• Aug 20th 2008 at 1:28PM
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Click above for our high-res gallery of the 2009 Honda Fit Sport

Honda has announced that its all-new 2009 Fit, which we just drove for the first time, will go on sale next week with a MSRP starting at $14,550 (plus $670 destination), while the more premium Honda Fit Sport will start at $16,060 (plus destination). The standard powerplant will be a 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder rated at 117 hp mated to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic (with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the Fit Sport). The five-passenger Fit also earned EPA fuel economy ratings of 28/35 (city/highway) with the automatic transmission, and 27/33 with the 5-speed manual or automatic in the Fit Sport. All models feature standard air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with four speakers, power windows, power mirrors, and power door locks. The Fit Sport (shown above) adds alloy wheels, aero kit, alarm, keyless entry, and an upgraded audio system. In fact, the top shelf Fit Sport with navigation and a 5-speed automatic starts at $18,760, which makes it one of the greatest bangs for your buck in our book.

Gallery: 2009 Honda Fit Sport

[Source: Honda]

All-New 2009 Honda Fit Big on Style and Refinement, Small on Price and Fuel Consumption

8/19/2008 - The completely-redesigned 2009 Honda Fit is set to go on sale August 26 with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $14,550, plus a destination and handling charge of $670, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today. The Fit Sport, equipped with additional premium features, is also set to debut with a starting MSRP2 of $16,060, plus destination and handling.

The Fit is designed to lead the subcompact segment with a quality feel and a multi-functional interior. The Fit has become more refined for 2009 with a sportier demeanor through improved suspension, steering and body rigidity enhancements; an improved rear Magic Seat®; and a high level of standard safety equipment, including the addition of the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and front seat active head restraints. A new, more powerful 117-horsepower, 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine further improves the Fit's high-revving, fun-to-drive character.

"With the all-new Fit, Honda is offering premium features and advanced technology within a high-function, small vehicle package," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda. "Customers who choose the Fit are choosing superior refinement and premium quality, along with value and economy."

Dimensionally compact on the outside with an overall length of 161.6 inches, the interior provides a surprisingly spacious passenger volume of 90.8 cubic feet and a rear cargo volume of 20.6 cubic feet. The seats offer multiple seating and cargo-carrying configurations - tall object mode, long object mode and utility mode - in addition to the standard five-passenger mode.

An improved rear Magic Seat provides one-motion dive-down functionality without having to remove the rear seat head restraints to folds flat into the floor, creating a rear cargo volume of 57.3 cubic feet. Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, dual front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side-curtain airbags are standard equipment on all models.

The engine produces 117 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard and a 5-speed automatic transmission is available. Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters allow for manual gear selection on the Fit Sport equipped with the available automatic transmission. The Fit equipped with the available automatic transmission achieves an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 28/35 miles per gallon. The Fit with a manual transmission and Fit Sport with either a manual or the available automatic transmission achieve an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 27/33 miles per gallon.

The Fit comes with standard amenities such as air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), auxiliary audio input jack, power windows, power mirrors and power door locks. The Fit Sport adds alloy wheels, an underbody aero kit, rear roofline spoiler, fog lights, security system with keyless remote entry and cruise control. The Fit Sport audio system provides six speakers, a five-mode equalizer and a USB Audio Interface .

For the first time, the Fit is available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition on the Fit Sport, featuring a 6.5-inch screen and more than 7 million points of interest. Models equipped with the navigation system also include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), also known as electronic stability control.

The front MacPherson strut suspension and torsion beam rear suspension settings are tuned to provide a sporty, solid and dynamic driving experience. Upgraded by 1-inch on each model, larger 15- and 16-inch wheels (Fit and Fit Sport respectively) are shod with 175/65 R15 84S (Fit) and 185/55 R16 83H (Fit Sport) tires. The standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) uses 10.3-inch ventilated discs in the front and 7.9-inch drums in the rear.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      i bought a hona fit sport 5sp 3 weeks ago so far i have averaged 35mpg i dont see how that is bad mpg. compared to a civic lx which my friend bought a week before mine is averaging 30mpg this is city driving 90% of the time.

      the fit does get much better mpg than the civic lx
      • 7 Years Ago
      To me the Fit offers MORE than the Civic does for less money. Smaller footprint (good thing in the city), similar passenger room, more cargo capacity, vastly more usable cargo room (due to wagon architecture), lower rear liftover height, and more tossable handling. So the question really is, why is the Civic so expensive when it offer less than the Fit? ;-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      That interior is one of the cheapest looking Honda interiors to come out in a long time. It's a low priced car but the interior materials don't look much better than a Chrysler.

      • 7 Years Ago
      In Canada, because Honda thinks Canadians are dummies, they add 4 grand to the sport price The Civic which is made in Ontario, has a higher delivery price, even if picked up at the closest dealer to the factory. Usually double the U. S. A. delivery cost.
      I'd rather have a Fit, but will buy a Matrix instead.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Are all the prices in this article a typo? 14 grand for a tiny little disposable car made in North America? Seriously. Try an hyundai accent, they are nearly as big as a civic and are like 10 grand. You might think i was joking a few years ago, but hyundai is not a joke any more.
        • 7 Years Ago
        First, the car's not hardly disposable. Honda's ACE structure is incredibly well-thought out, now included in the updated Fit.

        Second, the Fit is made in 5 countries, none of which are in North America. Cars sold in the U.S. and Canada are made in Japan (for now). This is important because while you think $14K sounds like it's too much, the low value of the dollar and higher value of the yen means Honda's not making what it made two years ago when it introduced the Fit then. Considering the list of standard equipment, consumers are getting more than they're paying for.

