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2015 Honda Fit Hatchback Review

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Review of the 2015 Honda Fit

  • 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.

  • Safety | Reliability | Rating Details
  • 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.



Best car ever

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Vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)

I have had my Fit for a week now and I absolutely love it. I was in the market for a small SUV for future business plans but if I am the only one in the car, there is a ton of room in the back with the seats folded down. The Fit has all of the latest technology (Bluetooth, rearview camera, pandora, etc). So far, my gas mileage has been averaging around 33 miles city. There are only two things I can point out that I don't like about my car. One is the engine noise. Around town, it's louder than your average car but on the highway, it's not much different than any other car. Also, I am not liking the cupholders way down low in the front. A passenger can not put a large drink there.



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

The fit fits!

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Vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)

We have had our Fit for about a month now, and have put almost 3000 miles on it. Have averaged 38 MPG in a 50-50 mix of city and highway miles. Our CVT Fit gets about 45 MPG at a steady 60 mph, 43 at a steady 65 mph and just over 40 MPG at a steady 70 mph Have hauled lots of things in it, has carried my wife and I in the front with three of our adult children in the back, and have just returned from a 700 miles trip this weekend from Cleveland to Chicago and back. We find that in spite of the black interior, the seats don't get too hot to sit, although we wish there was a bit more padding after three hours of straight driving and sitting. Back and right side cameras work great.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Safety recall of "early-2015" honda

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Vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit EX-L w/Navigation 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)

The following hyperlink is to a Edmunds dot com article herein about the announcement on August 21, 2014 of a Safety Recall of "early-2015" Honda Fit's. http://www.edmunds.com/car-news/2015-honda-fit-modified-to-improve-crash-protection-win-safety-award.html In the near-term I suggest verifying the Vin # for effectivity and incorporation, if applicable of this Safety Recall prior to purchase. If you, like us, already own an early-2015 Honda Fit be on the lookout for official communication via hard-copy letter in September 2014. My full review of earlier impressions of the 2015 Honda Fit is posted elsewhere on this Edmunds dot com column. Really liked it prior to this alert.



8 of 8 people found this review helpful

2015 fit ex 6 speed

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Vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 6M)

We owned a 2007 Fit Sport 5 spd and upgraded to the 2015 EX. Great car! Great value. Car feels more solid and substantial. Much nicer interior. Still fun to drive, awesome fuel economy, roomy for such a small car, plus so many new extras. Wife loves the moonroof. We are averaging 39 mpg and hit 47 mpg highway! That's hybrid territory. 7" LCD screen, multiview back up camera, side view Lane Watch camera and other goodies put our 2011 Highlander Limited to shame.



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Frugal on gas, exceptional on

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Vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)

I got the 2015 Fit LX for its efficiency and cargo handling versatility. So far, I've been very happy with its performance in both aspects. There is a lot of headroom in the front. I am 6' standing but sit as tall as the average 6'3" man. There is sufficient legroom in front and rear for adults. The steering wheel could extend a bit more, but it's acceptable. Outward visibility is very good, which is a rarity these days. Acceleration is good for its class, though the engine doesn't sound happy when pushed. It handles nimbly, though not as well as my '99 Protege or my wife's Mazda P5. The stereo speakers are OK for talk radio but are too flat and muddy for pretty much any music.



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Enjoying new fit

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Vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT)

Among the best cars in its class and 2015 redesign keeps it in that position.



Full 2015 Honda Fit Review

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.

Introduction

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.

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.

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.

Safety

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.

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.

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 an iPhone 5 (other phones are presently not compatible), 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 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 that will change by the end of the 2014 calendar year.

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.

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.

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, too. It swiftly "downshifts" when you need quick acceleration, unlike some other CVTs, which seem to produce more noise than action.

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