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2009 Honda Fit: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions February 2015

The 2009 Honda Fit offers near minivan-like roominess and utility in a small, fun-to-drive car that's great on gas and easy to maneuver and park. All new for 2009, the second-generation Fit is larger and roomier than the previous version, with maximum cargo space jumping from 41.9 to 57.3 cu ft. A key enabler is the rear Magic Seat, which, due to the gas tank being located under the front seats, can be folded flat using a handy level that accomplishes the task in a single motion. Yet the Fit remains nimble and maneuverable with a curb-to-curb turning circle of just 34.4 ft.

The 2009 Fit gets more power, up from the 2008 model's 109 horsepower to 117 hp, yet it's rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 28 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the optional 5-speed automatic. Other improvements for 2009 include a new standard tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a driver's foot rest, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, and optional navigation and stability-control systems.

The Honda Fit is a great first car for buyers with limited funds and a good used-car choice for anyone looking for a thrifty, fun-to-drive small car with incredible roominess and versatility.

What We Like

Fun-to-drive character; great outward visibility and maneuverability; outstanding interior roominess and versatility; good fuel economy; value for dollar

What We Don't

Engine is buzzy at freeway speeds; some wind noise; no sixth gear option

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Honda Fit and Fit Sport are powered by a thrifty 1.5-liter single-overhead-camshaft (SOHC) 4-cylinder. Equipped with four valves per cylinder and Honda's i-VTEC (intelligent variable-valve timing and lift) system, the 1.5-liter generates 117 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel. Both Fit and Fit Sport are available with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic. The automatic in the Fit Sport includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for the option of manually controlled sequential shifts. Fit models with the 5-speed automatic are rated by the EPA at 28 mpg city/35 mpg hwy, while Fit Sports with the automatic and all Fits and Fit Sports with the 5-speed manual gearbox receive a 27 mpg city/33 mpg hwy rating. All models are equipped with front-wheel drive.

Standard Features & Options

The 2009 Honda Fit is available in Fit and Fit Sport trims.

Fit standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, 175/65R15 tires, air conditioning with cabin air filtration, a tilt-telescope steering wheel, a 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with speed-sensitive volume and an MP3 decoder, intermittent wipers, reclining front bucket seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, cloth upholstery, anti-lock brakes, dual front- and side-impact airbags, overhead airbags and power locks, windows and mirrors.

Fit Sport models upgrade to 16-in alloy wheels, 185/55R16 tires, a security system with remote entry, a 6-speaker upgrade audio system with a USB audio interface, cruise control, map lights, a perforated-leather-wrapped steering wheel with illuminated controls, steering-wheel shift paddles (automatic transmission only), fog lamps, a chrome-tipped exhaust, a rear spoiler and body-colored side skirts. The Fit sport is also available with optional navigation with voice recognition, stability control and traction control.

Pricing

With the Civic and Accord selling in such huge numbers, the subcompact Fit may be one of Honda's best-kept secrets. There isn't a huge supply of used Fits available, and clean, low-mileage examples likely won't last long on dealer lots. To get a good idea of the 2009 Fit's price range, investigate the Kelley Blue Book used-car values at KBB.com. Also search the AutoTrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the following recall for the 2009 Fit:

Springs for the engine's i-VTEC system may fail, causing a stalling condition and increasing the risk of a crash.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2009 Fit a 5-star rating for frontal impacts and driver-side impacts, with 4 stars in passenger-side impacts and rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2009 Fit Good ratings for moderate-overlap front and side impacts, as well as the roof-crush, head-restraint and seat tests, but a Poor rating under the new, upgraded tests for small-overlap front impacts.

American Honda Motor Company sold the 2009 Fit with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty.

Honda certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles must be younger than six years and have no more than 80,000 miles on the odometer. Every CPO Fit undergoes a 150-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, extending the basic new-car warranty to 48 months or 48,000 miles and powertrain coverage to 7 years or 100,000 miles from when the vehicle was first sold, whichever occurs first. Also included is a vehicle history report.

Other Cars to Consider

2009 Nissan Versa -- The top-selling subcompact Versa is available as a 5-door hatchback or a 4-door sedan, with a 107-hp 1.6-liter or 122-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder. Both versions offer a good ride and roomy interior. The hatchback has 50.4 cu ft. of cargo space with the rear seat down, but the rear hatch opening is small.

2009 Scion xD -- The smallest Scion is a 5-door hatchback. No sedan is offered. Its 128-hp 1.8-liter makes generous power for the class and is EPA-rated at 27 mpg city/33 mpg hwy with the base 5-speed manual and 26/34 with the optional 4-speed automatic. The xD is stylish and well-equipped, but cargo space is a disappointing 10.5 cu ft. behind the rear seat and 35.7 cu ft. with the rear seat folded.

AutoTrader's Advice

The Honda Fit is proof that small cars don't need to feel cheap or be boring to drive. Any used Fit, provided it's received regular care and maintenance, is a good used-car choice for first-time buyers or for anyone who appreciates a well-designed, well-engineered small car that's fun to drive and economical to own. While the base Fit offers a lot of car for the money, the Fit Sport provides upgraded appearance, sportier handling and higher amenities that make the small-car ownership experience all the more enjoyable. Look for lower-mileage examples that have seen obvious care and maintenance and get a car-history report. Going the Honda CPO route is always a wise choice. Make sure that the Fit you're planning to buy has had any applicable safety recalls attended to.

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