        Third, I've driven both current Accent and Fit and I can assure you, you are in fact, joking. The Fit won't set any speed records, but the Accent feels clunky, slow and cheap. The Fit is relatively quicker (so is the Yaris actually, which is quicker than both) with arguably better handling, better observed mileage and a more versatile interior. The Yaris is a better value than the Accent, if you want something cheaper than the Fit, even though the Yaris is marginally smaller than the Accent. In order to get things like A/C, power windows, mirrors and locks, 15-inch alloy wheels, etc., you'd have to option the Accent with the $1,500 Sport package, plus $65 for carpeted floor mats, which bumps the price to $14,850 (2006). That's $300 over the base 2009 Fit. That in no way means the Accent is a bad car, but you obviously haven't done your research.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're right that Hyundai isn't a joke. But I can't find an Accent that stickers for less than $11,645. However, that's without air conditioning! The cheapest Accent package that includes a/c is $13,215, at which point the base Fit seems pretty competitive.

        Also note that the Fit's EPA mileage is rated 28/35; the Accent 27/32.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Further proof to refute the myth that manual transmissions are always more fuel efficient than automatic transmissions, (at least in rating). Based on personal experience, I find manuals to use less fuel than automatics in the city and automatics to be better on the highway.

      The Fit looks pretty good except for those obnoxiously large headlights. As for price point, I think they'll sell just fine with $4/gallon gas if car companies can't build enough fuel efficient models.

      It's still too small for me to feel safe with all these large SUV's and pick-up trucks (still) on the road.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's only been refuted in the past few years really. Even so, most manuals still offer better mileage in many cars, the Fit just happens to not be one of them.

        The main reason manuals were better in years past was due to their larger number of gears. Until the past 10yrs or so, a 4spd auto was the norm while a 5 or 6spd manual was normal. Now, we are seeing more and more 5, 6, 7, and even 8spd auto gearboxes that have allowed autos to close the gap on the mileage of mauals since manuals have stayed at a max of 6 gears on our cars.

        Plus, with more modern computer controls of automatic transmissions, automakers have been able to optimize the fuel efficiency of their auto boxes, forcing them to upshift more quickly, downshift less etc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We bought a very nice automatic Mazda3 hatch for $18400 recently. It's far superior to this vehicle in every way but mileage, and has been trouble free in 25k miles.
      Mileage depends on what you do with your feet. Coasting gets better results, obviously, but my wife doesn't and gets the same results as I do with my 6 wagon, because I do.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 3 is a great car but definitely a class up from the Fit. The 3 sedan has no where near the cargo room as the Fit. The 3 wagon has about the same cargo capacity as a '09 Fit but has a base price with manual of about ~18k and is going up for '09. That's about where the Fit maxes out at with auto, nav, everything.

        And the mileage difference is significant in the econo car segment: 23/31 for the small-engined 3 with auto vs 28/35 for the Fit. That's a 22% city and 13% highway difference. Certainly driving style makes a big difference but need to compare apples to apples.

        Again, that's not to knock the 3 which is a well respected compact car, not a subcompact like the Fit/Yaris/Versa. That shows in the prices with options, gas mileage, as well as size, materials, power, etc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Best bang for your buck? Maybe my ideas on what cars should cost might be a few years out of date, but a base level Fit (not Sport) with an automatic will set you back $16k! For a subcompact! Really?

      Our '06 Focus with an automatic, side airbags, moonroof, cruise, tilt/telescoping wheel, ABS, power locks/windows, etc... was like $15,300. And that was at the beginning of the model year.

      On a side note, why does the Fit Sport get worse mileage than the base Fit? Different final drive ratio?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, and the Focus is the cream of the crop.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're comparing the purchase price of a car bought in late 2005 to the MSRP of a car in 2008? Apples and oranges. I don't know if you've heard, but inflation happens. A new 2008 Focus SES sedan, fully optioned, can retail for well over $20K, including a $500 credit.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @nardvark regarding the Fit Sports' mileage versus the base model,

        Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the Fit Sports' transmission is geared shorter than the base model, to give the car a...well...sporty pick up. It's like choosing between the old LX Civics and EX Civics, except instead of offering two different engines with more power in the latter, the shorter gearing makes the car feel faster.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those who think $14000 is too much for this car take a look at the standard equipment list and then take one for a drive. I own an old one and I think it's pretty much brilliant. The car may be a subcompact but the amount of stuff it can haul is mind boggling. Yes the interior materials aren't brilliant but no worse than in the Toyota Yaris (at least the few I've rented). My only complaint about the old one is the lack of centre arm rest but the new one rectifies that one...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The seats in the back look extremely flat.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, it's not exactly comfy on long trips back there, but that's mainly due to the magic seat system.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd get a Fit loooong before I'd get a grandma-edition Civic. A sedan is nice if you carry post-its and lipstick but for anyone with a more active lifestyle, the Fit is a vastly more useful vehicle. The new one (at least in pix) seems more substantial looking- which is a good thing to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      117hp. lol.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not a shot at the car, guys. It's just that 117hp sounds so...insignificant...especially on a car 'enthusiast' blog.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Like others said 117hp is adequate for this car. The old fit only has 109hp and when I drove one it felt lively. In fact the base mini cooper has 118hp and it is fun as heck.
        • 7 Years Ago
        And somehow that's a bad thing?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I test drove a Fit "sport" and I have to say it was the most anemic car I've drive in my 20+ years of having a driver's license. A Prius or a Scion xD were considerably more peppy and that isn't saying much. When taking the Fit on the Freeway I made an easy decision: no more economy cars for me. It just isn't worth the frustration.

        Maybe you guys drove the turbocharged version?

        But I have to give Honda props for trying to fix the interior - much better than the version of the car I drove...
        • 7 Years Ago
        117 hp is more than enough for a Fit.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A 70hp Mazda 2 diesel got me around some mountain passes in France just fine with four guys in the car.
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