2009 Honda Fit User Reviews
Sport 5-Spd AT shown
- $9,527 - $12,178
- No trim specified for this review
- Great gas mileage, lots of pep with the 5-spd manual, crazy roomy
- Some plastic parts on interior trim seem a bit chincy, USB doesn't always play nice with my iPhone
Purchased As Used
Just picked up a super clean used 2009 Fit Sport (5-spd manual) with 26,000 miles for $12,200 (Thanks BMW of Annapolis, MD!!!) and all I can say is WOW...love it! Gas mileage is great, very fun to drive with lots of get-up-and-go, and so much cargo room for the size you won't believe it.
Overall, I do love this car, and the only quibbles I have are pretty minor. The USB hookup is, for the most part, great, and I love being able to control things from the dash, but it doesn't seem to play well at times with my iPhone 3GS. When plugged in, you initially get a message that "this device is not optimized for the 3GS and may reduce reception...may increase noise..." (or something to that effect) and, instead of a lightning bolt, the power indicator on the phone will at times display a plug within the battery and not charge, despite being plugged in. Unplug and re-plug and, boom, it's charging again. I am beginning to wonder if the fault on this one may lie with my phone, but I cant be sure. The system will also, at times, be unable to read from the phone, displaying a "reconnect" message on the radio display. Again, disconnect/reconnect and it's fine. I would love to know if there is a fix for any of this and will probably contact Honda to find out. I'll try to update this post if I get an answer.
My comment about some of the interior trim being a bit chincy was prompted by a crack I heard while propping my elbow on the upholstered portion of the driver's door armrest while scooting up in my seat. Not sure if the underlying plastic actually broke, but it does seem to have just a bit of give now. Guess I just expected it to be a bit more solid, y'know? About the only thing that I in any way don't like about the looks of the car is the weird little bubbles in the headlight housing where the turn signals live. I just find them a bit odd and superfluous, and would prefer them to lie flush with the rest of the hood, but it's a small detail. I really like the overall look of the Fit with the sport trim, whithout which the base model ends up looking quite a bit more 'blah'.
As I said, these things are pretty minor in my opinion (and they're seriously the only ones I can really think of). I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend this car to anyone, especially the manual version. As far as those who say the Fit lacks power, I can't help but wonder if their expectations were a bit unrealistic for a car in it's class. I believe it has plenty, but for those that want to take matters into their own hands, my car-buff roommate tells me there are certainly ways to squeeze out some extra hp, such as an aftermarket air filter like a K&N, and an aftermarket exhaust (I can't recall the numbers that were quoted, but it was a pretty good boost). I do think I may go for these when I have some spare change to throw at my new baby, but even without I am INCREDIBLY happy with my purchase. So shop around, find a deal, and GET FIT!!!
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