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New Honda Fit gets navigation

CNET Car Tech looks at the navigation system in the 2009 Honda Fit at the 2008 New York auto show.

Wayne Cunningham Managing Editor / Roadshow
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
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2009 Honda Fit
The 2009 Honda Fit debuts at the New York auto show. CNET Networks/Sarah Tew

At the 2008 New York auto show, Honda showed off its updated 2009 Honda Fit, the small car originally introduced to the U.S. market as a 2007 model. When we reviewed the 2008 Honda Fit, we lamented the lack of any interesting cabin electronics. The 2009 model addresses this complaint by making Honda's voice-recognition navigation system available, a system we've previously seen, and been impressed by, in the Honda Civic Si. The voice-recognition system lets you control the car's navigation, audio system, and other car functions with spoken commands. Honda also says that the new Fit will include a USB port that will let users plug in iPods or USB thumbdrives, a feature not currently available in other Honda models.

Navigation system in the Honda Fit
Honda offers a navigation-equipped Fit for 2009. CNET Networks/Sarah Tew

The new Honda Fit also includes an updated 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an improved suspension, and refined interior functionality, improving on the configurability of the cabin for storage or passengers. Honda hasn't announced pricing for the navigation-equipped Fit, but the company managed to keep the option down to about $1,800 on the Honda Civic Si. The Fit will certainly qualify as the least expensive car to offer a navigation option.

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