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2009 Honda Fit Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Honda Fit was new.


Interior: 9.1

There are generally positive impressions of the 2009 Fit's interior, from the high quality features and spacious seating, to the improved visibility in front and rear, to the innovative cargo capabilities for a compact vehicle.

  • "In typical Honda fashion the Fit's interior blends visual appeal with real-world practicality." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The vibe from the cockpit is open, unoppressed and glassine, a luxury of dimension in what is really a very small car." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The rear view is much improved, too, thanks to backseat head restraints that, when nested into the backrest, eliminate the obstruction from the previous generation's enormous ones." -- Cars.com
  • "There's a suitable amount of room for four full-size adults with surprising amounts of headroom and legroom. Cushioning for all seats is enhanced and driver comfort is improved in Sport models with a fold-down armrest and leather-wrapped steering wheel borrowed from the Civic." -- Automobile Magazine

Front Seats

With supportive seating, stretched legroom and outstanding visibility, the Fit's front row is very accommodating.

  • "All seats on all trim levels are new, but the Sport model cloth seats are huge improvements over those of the previous generation, providing gobs more lateral and seat support." -- Motor Trend
  • "Even at 6'9" and 275 pounds, my test drive in the Fit through upstate New York's hilly terrain was enjoyable." -- Roadfly
  • "At 6 feet tall, I had substantial headroom surplus, and legroom was good enough that I had to inch the driver's seat forward a bit to get full extension on the clutch pedal. Comfort has also improved, thanks to the addition of a dead pedal, or foot rest, on the left where the previous model had a carpeted outcropping that made for a more crowded footwell. ... The greenhouse is huge and has a wide-open feel, due in part to the A-pillars sloping far forward." -- Cars.com

Rear Seats

The Fit's stretched wheelbase is especially beneficial for rear passengers. Even the tallest auto reviewers had enough knee and leg room when testing the hatch's back row.

  • "Just as with the recently introduced Mini Clubman, the stretched wheelbase of the new Fit primarily improves rear-seat legroom, which has increased 1.6 inches." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2009 car's additional millimeters of wheelbase translate directly to rear knee and leg room. I'm 6-foot-1, and I had no trouble moving from the driver's seat to occupy the left rear seat, what's called 'sitting behind myself.'" -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The backseat is comfortable, and due to a change in the roof's peak, headroom is ample. With the driver's seat all the way back, my knees were in contact with its backrest, but the floor is relatively low, so my knees weren't raised much - which is how some cars shoehorn occupants in there." -- Cars.com

Magic Seat

The 2009 Honda Fit's second-row Magic Seat remains its most distinctive and discussed feature.

  • "The car's 'Magic Seat,' which sounds like an endowed chair at Hogwarts but is actually the clever, multi-position rear seat mechanisms ... have evolved somewhat. Now, thanks to new flip-down headrests, the rear seat backs can be folded flat with just a turn of a latch, even if the front seats are pushed all the way back (i.e., you don't have to remove the rear headrests)." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The seats can be arranged to handle tall loads, such as plants, that otherwise would be thrown willy-nilly around the back of a car, or long loads, such as surfboards. The design is remarkably intuitive." -- The Washington Post

Interior Features

To auto writers, the cabin quality inside the redesigned Fit is in keeping with a subcompact, albeit a very nice one. The Fit Sport now comes with a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Honda's satellite-linked navigation system and electronic stability control. There are also great portable GPS options that would work well in the Fit.

  • "The gauge cluster and HVAC configuration are completely new and have a more refined, most-definitely non-entry-level feel to them now." -- Motor Trend
  • "The dash styling is adventurous, more along the lines of the Civic, only without the double-tier instrument nonsense." -- Road and Track
  • "The new Fit has a bunch of cool luxury features that usually aren't offered in this price range. In the Sport model, paddle shifters and audio controls have been added to the leather-wrapped steering wheel. ... Honda also revamped the air conditioning system to provide better cooling to the backseat. Told ya it's cool." -- Mother Proof 
  • "Interior materials are on par with the cheap, hard feel of the competitors, but style is a step above with unique textures and ergonomics." -- Automobile Magazine


The Honda Fit's cargo area has even more appeal for the 2009 model year, thanks to additional room floor to ceiling and more cabin stowage options.

  • "If you ask me, the Fit's cargo bay ... is its most impressive feature. It offers a whopping 20.6 cubic feet of space -- compare that to 17.8 cubes for the Nissan Versa, 10.5 for the Scion xD, and 7.1 for the Chevy Aveo5. In fact, the Fit offers more cargo space than bigger cars like the VW Rabbit (15 cu. ft.) and Pontiac Vibe (20.1)." -- About.com
  • "Measuring from floor to ceiling, Honda has carved out an extra 1/2 in. So when that 'Magic Seat' is folded up, you can haul an even taller houseplant back from The Home Depot." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Caffeine fanatics will love the ten beverage holders, and a multitude of storage spaces provides places to stash small items such as cell phones, breath mints and empty coffee cups." -- Kelley Blue Book


Honda receives unanimous praise for boosting the total number of cupholders in the '09 Fit to 10, but About.com finds their placement is not wholly efficient.

  • "Answering the customary call for even more cupholders, the Fit now offers a staggering total of 10!" -- Edmunds
  • "It's the seemingly little things, such as cup holders smartly placed in the left and right corners of the Fit's instrument panel, out of the way of gearshift levels and other things that could trigger spills. Duh. Why didn't the Chevrolet Aveo designers think of that?" -- The Washington Post

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