2015 Honda Fit Hatchback Review

2015 Honda Fit Hatchback
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Edmunds Summary Review of the 2015 Honda Fit LX Hatchback

  • A Edmunds Rating
  • A roomier cabin and improved fuel economy allow the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit to maintain its place as one of the top choices in the subcompact car segment.

  • Pros

    Unmatched small car versatility thanks to unique rear seat design; quick acceleration; high fuel economy; spacious seating and cargo area; excellent visibility.

  • Cons

    Sedan version isn't offered; touchscreen interface can be frustrating to use.

  • What's New for 2015

    After being on hiatus for 2014, the Honda Fit is fully redesigned for 2015. Highlights include improved fuel economy, greater interior space and new technology and safety features.


When the Honda Fit debuted eight years ago it quickly became a favorite of economy car shoppers. It's fair to say it wasn't because of the car's rather controversial styling, but with its flexible configurations for interior seating and cargo, a fuel-efficient engine and a relatively fun-to-drive demeanor, the Fit proved that you didn't need to suffer an anonymous econobox just for good mileage. Now entering its third generation, the 2015 Honda Fit looks to keep the good times rolling while also becoming even more appealing.

The Fit's distinctive wedge shape largely carries over, but this time the Fit looks a little more grown up. A new grille and headlight design, LED taillights and available 16-inch wheels align it visually with other Hondas. The new Fit's overall body length shrinks a little, but the wheels are set farther apart this year and the rear suspension has been redesigned to free up more room for those riding in the back. Indeed, the amount of room rear passengers enjoy in the new Fit is truly astonishing, as even a pair of 6-foot-plus adults won't feel squeezed.

If you need a small hatchback that can haul serious amounts of cargo, the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit is the one to get.

The Fit's enhanced seating does come at the expense of some luggage space, but with nearly 53 cubic feet, the 2015 Fit's cargo area still remains substantially bigger than those of its competitors. A main reason for this is the Fit's novel "Magic" seat. Its ability to fold completely flat or flip its seat bottom up grants the Fit an unmatched versatility for carrying passengers, mountain bikes, large pets or most things in between. The Fit also gains higher-quality interior materials, the availability of heated leather seats and new technology features like a larger touchscreen interface, smartphone app integration and keyless ignition.

Just about everything is new under the hood as well. The four-cylinder engine is still 1.5 liters in size, but various revisions, including the addition of direct injection technology, help it produce a little more power and better fuel efficiency than before. A new six-speed manual transmission (the previous Fit only had five forward gears) and a new continuously variable automatic transmission (replacing a traditional five-speed automatic) are also part of the deal. Hit the road and you should see an impressive 32-36 mpg combined, depending on what model you pick.

With its new look, more refined interior and improved fuel economy, the 2015 Honda Fit earns an Edmunds "A" rating and is again among the best in its class. The Fit is also one of the top recommended cars in our 2015 Sedan Buying Guide. Granted, it's no longer the no-brainer it once was, as alternatives like the excellent, Edmunds "A"-rated 2015 Ford Fiesta and value-rich Hyundai Accent also prove that an inexpensive car doesn't have to be an unappealing one. Those and other competitors also offer sedan body styles and generally more standard features for the money, but none offer the kind of interior flexibility that makes the Fit one of the most versatile hatchbacks available.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2015 Honda Fit is offered in LX, EX, EX-L and EX-L with Navi trim levels.

A 7-inch touchscreen interface is included starting at the EX trim level. Leather upholstery is standard in EX-L models.

Standard equipment on LX models includes 15-inch wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, full power accessories, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 5-inch display screen and a four-speaker sound system with CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.

EX models add 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot display, and a six-speaker audio system with Pandora functionality, smartphone app integration (HondaLink) and an HDMI input (needed for many HondaLink features, including a streaming navigation app).

Going with the EX-L gets you heated mirrors, leather upholstery and heated front seats, while the EX-L with Navi adds, predictably, a navigation system with voice recognition as well as HD and satellite radio upgrades.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2015 Honda Fit features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine generating 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on LX and EX models, while a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional. EX-L models are only offered with the CVT.

During Edmunds testing, a 2015 Honda Fit EX-L with Navi ran from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds; that's pretty quick for the subcompact segment.

Equipped with the manual transmission, the Fit returns an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined (29 city/37 highway). CVT-equipped models deliver 35 mpg combined (32 city/38 highway), except for the entry-level LX. At 36 mpg combined (33 city/41 highway), it yields the best fuel economy of the lineup.


Every 2015 Honda Fit comes standard with antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active head restraints.

