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2008 Honda Fit Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Honda Fit was new.

Competitive cabin quality and a decent assortment of standard features both play second fiddle to the Fit's most talked-about feature, its "magic seat." Most auto writers praise the 2008 Honda Fit's functionality for comfort and cargo, with four different configurations: "normal," for standard seating; "tall," a mixture of seats up and down to make room for taller cargo items; 'refresh,' the opportunity to fold seats down for a second-row bed; and "utility," with nearly all seats folded to allow for optimum hauling.

  • "The materials, the patterns, the accent decor, and the way the rear seats morph into a variety of configurations -- all terrific." -- Autobytel
  • "Those who like their small cars big on the inside will find the Fit a good fit." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Honda uses soft surfaces where they make sense, and smooth, hard plastic where it counts. The interior is also surprisingly roomy, partly because of the height of the car." -- CNET
  • "There are a few reminders that the Fit is a low-priced car. There's no center armrest in the back seat, and the cargo floor in back has cheap-feeling material covering it. And the middle rider in back must watch that the shoulder belt doesn't chafe his or her neck." -- MSN

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Seating

Reviewers say the Honda Fit's leg-, hip and headroom are all good for a subcompact car, but more attention is given to the distinctive attributes of the Fit's magic seat, the four variations of seating that's a rarity for any sedan, large or small.

  • "Sport-level seats are well-bolstered for support, though they lack an inside arm rest for your elbow. The combination of a low floor and tall roofline make for enough headroom to withstand a stovepipe hat revival." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Passengers in the Fit's front and back seats sit more upright than expected, which aids legroom. My legs in the test Fit dangled downward, not out in front of me. So, I also didn't feel like I was riding right down on the pavement." -- MSN
  • After a 2007 comparison test featuring the Fit, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris, Motor Trend editors report, "The Versa has the most interior space overall and offers the most shoulder room, but the Fit has the most supportive seats, the most headroom, and, though the narrowest, provides the most hip room. " -- Motor Trend
  • Disagreeing with many, Edmunds editors are uncomfortable in the Fit. "The driver seat is awkwardly set and there's no telescoping steering wheel, making the Fit uncomfortable for many drivers." -- Edmunds

Magic Seat

  • Consumer Guide reviewers describe the rear seat as "impressive for this car's small exterior dimensions. Good head clearance. Decent space for legs and feet; six-footers can ride in tandem without undue cramping." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Much of the credit goes to the car's second-row, 60/40-split 'Magic Seat' design. With it, the car has four main seating configurations that can be used to match different cargo or passenger needs." -- Carz Unlimited
  • Los Angeles Times: "The front seatbacks can be folded back level with the rear seat cushions to create a bed. Honda calls this the 'refresh' mode, which sounds so much better than the 'roadside canoodling' mode."
  • The Family Car: Also describing the Fit's refresh mode, The Family Car writes, "You can seat yourself in the back seat and have the feeling of sitting in a chaise lounge. Where was this feature during the days of the drive-in movies?"

Interior Features

A large number of reviewers like the Honda's attention to detail with the Fit, and praise it as one of the best equipped subcompacts.

  • "The Honda Fit's interior is intelligently designed with a control layout so simple, a caveman could use them (no offense)." -- Edmunds
  • "The quality of materials is heavy-gauge Honda and the design is contemporary without kitsch." -- San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Unlike others, Consumer Guide takes issue with the Fit's controls. "Gauges set in deep coves and can be hard to read in some daylight conditions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The best equipped car in its small class." -- Motor Week
  • CNET editors are not as pleased with the Fit's features. "As is typical with the segment, GPS navigation isn't available. Nor does it offer Bluetooth cell phone integration, like the Nissan Versa. Also, you won't get iPod integration, like in the Scion xD. The Fit's biggest tech feature is its fairly mundane stereo." -- CNET

Stereo and Entertainment

Several reviews mention the Fit's standard audio equipment as well as the personalization options allowed, but only one review highlights the usability of those features. Although some trims of the 2009 Honda Fit come with Honda's Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition, the 2008 model does not offer this option. Check out our GPS site for advice, buying guide and GPS reviews on the best portable navigation systems.

  • "Honda offers very little tech in the Fit, with a mediocre stereo and no iPod integration or satellite radio. … The audio system uses six speakers -- better than four -- but the audio quality is still generally muddy and rough." -- CNET
  • -"You can't get satellite radio. Outrageous because Honda is a major investor in XM Satellite Radio." -- USA Today
  • "You cannot add satellite radio through Honda, though there's room aplenty for a $50 XM or Sirius add-on module through the line-in jack." -- TechnoRide

Cargo

Reviewers unanimously praise the Honda Fit magic seat's usefulness for hauling cargo, and say the ability its numerous configurations make the Fit one of the best subcompacts available for storage.

  • "The second row's seat bottoms can flip back, making room to accommodate something tall behind the driver; if you need to carry larger items, fold the seats forward (without removing the headrests) to reveal a near-flat load floor." -- Motor Trend
  • The LA Times describes the subcompact as "a wondrous widget of automotive packaging, thanks primarily to the placement of its gas tank under the front seats…This seemingly minor rearrangement opens up Alice-in-Wonderland space inside the Fit's subcompact rabbit hole." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "By locating the gas tank under the front passenger seat, the rear seat can fold flush to match the low load floor. Doing so provides 41.9 cubic feet of cargo space -- positively huge for a subcompact car." -- Edmunds
  • "Would you believe that a sizable, 49-inch-tall house plant can stand upright behind the Fit's front passenger seat?" -- MSN
  • "The usefully shaped cargo area has a low, wide opening and is decently sized for a small car, even with rear seats in their normal position. " -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "When it comes to user-friendly loading, the Fit is simply one of the best uses of space since the dorky-but-handy-as-heck Honda Element." -- Road and Track
Review Last Updated: 2/17/09

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