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Honda Fit Interior and Passenger Comfort Concerns

jacintajacinta Posts: 6
I just bought my Fit a week ago and have had two stiff backs since then. Prior to my Fit I never had a back ache. Is anyone else having this problem? My last car was a Honda Odyssey where I sat up high. I'm 5'4". Could it be the lack of a height adjustment?


  • Seats up:

    Seats down:
  • shneorshneor Posts: 66
    Dimensions I'm looking for are length and wideh of the cargo area with the rear seats folded flat. The volume only comes out to 30 cu.ft. This does not make sense to me, as I have 43 cu.ft. in my Mazda 323 hatchback, which is 6 inches lower and 6 inches narrower than the fit - and has a much longer hood. Or are the Fit's wheel wells huge?

  • Good point. That's interesting that the cargo area they give is so small. The interior should be identical to the US version in terms of dimensions. The US figures are 21.3 cu.ft. for the rear cargo area with seats up while the Japanese site says 380L (13.4 cu.ft.). The cars are identical in this respect, so its just the way they measured it. US figures for the seats down cargo area are "TBD" and 90.1 cu. ft. for passenger capacity.

    JDM (again should be same as US)
    1720mm (67.7 inch) cargo area length in utility mode (rear seats down)
    1385mm (54.5 inch) interior width at rear seats

    Regarding the head rests, you don't need to remove them. You can slide the front seat forward, move the rear seats down into utility mode, and then move the front seats back to the original position. The headrests slide underneath the front seat. This is what the animation on the Japanese website shows.
    Of course, I'm sure you can remove the headrests and store them under the front seat too.

    Here are some good animations that go over the interior.
  • bamacarbamacar Posts: 749
    It appears in the video that during the "sleep" mode the front seat headrests are removed. I am not sure what mode the question was referring to. They may have been referring to the "long" or "utility" modes like you, and as you said there would be no headrest removal.
  • shneorshneor Posts: 66
    Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for! I'm sure the interior height of the cargo area is at least 30". That gives about 60 cu.ft. (subtracting a bit for the curve of the upper rear hatch).

  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,707
    I did some trickery with the images posted recently and some calculations. Enjoy.

    P.S. I want the 14 inchers you can get in the U.K. and Japan. Why? Bigger tires in a small car eat into mileage and handling, plus they cost more to replace.


    I get as a rough estimate, 38 inches or so wide and 32 or so high. Not the magic 36*36, but pretty close all things considering. When it arrives, though, I'll be sure to take a tape measure or maybe a 30*30*30 and a 36*36*36 box along.
  • P.S. I want the 14 inchers you can get in the U.K. and Japan. Why? Bigger tires in a small car eat into mileage and handling, plus they cost more to replace.

    Actually not. If you're willing to shop around you can get 185/55R15 tires at pretty reasonable prices--if you're a Costco member check around because they can get tires in that size for you. :)
  • jonniedeejonniedee Posts: 111
    P.S. I want the 14 inchers you can get in the U.K. and Japan. Why? Bigger tires in a small car eat into mileage and handling, plus they cost more to replace.

    Huh? I've yet to see a Spoon track Fit with 14's - their's and Mugen's hotted up F
    its go to bigger rims (16+) for handling
  • "I want the 14 inchers you can get in the U.K. and Japan. Why? Bigger tires in a small car eat into mileage and handling, plus they cost more to replace."

    You can have those wheels.
    The wheel sizes the US base model is getting are the exact same as the Fit in Japan and Jazz in Europe.
    USDM: 175/65 R14
    JDM: 175/65 R14
    EUDM: 175/65 R14

    In fact, the wheel covers are essentially the same as the 2001-2003 (Japan) or 2002-2004 (Europe) Fit and Jazz. They just put those black stripes on them.

    It is the Sport wheels in the US that have the slightly different specifications:
    USDM: 195/55 R15
    JDM: 185/55 R15
    EUDM: 185/55 R15
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,707
    Nice. The 14" wheels' turning radius is the smaller one, just like in Japan and the U.K., so the idea is to modify from there and maintain as tight handling as possible while making it more agressive at the same time.

