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2016 Honda Fit Overview
After taking the 2014 model year off, Honda’s micro-size 5-passenger, 5-door Fit compact hatchback came back with a hefty facelift for 2015 and segues into 2016 virtually unchanged.
Returning in 3 trims (the base LX, the up-featured EX, and the flagship EX-L, which, when fitted with an available GPS navigation system, becomes the EX-L with Navigation), this 5-door Honda again provides a surprising amount of passenger room for such a small package. Look for the 2016 Fit to again tote 52.7 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seatbacks folded, while the front passenger seatback also folds, allowing items just under 8 feet long to be stashed aboard. Oh, and the unique fold-up rear Magic Seat returns to allow taller cargo items to fit tidily into a floor-to-roof niche.
With the significant reworking that heralded the Fit’s 2015 encore, there’s but one major upgrade that Honda hints at for the 2016 iteration of this pint-size hatchback: The occasionally frustrating HondaLink infotainment feature gets a few tweaks to ease interfacing with smartphone apps.
Again, the Fit will pack the traditional 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant, as well as returning with a choice between the standard 6-speed manual transmission or the optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). No matter the gearbox, expect an adequate, though hardly track-burning, 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque from the I4, with mileage figures slated to return at 29 mpg city/37 highway/35 for stick-shift versions and 32/38/35 for CVT-equipped variants. The LX carrying the manual transmission, meantime, sports fewer bells and whistles, and mileage for this entry-level trim, therefore, is estimated at a hybrid-esque 33/41/36. For those living in snow country, by the way, the 2016 Fit remains available only with front-wheel drive (FWD).
Appearance-wise, look for the 2016 Fit LX to remain toting 15-inch steel wheels, while its EX and EX-L counterparts boast 16-inch alloy wheels and a power sunroof. Furthermore, the EX-L additionally features standard heated power-adjustable mirrors.
Inside, this city-friendly 5-door sports cloth upholstery in lower editions, with the EX-L and its navigation-equipped sibling boasting standard leather-trimmed seats. And while all Fit iterations tote full power accessories, cruise control, and telescoping tilt-wheel steering, such extra standard perks as heated front seats and keyless entry and ignition will again grace higher trims.
Returning techno-bling is expected to include the popular 5-inch driver information display, along with Bluetooth-interfaced and HondaLink infotainment (bolstered with the upgraded smartphone apps) that again boasts a 7-inch touchscreen and will adorn the EX and EX-L variants. Additionally, the traditional CD player is reprised, bolstered by 4 speakers and an auxiliary audio input in the LX, while the EX and its EX-L sibling add 2 extra speakers and Pandora Internet radio.
Should you shell out for the top-shelf EX-L with Navigation package, look for the included GPS navigation system to be complemented by HD Radio and a satellite radio subscription.
Standard safety features aboard all 2016 Fit iterations are expected to include 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags, along with daytime running lights and a remote antitheft alarm. Moving into the higher Fit realms, expect such additional standard safety equipment as front fog/driving lights, with the EX-L with Navigation throwing in standard turn-signal-integrated mirrors as well.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the current Fit its best 5-star score in various safety tests, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) scores the 2015 Fit as Good (its best rating) in most categories, though small overlap frontal offset tests resulted in a second-best Acceptable rating.
Scheduled for a late-2015 debut in dealer showrooms, where it’ll go against the likes of Ford’s nifty Fiesta and Hyundai’s heady Accent hatchbacks, the Fit, in its current edition, has gained a slew of driver kudos for value and reliability. However, many owners caution that the front seats will beget some serious squirming during long trips, a malady that seems to bedevil virtually all subcompact commuter-scooters.
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