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Honda Fit Interior and Passenger Comfort Concerns



  • jacintajacinta Posts: 6
    You're going to let your 85 year old mother drive? Why don't we have laws against this? You even know that she can't park safely and you are ok with this? Unbelievable!
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    You're going to let your 85 year old mother drive? Why don't we have laws against this? You even know that she can't park safely and you are ok with this? Unbelievable!

    The thing is that I know people who are about 60 years younger than this other poster's mother and can't park square. And I also know people who are in their 80s and drive and park just fine, if a little more slowly than those who are younger. So what shall we do? Shall we ban everyone who cannot park well in all age groups? Or are you just against old people driving?

    If the risk quotient of older drivers is your beef, then all of us should have been allowed to drive only when we became 25 years or older, since younger ones are statistically just as dangerous as the older.
  • If you can wait, the new redesigned 2009 Honda Fit would be a much better car for your mother for what she'll be using it for because of a few key upgraded features that aren't availible on the current model. The front quarter windows are three times bigger which will give her a better 360 view of what's going on around her and the winshield will be moved forward to give her better visibility plus you'll be able to buy one where the entire drivers seat rotates around (click on link below for picture) which would dramatically help a senior citizen get in and out of the car.

    Just a thought.....
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    Unfortunately, that swivel front seat feature is only available as a special order item in the Japanese market, and then only for the passenger-side seat (which is on the left-hand side there). It is extremely doubtful that this feature will show up in the U.S.

    Also, my feeling is that the old (current) Fit is probably slightly easier to park because it is narrower than the new (next-gen) Fit. I have not driven the new one, but that's my impression. I would be happy to be proven wrong, though!
  • I hadn't heard about the swivel seat only being offered in the Japan market, only that we weren't going to get the glass roof or the smaller engine options they do so thanks for the info!
  • So, I just had the carpet floor mat system installed in my Honda Fit Sport, and I have to say I am quite annoyed. I paid $160 ($100 + installation) to have mats installed, thinking that the "hook" system mentioned on the website was something much grander and worth my money than it actually was.

    However, it is simply a few awkwardly and inconveniently placed hooks holding the mats in.

    I am assuming this is for safety reasons, but if this is true can someone explain to me why the mat behind the driver has no hooks at all?! If that one doesn't need hooks, why do the others?!

    I could have purchased the mats and skipped the installation altogether, saving $60.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    In most cars it is only the drivers mat that has hooks, to keep the mat fom inching forward and potentially causing the gas pedal to be depressed, or the gas pedal to jam on the mat.

    You paid for some of that marble at the dealership.

    See if you can get a 'free' oil change from the avoid a dissatisfied CSI survey.
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    No problem. The swivel seat feature for physically-challenged individuals has been available in Japan for the Fit since 2001, and just about any car in Japan can be special-ordered with the same kind of seat as a manufacturer's option. If there is enough marketing push for it, then who knows? It may show up here as well. But it has never been a standard equipment for any car even in Japan, except for a few kei-class cars that almost exclusively market for women (make it easier with skirts, seriously).

    This is a good example of Honda Japan's "barrier free" vehicle offering:
  • kjaba1kjaba1 Posts: 10
    There I was, fat, dumb and happy, planning to replace my ancient Ford Windstar later this year with a Honda Element in order to continue to occasionally cart around my two Newfoundland dogs when I recently discovered that the Fit has "Magic Seats" that fold down low and flat enough to possibly qualify the Fit as a dogmobile for my two beasts. Though the Fit would still not have the cargo volume of an Element I wonder if any of you Fit owners have large dogs and do you find the space adequate to take them on short jaunts with at least a modicum of comfort?

    Also, does anyone know if the 2009 Fit will also have these Magic Seats? Thank you.
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    Also, does anyone know if the 2009 Fit will also have these Magic Seats?

    The answer is yes.

    If you transport dogs in your car, you may find the following Japanese Honda Fit site interesting:

    It's written in Japanese, but click on photos, and you will have a pretty good sense.
  • ellenocellenoc Posts: 25
    You bet. The only reason that a car made it onto my Look At list was if the back seats went down in a way that made a flat floor for taking my dog (Rottweiler) and all her equipment to shows. The Fit was the first of 6 models on my list to look at and when I got to the dealer's I almost turned around and drove away because from the outside the car looked too small to be what I wanted. Imagine my surprise when I found that the fabric folding crate that I carry to shows tied to one side of the back not only fit, there was more room all around it than in my previous car (Subaru Impreza wagon).

