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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Honda went for refinement with this car from a dynamic, interior, and styling standpoint
Car and Driver
Audio controls are high mounted, handy, and clearly marked
Outside, it looks much bigger as well, and not in a positive way
Subcompact cars in the United States are still a bit eye-catching due to their relative rarity, but other than that, there's little to keep bystanders staring at the 2009 Honda Fit.
Honda's redesigned 2009 Honda Fit is "a subcompact four-door hatchback available in two trim levels: base and Sport," according to reviewers at Edmunds. Compared to the 2008 Honda Fit, Motor Trend finds that the latest model is "longer by 2.2 in., wider by 1.4 in.," and "longer in wheelbase by 2.0 in.," though it is still among the smaller cars on the road today. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that most are less than impressed with the new styling on the 2009 Honda Fit. Jalopnik describes the new 2009 Honda Fit as "more bulbous, less of a bullpup and more of a breadvan." Reviewers at Motor Trend highlight some of the major changes for 2009, which "include larger front quarter windows, larger, shapelier headlights, and sportier body-kit-like moldings." Despite those sporty cues, the 2009 Honda Fit doesn't come across as a speed machine.
The interior of the Honda Fit is also redesigned for 2009, and this side of the Honda Fit fares somewhat better with reviewers. Jalopnik reviewers first notice the "abundant blue LEDs at important marks" on the instrument dials, yet they lament the "poorly integrated but functional" navigation system. ConsumerGuide reviewers are impressed with the "high mounted, handy, and clearly marked" audio controls, as well as "rotary climate controls [that] are stacked to the right of the steering wheel and are easy to reach and use." Car and Driver also mentions that the interior seems much improved over the 2008 Honda Fit, reporting that "Honda went for refinement...from a dynamic, interior, and styling standpoint."
The 2009 Honda Fit's new clothes don't fit quite right, but the Fit does show that true beauty is on the inside.