One more reason to be passionate about Honda products ... the 2009 Honda Fit makes its official debut at the New York International Auto Show today. The show doesn't officially begin until this Friday, with a public "sneak preview", but today is a press preview day, so car makers are starting to show off their stuff. Sure, fast and furious cars tend to get most of the attention at auto shows. But with gas projected at four bucks a gallon soon, 'small is big' in the mind of consumers.
Honda, leading the pack in nearly every quality and value survey, knows how to make tiny ... cool. Notable improvements in the new Fit include: rear Magic Seat featuring one-motion dive-down functionality, which allows the rear seat to fold flat with the front seats in the rearmost slide position, without removing the rear head restraints; a new hidden storage bin under the driver's side rear seat; an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and 6.5-inch screen; a USB audio interface compatible with iPods and many USB storage devices ... and a new 1.5-literi-VTEC 4-cylinder engine connected to either a 5-speed manual transmission or an available 5-speed automatic transmission, which includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters on the Fit Sport ... so you can pretend you're racing through the streets of Monaco (instead, in my case, of battling traffic and potholes in Northern Virginia). You can pick up one of these beauties this Fall.