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Standard safety equipment for the 2009 Honda Fit includes antilock disc brakes
Something else that buyers are going to like is the even better view out
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Electronic stability system will be optional, a rarity in this vehicle class
Safety is a paramount concern on all vehicles, but with subcompacts like the 2009 Honda Fit, it seems even more crucial that a host of safety features is included. For the 2009 model year, the Honda Fit includes quite a few standard features, as well as one very significant option.
The 2009 Honda Fit has not yet been crash tested by either NHTSA or the IIHS, but most experts agree that the 2009 Honda Fit should perform well in crash tests once those tests are conducted. Cars.com says the Honda Fit "employs Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering," which they say is "designed to engage the crumple zones of taller vehicles optimally in a collision."
In addition to a resilient body structure, the 2009 Honda Fit offers a list of safety features that rivals any other car in its class. Edmunds reviewers say "standard safety equipment for the 2009 Honda Fit includes antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags," and "full-length side-curtain airbags." ConsumerGuide adds that "front-seat active head restraints" and a "tire-pressure monitor" also come standard on all Honda Fit models. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that an electronic stability control system is also available. However, most reviewers, like those at Jalopnik, are disappointed to find that "the only way to get stability control" is to spring for "an optional navigation system."
Driver visibility is one of those important safety features that, for some reason, often gets overlooked by automotive reviewers. The 2009 Honda Fit is a different story, though, as virtually all of the reviews read by TheCarConnection.com praise the Honda Fit's improved visibility. Jalopnik claims "the Fit's outward visibility is amazing, obstructed laterally by only the narrowest of pillars." ConsumerGuide agrees and reports that "it's better straight back than it used to be thanks to rear headrests that retract flush with the tops of the seatbacks."
All the early signs point to the 2009 Honda Fit remaining the safest car of its size.