Honda Unveils New Fit

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz
honda unveils new fit

Honda officially showed the second generation Fit to the world today, For a B-segment car, it's something of a looker. Power rises to a useful 118 horsepower from a new 1.5-liter engine, and the optional automatic transmission (befitting a car that will spend time in congested urban areas) gains a cog (for a total of five). Honda's also hoping to convince buyers of its cheapest car to spring for high-profit-margin items like the optional navigation system. Interior plastics are improved, and the flexible seating returns. Honda calls the latter "Magic Seat." While useful, if this is Honda's impression of magic they should probably stop going to prestidigiation performances at the airport motel. Honda forgot to release the Fit's crucial MPG figures. Since these are the most important stats for this car (besides price), you'd have thought Honda would have remembered not to remember to forget.

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  • Shaker Shaker on Mar 20, 2008

    Supposedly this '09 was to fix a couple of issues, such as the lack of a dead pedal and driver's seat height adjustment. If they also added the telescope function to the steering wheel, it would really help the ergos. I test drove an '07 auto, and it was a peppy, fun car to drive, and it had a quality "aura" about it, but I knew it would be hell for my 77" frame on longer trips. I would want a manual, though, as the auto struggled a bit in the hills around Pittsburgh (I must admit, it ran better than I thought, as the auto is very well programmed and matched to the 1.5L). Actually, I hope everybody hates the "new look" Fit, so there will be a few for me to check out when they hit the lots; short supply has been a big issue with these cool cars.

  • Bfg9k Bfg9k on Mar 20, 2008

    Far more attractive than the Yaris, which in 3-door form has got to be the most hideous vehicle sold today.

  • Lewissalem Lewissalem on Mar 20, 2008

    The interior looks great. Can anybody beat Honda on interior fit and finish in this price bracket?

  • Scott Scott on Mar 20, 2008

    Yay! Now it looks...exactly like every other Honda. I bought my Fit (partly, at least) because it looked different. Sigh.

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