The 2015 Fit is a complete redesign of Honda’s popular economy car.
The Honda Fit proved a big hit with its fun character and its efficient use of interior space. The all-new 2015 model improves on those traits and offers impressive rear seat legroom and other creature comforts not found in other cars in this class.
“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to greatly enhance and add to the Fit’s already excellent attributes to provide Honda customers with class-above features and refinement at such a value price point,” said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Honda. “The 2015 Fit is practical, roomy, efficient, affordable and perhaps best of all, great fun to drive.”
The previous generation Fit already provided an admirable amount of passenger space for a car of its size. However, thanks to a longer wheelbase, and what Honda calls the Magic Seat, a 60/40 split folding rear bench, the 2015 Fit 5-door hatchback boasts a 4.8-inch increase of legroom.
But Honda wasn’t done there. The Magic Seat is able to fold into the floor and make a flat floor with 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space – a 4.9 cubic-foot increase over last year.
The cabin is surprisingly luxurious for an economy car. The front bucket seats are well bolstered and soft-touch materials are plentiful. The Fit comes with a 5-inch colour LCD screen as standard, as is Bluetooth and a rearview camera.
The wider body and pronounced character lines give the Honda Fit a muscular appearance and the narrow headlights, standard rooftop spoiler and under-bumper diffuser enhance its sporty looks.
Looking sporty is nice, but as Mr. Conrad said, the 2015 Fit is also a joy to drive. Power comes from a 1.5-litre I-4 rated at 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque.
Those aren’t huge numbers, but the fun factor comes from the Fit’s redesigned rear suspension and its more rigid structure. These combine to make it feel more planted and gives it predictable road manners. The upgraded electric steering also adds to the experience with nice weighting and a more linear feel.
All 2015 Fits come with a 6-speed manual transmission. A new continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available and improves fuel efficiency but is not as fun to drive. The drone at cruising speeds, which plagues all CVTs, is an issue for this one as well.
The 2015 Honda Fit is a perfect vehicle for anyone looking for a small city car but needs a usable back seat. Others in this category worth considering are the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent and Nissan Versa Note.
Let us know in the comments what you think about the 2015 Honda Fit. Is this practical hatchback a fit for you?