Our last post gave you the rundown on what's so special about the 2009 Honda Fit. For one thing, it's hard to find anything wrong with the second-generation city car
Instrument panel follows a flowing—yet very functional—form, with plenty of storage cubbies, well-positioned vents, and controls angled slightly toward the driver. The base of the windshield is far ahead, yet combined with the high seating position and low beltline, outward visibility is great.
Double glovebox can hide all your electronics and personal items out of sight. There’s space for a small purse in the upper one.
The steering wheel now adds telescopic adjustment, a much-needed improvement; pedal placement is still too close for taller drivers.
The front seats in the Fit Sport were firm and supportive—provided you’re on the smaller side of average. This lanky 6’-6” driver found nowhere to rest his knee, which could bring fatigue on a long highway drive. But an armrest? An unexpected surprise on a car in this class!
Integrated, retractable rear headrests never need to be removed (and possibly be lost) to fold the seat down.
Grab handles now retract with a damped, smooth motion rather than poke outward.
One of few disappointments: Put my knee down to fold the seat forward, and the cardboard cargo floor flexed downward ominously.
Anchoring for the rear seatbelts pretty much bisects the rearmost side window.
Just one easy lift of this lever and a gentle push forward is all it takes to fold the seat forward. The lower cushion repositions itself automatically. No more sliding the front seats forward, tilting the lower cushions forward, pulling clunky mechanisms, folding, then wedging the front seats back.
Fit Sport with Navigation comes with voice-activated functions plus steering-wheel audio controls. And oddly, it’s the way to get electronic stability control.
Gauge cluster gets the same deep-dish look that the entire Honda and Acura line has been given recently.
Chunky climate control knobs—as most of the Fit’s switchgear—have a sturdy feel and flank the navi screen or audio system. The only disappointment here is below the A/C button, where the recirculation lever looks and feels as if it were lifted from a long-lost parts bin.
Little front side window gets its own defroster vent…though it’s not really in the field of vision for most driving or parking maneuvers.
Character creases that run through the grille and hood bring more complexity to the front-end design.