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Honda 2009 Model Year Change Summary
 Date: August 05, 2008 00:00
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: American Honda Press Release
 Credibility Rating: Not Specified

TORRANCE, Calif., August 5, 2008 – The most significant news for Honda in the 2009 model year includes the introduction of an all-new Pilot in May and an all-new Fit in October, along with significant enhancements and styling changes to the Civic, Element and Ridgeline. The FCX Clarity begins leasing in July.

2009 Honda Accord
The Honda Accord was all-new for 2008 and continues unchanged for the 2009 model year. All horsepower and torque ratings for 2009 V-6 models have been revised.

Accord (all models)
  • No Changes
  • Accord (V-6 models)
  • Horsepower and torque ratings for V-6-equipped automatic transmission models modified to the correct, higher values:
    • 2008→2009 hp @ RPM: 268@6200→271@6000~6200
    • 2008→2009 lb-ft. @ RPM: 248@5000→254@5000
  • Horsepower and torque ratings for V-6-equipped manual transmission models modified to the correct, higher values:
    • 2008→2009 hp @ RPM: 268@6200→271@6200
    • 2008→2009 lb-ft. @ RPM: 248@5000→251@5000

  • On-sale 8/2/2008
  • 2009 Honda Civic
    Available with a diverse lineup of powertrains, the Civic embraces traditional gasoline, hybrid, and natural gas technologies like no other vehicle in the world. For 2009, all Civic models receive freshened exterior styling with enhancements inside and out that include new colors and the introduction of available tech-friendly features like Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and a USB Audio Interface (available, Civic EX and above). An exclusively-equipped Civic LX-S includes alloy wheels, black sport cloth-trimmed seating surfaces, rear decklid spoiler and a chrome exhaust finisher. The Civic DX Sedan becomes available in a Value Package (VP) that adds A/C and an audio system. Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) is added to the Civic EX-L and the Civic Hybrid, plus the Civic Hybrid gains the availability of leather-trimmed seating surfaces with heated front seats and heated side mirrors. New features include:

    Civic (all)
  • Freshened exterior styling with new front bumper cover and grille design, and new headlight and taillight color combinations (clear turn indicator lenses with amber bulbs)
  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink added to Navigation-equipped models
  • USB Audio Interface added to Civic EX, EX-L, Hybrid and Si
  • New alloy wheel designs for Civic EX, Civic EX-L and Civic Si
  • New cloth materials and patterns on seats, door linings and armrests (if equipped), DX carries over from MY08
  • New colors: Urban Titanium Metallic, Redline Orange Pearl (Si only), Crystal Black Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic, Spectrum White Pearl (Hybrid only), and Dyno Blue Pearl (Si only)
  • Carryover colors: Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Green Tea Metallic, Atomic Blue Metallic, Tango Red Pearl, Rallye Red
  • Discontinued colors: Borrego Beige Metallic, Galaxy Gray Metallic, Nighthawk Black Pearl, Fiji Blue Pearl (Si only), Habanero Red Pearl (Si only), Taffeta White (Hybrid only), Opal Silver Blue Metallic (Hybrid only)
  • On sale: August 19 (Sedan, Hybrid), August 27 (GX), August 29 (Coupe), September 10 (Si Coupe), September 19 (Si Sedan)
  • Civic Sedan
  • Two new editions: Civic DX VP and Civic LX-S
  • VSA added to Civic EX-L
  • Sporty 3-spoke steering wheel (from Civic Coupe) added to all models
  • Rear chrome license plate trim
  • Civic Hybrid
  • VSA
  • Available leather-trimmed interior (includes heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated side mirrors)
  • Civic Si
  • Fog lights
  • New alloy wheel design
  • Civic GX
  • New NGV logo (rear doors)
  • Civic LX-S Sedan NEW
    (Adds to Civic LX Sedan features)
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Sport seats with synthetic suede bolsters (similar fabric to Civic Si, but with silver stitching)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Rear deck lid spoiler
  • Chrome exhaust finisher
  • Civic DX Sedan Value Package (VP) NEW
    (Adds to Civic DX Sedan features)
  • A/C
  • AM/FM/CD audio system
  • Auxiliary input jack
  • 2009 Honda CR-V
    As the best selling SUV in the country, the popular CR-V retains identical features and specifications for the 2009 model year vehicle as three new colors become available.

    CR-V EX-L
  • New colors: Crystal Black Pearl (black or ivory interior), Alabaster Silver Metallic (black or gray interior) and Urban Titanium Metallic (black or ivory interior)
  • Discontinued Colors: Nighthawk Black Pearl, Whistler Silver Metallic
  • On-sale: 8/19/2008
  • 2009 Honda Element
    The Element receives a major update for 2009 with significant exterior styling changes while also adding new and improved interior features. Additional details will be released in the fall.

