2009 Honda Fit: Zippy and Fuel Sipping

Posted by: David Kiley on August 19, 2008

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I’ll have a review of the new 2009 Honda Fit later this week when the pesky embargo lifts. But in the meantime, I can’t help but gush on the liklihood…call it a rumor…that real-life driving fuel economy for this runabout is likely pushing 40 mpg. That’s a piece of change greater than the government rating.

Sure, most cars get higher than the government rating. A friend of mine suddenly finding himself driving a Mercury Grand Marquis to work everyday says he is getting 27-28 on the highway. But 39-40 in combined fuel economy for the Fit, if it holds up with the reviewers who will be unleashing their reviews later this week, would be very nice indeed for a petrol car.

Reader Comments

xander

August 19, 2008 6:04 PM

Is that 39-40 combined fuel economy in US or UK standards?

From Kiley: US

chagrin2

August 19, 2008 11:02 PM


Yes Kiley they do actually get an average of 40mpg with their 1.5ltmpfi engines . Also their 1.3lt engines get in the mid to high 40's. what s is so surprising abou that. These cars are very light and offer good cabin space.Oh by the way Civics with their 1.5lt and 1.7lt engines average over 35mpg highway.

Nolan

August 20, 2008 9:36 AM

With something like this available, why would anyone buy a more expensive and complicated hybrid like the Toyota Prius?

From Kiley: The Prius still gets substantially better mileage in city driving. But your point is well taken.

Build An Electric Car

August 20, 2008 1:31 PM

A whopping 40mpg! Wow consumers will be cashing in on that money saver, meanwhile other consumers will be flocking to electric powered cars. Mr. Kiley, do you foresee an electric powered Honda model in the near future? Is there already a prototype?

From Kiley: Honda has electrics in the works, and has said it does not favor plug-in hybrids.

jerry wong

August 23, 2008 1:26 PM

Very insightful, Honda has always been great on fuel efficiency

Chris

August 25, 2008 8:30 PM

I need convincing on the fuel economy, but it's still a tiny car... prefer the Nissan Versa. Nissan is going to be the premier manufacturer of Electric Cars... the battery they are developing gets over 300mpg and the first BEV car will be sold in the US in 2010 with about 9 other electric cars by 2012.

The 2009 Fit is a bit larger than the outgoing model and the interior packaging also makes for a roomier car.

Vishal

September 14, 2008 12:15 AM

Believe it or not!!! Today I was able to strike a deal for Honda Fit 2009 Automatic Base model for $520 less than the MSRP. I have my car 17K out the door. I'm real happy the initial MPG is reahing 40 MPG I'll keep monitoring - but even if I get 36, I'll be thrilled.

vince

September 25, 2008 11:04 AM

I havnt heard much about Hondas Hydrogen fuel cell car latley, is research going forward? Detroits big three better get it going, they are not even close to the Imports when it comes to meeting the demands of todays energy situation.

simon Bentley

October 7, 2008 6:01 PM

I have had my 2009 Honda Fit Sport for about 5 weeks . I live in Southern California . I have driven 2850 miles , about 90 per cent highway driving . I have driven between 55 and 65 mph !
I have so far averaged 42.2 miles per US gallon .
I just wanted to post this fact ! My Fit has replaced my Jeep Grand Cherokee and I am very happy with it .

sincerely ,

Simon ,

Joshua Tree , Ca.

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