2015 Honda Fit
by John Davis
Following a strong year, Honda looks to stay in fighting trim with an all-new generation of the Fit sub-compact hatchback. With far more intense small car competition these days, it’s no surprise that the Fit has received a total overhaul for the 2015 model year. The latest Fit is both shorter and wider than before, although wheelbase as increased by over an inch. Engineers were able to expand that to allow almost five inches of additional rear seat legroom, and almost 53 cubic feet of maximum seat folded flat cargo space.
The Fit’s 5-door appearance adds some drama with a fresh take on the front fascia and grille, stamped character lines along the body sides, and LED taillights. Upgrades to the interior include first-time available leather trim, as well as technologies like push-button start. Honda’s LaneWatch, and a standard multi-angle backup camera are now also available. Honda’s ingenious, multi-folding Magic Seat remains a big standard attraction for the Fit. We just wish Honda had made the overall interior atmosphere more inviting. It’s still very monotone.
The Fit’s engine is inviting and also new. While it remains a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder, this new mill is now direct injected with 130 horsepower, earning Honda’s “Earth Dreams” moniker. The manual transmission is more dreamy, gaining a badly needed sixth gear, while a not as desirable CVT gearbox replaces last year’s 5-speed automatic.
The Fit also wins a prize for best fuel economy for its interior size class. The Fit with a CVT scores a government rating of 36 MPG Combined.
The chassis is stronger and more rigid, with the Fit’s famously substantial ride and sporty attitude nicely improved. The Fit remains one fun to drive subcompact, a rarity in its increasingly crowded small car class.
We invite you to join MotorWeek for an exclusive roadtest of the 2015 Honda Fit on episode #3333 which begins airing nationwide on April 26, 2014. For a complete listing of the public television stations that broadcast MotorWeek, go to motorweek.org and click the “About The Show” tab at the top. MotorWeek is also seen Tuesday evenings on the Velocity cable channel.
The first time we drove a Fit we knew that Honda was on to something. A small, very fuel efficient car that was not only immensely practical but also fun and affordable? That’s the Honda Fit formula and the 2015 edition is the most “fitting” answer yet.