• Jun 23, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Honda Fit

Like most other manufacturers doing business in the U.S., Honda has been caught by surprise by the sudden shift in demand to smaller cars. When the Fit debuted in the U.S. two years ago, it proved more popular than expected then and allotments were increased for the upcoming redesigned 2009 models. However, the spike in fuel prices has caused a corresponding increase in demand for small fuel efficient cars like the Fit. Sales of the old Fit from January to May of this year jumped 64 percent compared to 2007. Honda has now decided to bump production from 60,000 to 80,000 cars for the 2009 model year. The 2009 Fit has been rated at 28/34 mpg city/highway and will start at $14,620. U.S. production is limited because Honda only has capacity to build 500,000 Fits a year right now for the entire world, and if we get more in the U.S., someone else has to get less elsewhere in the world.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      28/34 can't be correct. the civic gets like 29/39.
      or maybe the Fit uses a wimpy lawnmower engine that can barely keep it moving against wind resistance on the highway? that's about the only way to explain such poor highway mileage. :)

        • 6 Years Ago
        Civic gets 25/36.

        And yes, there is no reason to buy the Fit over the Civic. The Fit is for people who assume it is more efficient because it is smaller and want to show off that they have a fugly eco-car. My wife and I test drove one, and the thing was like a go-kart.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are those mileage numbers correct? I'm getting 36mpg on the highway @ 75mph (39-40mpg when I'm going the speed limit) in my Neon 5speed.

      And those are US gallons, not imperial.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want mine to be the RS(sport equivalent) 1.5 with the 5 speed in Suzuka White

      Honda, are you listening, I want a white one, no funny business with the palette choice please
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is my next vehicle, trading in a civic.

      Civic is almost entirely useless as a utility vehicle, nothing fits through its modest openings.




      • 6 Years Ago
      Here in canada the fit with a 5 speed is rated for 53 mpg highway, and mid 30's in the city.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't wait till Congress grows some balls and stops the ridiculous destruction of American jobs and the unfair trade deficit.

      Honda fits SUCK. I'd like to use those on the F-16 firing range to test A-G missiles.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Flashpoint, I bet the Congress and Honda Fit both stopped you from going to school too. (Ok, the first one might be true since they spend a lot more money on...)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Seems a bit drastic. Maybe you could just buy a Ford Focus and call it a day.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Many complain about the 'evil, lazy unions' on one hand, and then lament the loss of American manufacturing jobs.

        Flashpoint, Autobloggers can't have it both ways.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda needs to bring over either the Civic 5-door, or the Stream. The Fit is too small, and I refuse, REFUSE to buy any SUV such as the CR-V. Profit margins be damned.

      I'd seriously consider a Jetta wagon if it weren't for VW's craptacular reliability.

      Honda, WE WANT WAGONS!!!!!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Civic five-door is, unfortunately, on a very different chassis than our sedan. It's more like a big Fit than our Civic. It's markedly shorter; it also has a semi-independent torsion beam rear suspension, instead of the trick multilink we get. The fuel tank is in a Fit-like position, too, and the European Civic has the Fit's Magic Seats.

        I'd like to see it brought over, too, but it's too different to be feasible.

        Now, bringing the Accord Tourer as a TSX wagon, that would rock.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think the current Civic would make a great wagon. None of this TALL wagon nonsense either. With a real fold-flat floor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      they just realized this now? i was at honda this weekend and the specific dealership had the fit's on the lot marked up $2,000
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just got an '08 Fit back in May. I drive 66 miles to and from work. In the mornings, I take the freeway at 70-80mph. In the evenings I take the backroads, topping out at 61mph (well I try to, sans cruise control). So far I've been able to average 40.2mpg. If I took backroads both ways, I'm sure I'd see more. At this point I only have 8000 miles on it, so we'll see if it improves as the engine breaks in.

      One commenter said that the Fit is too underpowered and would be a "hauler." While it's not as speedy as my '03 RSX was, it does keep up with freeway traffic as long as you're not afraid of high RPMs.

      It has an amazing hauling ability. Much better than my RSX. The rear doors also give you better access to the back than a 2-door hatch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When did they post EPA ratings and prices for the 2009 Fit? Not yet, I don't believe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take mine in Sebring Silver to match my S2K please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish you could get the Fit dash in a Civic...way better than that stupid digital speedo!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree !!

        This is the number one reason I won't buy a Civic right now. The dash looks like an arcade game. I want a traditional dash with a tach, speedo, and some warning lights.

        Even if the Fit only gets the same mileage as a Civic, the dash alone makes it worth it.
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