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Our Take: 2015 Honda Fit

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The Honda Fit is all-new for 2015, and a superior choice in its class thanks to excellent design, assembly quality, utility, and value.

Pricing and Equipment

Our test Fit was a top-of-line EX-L with navigation that retails for $20,925. What you get for that price is fairly astonishing, and includes:

  • A continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • The aforementioned navigation system
  • Leather upholstery with heated front seats
  • A moonrof
  • Heated side mirrors

Even the base LX, which starts at $15,650, includes features like automatic headlights and a multiview rear camera with dynamic guidelines.

Honda doesn't typically offer options—you choose the trim level with the equipment you'd like.

Performance Pros

Honda Fit

The Fit's most obvious performance pro is good fuel economy. It's rated at 33 mpg city and 41 mpg highway. These aren't hybrid numbers, obviously, but the Fit isn't priced like a hybrid.

The Fit also offers more refined ride and handling than you might expect from the class.

Performance Cons

There's no getting around the fact that this is city car with a small engine and a CVT. Under hard acceleration—up a freeway onramp, for instance—you'll hear a lot of noise but won't feel much urgency. This is especially true when the Fit is loaded down with the weight of passengers and cargo.

Interior Pros

Honda Fit

The Fit's interior packaging may be its strongest selling point. With all seats in upright positions, there's a spacious cabin for four passengers with ample headroom and legroom all around—we've noticed that the back seat feels far less cramped than some much larger cars.

When it's time to move cargo, you can maximize utility with the Fit's so-called Magic Seat:

  • Fold the rear seatback forward and you have a crossover-sized space.
  • Or flip the rear seat's lower cushion up to carry taller items.

Interior Cons

Despite the unrivaled versatility of the Fit's seating and cargo, it does have a few drawbacks:

  • There's plenty of space in the front seats, but they're not as comfortable as they could be.
  • The instrument panel has a relatively busy design, with a variety of shapes, surface materials and bezels.
  • The leather upholstery in the top-tier EX-L is a bit rubbery, though perfectly acceptable given a $20,950 MSRP.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The Fit has a feature that's so "no duh" we wonder why it isn't used by every manufacturer on every car: Activate a turn signal and the monitor in the center stack automatically displays the view from a rear camera. The extra visibility truly enhances a driver's ability to make safe lane changes.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Despite the Fit's numerous virtues, this isn't a quiet car. You'll have to accept the engine's strained racket as part of the ownership experience.

The Bottom Line

The Honda Fit doesn't penalize buyers on a budget, and that's why it appeals even to shoppers who can spend more.

Honda Fit

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