    I'll probably get some 14" alloys though - I don't liek plastic covers much.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    These pictures may also help a little...
  • quote-"The Versa is a nice car. Closest to the Fit, most likely. But, it has one glaring problem. The rear seats don't even come close to folding down, let alone flat or away, like the Fit or half a dozen SUVs do(RAV-4 comes to mind - superb hidden 3rd row option). "

    OK now I see your point and the brochure pic confirms it; the Versa rear seat is huge and when folded it takes up half the cargo space where most other designs fold flat or into the floor. I guess Nissan didnt figure this out yet. Also they quote interior volume as a measure of passenger space where everyone else talks about cargo space. Must be a French thing.

    The Fit's roughly 3000 litres of cargo space is HUGE compared to others I looked at; Rio Wagon with seats folded was 2400 litres; a Dodge Caravan has about 4000 litres with the seats removed so kudos to the Fit on interior design!

    Make mine a hybrid.

  • There is no Fit hybrid, and it will not be a hybrid in the US or Canada either. The battery pack in a hybrid takes up an immense amount of room. Have you ever opened the trunk of a Civic or Accord hybrid or looked in the back of an Insight?

    Honda engineers spent a lot of time trying to get the Fit to have the amazingly versatile interior that it has. Sticking the battery pack for a hybrid in there would first ruin the possibility of Magic Seats and second take up room behind the back seat.

    Fit Hybrid? It won't happen until Honda is able to make more space-efficient technology. Whatever that magazine said was completely wrong, but I have heard that rumor before. Even in the October 2005 San Diego Union Tribune which listed all of the future cars said the Fit might be hybrid. Nope.

    Look for hybrid technology in the CR-V first.
  • What is the cargo length with the seats down in Utility mode? I have long items to carry along with 3 other passengers. Also, do the rear windows roll all the way down? One of the pictures I saw makes me think not.
  • stragerstrager Posts: 308
    I have a teenage family member, about to go to college who is very interested in the Fit. She is 5'1" and loves the Fit, but is not comfortable because there is no seat height adjuster.

    Honda offers the Fit with a seat height adjuster in all other markets. Could someone from Honda answer why it has chosen to delete this important feature for the U.S. market? Makes no sense whatsoever! :confuse:
  • kagedudekagedude Posts: 407
    If Honda added the seat height adjuster and all the standard accessories its missing, the MSRP will go up and will compete with the Civic. At the dealership, I noticed the Honda Civic coupe LX had a $17,060 MSRP sticker price. My Honda Fit sport build with the accessories below was $16,084 MSRP.

    Wheel Locks $54
    Cargo Cover $165
    All-Season Floor Mats $109
  • ansandovansandov Posts: 7
    That is strange, My Honda Fit 2006 Magnesium Color (Mexico)(Bough November, 2005) has the Height Adjuster (a Knob that you turn).

    I'm not a Tall Guy (5'6") and even at the "shortest/lowest" position I feel in great commanding view, actually I prefer the lower position, which is odd due to my height :)
  • ergoergo Posts: 56
    Good question! :confuse:

    5 years after it's debut in Japan, North America finally gets a decontented version. :mad:

    Approaching $17,000 there are MANY other cars worth considering. Unfortunately. :sick:
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    If VW didn't have their miserable reliability record, I would consider a Golf/Rabbit. That car seems to have most of the items on the Fit wish-list.
  • hungarian83hungarian83 Posts: 678
    I'm also surprised Honda removed some of the things that many (or all) of its Fit/Jazzes have in other markets.

    - fuel consumption (mileage) calculator
    - locking fuel filler door
    - seat height adjuster
    - rear disc brakes (all European models)

    These things would have all been easier to keep in than remove. I'm starting to think there might be a reason for moving the fuel filler door up a few inches, because that sort of thing is usually left alone unless something structurally was changed in that area.

    Of course, Honda did add side curtain airbags which I am glad to have.
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