- The Washington Times - Friday, September 25, 2009

TORRANCE, Calif. | The 2010 Honda Fit, a solid alternative to standard entry-level vehicles, offers value and versatility in a fun-to-drive and fuel-efficient five-door package.

Compact on the outside yet spacious inside, the Fit stands apart from other entry-level vehicles with its multifunctional interior and high levels of refinement. The exclusive 60/40 split rear Magic Seat offers multiple seating and cargo-carrying configurations - tall object mode, long object mode and utility mode - in addition to the standard five-passenger mode.

The “super-forward aero-form” exterior design supports excellent outward visibility and contributes to the vehicle’s aggressive, sporty stance. The 1.5-liter, i-VTEC four-cylinder engine is tuned to deliver a rewarding combination of power and fuel economy. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a five-speed automatic transmission is available. Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters on Fit Sport models equipped with the available automatic transmission allow for manual gear selection.

“The Fit offers a long list of standard feature content, outstanding fuel economy and performance while still maintaining a high level of affordability,” said Erik Berkman, vice president of American Honda. “Entry-level customers can receive a tremendous value from the Fit without sacrificing function or design.”

Compact on the outside with an overall length of 161.6 inches, the interior provides an impressive passenger volume of 90.8 cubic feet for its class and a rear cargo volume of 20.6 cubic feet. The rear Magic Seat provides convenient one-motion, dive-down functionality and can fold flat into the floor to create a rear cargo volume of 57.3 cubic feet.

Safety highlights include the Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, standard anti-lock brakes and more. Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, dual front-side air bags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System and side-curtain air bags are standard equipment on all models. Vehicle Stability Assist, commonly referred to as electronic stability control, is included on Fit Sport models equipped with the available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System.

The engine produces 117 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 106 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. The Fit equipped with the available automatic transmission achieves an Environmental Protection Agency city/highway fuel economy rating of 28/35 miles per gallon. The Fit with a manual transmission and Fit Sport with either a manual or the available automatic transmission achieve an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating of 27/33 mpg. Emissions ratings are CARB ULEV-2 and Federal EPA Tier 2, Bin 5.

The front MacPherson strut suspension and torsion beam rear suspension settings are tuned to provide a sporty, refined and dynamic driving experience. Fifteen- and 16-inch wheels (Fit and Fit Sport, respectively) feature 175/65 R15 84S (Fit) and 185/55 R16 83H (Fit Sport) tires. The standard anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution uses 10.3-inch ventilated discs in the front and 7.9-inch drums in the rear.

The Fit comes with standard amenities such as air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System, auxiliary audio input jack, power windows, power mirrors and power door locks. The Fit Sport adds alloy wheels, an underbody aero kit, rear roofline spoiler, fog lights, security system with keyless remote entry and cruise control.

The Fit Sport audio system provides six speakers, a five-mode equalizer and a USB Audio Interface. The Fit Sport is available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition, featuring a 6.5-inch screen and more than 7 million points of interest.

The Honda Fit has received multiple awards including the prestigious Car and Driver Magazine’s 2009 “10 Best” list (www.caranddriver.com) and Kelly Blue Book’s (www.kbb.com) “Top 10 Green Car” and “Coolest New Cars Under $18,000” awards.

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