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#108 of 294 Re: VSA with Navigation option [salemfit]
Jun 30, 2008 (7:27 pm)
The cost is a big issue for everyone, and when it has to be bundled with the navi, the VSA option is a very expensive option indeed.
The safety merit of the VSA or ESC or whatever people call it is virtually indisputable. That is why in many countries the stability control system is now mandatory, and will be so in the U.S. by 2012.
But for a car in this price bracket, the cost of the navi + VSA is not negligible, either. There is no question that all trim levels of the new Fit will ultimately come with VSA, with or without Navi due to the legal mandate. The question that remains is that of how soon. Would Honda wait until the 2012 model year to make VSA available on the Fit without Navi because they have to, or would they make VSA available as a stand-alone option, or for that matter, a standard equipment piece, sooner? No one knows, and that makes it a tough call for anyone who is thinking about pulling the trigger on the next-gen Fit soon after its introduction.
#109 of 294 Daydreaming
Jul 08, 2008 (6:43 pm)
This is the forum for me, lots of enthusiasm for the 2009 Fit. As to its appearance, a comparison might be between the current CR-V and the previous model.
I plan to buy a base 5MT not so much for cost savings or fuel economy (although I wouldn't be planning this step if it were an expensive gas guzzler), but because it appeals to me as a small fun-to-drive sporty car - taking into account that it did so well in the Car & Driver lane change test (beating Porsche, Ferrari, Corvette). Its power-to-weight ratio is not shabby.
I'll install 17" Kosei racing wheels with 215 Kumho sport tires left over from the 2004 Civic that preceded our 2007 SE Accord. And I'll get a somewhat louder exhaust. Forgive me, that's my youth talking (84 in January).
Red or silver?
#111 of 294 2009 Price for Sport Model
Jul 10, 2008 (8:38 am)
Anyone know what the base price will be for the Sport model of the Fit?
Also, will the MPG go down more than a couple of points?
Many thanks. :
#112 of 294 Re: Fit is out in China [vchiu]
Jul 13, 2008 (7:14 pm)
I went to my dealer today.
Fit sales started yesterday in fact, and employees were cleaning a bright yellow fit they just received. I could sit in it.
It was a 1.5L with a manual trans.
Overall feeling is good, with a fit and finish close to the outgoing generation.
The new body shape gives a feeling of a cab forward design. This is OK but the front lights really look a bit too big / over the top. The front pillar shape is different and it looks like front visibililty has been improved.
Inside, the color set is very much alike with a combination of black and grey.
The dash design looks a bit complicated imho, but now the integrated CD-Radio set supports MP3 at last with an audio in jack. Climate control is still manual and one must pay an extra 2000 USD to go to the sports edition to get automatic climate control.
Seating position is somewhat different from the previous. it looks like the steering wheel is in a lower position. I found this a bit more relaxing than mine. it is also adjustable in reach on top of height.
This time, i have a feeling that my head is quite close to the headliner if set the seat in the highest position (China models come with height adjustable seats)
maybe the overall seating position is higher, which gives me the impression that the steering wheel is lower.
There is still the mandatory power roof that eats-up some headroom. Not a real issue as I am not tall (5.9) but I just don't need this function and I think it adds unn
Rear leg space look light as tight as the previous generation. I would have expected a 3-inch increase in length to have added at least 1.5 inch but It does not feel this way. Rear seet keep their intelligent folding scheme with two interesting improvements :
1) rear headrest are now collapsible into the bench body, so no need to remove them when folding the bench down and possibility to increase rear sight area.
2) rear bench has 2 angle settings. the most reclined one compromises cargo capacity a bit but improves rear seat comfort a lot.
Rear doors come with accomodation for a large cup or a small bottle.
The grey cloth used for the seats seems easy to stain. there was already one appearing. Seats have been redesigned and seem to have a better side cushion shape.
Boot seems to be of same capacity than before. Now model come with a cargo cover.
Tires are still the 15X175 as the outgoing model. This is a good think they don't force us to oversize.
The big down is with the transmission, where the previous CVT is now replaced by a 5 spd conventional box. I fear that this setup may compromise performance or fuel economy or either both.
So far, the impression is ok but not overwhelming. I guess a test ride would give much more answers.
#113 of 294 Re: Fit is out in China [vchiu]
Jul 14, 2008 (9:12 pm)
Did it have a spare tire? That has been an item of speculation for the US market.
Jul 15, 2008 (1:50 pm)
you know you didn't need to remove the headrests to fold down the seats in the current version right? Speaking of the US here, but you slide the front seat forward, fold the back seat down (forward), and the front seats slide back OVER the headrest.
#115 of 294 Re: Fit is out in China [salemfit]
Jul 15, 2008 (6:17 pm)
>Did it have a spare tire?
Yes it did. a full sized one.
#116 of 294 Re: head rests [fitman548]
Jul 15, 2008 (6:21 pm)
>you know you didn't need to remove the headrests to fold down the seats in the current version right?
If I don't remove the headrests, I just can't fold the back seats, even if the front seat is all the way ahead. The Chinese Fit must have different design than the US version
#117 of 294 Re: Fit is out in China [vchiu]
Jul 19, 2008 (6:08 pm)
"Not a real issue as I am not tall (5.9) "
That's tall even for an American woman! I don't think the US version will get the moon roof.
Was the steering wheel adjustable?
And finally, when you say boot do you mean trunk?
Lastly, thanks for all of your info regarding the '09 Fit.