2009 Honda Fit vs. Its Competition

2009 Honda Fit
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Honda Fit is priced significantly higher than most of its small-car competitors, but it feels much more substantial from behind the wheel, with a firm but well-controlled ride and better steering and handling than most inexpensive small vehicles.

The automatic transmission in the Fit has five speeds—one more than the competition—which helps bring good performance and fuel economy, along with relaxed highway cruising.

The Fit’s engine also lacks the fatigue-inducing boominess and coarseness at high-rev acceleration or higher cruising speeds that most of these rivals have.

Anti-lock brakes, which are standard on the Fit, are optional or not available on many of its competitors.

Among these competitors, all but the Rio5 have a softer ride than the Fit, but it doesn’t necessarily bring more ride comfort; the Rio5 handles quite well but isn’t as comfortable at high speeds, and the Versa rides and handles like a larger, heavier car, lacking the Fit’s nimble feel.

And none of these models match the Fit’s cargo or back-seat space.

The xD, with its taller body and boxier appearance, is perhaps the most direct competitor to the Fit, but the materials used inside the Scion feel cheaper and there’s not nearly as much cargo space or seating space in back.

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2008 Nissan Versa S2008 Nissan Versa
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2008 Toyota Yaris 4-door Sedan Auto S (Natl) Open Doors2008 Toyota Yaris
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2008 Scion xD2008 Scion xD
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Quick Specs
The all-new 2009 Honda Fit’s appearance might not be pulse-quickening, but with a peppy fun-to-drive character, an astonishing amount of interior space, and a high-quality feel throughout, it’s close to the perfect affordable small car.
If most of your driving is around town with little interstate travel, the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo and Aveo5 are worth a look, especially if you want a bow tie out front.
The 2008 Nissan Versa isn’t particularly sporty, fashionable, or innovative, but it offers an astonishing amount of space, comfort, and features for the money.
The 2008 Toyota Yaris is one of the cheapest, and cheapest to run, of all new vehicles.
At a bargain price that’s not much more than stripper econoboxes, the 2008 Scion xD is a pretty hot little hatch.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylinderGas 4-cylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Small Station WagonCompactCompactSubcompactSubcompact
Style Name    
5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan LS4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.8 S3-Door HB Manual (GS)5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
5 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan3 Door Hatchback4 Door Wagon
ManualManual w/ODManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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