I almost purchased a new Honda Fit last week to replace my 1997 Honda Odyssey which is what I have used for getting my canoe or kayak to the water for the last 15 years. The Honda dealer told me I could install a Thule roof rack to do the job but just before handing over the money, I called Thule and they told me the rack for the Honda Fit was NOT recommended for canoes or kayaks, only surfboards and bikes. Now I am wondering what car to buy..... My son says he really likes his Jeep Wrangler but I would hate the poor gas mileage, I looked at a 2011 Honda CRV but can't decide if I really need that large of vehicle, no passengers will be with me except my dog. Any suggestions? I thought I had arrived at the perfect solution with the Fit and now I am at a loss.
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here you go Kim|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-07-13 6:28 PM (EST)
Posted by: Kim on Apr-07-13 10:44 PM (EST)
The pictures were great, now I know the Fit will be a good fit for me. I had never heard of the Inno rack system. Your post is MUCH appreciated!
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-08-13 10:05 AM (EST)
I have had my eye on the Honda Fit for awhile now. Great car.
Thule said what? |
Posted by: dc9mm on Apr-09-13 12:02 AM (EST)
Is it possible|
Posted by: LeeG on Apr-09-13 9:19 AM (EST)
The dealer was responding to the possible weight you might be carrying? It's possible the load of two plastic kayaks might exceed Hondas recommended max load. Also a very light car isn't exactly the optimum canoe carrier for freeway driving.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-09-13 11:25 AM (EST)
Cardelo uses a Mini to transport his kayaks. If anything I'd get the same rack extension he uses.
Reading Yakima Fit book|
Posted by: LeeG on Apr-10-13 11:15 AM (EST)
It's no problem. The Elantra has 3" wider track, 2" shorter and 200lbs more. The Fit is an exceptional small car but for regular roof loads at highway speeds I'd want something bigger.
lots of people use the Fit to cartop|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-10-13 11:28 AM (EST)
Small is good|
Posted by: carldelo on Apr-10-13 6:29 PM (EST)
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-14-13 12:47 PM (EST)
Forgive me because I know you've posted this before, but do you have a link to vendors selling the V bar?
ok. found it here:|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-14-13 2:45 PM (EST)
Posted by: carldelo on Apr-14-13 4:27 PM (EST)
I use Kayakpro EZ-Vee. They come in multiple lengths to suit different hull types (mine are 7' and 8'). They are powder coated aluminum, welded construction with adapters for either Thule or Yakima. I made my own adapters for my aero cross bars.
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-14-13 5:12 PM (EST)
It looks like Goodboy Kayaks only makes in batches or to order.
Posted by: richardp on Apr-09-13 11:44 AM (EST)
Check out the Mazda 2 - similar in size and price to the Fit. They show a rack and Kayak carrier. Their stuff is usually made by Thule.
Thule vs. Yakima|
Posted by: Kocho on Apr-10-13 1:14 PM (EST)
I read somewhere that, specifically for the Fit, the Thule system is a better option: stronger and less damaging to the door sills than Yakima. That particular Fit needed to carry 4 white water kayaks at a time, which is up to 200lb.
which one did you like better?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-10-13 3:13 PM (EST)
Insight, or Prius?
Posted by: Kocho on Apr-10-13 5:42 PM (EST)
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-10-13 7:17 PM (EST)
Impressive that you can squeeze a boat inside!
Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix|
Posted by: Waterbird on Apr-10-13 10:38 PM (EST)
I've been researching cars that would fit my lifestyle (kayaking, camping, biking, etc.) for a while. The Honda Fit was my first choice. Then I came across the Pontiac Vibe, the almost identical twin of the Toyota Matrix. They have the same engine; slightly different exterior styling.
how about resale?|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-11-13 11:34 AM (EST)
I'd bet on the Toyota, even though it's basically the same car. This is what happened with the Geo Prism vs. Toyota Corolla.
Mitsubishi Mirage 2014|
Posted by: mr_canoehead on Apr-11-13 1:00 AM (EST)
If I were looking at a new car (which is unlikely as my 10 year old one is still running fine), I would seriously consider the new Mirage. Fantastic MPG using basic physics instead of advanced gizmos. The car is light, aerodynamic, and modestly powered.
That's not a car ;)|
Posted by: Kocho on Apr-14-13 11:23 AM (EST)
VW Jetta Sportswagon TDI|
Posted by: morayreef on Apr-13-13 8:00 PM (EST)
I have been driving a Jetta Sportswagon TDI for about 9 months now and I can't say enough good stuff about it. The turbo diesel gives you plenty of power all around and I get about 38 mpg city with or without roof rack, same 38 mpg highway with 2 boats on the car, 46-47 mpg highway without boats and roof rack. It has a long low roof line for easy loading. When I bought 2 year old TDI lease returns were only going for $2000 less than sticker on a new car.
Makes sense to choose a car for Kayaks|
Posted by: FrankNC on Apr-14-13 11:56 AM (EST)
In the thread above, a post says it doesn't make sense to choose a car specifically for kayaks unless a lot of shuttling is involved.
that may be personal preference|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Apr-14-13 12:43 PM (EST)
Posted by: harry0244 on Apr-14-13 10:45 AM (EST)
If you have tracks for a rack installed, you can have a quickly removable rack that is mounted on a base solidly bolted to the roof. I have Thule tracks under the Yakima rack on my truck. I mounted the tracks farther apart than the instructions said. The reason for their spacing was reinforcing below the roof. I drilled though both the roof and the reinforcing, and the lower hole held the end of expanding nut stable while its middle expanded between the two layers.