Upon first glance you may look at the 2009 Honda Fit and think it is a car for a college student, teenager or recent college graduate. I admit, the 2009 Honda Fit, especially the Sport model does look young, but anyone from the age of 16 to 60 can appreciate some of the many excellent features on the Honda 2009 Fit.
I had the opportunity to not only interview Mike Stangle of Honda Cars of Katy for this article, but to also learn so much more about this hot little fuel efficient car by driving it.
What features did I like about the 2009 Honda Fit 5 door Sport Model?
Green rating: 8/10
22-32 MPG in city
27-39 MPG highway
100K miles with no scheduled tune ups (may vary with driving conditions)
Airbags – and more airbags; driver’s side, front passenger, drivers and passenger side, and side curtain
3-point harness seat belts
Tire pressure monitoring system (no more wondering or guessing)
Front and rear crumple zones
Immobilizer Theft Deterrent system
LATCH system for Child seats
MP3 auxiliary input jack
Fold Flat rear seat for more storage
These features give the Honda Fit 2009 the sporty look that I appreciate:
Rear Roofline Spoiler
Powered door mirrors
Sticker price: $17, 580.00 (of course this varies based on location)
The Honda Fit 2009 5 door Sport scored the highest rating of “Good” in IIHS crash tests, earning it a “Top Safety Pick” rating.
The Honda Fit 5 door Sport is more than just a “sporty” fuel efficient vehicle. The first thing I noticed was head room. My husband at 6 ft 2 in didn’t have any problems with head room, meaning I was quite comfortable. All the features and controls were within easy reach. The driving is surprising powerful, I really didn’t expect the take off available and ability to keep up on busy Houston Texas stop and start traffic.
Another interesting feature about the Honda Fit 2009 is the ability to configure your back seats. It is hard to describe but you can fold your seats flat or up depending on your needs allowing you much more versatility in “hauling” everything from groceries to soccer gear.
Public perception about the Honda Fit may be that it is small and cheap. They would be right on one point, it is small, but there is nothing “cheap” about the quality of this car. Sporty looks, versatility, price point below others in its class or comparable, safe, fuel efficient and fun to drive.
If you haven’t considered the Honda Fit, for your next fuel efficient car maybe you should. At least take a look at it. Looks can be deceiving.
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