    Then I drove the Fit (Sport MT) and fell so in love it was hard to force myself to look at the other cars on my list. I did do that and probably didn't judge any of the others fairly. And then went back and got the Fit. That was 5,000 miles and 4 months ago and I'm still in love with the car. My back seats are never up. I have a foam pad covered with blankets on the back floor and the dog rides there. Foloded crate tied flat against driver's side in the back. Dog cart when I take it tied back against the hatch and shafts run along the passenger's side all along the back to the front and along the passenger's front door. Cooler and gear bag also all the way in the back against the hatch door. That still leaves plenty of room for the dog in the back and room on the front passenger seat and floor for even more.
  • kjaba1kjaba1 Posts: 10
    Thanks so much, Jacksan1 and Ellenoc, for your quick replies. You have not only answered my questions but also, if all goes well, will have saved me thousands of dollars on the purchase price and about fourteen extra miles per gallon by choosing the Fix over the Element. Such a deal!

    Jacksan1, I'm intrigued by the pictures of that yellow cover the Golden Retriever is resting on; it looks as if it is designed for the Fit. Do you know if and where this cover is available for purchase?

    Again, thanks to you both. I really appreciate your help.
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    You're very welcome kjaba1. It's my pleasure.

    You are talking about this product, correct?

    It's called the "Travel Dog" pet sheet mat. This is a dealer-option item in Japan. I have quickly run a search for it to see whether anyone is selling it in North America, but come up empty, which makes sense, since this new Fit has not been released yet.

    I remotely recall seeing a product like this being advertised in one of those flight magazines (SkyMall), but I may be wrong.

    If you really want this genuine Honda accessory tailor-made for the new Fit, you may wish to contact College Hills Honda and ask whether or not they would be willing to source one for you. I buy regularly from College Hills Honda, and they are good at sourcing JDM products.
  • kjaba1kjaba1 Posts: 10
    Yes, jacksan1, that appears to be it and I thank you again. Since the dimensions of the 2009 Fit are slightly different from the present model, you're probably quite right that the pet sheet mat may not be available for the American market until fall.

    I have seen College Hills Honda mentioned in other chats; it must be a popular site and I'll give it a try. You have been a great help.
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    Upon further research, I have learned that this Honda dog sheet mat is not really tailor-made for the Fit. Rather, they offer two (2) sizes, one for the kei-class cars (660cc) and the other for "regular" cars, like the Fit. It is adjustable to different interior sizes, apparently. In other words, if need be, this same product can be used in non-Honda cars as well.
  • kjaba1kjaba1 Posts: 10
    That's interesting. I could find nothing through College Hills Honda, so perhaps this Travel Dog is only available for the Japanese market. That would be too bad because there is doubtless a strong market here for something as useful and logical as this mat seems to be, what with the great number of Americans who like to cart their pooches around.
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    If I were you, I would e-mail College Hills Honda and ask them to get this product. If there is a demand, they will consider it, and the first demand call has to come from somone. And that can be you. College Hills already has a supply chain open for other JDM Honda products, so it should not be a problem at all for them to source the dog-related specialized Honda JDM products so long as there is a call for them. Ask, and the door may be opened.
  • wgewge Posts: 16
    I was replacing a '90 Dodge Caravan that saw a lot of dog hauling in its day. I eliminated a number of possibilities, i.e. Nissan Versa, Toyota Prius and others, that didn't have the fold-flat rear seats and utility of the Fit. What sold me on the Fit was being able to put a dog crate in the back with the rear seats folded down with the crate door adjacent to the passenger-side rear door. The crate can be opened without hitting anything and the dogs can jump right in. There is still a great deal of room behind the crate for luggage, etc. The salesman was somewhat surprised when I asked for his help to see if the crate would fit, but he helped me load it in the showroom-floor Fit. We can haul our three Beagles in the Fit just fine and we should even be able to use the Fit as a vacation vehicle mit mutts.
  • ellenocellenoc Posts: 25
    Your concern was mine exactly. I only looked at vehicles where the rear seats folded down absolutely flat. Although the seats did fold flat in the Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe (which I thought I'd like the most), the big gap in the floor behind the front seats wasn't inviting (and I didn't like the steering). The Scion had the same big gap in the floor behind the front seats and felt clunky to drive. I fell in love with the Fit from the first. My show dog is a Rottweiler, so she travels with the whole of the back end of the Fit as her crate and a folded fabric crate tied flat against the driver's side in the back to use at the show sites. I can fit her and all her equipment easily - there's more room than in my last car, a Subaru Impreza wagon.
  • elliejelliej Posts: 2
    The three drivers in our household, of different heights, are having the same problem with the angle of the accelerator. It causes the foot to remain unnaturally flexed and is extremely uncomfortable in a short amount of time. I've taken to driving with a rolled up towel or my purse under my right leg to adjust the angle but don't know how long I can tolerate this. An angled seat cushion relieves the problem with the right leg only to create discomfort with my left. Any other suggestions?
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