And the 2015 Honda Fit is the cat’s meow!

Written by on January 19, 2015 in Cars and Chicks, Perspectives, Trends - 16 Comments

Krystyna Lagowski 2015 Honda FitEven in the clutter of downtown Toronto’s cityscape, it’s hard to miss a cheeky yellow funnel siphoning a household’s worth of sporting goods, toys and appliances into the trunk of a Honda Fit. Plunked down on busy Richmond Street, it gives commuters stuck in the city’s traffic pickle something to contemplate.

How many of them are thinking, “could you really squeeze that much into the tiniest Honda of them all?” The Fit, a mere speck of a car, is targeted to busy urbanites who are likely to pack up and take their life with them at a moment’s notice. Staring at the big yellow funnel, I started wondering – what would I be able to jam into a Fit? And so, a couple of weeks later, I picked up a 2015 Aegean Blue Honda Fit EX-L with all the trimmings.

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My pocket-sized ride seemed tiny on the outside, but generous on the inside. I could easily have been a head taller and still had plenty of room to bop to the beat of Soul Town. And oh, the redolent scent of leather! Was I really in an “economy” car? Nestling into the accommodating but supportive driver’s seat, I stretched out, pressed the start button and pulled away. Keyless entry is one thing, but smart key entry is another in this class of vehicle.

Not only did the rear view camera make parking a cinch with a multiple views, but every time I flipped up the turn signal, Honda’s Lane Watch system gave me a clear view of my blind spot. Driving around the city, speeding cyclists and impetuous pedestrians randomly popped into view, allowing me to turn with confidence like never before.

IMG_1996Pulling into my local Loblaws, I spotted that noble monument to French automotive design, a Citroen Deux Chevaux, in a two-tone Charleston trim. Magnifique! I pulled up alongside, took a photo, and did my shopping. Coming back, I was struck by the difference in size. Were my eyes fooling me? Next to the Citroen, the Fit looked like an absolute behemoth! Just goes to show, large and small is in the eye of the beholder.

Jaunting around town, the Fit was a hardy little beast that took on the nastiest traffic without breaking a IMG_1995sweat. I kept it in Economy mode, and the continuously variable transmission (CVT) rewarded me with an impressive 8.7 litres per 100k. That’s about 27 miles per gallon, which is not shabby. An angry green light bracketing the speedometer would chide me if I pushed the engine too hard, while a soothing blue light applauded my more mindful driving. And the 130 horsepower engine proved sprightly as I sailed onto the highway, snaking around plodding sedans and SUVs with ease.

Speaking of snakes, my Burmese cat, Anschel, has been finding it a long winter. The only way to keep him (and, consequently, me) from going snakey has been to take him out for a drive. As a prize-winning showcat who was Best Burmese in Canada, Anschel loves to travel. In fact, he will sit in his crate and kvetch until I take him for a ride! Not only does he love to get out, but I suspect the motion of the car is soothing.

AnschelincrateAnd so I called out one day, “who wants to go for a ride?” Anschel came, alternately grousing and chirping, and headed straight for his crate. I packed him up, and off we went. Inside the Fit, the crate was easily secured in the passenger seat, and Anschel was warbling with excitement. I’d brought the other two cat crates to see how many I could fit in the enormous cargo space. Honda has moved the gas tank up under the driver’s seat, and the two back seats can fold down completely flat. There was easily enough room for a whole clowder (!) of kitties.CratesinFit

First, we drove along the beach with the window slightly lowered, so that Anschel could get a snoutful of fresh lake and wildlife scents. All I could see was the back of his raised head as he drank in the delicious smells emanating from the beach, occasionally rubbing his noggin against the top of the carrier in delight. He kept up a constant prattle that would crescendo if I slowed down.

IMG_9337After a while, Anschel quieted down and I pulled into the parking lot of Ashbridges Bay. I pulled him out and set him between two crates in the trunk, and was amazed at how easily all three crates were nestled together. There were plenty of latches to attach bungee cords to keep the crates from sliding around. If I had to travel with multiple cats, it would be a breeze. While I rarely travel with more than one cat, I do have cat breeder friends who regularly travel with several cats to attend shows. Wait until I told them they didn’t need those big SUVs!

On the way home, Anschel’s conversation softened to the occasional grunt, and soon he was contentedly snoring up a storm. Given that he was atop a luxuriously soft and heated seat, with warm air blowing at him from all sides, my prize kitty was as snug as a bug in a rug.

I’m sure he was dreaming of his glory days in the show ring, being festooned with ribbons by admiring judges, and applause from his adoring public.

But for now, the smooth, sublime motion of our charmingly appointed carriage had proved more than enough …

 

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16 Comments on "And the 2015 Honda Fit is the cat’s meow!"

