- Complete redesign for 2015
- More powerful 130-hp Earth Dreams four-cylinder engine
- Best-in-class cargo and storage capacity
Returning after a one-year hiatus, the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit adds updated styling and a more powerful engine.
The Fit has long been one of our favorite offerings, not only among sub-compacts but all cars. It offers a lot of car for the money, somehow finding a way to cram a ton of cargo and passenger room onto a small frame that’s at home in the city or on the open road. The 2015 Fit has completely new exterior styling, which is now more aggressive and has sharp creases that curve back along both sides. Up front, it matches the appearance of the new Civic with sharper headlights and a black grille. It’s also more aerodynamic, which is a factor in the Fit’s improved fuel economy. 16-inch wheels come standard.
There are also big changes under the hood, where the 2015 Fit features a new four-cylinder from Honda’s Earth Dreams family of engines. The 130-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder is mated to a six-speed manual or a new CVT. The new powertrain and transmission options, combined with aerodynamic improvements, improve the Fit’s fuel economy ratings to compete with, if not best, the other competitors in its segment like the Nissan Versa Note and Ford Fiesta. With the manual, the Fit gets 29/37 mpg city/highway, while the CVT returns an even higher 32/38 mpg. For the best fuel economy, opt for the LX with the CVT; it takes out some weight and adds underbody covering for improved aerodynamics and gets 33/41 mpg, which his best in class.
The Honda Fit has one of the most aptly descriptive names of any car around offering plenty of passenger and cargo volume, even rivaling some small SUVs. While the new Fit is shorter in overall length, the wheelbase has been lengthened and slightly widened which means even more passenger volume, especially when it comes to rear legroom which grows by almost five inches. Some of the new passenger room comes at the expense of rear cargo room, but the Fit still has its second-row “Magic Seat” for great flexibility. The second-row seat cushions can fold up, which gives plenty of space to store taller items, and with the second-row folded flat into the floor total cargo area is 52.7 cubic feet which is again, class leading (it more than doubles the Fiesta).
There is also plenty of new standard equipment as well, keeping with a trend of putting more and more features into smaller cars. Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera are now standard, joining a 5-inch LCD screen, USB port, and air conditioning. Upgrading to the EX trim adds even more features, including push button start, a 7-inch touch screen, HondaLink, and Pandora internet radio. For the first time, leather upholstery is optional, as is HD radio, a navigation system, and heated front seats.
The new frame, though lighter, is just as strong and Honda expects the Fit to get top ratings in both IIHS and NHTSA crash tests. A backup camera is standard, along with antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and six airbags. EX and above models feature Honda’s Lane Watch system, which uses the car’s center display and a camera mounted on the passenger side mirror to show the blind spot along the right side of the car.