2009 Honda Fit - Key Features

Safety

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The new Fit offers enhanced safety features. Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) makes the Fit highly effective at absorbing the energy of a frontal crash. It also helps minimize the potential for under-ride or over-ride, which can occur during head-on or offset-frontal impacts with a significantly larger or smaller vehicle. This not only provides improved protection for vehicle occupants, but also helps mitigate damage to other vehicles.

In addition to dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, every Fit features front side airbags with a passenger-side occupant position detection system and a side curtain airbag system to help protect occupants' heads and necks in the event of a side collision. Three-point seatbelts are standard in all seating positions. Also standard is a Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system, which provides rigid attachment points in the outboard rear seats for up to two child seats.

Additional standard safety features include an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and brake assist, front seat belts with automatic tensioning systems, new driver and front passenger Active Head Restraints, and a pedestrian injury mitigation body design in the front of the vehicle. Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is available on the Fit Sport.

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Body

The new Fit features several design innovations to further enhance its active, smart appearance, aerodynamically sleek form and highly rigid construction. Most striking among these is the new super-forward aero-form design, achieved by positioning the front pillar as far forward as possible, for maximum visual impact. The expanded windshield and large front quarter windows improve visibility while making the cabin feel even more spacious. A distinctive honeycomb grille and larger, more sharply styled headlights add a feel of dynamism and presence. Fluid, arcing lines highlight the sleek contours of the upper body's tapered, aerodynamic form.

Structural innovations in key areas throughout the body and frame increase rigidity with minimum additional weight, resulting in a high-performance body structure with compliant handling and enhanced safety performance. The new Fit's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure contributes to improved vehicle rigidity in addition to frontal collision safety. Strengthening of stress-bearing areas in the frame helps reduce vibrations that can cause noise and hum. The amount of high-tensile steel in the Fit's body has been increased from 40% to 54%, and front body rigidity has been increased 164%.

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Packaging

The new Fit offers a further enhancement of the innovative center tank layout, making it even more spacious and easy to use. Extensive design innovations throughout - such as repositioning the windshield and roof peak and installing more slender pillars - enhance spaciousness and utility. And yet the new Fit maintains its distinctive small-car handling and maneuverability, with only marginal increases in length and width.





Interior

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The new Fit takes advantage of the super-forward aero-form design to create an airy, spacious interior with added comfort and convenience. Interior layout improvements further enhance interior spaciousness. The newly designed dashboard features large, 3D gauges and a new LCD display that clearly displays current and average fuel consumption and other key information. Air conditioner performance is improved to meet the additional demands of the expanded glass area, and the controls are closer to the driver for easier operation.

The seats are redesigned for greater comfort and the new tilt and telescopic steering column provides maximum flexibility to fit a wide range of driver physiques. The broad footrest adds to driver comfort, and specially selected materials and trimmings throughout the interior enhance the new Fit's premium feel.

The new Fit features a 4-speaker, 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system (6-speakers in the Fit Sport) with an auxiliary input jack for MP3 player and Windows Media® audio playback capability. The new Fit Sport is also equipped with a USB audio interface for connecting an iPod or other compatible audio devices. Also available on the Fit Sport is the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with a 6.5-inch touch screen display and voice recognition which has PC card playback capability.

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Utility

The 60/40 split Magic Seat®, a key feature of the Fit's versatile interior, has been made even more convenient with a one-motion dive-down mechanism that allows the rear seats to be folded down with the flip of a single lever, even when the front seats are all the way back. Four different interior configurations are available: Utility, Tall, Long and People modes. The new Fit also offers a full complement of storage pockets, compartments, and beverage holders conveniently located throughout the vehicle.



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Chassis

Front MacPherson struts and a rear torsion beam suspension provide excellent handling characteristics and ride quality while allowing for ample cabin space with a low floor. In the new Fit, the chassis has been further refined to match the more rigid body and achieve an ideal balance between smooth ride comfort and crisp, nimble handling.

Geometry enhancements contribute to a smoother ride. The high-capacity Electric Power Steering (EPS) provides natural, crisp steering response at all speeds.

The Fit's front ventilated disc and rear drum brakes are equipped with an anti-lock brake system (ABS) featuring Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). Braking performance has been further enhanced in the new Fit to provide a more linear braking feel. Standard equipment includes 15-inch wheels with wheel covers on the Fit and 16-inch, 14-spoke alloy wheels on the Fit Sport.

Powertrain

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The 2009 Fit's new 1.5-liter, 16-valve, 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC gasoline engine outputs a maximum of 117 hp at 6,600 rpm - 8 hp more than the current model. It is coupled with either a 5-speed manual transmission (standard) or a 5-speed automatic transmission (available). The Fit's efficient, compact engine features Honda's exclusive intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC) valvetrain technology and delivers class-leading performance for the subcompact segment, along with excellent fuel economy and low emissions.

Larger-diameter intake valves and a resonator chamber in the intake manifold contribute more power and a smoother torque curve, while improvements to coolant flow and piston crown design result in increased low-end torque output. Engine friction has also been minimized with such innovations as a patterned coating on the piston skirts for improved oil retention and a self-tensioning ancillary driving belt, reducing engine resistance for better fuel economy. Other environmental performance technologies include an exhaust-manifold integrated cylinder head with high-temperature catalytic converter, along with high-precision air-fuel ratio control.

Improvements to the 5-speed automatic transmission include torque converter lockup to lower vehicle speeds for better fuel economy and a more linear feel. The automatic transmission-equipped Fit Sport features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters that enhance the driving experience. The 5-speed manual transmission boasts a shorter shift stroke and lower gear ratios.

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Fit Sport

The Fit Sport features a package of exterior and interior enhancements designed to bolster its sporty appearance and performance. Exterior amenites include fog lights, chrome headlight bezels, body-colored underbody kit and rear roofline spoiler, chrome exhaust finisher, and sporty 16-inch alloy wheels. The interior features a perforated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and illuminated steering-wheel mounted controls. The 5-speed automatic transmission model also includes steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a sport-mode indicator. Cruise control, map lights, four cargo tie-down anchors, and a 6-speaker sound system with USB interface for connecting an iPod or other compatible audio devices are also standard. A security system with remote entry provides an added layer of protection for this premium package. Also available for the Fit Sport is an optional package including Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®).

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