Notable is the LaneWatch blind-spot system (EX and EX-L trim), which instantly switches the 7-inch screen's display to a low and wide view of the passenger side blind spot when the right turn signal is engaged.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Fit earned a top score of "Good" for its safety in moderate-overlap frontal-offset impacts. In the small-overlap frontal-offset test, the Fit originally earned a second-worst score of "Marginal." Honda subsequently redesigned the Fit's front bumper, however, and IIHS retesting resulted in an improved (second-best) "Acceptable" rating. Honda says owners of Fits built before the change will be given the opportunity to have their cars modified with the new bumper free of charge. In all other IIHS tests of side-impact protection, roof strength, seatbelts and head restraints (whiplash protection), the Fit earned a "Good" score.

The government has also crash tested the new Fit. Here, the Fit earned a five-star overall rating for safety (out of a possible five), with five stars for total frontal impact protection and five stars for total side-impact protection.

At the Edmunds test track, a 2015 Honda Fit EX-L with Navi came to a stop from 60 mph in 127 feet; about 5 feet longer than average for this class.

Interior Design and Special Features

The former Fit's cabin design was lacking in terms of its overall materials quality as well as the look and feel of various knobs and switches. It simply fell short of competitors like the Accent or Fiesta. The 2015 Fit, however, makes a large leap inside, drawing a more modern and updated feel from Honda's Civic and Accord. It's also roomier than ever before. The expansive amount of rear seat space -- there's more rear legroom than in the Accord -- means comfortable seating for two tall adults and/or easy installation of child safety seats.

The Honda Fit's rear seats provide an abundance of legroom for such a small car, making it a viable option for families.

On the upper trims, the Fit boasts new smartphone amenities. HondaLink operates through the 7-inch touchscreen to provide voice control, plus a variety of search, audio and social media functions. It also allows the car's touchscreen to display and operate an available navigation app. Streamed through a newer Apple iPhone, it provides an in-dash navigation experience at a much lower cost, but with less functionality than the superior integrated navigation system available on the EX-L trim. Overall, we've found the system's menu design a little cumbersome and dislike its touch-operated volume control and overly busy procedure for setting radio presets, but responses are quick and we appreciate the touchscreen's swipe-and-pinch functionality. Android phones are not currently compatible with HondaLink, although Honda claims that this will change soon.

What continues to set the Fit's interior apart, though, is the cleverly designed 60/40-split "Magic" rear seat. Flipping up the seat bottom creates a narrow, floor-to-roof space that can accommodate taller items that wouldn't otherwise fit within such a small car. The Fit is a great choice for those with large dogs or outdoor gear; two bikes can stand side by side (with front wheels removed) in the rear seat well, for example. Folding both rear seatbacks down yields a flat load floor and 52.7 cubic feet of cargo room, nearly as much as some small crossovers. The Fit's front passenger seat also folds flat to accommodate items nearly 8 feet long.

The 2015 Fit's rear seats can fold either down or up and out of the way to provide floor-to-roof cargo convenience.

Driving Impressions

The 2015 Honda Fit has a composure at freeway speeds that was lacking in the outgoing car. Directional stability is far better, so it's much easier to keep the car in a lane. It's also notably quieter at those higher speeds, making long trips more enjoyable. The 2015 Fit feels sharper and more confident when going around turns compared to its predecessor, though the steering effort is generally too light for our tastes.

The 2015 Honda Fit provides snappier acceleration around town than its predecessors, and it's quieter on the highway.

While the new engine isn't really more potent on paper, in the real world its direct fuel-injection technology helps give the Fit a snappier feel when driving around town. Shifting the new six-speed manual transmission is a breeze. You'll likely be just as happy with the new CVT. It swiftly "downshifts" when you need quick acceleration, unlike some other CVTs, which seem to produce more noise than action.

2015 Honda Fit Video Review

Reviews from owners of the 2015 Honda Fit LX Hatchback

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Best car i've owned and i'm 63

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Vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit

First the negatives. For long rides the seat is hard. I bought a car cushion from Costco for the bottom of the seat and now long drives are easy. Others on the Fit forum are having too many issues and many like me are not. Seems like Mexico needs to step up their QA and Honda should have not let it slip. The room in it is fantastic, handling makes taking turns fun, it shifts like a dream, the rear camera is a MUST for me, the side camera is so much better than the right side mirror only option because it is safer and gives such a bigger amount of view, gets great mileage even when driven somewhat hard, and I can't see myself ever getting another type of car since having all the advantages of the Fit.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Pain when driving the car

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Vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit

Test drive this car as long as possible if you want to buy it. If you experience any discomfort or pain, do not buy this car because it only gets worse. I didn't experience the driver seat as uncomfortable but after my first 2-hour-drive, I felt tingling and burning in my right foot. A year later, I am seriously considering selling the car because my leg, foot, and hip hurt when driving it. The rep at Honda gave me his condolences, but I am stuck with a car that I basically like but can’t drive without being in pain. (Before getting the Fit, I drove a Honda’83 for 15 years and never had a problem.) The driver seat might work for some, but make sure you are one of them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Love this car nice transition from vibe

