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As the automotive experts at TheCarConnection.com assembled this comprehensive review, covering the 2009 Honda Fit, they looked to a number of other well-respected critical voices. To make the review as useful as possible, TheCarConnection.com’s editors included their own firsthand experience putting the new Honda Fit through the paces.
- Excellent steering and maneuverability
- Upmarket interior
- Astonishing cargo and back-seat space
- Secure, substantial feel on the road
- Good crash safety relative to rivals
- Unimpressive highway fuel economy
- Tall, stubby design is still far from sexy
The 2009 Honda Fit, a small five-door hatchback and Honda’s lowest-priced U.S. model, has been completely redesigned for 2009. The new Honda Fit is about the same length and width as the standard Honda Civic was when it was last offered in the U.S. as a three-door hatchback (the 2000 model year), yet the five-door Fit is significantly roomier inside due to its tall, upright body style.
The Fit’s proportions make it look more like a scaled-down minivan in some respects, but that’s an indication as to why the five-passenger hatchback has such a spacious interior. The new 2009 Honda Fit gets a more aerodynamic, better-detailed look than the outgoing model on the outside. The windshield has been angled forward, and the roofline flows more smoothly as a result; complementing that is a pair of character lines that run from the snout through the grille and hood. Small side windows ahead of the front doors aid visibility.
Inside, the rakish windshield yields a vast expanse ahead of the instrument panel that translates to an airy feel in front. The instrument panel itself in the 2009 Honda Fit is anything but basic in appearance, with a swoopy, offset two-tiered appearance. The sound system and climate controls are angled toward the driver, along with the navigation screen if so equipped, and the mix of textured and matte-metallic plastic surfaces, along with simple but sturdy upholstery and trim, gives the impression of higher quality than other cars priced in the same range.