2009 Honda Fit Test Drive Specs | Edmunds

2009 Honda Fit - Road Test Specs

2009 Honda Fit

(1.5L 4-cyl. 5-speed Automatic w/Navigation)


Model year2009
StyleSport 4dr Hatchback with Navigation (1.5L 4cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$18,960
Options on test vehicleOptions on test vehicle: Navigation Package ($1,850 -- includes navigation system, stability control and digital audio card reader)
As-tested MSRP$19,430


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,497cc (91 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/Aluminum
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.4
Redline (rpm)6,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)117 @ 6,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)106 @ 4,800
Transmission type5-speed automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)"I=2.996:1, II=1.679:1, III=1.067:1, IV=0.761, V=1.957:1, Final drive=4.56:1 5th: 0.552, Reverse: 1.957, Final Drive: 4.56 t: 2.996, 2nd: 1.679, 3rd: 1.067, 4th: 0.761, I="


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearTorsion beam
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)12.7:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelTuranza EL470
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP185/55R16 H
Tire size, rearP185/55R16 H
Wheel size16-by-6 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDrum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.7
0-60 mph (sec.)11.0
0-75 mph (sec.)17.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.9 @ 75.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)10.7
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)35
60-0 mph (ft.)134
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.8
@ Full throttle (dB)75.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.6

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsBest run in "S" mode. Brake torque technique only marginally effective. Paddle shifter makes no performance difference. Manual transmission a better choice if acceleration is a priority.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsMarginal fade by end of runs. Pedal feel only OK -- longer and softer than I'd prefer.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsAs expected, the Fit understeers, which is the default handling attitude for all Hondas -- even those with "Sport" in their name. Still, quick off-center steering response makes this Fit a nimble but underwhelming partner in the slalom.

Testing Conditions

Test date10/8/2008
Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)80
Wind (mph, direction)3.0 from SE

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)27 city/33 highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)10.6

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,615
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,600
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)64/36
Length (in.)161.6
Width (in.)66.7
Height (in.)60.0
Wheelbase (in.)98.4
Track, front (in.)58.1
Track, rear (in.)57.4
Turning circle (ft.)34.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.3
Legroom, rear (in.)34.5
Headroom, front (in.)40.4
Headroom, rear (in.)39.0
Shoulder room, front (in.)52.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)51.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)20.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)57.3


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceNot available
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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