The third-generation Honda Fit adds some refinement and even more efficiency to what's already been an immensely practical and affordable package. Available only as a five-door hatchback, the Fit continues to stand out for offering a level of space that puts even some small SUVs to shame. And now it gets a big bump in fuel economy to widen its appeal.
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2015 Honda Fit Overview
What's New for 2015
Totally redesigned for 2015, all Fits get a 1.5-liter direct injected four-cylinder with 130 horsepower. LX and EX models feature a new six-speed manual as standard equipment, but the new EX-L trim gets a standard CVT automatic transmission that's optional for lower-level trims. It replaces a five-speed automatic. With the CVT, fuel economy is now 33 mpg city and 41 mpg highway according to the EPA.
Choosing Your Honda Fit
Honda offers few options -- either standalone or in packages -- so the trim level you choose determines how your car is equipped.
At around $16,000, the base LX includes features such as a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power amenities, air conditioning, remote keyless entry, 5-inch touchscreen radio, Bluetooth, a multi-angle backup camera, USB input, 15-inch wheels and a four-speaker audio system.
EX cars add 16-inch alloy wheels, Honda's LaneWatch side mirror camera, keyless entry and push-button start, SMS text capability, a 7-inch touchscreen radio with Pandora capability, six-speaker audio system, a more sophisticated rearview camera, fog lights and a power moonroof Opting for the CVT also gets you paddle shifters and a sport mode.
The new EX-L gets leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated side mirrors with turn indicators and the CVT transmission with shift paddles. Also available for the EX-L is a navigation system, with voice recognition, HD radio and traffic, satellite radio and illuminated steering wheel controls.
Opting for a top-trim EX-L with navigation at less than $22,000 seems like a great value for a small car -- that kind of money usually buys a modestly equipped compact sedan or hatchback. But an even better value is the EX manual at around $18,000. Features like a backup camera and a blind spot monitor system are rare in cars at that price, especially those with the space of the Fit.
2015 Honda Fit Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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