2015 Honda Fit
Following a strong year, Honda looks to stay in fighting form with an all-new generation of the Fit sub-compact.
And with far more intense small car competition these days, it’s no surprise that the Fit has received a total overhaul. It’s both shorter and wider than before. Wheelbase as increased, though; over an inch, which contributes to almost 5 inches of additional rear seat legroom, and almost 53 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Fit’s 5-door appearance adds some drama with a fresh take on the front fascia and grille, stamped character lines, and LED taillights.
Interior upgrades include leather trim, as well as technologies like push-button start… Honda’s LaneWatch… and a standard multi-angle backup camera.
The engine is also new, both for Honda and the Fit: a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder, now direct injected with 130 horsepower. The manual transmission gains a badly needed sixth gear, while a CVT replaces last year’s 5-speed automatic.
The chassis is stronger, more rigid, with the Fit’s famously substantial ride and sporty attitude nicely improved.
BEN DAVIS: Handling is much more spirited thanks to noticeably quicker steering. I'm also impressed with the CVT trans as well. It does a really good job of dealing out power whenever you need it. However, like any other CVT, it’s a little noisy till you get up to your cruising speed. But for the purists, the six-speed manual is really dialed-in.
JOHN DAVIS: The Fit also takes best fuel economy for its interior size. The Fit CVT scores a government rating of 36 Combined MPG.
On sale now, 2015 Honda Fit prices start just over $16,000.
Engine: 1.5 liter
Price: Start just over $16,000