    2009 Honda Fit
    The Honda Fit debuts as an entirely redesigned model for the 2009 model year. New features and specifications include:

    Fit (all models)
  • 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine
  • New colors: Crystal Black Pearl, Blue Sensation Pearl, Orange Revolution Metallic
  • Carryover colors: Blackberry Pearl, Storm Silver Metallic, Tidewater Blue Metallic, Milano Red, Taffeta White
  • Discontinued colors: Nighthawk Black Pearl, Vivid Blue Pearl, Blaze Orange Metallic
  • On-sale: October 2008
  • Fit
  • 15-inch steel wheels, up from 14-inch
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Front passenger seatback pocket
  • Power windows with auto-up/down driver's window
  • Fit Sport (adds to Fit)
  • 16-inch alloy wheels, up from 15-inch
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System
  • USB Audio Interface
  • Available Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
  • 2009 Honda Odyssey
    The 2009 Honda Odyssey EX-L and Odyssey Touring (equipped with the i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management as standard equipment) have revised horsepower and torque ratings of 244 horsepower and 245 lb-ft. of torque (previously 241 horsepower and 242 lb-ft. of torque). The 2009 Honda Odyssey LX and EX (equipped with VTEC V-6 engine) retain the same rating as 2008 with 244 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. The 2009 Odyssey EX-L receives a power tailgate; EX-L with Navigation and the DVD Rear Entertainment System add Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (same as 2008 Touring). All other features and colors remain unchanged from the 2008 model year. Of minor note, the Odyssey Touring emblem has a new appearance (revised font). Changes for 2009 include:

    Odyssey (all models)
  • Horsepower and torque ratings for i-VTEC V-6 engines with VCM have been revised for 2009 (EX-L and Touring)
    • 2008→2009 hp @ RPM: 241@5700→244@5700
    • 2008→2009 lb-ft. @ RPM: 242@4900→245@4900

  • Horsepower and torque ratings for VTEC V-6 engines remain the same as 2008 (LX and EX)
    • 2009 hp @ RPM: 244@5750
    • 2009 lb-ft. @ RPM: 240@5000

  • On-sale date is 8/20/2008
  • Odyssey EX-L
  • Power tailgate
  • Odyssey EX-L with Navigation and DVD Rear Entertainment System
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
  • 2009 Honda Pilot
    Completely redesigned for 2009, the Honda Pilot offers an authentic SUV exterior design while further enhancing on-road refinement and increasing interior functionality. A modern, stylish and spacious interior provides room for up to eight passengers while also providing more space behind the third row for items as large as a mid-size cooler or a folded stroller. New standard engineering features on all models include a more-powerful, 250 horsepower, 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with the latest generation of Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) that works in 6-cylinder mode for performance and 3- or 4-cylinder mode for fuel efficiency. Additional new standard equipment includes a Class III trailer hitch, hill start assist, larger 17-inch wheels and tires (+1-inch) and a lift-up glass hatch as part of the tailgate. New interior features include a tilt and telescopic steering column, enhanced audio systems and much more. The Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System is available on the Pilot EX-L and Pilot Touring. The new Pilot Touring edition introduces upscale features that include a power tailgate, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and a USB Audio Interface. Remote entry, power windows, power locks and cruise control are standard on all models. New and updated features include:

