IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
The Honda Fit offers unmatched cargo room and versatility for its size, along with nimble handling and a good selection of technology features.
The ride is a bit stiff, the engine is rather noisy, the touchscreen audio system could be easier to use, and the sticker prices on high-end models are a bit steep for the class.
Thanks to its cleverly designed interior, the Fit is one of the most space-efficient vehicles on the market.
WHAT IS IT?
The Fit is Honda’s small on the outside, big on the inside subcompact. It was introduced in the US as a 2007 model, redesigned for 2009, and is redesigned again for 2015. The third-generation Fit is 1.6 inches shorter than the previous model but rides a wheelbase that is 1.2 inches longer. As such, occupant space is even better than before, with plenty of room for four full-size adults. Cargo space is also improved, and the Fit’s class-leading cargo versatility (which includes wide-opening rear doors and some under-floor storage in back) has been maintained.
The Fit’s sole powertrain is a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder that puts out 130 horsepower—13 more than the previous-generation engine. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaces the previous 5-speed automatic, and an available 6-speed manual transmission replaces the previous 5-speed.
In keeping with traditional Honda model naming practice, the 2015 Fit lineup ascends through LX, EX, EX-L, and EX-L with Navigation trim levels. Also keeping with Honda tradition is that there are no factory options, though there are some dealer-installed accessories.
The Fit ‘s redesign nets it several new available features, such as a touchscreen audio system with Hondalink infotainment, Pandora internet radio, and SMS text-message functionality; Honda’s LaneWatch side-view camera; and a multifunction rearview camera that provides regular, wide-angle, and top-down views.
During Consumer Guide® evaluation, a Fit EX-L with Navigation returned 30.7 mpg in mostly city driving. All Fits use regular-grade gas.
VALUE IN CLASS
The redesigned 2015 model retains the Honda Fit’s trademark passenger- and cargo room while adding a bit more refinement—along with a selection of available technology and safety features that help it keep pace with class rivals. The acceleration is middling, and the ride and occasional road noise won’t make you forget you’re driving a subcompact, but the Fit is still a must-see in its segment.