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Freshened Honda Fit Debuts

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2009 Honda Fit Photo: Bruce Whitaker
By Mike Meredith
Honda’s compact but versatile Fit gets fresh styling and improved functionality.
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2009 Honda Fit Photo: Sean Frego
2009 Honda Fit Photo: Sean Frego
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2009 Honda Fit Photo: Rod Hatfield
2009 Honda Fit Photo: Rod Hatfield
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2009 Honda Fit Photo: Rod Hatfield
2009 Honda Fit Photo: Rod Hatfield
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2009 Honda Fit Photo: Rod Hatfield
2009 Honda Fit Photo: Rod Hatfield

The extremely practical and efficient Honda Fit has struck a chord with buyers because it is also sporty and fun to drive. While compact on the outside, the Fit offers innovative packaging to provide exceptional space for passengers and cargo. With a two-inch-longer wheelbase and a wider track, the redesigned Fit's windshield has also been moved forward five inches for improved visibility and a greater sense of space.

 

Aiming to provide an entry-level car that does not feel entry level, Honda updated the Fit for 2009 with improved interior functionality including one-motion folding rear seats; improved suspension, steering and body rigidity for sportier driving; higher levels of safety including Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure; and an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System.

 

Powered by a new 1.5-liter 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine, Fit is available with either a 5-speed manual transmission or an available 5-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the Fit Sport. Standard wheels increase to 15 inches, with 16-inch wheels for the Fit Sport.

 

“Critics and customers alike have voted the Fit among the best small vehicles on the road,” said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda. “This new Fit raises the bar even further, taking what was already great about the Fit, making it even better and throwing in a healthy dose of refinement.”

 

The new Fit features an improved rear Magic Seat that now offers one-motion fold-down functionality so the seat can fold flat even when the front seats are adjusted all the way back, and without removing the rear head restraints.

 

The rear seats offer a variety of passenger and cargo configurations including Tall Object Mode, Long Object Mode and Utility Mode, as well as the standard five-passenger configuration. Also included is a new hidden storage bin under the rear seat that can accommodate small items.

 

“The goal is to provide entry-level vehicle customers with functionality and refinement that’s a class above,” said Colliver. “Buying a Fit is a choice, not a compromise.”

 

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