 11, 2009
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
December 01, 2009
Oh look! Autumn leaves! Matching car! Blah, blah, blah.
If you wanted a good little city car and had $19k to spend, you'd probably buy a Smart. You'd probably also have a yoga mat for every day of the week (Bikram yoga makes your mat all sweaty) as well as a subscription to a hummus of the month club - not to mention a screw loose.
If you took that $19k and bought a Honda Fit, you get not only a great city car, you also get back seats, good fuel economy and it will allow you to do something that no one in their right mind would do in a Smart; you can drive it across the state of California.
I can count as one of the sketchiest things I've ever done as driving our old Smart from Los Angeles to Bakersfield. I thought I was going to die. Four times. By contrast, I piled 1,200 miles onto our Fit this past weekend, driving it from Santa Monica to San Francisco, around the Bay Area and back without once having a near death experience. Did I mention I used 87 octane gas as well as haul around 2-3 friends and family members at the same time? Yeah, you can't do that in a Smart either.
Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 17,208 miles
October 27, 2009
When people ask me for car-buying advice, I usually ask them a bunch of questions in return. "What kind of driver are you?" "What have you liked driving in the past?" "What are your priorities?" Etc. I can't just tell you what to buy right off the bat -- there are too many solid options these days.
But the economy hatchback segment is an exception. At its base price of $15,610 including destination, there's nothing else like the Honda Fit. Editor Oldham has piqued my curiosity about the refreshed Suzuki SX4, but it's not available yet, and we already know it lacks the Fit's cargo space (57.3 cubic feet!) and trick rear seat. The Mazda3 hatchback and new Volkswagen Golf are the best small hatchbacks you can buy, but they're considerably pricier and less practical. Scion's got the xB and the xD, and I'd never recommend either one. The upcoming Ford Fiesta drives better than the Fit, yet it can't hold a candle to the Honda's versatility. And the two rivals depicted above? You can't be serious.
There's only one competitively priced Fit rival that gives me pause, and that's the Kia Soul. Similar maximum cargo capacity (53 cubes), funky styling, roomy rear seating, surprisingly entertaining to drive. The cabin materials are dime-store cheap, however, and Soul loses the fuel-economy fight too. Moreover, the Fit's "magic seat" gives it the edge in utility.
Best econobox for around $15k? Honda Fit. No-brainer.
Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor @ 14,449 miles
October 12, 2009
"Nice car. What kind of mileage does it get?"
The guy directing people on where to park their vehicles at yesterday's Fresno Fair was asking me about the Fit as I shut off its engine and began unloading my family for a day of cows, corndogs, amusement rides and famers' tans.
"Oh, about 35 mpg on the highway."
"Thirty five?" he asked. "Dang, that's pretty good. What car is this? A Honda?"
I told him it was a Fit and that they cost about $16,000. "Huh," was all he said, but I took that to mean that he was at least a little impressed. I, however, was quite pleased to have the Fit. Its luggage area had enough space for our gear, its small footprint made it easy to park, and its orange paint made it easy to spot once we were leaving. The more I drive our Honda Fit, the more I truly like it.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @13,600 miles
August 14, 2009
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.
July 30, 2009
Although this doesn't qualify for a "Will it fit inside the Fit?" entry, it does show how the small Honda can make potentially awkward and back-straining tasks much less of a hassle. I recently had to transport new tires along with the wheels/old tires for my motorcycle to the shop to have them mounted.
With the Fit's rear seat flipped down, I could either slide them in through the hatch or the side doors. I tried both methods and they were both easy.
Had I just a subcompact sedan, I might've fit either the new tires or the wheels/tires in the trunk, but probably not both. It would've involved wrestling the buggers both into the trunk and the rear seat area, possibly aggravating my lower back and then requiring copious applications of Ben Gay.
Thanks to the cargo-friendly, hatchback Fit, my part of the office will not be filled with the scent of menthol and the wrinkled noses of my colleagues.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 9,660 miles.
July 29, 2009
The last time we played "Will it Fit?", this boxy Honda swallowed a beer keg faster than a frat party in Death Valley. How will the Fit fare against a dog? A very large dog...
July 17, 2009
Now, there's probably something in the fine print here that keeps us from actually winning the Honda Fit Photo Contest, but check out Honda's latest 2009 Honda Fit social networking / consumer content / PR gimmick game: What Can you Fit in the Fit. We're not sure we like being used as marketing pawns, but we are sure we love competition as much as we love trying to see how much crap we can fit into cars (see: Ford Flex, Ford Flex, and Audi A4 for a brief overview.)
According to the Ad, the Honda Fit has some 57 cubic feet of useable space that we're to fill with something and then take a picture which we'll upload to Facebook (someone will have to teach me how to use that thing) and then get votes.
We've got our own ideas (pumpkins, interns, thousands of mini Stigs), what say you Blogosphere? We've got the '09 Fit and some editors with sensational packing abilities. What do we jam it full of?
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant
June 08, 2009
In the spirit of Blendtec's internet sensation "Will it Blend?", we introduce "Will it Fit?", featuring our long-term Honda Fit (how fitting). None of my personal vehicles are capable of transporting a 15.5 gallon beverage container (also known as a half barrel/full keg), so I gave it a shot in our Fit...
The short answer is an emphatic "Yes!" But I was actually surprised how easily an empty keg of Boddingtons fits. So easily in fact, that I may be able to fit two in the hatch. But an empty keg only weighs 30 pounds, making it fairly effortless to hurl it into the trunk. I would suspect that a 170 lb. full keg would be a job for two people and cause quite a bit of wear and tear to the interior trim during loading, despite the relatively low liftover height. And just so you know, the keg only takes up 2.75 cubic feet of the Fit's 20.6 cubes.
So there you have it. What do you think we should try to fit next? (I think if we had our Smart ForTwo "cubed" at a wrecking yard, it'd fit in the Fit.)
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 7,765 miles
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
May 04, 2009
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
March 25, 2009
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.
March 08, 2009
Being a hatchback owner in my real life, I'm excited to see the new Honda Fit in our long-term fleet.
I still own my Acura Integra and I'm not letting go of her any time soon. I can fit anything in the back of that thing. You wouldn't believe the furniture I've carted around in there.
With its second row folded flat, the 2009 Honda Fit offers up max cargo capacity of 57 cubic feet. Just look at all that space in the photo above. The Fit is like a mini minivan.
How do you feel about hatchbacks?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
February 27, 2009
I don't frequent dry cleaners. Partly because I don't wear things nice enough to dry clean and partly because I'm too lazy/cheap to venture to a dry cleaners. An uncontrollable urge to ride on the wicked cool hanging conveyor belt is another reason. But I went to the dry cleaners yesterday and I was driving the 2009 Honda Fit..
When I got back with my hands full of hangers, I discovered the Fit's left rear seat bottom was flipped up. I had often extolled the virtues of this feature, but I realized another use last night. As the picture shows, I could hang all those shirts, jackets and dresses up on the oh schmidt handle without them getting crunkled up on the seat bottom. And no, those aren't my dresses. Not that there's anything wrong with a dude who has dresses, but they're not mine. Where was I?
Oh yeah, the Honda Fit is really good at picking up dry cleaning. How's that for real-world, affordable car impressions?
James Riswick, Automotive Editor