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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Affordable subcompact' no longer equals 'chintzy penalty box
The new Fit has 10 cup holders, man
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Seats themselves are comfortable and there's plenty of headroom
The 2009 Honda Fit is designed to make the most of its tidy exterior dimensions, and it offers impressive passenger and cargo room.
The interior of the 2009 Honda Fit is spacious enough to seat five passengers comfortably. Cars.com reports that the Honda Fit's "interior size belies its exterior dimensions," since "at 6 feet tall," reviewers there "had substantial headroom surplus, and legroom was good enough that [they] had to inch the driver's seat forward a bit to get full extension on the clutch pedal." Edmunds also notes that "taller drivers will be more comfortable," thanks to a "standard tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel [that] has made the driving position far more agreeable." ConsumerGuide finds the front "seats themselves are comfortable," and is even more surprised by "how much rear seat room there is in such a small vehicle." ConsumerGuide claims that rear seat "headroom and legroom are more than adequate for adults, even with the front seats fully rearward." Edmunds agrees, remarking that "an extra inch of rear legroom makes it pretty hospitable in back, too."
Cargo space is one area where the 2009 Honda Fit truly shines. The versatile Honda Fit earns high praise in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com for its overall functionality, which, ConsumerGuide declares, "is Fit's forte." Edmunds elaborates that "if the rear seat is folded completely flat, the Fit can provide 57.3 cubic feet of cargo space," which is "considerably more than last year's 41.9 cubic feet." ConsumerGuide says "the rear seatbacks easily fold flat to provide a large, cubic storage area," while "the front seatback can be folded flat to accommodate long, narrow items" as well. One feature that generates a lot of buzz among reviewers is the so-called Magic Seat, which Edmunds reports "can be configured in a variety of ways" and allows for "the rear seatbacks [to] fold completely flat with just the pull of a lever." The cabin of the Honda Fit is brimming with space as well, and Jalopnik claims the "nook-and-cranny factor has been expanded, with lots of little compartmentlets and even a small top-secret hidden stashbox under the rear seats." In addition, Jalopnik proclaims the Honda Fit "will hold the hell out of your cups, with ten receptacles provided for that purpose alone."
Another area where the 2009 Honda Fit excels in relation to its competitors is fit and finish. ConsumerGuide says "nothing comes off as being cheap" inside the Honda Fit, and "the overall look is par for the subcompact course." Cars.com also praises the "generally high-quality interior" and "pretty upscale" look, especially on the Honda Fit Sport. Motor Trend reviewers aren't particularly surprised by the nice finishing touches on the Honda Fit, since "if there's a company that sweats the details, it's Honda."
The 2009 Honda Fit also offers a moderately well-insulated cabin. However, Cars.com reviewers note there is "significant engine noise when accelerating moderately to heavily." On the positive side, ConsumerGuide does mention that "bump noise is well suppressed." Furthermore, several reviewers praise the ride, including ConsumerGuide, which assesses the new Honda Fit as "commendably solid and reasonably compliant over bumps."
Despite its size, the 2009 Honda Fit can haul everything and the kitchen sink—in surprising comfort.