Safety

The new Fit hasn't been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the first generation scored well in all but the rear-impact test. That might improve with the addition of active head restraints to the front seats in 2009. Though we won't know until the 2009 is tested, Honda's crash-test track record has been excellent. The Fit incorporates the Advanced Compatibility Engineering structure that's designed to make Honda's small cars more compatible in crashes with higher-riding vehicles (and vice-versa). Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, with frontal, side-impact torso bags for the front seats and side curtains for the front and rear. The passenger's torso bag is designed to deactivate if the occupant is out of position — leaning too close to the side where it deploys.

The good news is that the Fit Sport offers an optional electronic stability system. The bad news is that the base model isn't eligible for the stability feature, and it comes bundled in an option package with a navigation system for the Sport. I hate seeing safety options tied to non-safety features — especially one this important with one presumably this expensive (prices not yet announced).

The Fit also goes farther than any other small car in pedestrian-protection provisions, with impact-absorbing hood, fenders, bumper and other parts. I don't know how important this is to the buyer, but it would be pretty important to the pedestrian — or to any driver who ends up responsible for his medical bills.

    See also:

    Emissions Testing
    Testing of Readiness Codes If you take your vehicle for an emissions test shortly after the battery has been disconnected or gone dead, it may not pass the test. This is because of certain ‘ ...

    To Clear the System
    Security codes, paired phones, all stored voice tag, all speed dial entries, and all imported phonebook data are erased. 1. Press the PHONE button or the button. 2. Rotate to select Phone ...

    To Adjust the Vehicle Speed
    Increase or decrease the vehicle speed using the or buttons on the steering wheel. • Each time you press the button, the vehicle speed is increased or decreased by about 1 mph (1.6 km/h ...