    Pilot (all models)
  • 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management, 250 hp (+6 hp)
  • Wheelbase: 109.2 inches (+2.9 inches)
  • Length: 190.9 inches (+2.9 inches)
  • Width: 78.5 inches (+1.0 inches)
  • Height: 71.7 inches (+1.0 inches)
  • New colors: Sterling Gray Metallic, Bali Blue Pearl
  • Carryover colors: Taffeta White, Billet Silver Metallic, Formal Black, Nimbus Gray Metallic, Dark Cherry Pearl, Mocha Metallic
  • Discontinued colors: Steel Blue Pearl, Aberdeen Green Metallic
  • On-sale: May 22, 2008
  • Pilot LX
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Class III trailer hitch
  • Hill start assist
  • Larger 17-inch wheels and tires (+1-inch)
  • Lift-up glass hatch as part of the tailgate
  • Enhanced audio system
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • IP- mounted gear selector
  • Integrated cargo area net and underfloor storage system
  • Pilot EX
    (adds to LX)
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • XM® Satellite Radio
  • Pilot EX-L
    (adds to EX)
  • 512-watt AM/FM/6CD premium audio system with 10 speakers (included with the DVD Rear Entertainment System)
  • Rear view mirror with rear view camera display
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • 4-way power passenger’s seat
  • Pilot Touring
    (adds to EX-L)
  • 512-watt AM/FM/6CD premium audio system with 10 speakers (standard)
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and rearview camera
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Power tailgate
  • Multi-information display with programmable settings
  • Memory settings for driver’s seat and sideview mirrors
  • USB Audio Interface
  • Integrated 2nd-row sunshades
  • Sideview mirrors with integrated turn indicators
  • Chrome accent body-side moldings
  • 2009 Honda Ridgeline
    The Honda Ridgeline has proven itself as one of the most innovative members of the half-ton pickup truck segment with its In-Bed Trunk™ and fully-independent suspension. As part of its confident truck credentials, the Ridgeline is one of only a few half-ton trucks with four-wheel drive that are recommended to haul a half-ton of cargo in the bed with two passengers inside. Plus, its refined suspension design and highly-rigid unit body construction contribute to comfortable and engaging road dynamics – a rarity in the pickup world. For 2009, the Ridgeline undergoes a significant makeover with bolder exterior styling, new and updated interior features, and an enhanced engine design. The 250 horsepower 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine receives three more horsepower and a broader torque band at lower RPMs primarily through the addition of a new camshaft profile and higher-flowing dual-stage intake manifold. Revised transmission gear ratios are engineered to take advantage of the additional engine torque for more responsive acceleration during normal driving or while towing. A tow hitch becomes standard equipment on every 2009 model to accommodate the pickup’s 5,000-pound towing capability and includes a 7-pin wiring harness on the Ridgeline RTS and RTL. Inside styling updates include revised three-dimensional-style gauges, a new steering wheel design, and enhanced HVAC, audio, cruise and headlight controls. New technology-friendly features include the addition of Bluetooth HandsFreeLink on the Ridgeline RTL equipped with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, a 115-volt power outlet on the Ridgeline RTL, MP3/auxiliary input jack on the Ridgeline RTS and above, and the audio systems become MP3/WMA compatible. New safety features include active front seat head restraints and daytime running lights.

    Ridgeline (all models)
  • Major update with new exterior styling that emphasizes a bold, powerful and modern look with revised grille, bumpers, headlight design, taillight design and wheel design
  • 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 produces 250 horsepower @ 5700 rpm (+3 hp) and 247 lb-ft. @ 4000 rpm (+2 lb-ft.); broader torque band improves at lower rpms by as much as 10 lb-ft. @ 2500 rpm; new features include
    • More aggressive camshaft profile and larger intake valves
    • Dual-stage magnesium intake manifold
    • Higher-flow rate high-mount cold air intake
    • Heavy-duty starter motor (benefits faster starting)
    • All forward transmission gear ratios are lower
    • Two additional bed tie downs (for a total of eight)
    • Active front seat head restraints
    • Daytime running lights
    • 3D-look speedometer, tachometer and related meters
    • Cruise control main switch moved from the instrument panel to the steering wheel
    • HVAC controls and meters are more clear with larger icons
    • New colors: Bali Blue Pearl, Mocha Metallic, Sterling Gray Metallic
    • Carryover Colors: Billet Silver Metallic, Dark Cherry Pearl, Formal Black, White
    • On-sale: 9/3/2008
  • Ridgeline RT
  • Integrated Class III trailer hitch
  • Trip computer
  • MP3/Windows Media® Audio (WMA) playback capability
  • Ridgeline RTS
    (adds to RT)
  • Integrated trailer hitch with 7-pin connector
  • Power lumbar support
  • MP3/auxiliary input jack
  • Ridgeline RTL
    (adds to RTS)
  • 18-inch alloy wheel (up from 17-inch)
  • Multi-Information Display (navigation-equipped models)
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • 115-volt power outlet
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition, rearview camera and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • Fog lights
  • Accessories
  • Motorcycle bed extender
  • Bed-mount bike attachment
  • 18-inch chrome alloy wheels
  • 2009 Honda S2000 The 2009 Honda S2000 and S2000 CR remain identical to the 2008 models. On-sale 9/2008

  • No Changes
  • S2000 CR
  • No Changes
  • Honda FCX Clarity
    Honda unveiled the FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show, announcing plans to begin limited retail marketing of the vehicle in summer 2008. The FCX Clarity is a next-generation, zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle based on the entirely-new Honda V Flow fuel cell platform, and powered by the highly compact, efficient and powerful Honda V Flow fuel cell stack. Featuring tremendous improvements to driving range, power, weight and efficiency – and boasting a low-slung, dynamic and sophisticated appearance, previously unachievable in a fuel cell vehicle – the FCX Clarity marks the significant progress Honda continues to make in advancing the real-world performance and appeal of the hydrogen-powered fuel cell car.

  • All-new next-generation hydrogen fuel cell
  • Available in Summer 2008 on a limited retail basis in California
  • 3-year lease term with a price of $600 per month
  • American Honda also developing a service infrastructure

  • Last edited by JeffX on August 04, 2008 22:48

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