Monday, August 24, 2009

2010 Honda Fit Sport w/Navi = no manual transmission

Honda Fit Sport
While browsing my favorite Honda Fit forum, I noticed a thread regarding the 2010 Fit. In typical Honda style, there aren't a whole lot of major changes for '10. A slight increase in destination charge ($670 to $710), a minor increase in price ($150 on the automatic), and now the Fit Sport is not available with a five-speed manual if you opt for the navigation. I wonder what the deal is with that? No doubt, Honda made note of people buying Fit Sports with navi and saw a distinct lack of buyers from the shift-it-yourself crowd.

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sleeksilver said...

Same reason why there are no more manual CR-Vs, the take rate was WAYYY too low.

I remember it was under 4.5% for the CR-V.


nlpnt said...

Yes, I think the subcompact + factoey nav system combo is probably mostly a rental-car thing anyway.

sleeksilver said...

I don't think it is a rental car thing at all.

Why would they want to pay for the factory navi when they can charge $15 a day for their own rental unit like the Hertz NeverLost? They would undoubtedly make more money with that unit anyway....

Also, I've never seen a Fit in a rental lot and I travel frequently for work.

Andy Lilienthal said...

I have never seen a rental Fit, either.

Little secret: The best way to get a free upgrade from a rental company is to attempt to rent their subcompact.

I tried to rent a Hyundai Accent, and got an Audi A4 1.8T (not kidding).

I tried to rent a Chevy Aveo and got a Nissan Altima 2.5.

The first attempt was out of Milwaukee, WI, the second out of Madison, WI. I believe it was Hertz and Enterprise, respectively.