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Edmunds drives '09 Honda Fit

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First Drive: 2009 Honda Fit

With improved ride and handling plus a more spacious and more stylish interior, the new Fit addresses all the criticisms leveled at the current car.

* 14.2 cubic feet of cargo space

* 10 cupholders

* 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC engine

* 118 horsepower

the stretched wheelbase of the new Fit primarily improves rear-seat legroom, which has increased 1.6 inches

With a handheld stopwatch, we clocked this car to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds.

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This is basically compact material - in interior room, performance, equipment, and price - with the external dimensions and fuel economy of a subcompact.

It's funny how the 1er is like the old 3er, the Fit like the old Civic...

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Can someone tell me why a sub compact like the Fit needs 10 cup holders? :banghead:

Why did I start humming "America" by Neil Diamond after I read your question?

I'm impressed with the new Fit. Honda just made the best subcompact better.

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Can someone tell me why a sub compact like the Fit needs 10 cup holders? :banghead:

It's simple math.

The Fit can accommodate up to 5 people. That allows each person to have 2 drinks each. Since we're all lazy and never clean our cars out, that reduces the number of times we have to discard old soda bottles by half, thus saving time.

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The Fit can accommodate up to 5 people. That allows each person to have 2 drinks each. Since we're all lazy and never clean our cars out, that reduces the number of times we have to discard old soda bottles by half, thus saving time.

:lol:
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Can someone tell me why a sub compact like the Fit needs 10 cup holders? :banghead:

"You always have time for Tim Hortons"

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10 cupholders, for the empties.

Still only a meager 118hp? 8.9 seconds?

Jesus Christ, can we at least have 140hp and something in the range of 7.2 seconds?

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This is basically compact material - in interior room, performance, equipment, and price - with the external dimensions and fuel economy of a subcompact.

It's funny how the 1er is like the old 3er, the Fit like the old Civic...

It's still quite a bit smaller than the new Europeans and even the Koreans.

5-door Hatch		 Year  Wheelbase   Length	  Width (mm inch)
Lada Calina		  2004  2470  97.2  3850 151.6  1700 66.9
Xiali Weizhi		 2006  2425  95.5  3855 151.8  1680 66.1
Mitsubishi Colt	  2002  2500  98.4  3885 153.0  1680 66.1
Mazda2			   2007  2490  98.0  3885 153.0  1695 66.7
Honda Fit			2007  2500  98.4  3900 153.5  1695 66.7
Chevrolet Aveo	   2007  2480  97.6  3920 154.3  1680 66.1
Scion xD			 2007  2460  96.9  3930 154.7  1725 67.9
Mini Cooper Clubman  2007  2547 100.3  3937 155.0  1683 66.3
Toyota Corolla FX	1984  2430  95.7  3970 156.3  1635 64.4
Mazda Verisa			   2490  98.0  3975 156.5  1695 66.7
SEAT Ibiza				 2460  96.9  3977 156.6  1698 66.9
Renault Clio		 2005  2575 101.4  3986 156.9  1707 67.2
Kia Rio			  2005  2500  98.4  3990 157.1  1695 66.7
Skoda Fabia		  2007  2462  96.9  3992 157.2  1642 64.6
Opel Corsa		   2006  2511  98.9  3999 157.4  1737 68.4
Opel Kadett		  1984  2520  99.2  4000 157.5  1663 65.5
Fiat Grande Punto	2005  2510  98.8  4030 158.7  1687 66.4
Peugeot 207		  2006  2540 100.0  4030 158.7  1720 67.7
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It's simple math.

The Fit can accommodate up to 5 people. That allows each person to have 2 drinks each. Since we're all lazy and never clean our cars out, that reduces the number of times we have to discard old soda bottles by half, thus saving time.

Makes sense...need room for the coffee and bottled water. Now if the cupholders were chilled, heated, lighted and with removable liners for cleaning, life would be perfect.

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10 cupholders, for the empties.

Still only a meager 118hp? 8.9 seconds?

Jesus Christ, can we at least have 140hp and something in the range of 7.2 seconds?

Bitch, please... It's a subcompact, not a sports car! A damn Focus can't even deliver that. :rolleyes:
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Bitch, please... It's a subcompact, not a sports car! A damn Focus can't even deliver that. :rolleyes:

:lol:

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Bitch, please... It's a subcompact, not a sports car! A damn Focus can't even deliver that. :rolleyes:

Most European B-segment subcompacts have "hot" versions with 175–200 PS. 120 PS is not even the top-level for smaller A-segment hatches such as the Yaris, Micra/March, C2 and Swift.

For B/C-segment models (that is in the size area in which the B-and C-segments overlap) the minimum power level for gasoline engines is 60 PS, It then progresses regularly up from there in small increments— 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, 110 (although few models have versions representing successive levels). The latest 1.5s and 1.6s are moving from the 105-110 level to 115 to 120 (not many as yet, and the Corsa doesn't offer an engine of this size at all, although it could easily). The ist/xD is the sole example with an engine at the 130 PS level, just above the old Corsa GSi, but there is a large cluster of European models (including the Corsa) at the 150 PS level, primarily turbocharged 1.5 and 1.6 L engines. For 5-doors such as the Fit, that is the upper limit, but 3-doors get hotter turbos from 175—192 PS, and the odd (no replacement for displacement) Clio with a high-revving 2.0 L at 200 PS.

The A/B-segment in which the Sirion, Mini, Yaris hatch, Micra/March, C2 and Swift reside, starts at the same covers a similar range from 60 PS up but generally peaks at the 125—130 PS level (Swift Sport, C2 VTS, Yaris TS), with the exception of the Mini Cooper S at 175 PS.

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It's simple math.

The Fit can accommodate up to 5 people. That allows each person to have 2 drinks each. Since we're all lazy and never clean our cars out, that reduces the number of times we have to discard old soda bottles by half, thus saving time.

LOL I resemble that remark except I don't use the word soda.
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