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The 2009 Honda Fit and the New American Way

Posted in Cars, General, Honda by Vito Rispo | July 11th, 2008 | 2 Responses |

Can I admit I want a Honda Fit and not be a RideLust outcast?

Admittedly, there’s something bizarre in my brain. A Liberty Bell shaped gland that fuels my thirst for bigness, speed, and loud noises. That’s the part of me saying “No, forget the Fit, its queer. You want horsepower and smoke from spinning wheels, you want danger and difficult to pronounce Italian cars with long hoods”, and its true, I do; I think? But there is something about the Honda Fit. It’s got charm.

2009 will be the first year Americans have the privilege of driving the second generation Honda Fit. Its perfect timing too because oil is up over $140 a barrel and I’m sick of swallowing gas every time I try to siphon it out of my neighbors cars. It’s disgusting.

We’re a bit behind the times though; this 2nd gen version was released in Japan back in late 2007, and was even named Japan’s Car of the Year in 2008 (just like the first generation was in 2002), beating out the new Impreza and Infiniti G37, among others. That’s some heavy competition.

Honda can win those awards because they’re constantly trying to improve. They’ve addressed just about every issue the first model had. More glass all around for better visibility, better quality interior trim and seats, a stretched out wheelbase for better legroom. And it’s more than just styling. Underneath, there’s a completely reengineered chassis, and an improvement in overall structural rigidity by 164 percent, making for a really solid feel and the added benefit of making the ride a lot less harsh than its predecessor’s. They even upgraded the engine. All that plus 34 mpg, and it starts out at around $14,000. Now you see the appeal.

That’s $14,000 for a stripped down base model. A well equipped model will run you a little more, and a super cool Sport model (with 16 inch alloys, paddle shifters, and a couple rad gadgets) can get you up past 17k if you really try.

Generally, I like Corvettes and Mangustas and zero to 60 in less than 5 seconds. But I also like to zip around like a nimble little auto ninja and not pay 100 dollars to fill up my tank. And I’m not the only one with shifting attitudes.

It’s a changing social landscape out there. Look at video games: instead of the high level technology and menacing façade of the Playstation 3, we’re cartoon bowling on the Nintendo Wii.

Did you know they use Playstation 3 chips in supercomputers? It’s true. Plus it was a Blu-Ray player.  And still, the Wii outsold the PS3 by almost 6 million units.

What’s this have to do with the Honda Fit?

It’s the same principle: it’s inexpensive, well made, and fun. I have a feeling Honda is going to sell more than the 70,000 Fit’s they have on hand in the US. Fun is fun, it’s undeniable.

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2 Responses

  1. mike says:

    As a car guy thats in the market to buy my next car, and finally being in a position to get into the performance market.

    I’m glad i’m not the only one that feels the same way about the fit…. the amount of money saved in gas over the years i’ll own it… make it hard to passs over.

    plus it does have that werid ‘cool’ look too it… i’ll take one in red…

    or that mspd3… grrr

  2. havingafit4afit says:

    I agree. I think it’s good packaging for a nimble zippy car. I test drove an 08 to get ready and buy an 09.

    GPS was the seller for me. I’m totally wanting one IN the car. I have an iPhone and it’s ok but not stable enough. The fit will work for me as it has the adjustable seats that can be configured and I teach art so I have the strangest things to haul (often). This makes my day. I just wish it had a little more power to haul things like jetskis’ I don’t think it will go that far but hey. Thats why my fiance has a truck :)…..

    He can buy a truck cover if we want to do a huge traveling vacation :)….extended cabs are great (I’ll stick with my lil ‘future fit gas saving idea’ for 09 :)…..totally sold on buying one.

    Love hondas…..my accord has 245,000 miles on it and still going strong!