  1. Christine Larsen January 20, 2015 at 12:39 am · Reply

    That was a fun read thank you Krystyna,
    … now if only I’d had space like that a couple of hundred years ago when I had my first car – a second-hand Volkswagen ‘beetle’. Here in Australia we called them the ‘pregnant pasties’. Don’t know if that was world-wide.
    I assume your Honda Fit would be amazing on fuel economy. Great story.

    • Krystyna Lagowski January 20, 2015 at 2:57 am · Reply

      Why thanks, Christine! I’ve never heard the expression “pregnant pasties” for a Beetle, but it’s most appropriate. Leave it to you Aussies to come up with the definitive and sassy monicker. And the Fit returned 8.7 litres/per 100 k (that’s in Canadian/metric), or about 27 miles/gallon. Pretty respectable for city driving.

  2. Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie) January 20, 2015 at 12:58 am · Reply

    As usual, you took me for a great ride..wow that color too! Not sure exactly how I feel about a green and blue light commenting on my driving…but… One thing for sure…I am glad you got your beautiful Anschel out for a ride. he likely enjoyed the real one, while I settled for the virtual one with both of you! LOVE cats and I miss my Ragdolls like mad! They liked to ride too!!!!

    • Krystyna Lagowski January 20, 2015 at 2:53 am · Reply

      So glad you came along for the ride, Jacquie! Aw, I’m sorry you miss your Ragdolls, they’re a delightful breed, I they just melt right into your arms. Love their markings, too. Anschel did enjoy himself, and is now itching to get out again. Oy!

  3. Jeri January 22, 2015 at 3:08 am · Reply

    The fit looks like a fun tiny car. Amazing that three cat carriers fit in the back, but I may be more amazed you took the cats for a spin. After going cross country with the cats twice, I hope I never have to take them on a car ride longer than five minutes ever again.

    • Krystyna Lagowski January 25, 2015 at 3:36 am · Reply

      Jeri, my guys love to go for a ride, but I don’t know how they’d be cross country. Come to think of it, I don’t know how *I’d* be cross-country! Hopefully, you’ll never have to take them for such a long drive again.

  4. Ken Dowell January 22, 2015 at 4:31 am · Reply

    I have a six yer old car and a 12-year old car, the latter a beautifully efficient Volkswagen with 100,000 miles.
    So I am fascinated by some of the new features you point out that exist even on economy cars. Everytime I read one of your posts I tell myself it’s time to go car shopping.

    • Krystyna Lagowski January 25, 2015 at 3:35 am · Reply

      Should I apologize for tempting you, Ken?! These days, a car with 100,000 miles is just nicely broken in. But it’s impressive what you can get for your money these days. The manufacturers know that cars last a long time, so they’re loading cars up with lots of wizardry and goodies to pull you into the store!

  5. Lenie January 22, 2015 at 11:57 am · Reply

    This was another fun read – I’m so glad that Anschel enjoys car trips since you obviously enjoy his company while on the road. That’s a neat little car you’ve got – it’s amazing how much these small cars can hold. We had a Simca years ago and it was very similar in size yet it held a pile of wood cabinets that my husband used to make and transport from our home in Grey County to London. It continued to surprise us, no matter how often we loaded up the car. Sounds like this little Honda would be the same.

    • Krystyna Lagowski January 25, 2015 at 3:33 am · Reply

      Lenie, I had to look up Simca on the internet to see what it was! And what a great little car it must have been. Little cars look so deceptive from the outside – you can fit so much into the Fit’s cargo space, which can be configured in so many different ways. I was surprised (pleasantly so) with how generously proportioned it was inside.

  6. William Rusho January 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm · Reply

    That is not a bad vehicle, and I like your description of the ride. Your comments about your cat, reminds me of the cats I had. Thank you for sharing this with us, your blog is always and enjoyment to read.

    • Krystyna Lagowski January 25, 2015 at 3:30 am · Reply

      Thanks, William! We really did enjoy the Fit. And my cats provide me with great entertainment, in and out of cars. I’m glad we could bring back some good memories for you.

  7. Tim January 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm · Reply

    A ride smooth enough to make a cat snooze and purr; that’s a marketing statement right there. I haven’t owned a car in a few decades now but I am interested in some of these smaller car versions that are popping up.

    • Krystyna Lagowski January 25, 2015 at 3:29 am · Reply

      Like me, I’m sure Anschel was amazed that the Fit falls into the sub-compact segment, it was so comfy. Manufacturers are working wonders in this segment!

  8. Arleen January 24, 2015 at 4:55 pm · Reply

    I thought it was great that you called the car the Cat’s Meow and used your cats in this blog. Most cats do not like to get into a crate, let alone a car, so that says something about this Honda. My dog comes everywhere with me so the ride of a car is important.

    • Krystyna Lagowski January 25, 2015 at 3:28 am · Reply

      It’s surprising how many people want their pets to feel good in the car! I’ve heard of people taking their pets – usually dogs – right to the dealership when they’re buying a car!

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