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2009 Honda Fit Review

When it was new, reviewers recommended the 2009 Honda Fit for its fun driving dynamics, good fuel economy and innovative cargo area. As a used car, excellent safety scores help keep the Fit at the top of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Fun to drive
  • Plenty of passenger space
  • Large, versatile cargo hold
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Competitors have standard electronic stability control

Rankings & Awards

The 2009 Honda Fit's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2009 Subcompact Cars category. It was the winner of our 2009 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award. Currently the Honda Fit has a score of 9.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 39 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.8
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 9.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.5
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2009 Honda Fit Overview

The Honda Fit was the 2009 U.S. News Best Subcompact Car for the Money because it had excellent reviews and long-term ownership costs. Reviewers praised its cabin for being one of the most spacious and comfortable in the class. That compliment even applies to the second row, which can’t be said for a lot of small cars. One of the Fit’s most celebrated features is its standard Magic Seat, which offers different configurations for maximum cargo-carrying flexibility.

The Fit has a solid list of standard features, including air conditioning, power windows and door locks and a stereo with an auxiliary input jack. It also comes with anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution. Electronic stability control is available on models with a navigation system.  

For the 2009 model year, the Fit received a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that reviewers liked a lot more than the one it replaced. Some even called the 2009 Fit one of the most engaging small cars they’d driven in a while. The Fit also has good fuel economy ratings, especially when you consider that it can hold as much cargo as some compact SUVs.

For shoppers who want a subcompact that can haul cargo, provide some driving fun, offer good crash protection and plenty of value, the 2009 Honda Fit is an excellent choice.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Scion xB is also pretty practical. Not only does it have good safety scores, its seats are some of the most spacious and comfortable in the class. The xB has a lot of standard features, which include a USB port and an upscale stereo, and safety features that tend to be optional on most small cars. The xB also has more overall cargo space than the Fit, but it doesn’t have the same flexibility when it comes to configuring cargo and seats.

Reviewers said the 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit has a great combination of practicality, fun, performance and an upscale cabin. The Rabbit also has a lot of standard interior features, as well as standard electronic stability control. The Fit, however, delivers better fuel economy than the Rabbit.

Compare the Fit to the xB and Rabbit »

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