2009, Honda, Fit Sport

It's the Scripps annual spelling bee again. It's my favorite reality TV show. I'm always amazed that these kids can spell words I've never heard before.

Ophelimity means economic satisfaction. In this day and time people are looking for ophelimity. They don't want to sacrifice functionality and in the Honda Fit they won't.

I drove the Honda Fit Sport with navigation. On Specifications like horsepower and fuel economy there is no difference between the Fit and the Fit Sport. Of course, the difference between the Sport and the Sport navigation is navigation. The Navi costs $1,850, but you get the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System(TM) and a USB audio interface.

The engine produces 117 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. It is a more powerful 1.5-liter 16-valve SOHC i-VTEC engine than the 2008 Fit. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard and a 5-speed automatic transmission is optional. If you get the automatic you can also get the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The automatic transmission Fit achieves EPA city/highway fuel economy rating 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.

What's new for 2009? Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body structure, Driver and front passenger Active Head Restraints, Available Vehicle Stability Assist(TM) (Fit Sport)

More spacious interior, Honda has stretched the Fit's wheelbase by 2 inches and increased the interior space by moving the A-pillar 5 inches. There is more rear headroom and legroom, and a lower tailgate opening for easier loading and unloading

The aero-form design and honeycomb grille are new. The headlights are larger. The front quarter windows and front windshield are larger, increasing visibility. Honda says they have increased the front body rigidity by 164%, which gives the Fit a stronger body structure.

One doesn't realize how important it is to have a tilt and telescopic steering column till you are 5'5" and your husband is 6'4". Honda must have heard about it because they put it in the 2009 version. I always say that if you want someone to get more miles per gallon put a current and average fuel consumption indicator in the car. Honda listened and another new for 2009 is just that. Honda also added a driver's footrest, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors.

The improved 60/40 split Magic Seat® with one-motion dive-down mechanism are cool. Cooler yet is the Multi-mode interior configurations which can be moved into four different configurations, including refresh mode which turns the Fit's interior into a bed.

Fog lights and chrome headlight bezels, body-colored underbody kit and rear roofline spoiler, chrome exhaust finisher, 16-inch alloy wheels, security system with remote entry, perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel with illuminated controls, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters with sport mode indicator (5-speed automatic transmission), cruise control, map lights, and 6-speaker sound system.

Ophelimity is a car worth buying.

5-Speed Manual;$14,750; 27 mpg city/33 highway/29 combined

5-Speed Automatic;$15,550; 28mpg city/35 highway /31 combined

5-Speed Manual; $16,260; 27 mpg city/33 highway /29 combined

5-Speed Automatic; $17,110; 27 mpg city /33 highway /30 combined

5-Speed Manual; $18,110; 27mpg city/33 highway /29 combined

5-Speed Automatic; $18,960; 27 mpg city/33 highway/30 combined

By Lou Ann Hammond

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Images of the 2009, Honda Fit Sport

2009 Honda Fit Sport with Navigation
2009 Honda Fit Sport with Navigation
Is that pipeline as big as the Fit?
Is that pipeline as big as the Fit?
the instrument panel includes average mpg
the instrument panel includes average mpg
now isn't that cool?
now isn't that cool?