• Sep 23rd 2007 at 9:32AM
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Click on the photo for a higher-res gallery of the new Honda Fit

We showed you the first official photos of the new upcoming 2009 Honda Fit the other day, and now the first driving impression of the little Honda is online. Inside Line's Japanese correspondent got an early driving impression of the car that will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in a few weeks. The more steeply raked windshieldclearly visible in the photos has had its base moved ahead by 4.7 inches to give a roomier feel to the interior.

The quality of the interior materials has evidently been improved and most of the extra two inches of wheelbase has gone straight into rear seat legroom. The combination of the new iVTEC 1.5L engine and five speed manual apparently gives the runabout brisk performance, but we'll judge for ourselves when it gets stateside. Honda hasn't made any official pronouncements yet, but since the current 2008 model is now available, we probably won't see the new version before next summer. As for engines, we'll probably only get the larger one unless gas prices shoot up some more. In that case, Honda could offer the 1.3L to US drivers. As for equipment, with the US dollar continuing to sink, Honda probably still hasn't made a definitive decision about whether to offer the imported Fit with less content at a lower price or follow the MINI and go for more of a premium small car with the RS version.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Since when have Japanese automakers shown their new production models a year ahead of time? Taking a page from GM's book?
      • 7 Years Ago
      No spare tire? Run flats? That hasn't worked well so far.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm not flaming you. I tried to find reference to the spare tire after reading your post. I could find nothing regarding the spare. Where did you find any information about the spare tire? That's one aspect rarely discussed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The lack of a spare tire is mentioned in the Inside Line review. I assumend it was linked here, but I guess not. Here is the quote:

        "Honda has also decided to do away with the spare tire, and this brave move increases cargo capacity by 1.5 cubic feet to a total of 14.2 cubic feet."
      • 7 Years Ago
      118 hp,

      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a USA Fit auto and a 2005 CRV. Just got back from a trip over the mountains, Nashville Tn. to D.C. and back. We drove the Fit. It has plenty of power, is quieter then the SUV, Had lots of room, got 39 Mpg on the 1560 mile trip. We got it for a city car but soon found it great on the road. On two of the highway only tanks we got 40.8 Mpg. Even on a tank of 10% ethanol managed 39 Mpg. At 75 mph it turns only 2900 rpm and if you put your foot in it or down shift manually it passes with ease. We have 6000 miles on the car so it is just starting to get broke in. Over the 6000 miles 60% highway 40% city the average mileage is 35.82 Mpg.

      The car is fun to drive, handles great, stops quick and I like the paddle shifters. I do wish the steering wheel telescoped out but have gotten use to setting closer to the peddles.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thanks for your comments. It's the best recommendation I've read on the Fit. I will test drive the 08 and purchase the 2009 when it becomes available.
        I'm still undecided on manual or automatic transmission. Been driving a Civic CX hatchback circa 1998. It's been a nice car.
        Will read all comments I can find on the internet re the 09 Fit.
      far jr
      • 7 Years Ago
      Much better looking than the current Fit. That looks like a very pricey car for the US market. If they can keep the looks with the price of the current model, it should sell very well.

      Those little triangle shaped windows in the A-pillar sure are goofy looking. I never did like cars with those windows, but I guess it is a structural necessity.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've been reading a lot about the Fit and have been looking everywhere to try and test drive one. Most of the dealerships have them sold before they have a chance to take them off the delivery truck. I live in Southern Utah and have to commute about 80 miles round trip each day and experience about a 3000 foot elevation change. I also regularly take trips up to Idaho and down to Arizona and experience a lot of steep grade roads. I'm somewhat concerned that this car might not have enough power to make these trips if the car is loaded with 2-3 passengers and quite a bit of luggage. Does anyone have any experience driving on interstate passes or other steep grade roads while carrying quite a bit of weight? I've read that the European models which have smaller engines (1.2 liter and 1.3 liter instead of the US 1.5 liter engine) are rated to tow small trailers. Since I haven't had a chance to test drive a fit yet and probably won't get a chance in the extremely near future I wanted to get some feedback from actual Fit owners or people who have test driven them. Also, to get the car to perform well and keep up with traffic do you need to have a lead foot or does the car respond well without having to push it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's already starting to grow up to be a minivan someday.
      • 7 Years Ago

      I agree Corsa would be great.Gm will bring the corsa over just a matter of when.Opel's style fits my style more than this bland Jap crap.Just add daring colors: who wants silver, or white?bring electric Blue,blazing Orange,bio-hazard Green,boring Black.
      read a review of the color cars people buy.most ppl the buy minis would prefer bright colors to make statement.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Something about the new styling just makes it seem way more refined.

      If it has no spare and runflats, that might send me running. After suffering that nuisance (and it's a GIANT one) after living with a MINI, I'd probably not buy it. Runflats are extremely expensive, get flats just as often, aren't stocked commonly -so if you get a flat in the middle of a long drive between metro areas.. you're just screwed till help tows you. NOT fun.

      As they choose equipment levels, I hope they consider the movement of people with more posh cars looking to move down market, whilest retaining the treats such as sunroof, heated seats, leather. In Europe smaller cars are still available with way higher levels of good stuff.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Styling will NEVER be a strong point with this car...fugly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hideous. It looks like an angry, wedge shaped beaver.
      • 7 Years Ago

      I think the new Ford FiestaVerve will be a better choice than the Fit. If Saturn brings the Opel Corsa it also could prove to be a better alternative to the Fit.
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