What Is It?
2015 Honda Fit
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Honda Fit is an all-new subcompact hatchback. The new Fit features more space, more performance and better fuel economy than the current Fit, which has been in production since 2008. The 2015 Fit has a new engine and new transmissions, including a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to replace the existing five-speed automatic.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Honda said it expects to have the 2015 Fit in dealers in the spring of 2014.
How Much Does It Cost?
Official pricing hasn't been released yet, but we expect the 2015 Fit will be priced similar to the current car, which ranges from $16,215-$19,790.
How Much Bigger Is It?
The new Honda Fit rides on a wheelbase that is 1.2 inches longer, while its exterior size is 1.6 inches shorter and slightly wider. This has resulted in a cabin volume that is nearly 5 cubic feet larger and offers a big increase in rear legroom. So, compared to the current Fit, the new model is smaller on the outside and larger on the inside. Neat trick.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
·1.5-liter four-cylinder, 130 horsepower, 114 lb-ft of torque
·Six-speed manual gearbox or optional CVT
Will Its Fuel Economy Improve?
With projected EPA fuel economy ratings for CVT-equipped models of 36 mpg combined (33 city/41 highway), the 2015 Honda Fit handily out-economizes the outgoing model's 31 mpg combined (28 city/35 highway) (with the five-speed automatic). No word yet on the fuel economy of the manual-gearbox-equipped model.
What Features Does It Offer?
A multi-angle rearview camera is standard equipment, and optional features include keyless entry and ignition, heated side mirrors, a moonroof, heated front seats, a lane departure warning system and leather seats.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Chevrolet Sonic: A strong entry in the segment that balances power, efficiency and fun-to-drive qualities.
Ford Fiesta: A refined and accomplished car that punches above its price point. Available as a hatchback or a sedan.
Hyundai Accent: Another small-outside, large-inside car that offers a lot of features for the dollar. Like the others, also available in sedan form.
Toyota Yaris: The mainstay of the segment but could benefit from a redesign, having existed in its current form since 2010.
Should You Wait for It?
If you're looking for a subcompact with maximum cabin flexibility and outstanding fuel economy, the new 2015 Honda Fit is looking like a strong contender. Much of the competition in this class of car is stiff, though, and unlike the Fit can be obtained in sedan form if you desire.