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Vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit

I went from driving a 2003 ponitac vibe with 300,000+ miles on it and I would still be driving it if someone was paying attention and didn't slam into the backend. I absolutely LOVED my vibe and searched everywhere for another one, but ultimately decided to go for something newer that would last. Going from the Vibe to the Fit was a very easy transition it has a lot of the same features plus some added bonuses! The right blind spot camera on the right mirror is so helpful when switiching lanes and when I'm not sure if a car is close to me or not. The seats folding up are nice for taller objects ( something my vibe didn't do ) but I wish that they would fold Completely flat with a hard back just like my vibe. I will have to put down something over top of the seats when they are almost flat when I want to haul something.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

Love my honda 2015 fit -- hate the seats!!!

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Vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit

My Fit has been great, but any trip over an hour and your back and neck are killing you!! I travel a bit and am now in Physical Therapy (probably not only due to the car, but the concave shape of the seats does NOT help). When I asked the dealership what I could do they said they could not help. Also, my boyfriend is 6'1 and can does NOT fit in the FIT without scrunching his legs! I asked if the tracks could be extended and was told no. Get it together Honda, help us!?!?!

6 of 17 people found this review helpful

Don't waste your money !!!!

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Vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit

Just purchased my Honda 2015 fit EX-L on January 28th, 2016 and already have traded it in, the car two times would not start when hit the ignition button, first time the battery was dead and nothing was left on, the second time would not start again, then 15 minutes later the cars lights were on and the radio was on? Then when hit the ignition button, then the car started! Took it to Honda and since they could not replicate the car not starting, they said everything was ok and until it didn't start again and they couldn't replicate what was going on, all they could do/ offer me was to tell me to use the roadside assistance when it won't start! Not acceptable!!!!! this is a 2015 with 15,000 miles, the dealer was no help, then I called Honda America and got the same response, just call roadside assistance when it won't start! Not acceptable!!!! no one buys a 2015 car, especially a Honda , I bought a Honda due to it's reliability, resale value and dependability, after research on the internet this car has a 12 volt battery and is not enough power to keep all the electronics/technology supplied in the car, do your research before spending your money on this car!!!! There are stories of people leaving music on for 1/2 hour after shutting off the car, or needing to keep hazard lights on and this alone drained the battery to have the battery go dead. No one buys a car that may/may not start and leave you stranded, especially a Honda.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Great not so little car

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Vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit

First let me say to not believe all the front seat discomfirt issues or leg room. I dont how these people sit but i have no problems. I am 6' 2" and 240 and i have no issues. I tested out many subcompact cars and the fit has the most leg room. Set the seat all the way back, slightly recline seat, and sit straight up. I drive 40 each way to and from work and no issues. Its easy to get in and out of. Better than my wifes 00 corolla. I took a 4 hour trip with my dad who was 67 at the time and he had no issues. It is a stiff suspension though and i wish that could be better. Road noise is fine. I dont notice it with the radio on. And of course you would hear road noise at 75. You hear that in most any car. Pros Great gas mileage. I usually get 41-42 in summer and 37-38 in winter. I have had this since August 2014. I could get better and i could get close to 46 if you drive 65 on highway and really be concious about it. But every day driving those are my numbers Usuability and interior space is great. Ive loaded it up many times which 8 foot boards (front passenger seat down), camping gear, xmas presents, 2 dogs, it fits it all. Fits 4 grown guys in it no problem when i drive for lunch at work. I have as much space in it as i did my hyundai tucson i had before this. And drives fine in all weather. Snow, rain, good. Electronics are good. Have had no problems. Backup camera which is standard for all cars now is good. I purposely bought the lx for lack of electronics though. I didnt want a touchscreen or a push button start. Just more things to break and cost more to fix. I like my knobs. The phone link works good and really thats all i need. Cons Like i said before. Suspension is stiff and is a little bumpy but idont mind much. If all u are driving is country roads then you better test it out and see if its ok. Side mirrors in rain are annoying. The rain doesnt really slide off the mirrors. U can see but it is annoying. I need to put rain x on it and see if it helps. Recalls. Ive had like 5 recalls. It is to be expected for a first model year of this car. As it was redesigned and built at a new plant for 2015. They havent been bad, little things mostly but just an annoyance. Thats it. The fit has been a plus. Gas mileage is great, fits loads of stuff, and is a great commuter. I do wish build material could be better but it is a cheap car but it is the most bang for your buck.

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$52.58 per month*

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