2015 Honda Fit EX-L w/Navigation 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4-cyl CVT Automatic)
The redesigned Fit expands on the core values of Honda's subcompact hatchback while addressing many of its shortcomings. Driveability has been improved and fuel economy is much better, and there's now tremendous rear seat space while the cargo area is class-leading. This is a must-look car in the segment.
PerformanceThe Fit isn't overly quick to accelerate, but it is nimble and tossable. It's far more stable at freeway speeds than the previous Fit. Though by no means what we would call a "hot hatch," the Fit is responsive and an easy car to live with on a daily basis.
Around town the 130 horsepower from the Fit's 1.5-liter 4-cylinder feels adequate. There's never a whole bunch of thrust. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) has somewhat slow responses, but the Fit did get to 60 mph in 8.8 sec.
Brake pedal action is reasonably firm and progressive in around-town driving, easy to modulate. It stopped from 60 mph in 127 feet, which is about average for the segment, with just a bit of side-to-side squirm.
Far more linear action than the previous generation, and the odd feel of the old car's steering on freeways is nearly gone. It's still a bit numb and light, but it builds effort naturally.
Nimble and light on its feet. Changes direction quickly, although the limits are not high. Still, the Fit has always been a nippy thing and the new one is no exception. More stable at freeway speeds than the old car.
The lightness of the all the controls makes the Fit easy to place. The CVT is unobtrusive in day-to-day driving. Parking is dead-simple thanks to tiny overhangs and a standard backup camera.
ComfortGood seats and decent ride quality. Honda has done a nice job with the Fit's simple suspension setup and short wheelbase. Feels more substantial than the outgoing Fit.
Seats are wide and allow plenty of leg movement. Bolsters are moderate, touching down at the ribs to provide good lateral support. Lower cushion is nearly horizontal but with little thigh support. The height adjustment is nice.
Although the Fit moves about a fair amount, the ride quality somehow doesn't feel too busy or fidgety. It's appropriately compliant and is comfortable enough for long road trips.
The cabin feels about average in terms of wind and road noise. Neither are excessive, but they're there. Engine noise is not a factor when just cruising along, but it does drone at high revs.
InteriorClever packaging and ease of use are hallmarks of the Fit, and for this new model you can add backseat space to the list. This is a truly versatile cabin. Though luggage space behind the backseat has shrunk, the overall cargo space is still impressive.
The Fit's chunky temp knobs and cabin controls are well placed and easy to use. The optional multimedia interface is touchscreen-based. While sensitive, it lacks a volume knob, a small issue that will be an annoyance for many.
Easy to get in and out. Wide door openings, sills are small and low to the ground. The flat seat bottom is located relatively high off the floor, aiding access. The roof is high, so you don't have to crane your neck to get in.
This is a small car with a shocking amount of space inside. Smart packaging. Backseat passengers have huge legroom and plenty of headroom. It's very airy.
Visibility is excellent, with a low beltline. Windshield pillar triangle windows and door-mounted side mirrors also help. A curved driver's mirror and camera on the passenger's mirror address blind spots. Backup camera is standard.
Ingenious backseat allows for many loading options. The max cargo area is quite large, the rear seat folds nearly flat. Seat bottom flips up for tall, upright items. The Fit is unrivaled in its class here.
ValueThere's a lot of car for the money here, and not just in terms of feature count. The Fit's inherent value is in its ability to be many cars in one, thanks to its versatile cabin. It also manages to deliver significantly better fuel economy than before.
Build Quality (vs. $)
There are some hard plastics, but the touch surfaces are generally soft. Controls have a slick action and there's no overriding sense that this is an inexpensive car.
A long features list on our test car ($21,590 with destination), a top-of-the-line trim level with navigation, keyless entry/ignition, leather, sunroof, heated seats and blind-spot camera. But even lesser trim levels are well equipped.
Given the Fit's combination of packaging, fuel economy and features, it is attractively priced. Our test car is the most expensive version. The least expensive Fit starts at $16,315 with destination.
An all-new engine and transmission have boosted the EPA ratings to 35 mpg Combined (32 City/38 Highway), better than most of its rivals. On our evaluation loop the Fit achieved 36.2 mpg. Overall it earned 29.9 mpg in its time with us.
The Fit's warranty coverage is 3 years/36,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, 5 years/60,000 miles powertrain and 5 years/unlimited miles for corrosion. This is typical.
Roadside assistance and free scheduled maintenance are not part of the deal. The lack of free scheduled maintenance is typical for the segment, but some rivals come with roadside assistance.
Fun To DriveThe Fit feels less substantial than, say, a Mazda3, but it's whippy and eager nonetheless. It's an easy car to drive for nearly anyone, owing to its tidy dimensions and user-friendly controls. It's not fast, but it is responsive.
Control efforts are universally light and quick. Its overall limits are low, so the Fit is best when you drive it precisely. It's not a hot hatch, but its inherent lightness has rewards when driven enthusiastically.
The Fit is a car that's eager to please. Sure, its engine doesn't sound great when you drive it enthusiastically, but its handling is reasonably sharp and the car changes direction well. You can have fun with it at low speeds.
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