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By Peter Bleakney

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Toronto, Ontario – Had I been moonlighting as a Honda salesperson the week I tested a red 2009 Honda Fit Sport, I could have lined my pockets with a little commission money.

My brother-in-law was over for a BBQ and decided then and there he was getting one. Ka-ching! A couple of musician friends were floored by how much equipment would fit in the Fit, and said they were heading to their local Honda store pronto. Double ka-ching!

The 2009 Fit is an all-new model, slightly bigger, slightly more powerful, slightly more fuel efficient and whole lot better looking than the outgoing car. Sure, the 2007-2008 Fit was cute and dorky, but this one is cute and funky, with big headlights, a sculpted body, and a radically raked nose and windscreen. Base wheels are 15-inch (up from 14-inch last year) with the Sport model getting 16-inch alloys.

Test Drive: 2009 Honda Fit Sport, with five speed automatic transmission car test drives honda
2009 Honda Fit Sport; photo by Peter Bleakney. Click image to enlarge

The 2009 Fit starts at $14,980 with the DX model (add $1,300 for A/C), followed by the LX ($17,380) and the top-line Sport ($19,280). My Sport tester with optional five-speed automatic transmission checked in at $20,480.

The Fit’s new interior features a trio of large round gauges with illuminated blue pointers and an interesting and ultimately functional vertical stacking of big rotary HVAC controls. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, and the Sport model gets a nice leather wrapped unit. Small item storage is not a problem with this car. There are two gloveboxes (the upper has an iPod/USB port in the Sport), lots of cubbies and a new hidden storage compartment in the bottom of the left rear seat cushion.

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