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2009 Honda Fit



  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    A 1.3 L Fit would definitely run out of breath if trying to fight with an expressway traffic. The one that I drove, however, was a 1.5 L AWD, and even if I compare it with the USDM Fit, one of which we own, I would say that the JDM AWD one that I drove would be rather competitive even at a higher velocity. It was plenty perky, and I was quite impressed with it.

    Yeah it was ok in the city tho.
    i'm not at all surprised the JDM car was better than the US version. Why the Japanese still do this is unclear to me but since it hasn't bit them yet they'll still continue to do it. :sick:
    I'd love to have more options when it comes to the Fit. But I think it will be a while before we see that happen.
  • "Little cars only do well when you drive them easy. Drive them like a big V8 and the mpg drops big time."

    Any car that you drive hard and aggressively will suffer in MPG. I still believe a smaller engine yields better MPG for not just city MPG but also highway. If you look on for cars with engines smaller than 1.5L you'd be surprised at the MPG they get. Their highway MPG is also in the 40s or more.
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,733
    I'm not so sure. Top Gear did a test recently of a M3 and a Prius. The Prius as fast around the track as it could go and the M3 tagging along on its bumper all the way.

    The M3 got far better MPG than the tiny Prius' engine being thrashed around as it was basically loafing along. In fact, to even get the claimed 0-60 time in the Prius, your MPG drops down to about 20 while doing it. You have to drive like a 90 year old grandfather to get 40mpg. We're talking 0-60 in 20-30 seconds. The car isn't all it's cracked up to be.
  • I just test drive the 09 Fit, and I guess that would be my main complaint. I don't like the arm Rest.
  • Man can I echo all of that. I put 67k on an '04 Prius (the wife still drives an '05) and just sold it and bought an '09 Fit MT. What a HUGE gain in driving experience for a rather minor loss in fuel economy. Prius lifetime MPG was 45. The Fit is doing 35 MPG for reals (calculated manually) for the first two tanks. But driving? Wow. The difference feels much larger than the difference in fuel economy: the handling is way crisper in the Fit, the acceleration is superior, and shockingly, when I do have to add some juice to get into traffic, the Fit is quieter doing so. I also got really tired of all the Prius' technology gizmos and feel like I pay more attention too the road when doing simple things like turn on the fan, an act in the Prius that requires hitting one of six mode selection buttons to engage the right screen and then touch screening through a bunch of options.

    I miss the bluetooth speakerphone, but other than that, my wife can keep her Prius.
  • Only two complaints about the 2009 Fit.
    1. It still doesn't offer cruise control, and so far, there appears to be no aftermarket option. (I didn't want the Sport with its other higher cost options--particularly the performance tires that cost twice as much to replace.) So far I'm stuck.

    2. Is a small issue but still a problem. There is no way to lock the car from the passenger side unless you purchase aftermarket keyless entry at $108 to buy, plus whatever the dealer charges to install it--a lot of money for something my previous 15-year old car automatically included with its power locks. I'm used to opening the passenger door for lady riders. That is a conundrum in the Fit.
    1. Ask the lady to open her door slightly then punch the power lock, walk around the car to help her out, then close the door.
    2. Lock the doors, go around and use your key to unlock her door to let her out.
    3. Walk around the car to let her out, then return to the driver's side to lock all doors before leaving.

    None of these are good options. Honda needs a switch on the passenger side.
  • 204meca204meca Posts: 366
    I have owned 4 Civics & 2 Del Sols so I have had a "longing" for th Fit since I 1st saw one in Panama in 2005. My test drive did not disappoint; typical Honda feel well shaped seats, peppy engine with exceptional mpg, firm, flat ride, great interior space & utility, and alas, too much road noise (I could do without that).

    Fit base AT looks like the better deal - better ride, better mpg, less money. 15" alloy wheels & better tires, a rear sway bar center counsel will do the trick for me. That has been my plan when I am ready to sell our 04 A4 (will get a Forester to replace the A4 for our AWD travelling car).

    But then Honda throws a curve ball with the Insight. After reading 3 reviews I gotta confess that the Insight looks like a Fit beater when it comes to an around town scoot about if it if Honda keeps the price differential 20% or less.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    C&D, I believe it was, had a full test of the Insight and measured it about 2 seconds SLOWER to 60 mph than the Fit, but of course the Fit they tested was a stick shift, and the Insight is auto-only. So the Fit auto may be slower than the Fit manual and therefore not as much quicker than an Insight.

    Even though Honda has said the hybrid premium for the Insight will be around $1500, it appears to me that like equipment to like equipment comparisons will be more like a $2000 spread, still pretty reasonable.

    Of course, if you have to have a stick shift like me, there's no question, the Insight is out. ;-)

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • A monor negative for me, but possibly important for others, is poor acceleration above 50 mph. I wanted to change lanes going 50 so hit the accelerator to speed ahead of the car beside me. Almost nothing happened. I didn't expect a lot but even my old Mitsubishi Expo had a "little go" for this situation. I ended up slowing down to pull in behind the car beside me. Given the choice, I still prefer the great gas mileage of my Fit, but this might be a concern for someone fighting high speed commuter traffic. (The acceleration below 50 is just fine.)
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The Expo, from Mitsubishi, had 113hp and made 116 lb-ft of torque, and weighed around 2800 lbs, through a 4-speed automatic. The Fit makes more horses, torque, and has a more flexible powerband thanks to iVtec. The 5-speed automatic is the clincher in the Fit's favor.

    My guess is that the Fit is faster, but makes less noise and has a smoother transmission, making it less noticeable when you accelerate. Neither is a rocket, but the Fit should be faster.
  • Have 09 Fit Sport, and after returning home and putting car in garage, I notice a slight burning smell from rear of car. Dealer checked and said no evidence of any problem, but smell continues.

    Any ideas?
  • Sounds like electrical wires burning near the gas tank. I had a friend that had a 09 Fit Sport that she just traded in December 2008 that had that smell from the rear end and the Honda dealer told her it was nothing but part of the new car smell you get when you buy a new Fit. She ended up trading it in for a 2009 Hummer H3.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Every new car I've ever driven has a "burning" smell; it's typically burning residues off the new engine parts, from what I've been told. It usually goes away after a few drives.
  • I have an '08 Fit and we have repeatedly noticed the same problem. Haven't had it checked yet, but I am worried nonetheless. I have to call the dealership in the morning regarding the new recall, so I'll ask about it then. In the meantime, anyone else with this problem? Or better yet, a solution?
  • I hope that the smell is not your car burning up. Honda announced today that a recall has been issued for 650,000 2007 & 2008 Fits due to window switches overheating and catching fire. Be careful with that smell. Here's the link to the announcement.
  • dannyyodannyyo Posts: 14
    I've been looking at a used 09 Honda Fit Sport. I currently own a Honda Accord Ex which gets about 27mpg at 70mph. I was wondering what the real world mpg is for the Honda Fit. I read some where that you can get 42MPG doing avg of 68mph. Is this true? What kind of MPG are the real world owners of Fit getting??
  • stephen987stephen987 Posts: 1,994
    On my '09 Sport (manual trans), I'm getting an actual measured 34 in town, and more like 39 on the highway. (The gauge is optimistic, and claims 37 city, 42 highway).
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