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2009 Honda Fit Sport
Premium style with a sporty personality
The Fit Sport features a package of exterior and interior accessories designed to enhance its sporty appearance and performance. From the outside, the new Fit Sport pushes the envelope on cool good looks. Exterior accessories include fog lights, chrome headlight bezels, body-colored underbody kit and rear roofline spoiler, chrome exhaust finisher and sporty 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the focus is on the driver, with a perforated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and illuminated steering-wheel mounted controls. The 5-speed automatic transmission model also sports racing-inspired, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a sport-mode indicator. Other special interior features include cruise control, map lights, four cargo tie-down anchors, and a 6-speaker sound system with USB audio interface* for connecting an iPod** or other compatible audio devices. A security system with remote entry provides an added layer of protection to this premium package. And there is an available package that includes Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®).
Fit Sport Highlights
• Fog lights
• Chrome headlight bezels
• Body-colored underbody kit
• Body-colored rear roofline spoiler
• Chrome exhaust finisher NEW
• 16-inch alloy wheels
• Security system with remote entry
• Perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel
• Illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls
• Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters with sport mode indicator (automatic transmission)
• Special gearshift knob (manual transmission)
• Cruise control
• Map lights NEW
• 4 cargo tie-down anchors
• 6-speaker sound system with USB audio interface*
• Driver's armrest
• Leather-wrapped shift knob (AT only)
• Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ NEW
• Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) NEW
* The USB audio interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA, or AAC music files. Some USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see your dealer for details on compatibility.
** iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPod not included.
iPod not included.
Inspired by racing: steering wheel - mounted paddle shifters
The automatic transmission-equipped Fit Sport features steering wheel- mounted paddle shifters that deliver quick, precise shifting control. Two paddles located on the right and left of the steering wheel allow the driver to shift up or down. The transmission provides two shifting patterns: Drive and Sport. When the Fit's main shifter is in normal Drive mode (D), the left paddle shifter can be used to downshift for increased power on hill climbs or engine braking on descents. The transmission reverts to fully automatic mode whenever it senses the driver has returned to cruising. An indicator in the tachometer informs the driver what gear the vehicle is in and blinks when downshifting is not possible. Sport mode (S) gives the driver complete command, remaining in the selected gear until the driver elects to change it manually, for maximum control during spirited driving.
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
The new Fit Sport is available with the latest Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with a 6.5-inch touch screen display. The voice recognition system is capable of recognizing and inputting numbers, street names and cities, in addition to more than 600 standard commands. Turn-by-turn voice guidance is user selectable in either male or female voice and can be turned off at any time. Destination memory recalls current trip addresses and previous destinations. A calendar and calculator with imperial-to-metric converter is standard. The navigation system can be controlled by the driver through the voice recognition system, the touch screen display, or the joystick on the instrument panel.
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)
The Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is an electronic stability control system that works together with the anti-lock brake system (ABS) and Traction Control System (TCS) to enhance vehicle controllability in oversteering or understeering situations. VSA® applies finely modulated brake force to one or more wheels independently to help the driver keep the vehicle on the intended travel path. Drive-by-Wire™ (DBW) is also called upon to control the throttle and regulate engine torque if needed.
Should sudden steering or throttle input induce the rear wheels to slip toward the outside of the curve in an oversteering situation, the system applies braking force to the outside front and rear wheels to counteract this unwanted yaw motion and restore vehicle stability.
Should the front wheels begin to slide toward the outside of the turn in an understeering situation, engine torque is decreased and braking force is applied to the inside rear wheel to help keep the vehicle on the intended travel path.
When on road surfaces with different left/right grip level, engine torque is decreased and braking force applied to the wheel on the surface with the lower grip to prevent wheel spin to increase acceleration off the line or traction on an upward slope. If during startup one of the drive wheels starts to lose traction, the system regulates engine torque and provides optimal brake force distribution to control wheel spin. The system optimizes brake force distribution to all four wheels for improved stability under braking, even on road surfaces with different left/right grip levels.
The system optimizes brake force distribution to all four wheels for improved stability under braking even on road surfaces with different left/right grip level.