2015 Honda Fit Review

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2015 Honda Fit Overview

The little car that can is all-new for 2015 with even more utility than past versions. It might look smaller (and a lot like Ford's original Focus), and yes, its seat-up cargo capacity is 4 cubic feet less than in its previous generation, but the already-comfortable back seat just got more accommodating, even if you don't count the improved suspension. A new engine and transmission round out the changes in this Fit's coming-of-age tale.

Although passengers might be less likely to notice the suspension changes given that they're primarily oriented at improving handling and response, surely Honda also took care to answer driver's calls for a softer ride. Early testers aren't talking about the Fit's performance over potholes and other road imperfections, but they do say this version shed most of the quirks so typical of subcompact hatchbacks with a substantial feel that holds its lane well and responds just as you would expect to direction changes without any nervous surprises.

Next to that, most drivers of the last Fit felt the interior materials were a bit beneath the quality standards they are used to seeing from Honda, but they were not so kind, outright calling the previous generation's interior a cheap phoned-in excuse of a Honda. Outfitted with chrome accents and textured plastics, the 2015 Fit's interior at least looks much improved, but nobody is really speaking to the durability or feel of these changes.

That back seat is really something else, though. Not only do you still get the highly versatile flat-folding "Magic Seat" to get at the 16.6 cubic feet available in the trunk (still about 57 max cubes with the rear seat totally flat), but that seat can now also handle a pair of 6-foot passengers without so much as a stuffed knee. Both are equally unique in this class.

The only remaining complaint about the outgoing Fit is power—namely, it didn't have much. This engine might be only 13 hp and 8 lb-ft/torque more powerful than the last one, for a total of 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque with this new 1.5-liter 4-banger, but early drivers state this one is markedly better at keeping up with the pack and getting up to speed.

That improvement in the power balance plus another gear in the manual transmission and an all-new paddle-shiftable continuously variable transmission (CVT) all add up to improved fuel economy, too. The best the outgoing model could do was an estimated 28 mpg city/35 highway with the automatic transmission. This one is estimated for 33/41 with the CVT, and we have nothing official on the 6-speed manual's economy yet, but it's safe to expect just a couple points lower.

Standard features are expected to include a rear-view camera and Bluetooth connectivity with options like a front passenger-side blind-spot camera and 7-inch touchscreen interface. Don't expect much to carry over from the last model to this one, though. The outgoing Fit was manufactured in Japan, whereas this one will be made a bit more locally, in Mexico. What's more, the trim lineup is different this year, reverting to the familiar LX, EX and EX-L arrangement rather than the previous Base and Sport.

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