By James Bergeron

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2009 Honda Fit

Day 1:

2009 Honda Fit
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Just moments after I picked up my tester for this week I realized something: it occurred to me that I had been deprived for nearly four months. Of what, you ask? Shifting my own gears! I haven’t driven a manual since early December, which seems like an eternity. This week I get to row my own gears in the 2009 Honda Fit Sport.

When the Fit first launched in Canada April 2006, there was a buzz around this little car. Honda couldn’t keep them on the lots as demand outpaced supply. Fast forward to 2009, and the Fit is no longer that cool new toy; as with any model the excitement has died down. The Fit was still selling well, but needed some refreshning.

2009 Honda Fit
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The 2009 Fit brings a little more refinement to the table. A 1.5-Litre engine now making 117hp powers the car, and my tester comes equipped with the standard five-speed manual transmission. Also available is a five-speed automatic transmission ($1,200) which, on the Sport model, no longer includes paddle shifters.

The Honda Fit starts at $14,980 for the DX model which is fairly basic in terms of content but it does have six airbags and ABS brakes with EBD, both features generally omitted on base model sub-compact cars.

The LX model adds: 15-inch aluminum wheels, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, a driver’s armrest, heated mirrors, power door locks with remote entry and two extra speakers for a total of four. The sport model adds onto the LX: 16-inch aluminum wheels to replace the 15s, front and rear stabilizer bars, fog lights, a leather steering wheel, a passenger-side seatback pocket, two more speakers for a total of six and a USB music player connector for the stereo.

2009 Honda Fit Sport
MSRP as tested (including destination): $20,590

For more information on Honda and the Fit visit Honda Canada

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