2015 Honda Fit: New Car Review
You probably already know the Honda Fit as a versatile, reliable compact hatchback, and to that end, not much has changed for the 2015 model year. But while its general purpose remains the same, the 2015 Honda Fit is fully redesigned this year to offer many updates, both inside and out.
On the outside, the Fit is fully redesigned, though you'd be forgiven if you didn't notice it right away. The Fit's styling is evolutionary, not revolutionary, meaning that the latest iteration of the small hatchback simply looks like an updated version of last year's model. That's not true on the inside, however, where the Fit grows in size and offers a more luxurious cabin.
Shoppers interested in a new subcompact will also find that the Fit offers other benefits for the 2015 model year, including new features, better fuel economy and improved interior space. In essence, the 2015 Fit is more of the same -- and that's a very good thing.
What's New for 2015?
The Fit is completely redesigned for the 2015 model year. In addition to revised styling inside and out, the latest Fit also boasts new features, better fuel economy and a more versatile interior.
What We Like
Surprisingly versatile and practical cabin; upgraded materials for 2015; more enjoyable to drive
What We Don't
Exterior styling isn't vastly different from previous model
The Fit offers just one engine: a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 130 horsepower. When mated to the hatchback's standard 6-speed manual transmission, it returns 29 miles per gallon in the city and 37 mpg on the highway -- figures that can increase to an impressive 33 mpg city/41 mpg hwy with the available continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
Standard Features & Options
The 2015 Honda Fit is offered in two trim levels: LX and EX. Drivers interested in even more equipment can also get an upscale EX-L model with a few extra features.
The base-level Fit LX ($16,100) comes with all the basics. Such items include power accessories, air conditioning, a backup camera, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control, and Bluetooth phone and audio-streaming capability.
Step up to the Fit EX ($18,000) and you get 16-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, a 7-in center-mounted touchscreen, fog lights and Honda's highly useful LaneWatch blind spot camera, which is a unique feature in the class.
Topping the range is the Fit EX-L ($20,400), which offers leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
As for options: In typical Honda fashion, the Fit has virtually none. The sole available upgrade is a navigation system, which is offered as an extra only for the Fit EX-L.
All Fit models come standard with a wide range of safety features, including front-side airbags, side-curtain airbags, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control. A backup camera is also standard on all Fit models. In addition to these features, drivers who choose a Fit EX get the blind spot monitoring LaneWatch camera as standard equipment.
Because the newly redesigned Fit only just went on sale, the subcompact Honda has not yet been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Behind the Wheel
While the outgoing Fit was starting to show its age, the all-new 2015 model easily remedies that issue. Interior materials are a cut above those of last year's Fit, while the overall look of the dashboard gives the hatchback a more modern feel on the inside. We're also thrilled to see standard features such as a backup camera and Bluetooth audio, which are included on very few cars in this segment.
When you get behind the wheel of the latest Fit, you'll find that the hatchback is especially enjoyable to drive. A longer wheelbase and revised suspension tuning make the 2015 Fit one of the most nimble subcompact cars around, and we had so much fun driving the Fit that we didn't even mind spending time in the CVT automatic version. Sure, the Fit only offers 130 hp, and that means it's hardly a drag racer in a straight line. But when it comes to handling, the Fit is the best compact car around.
Another important aspect of the Fit's interior is its impressive versatility. We're amazed at the legroom that rear passengers have, even for tall people who would have trouble getting in the back seat of a normal economy car. And we love the Fit's unique Magic Seat, which allows drivers to find the best balance between people hauling and cargo hauling.
Other Cars to Consider
Chevrolet Sonic -- The Chevrolet Sonic touts excellent gas mileage, modern styling and a long list of equipment. It also offers a sedan body style for shoppers who would prefer a locking trunk to a hatchback.
Ford Fiesta -- The subcompact Ford Fiesta offers a modern interior, excellent gas mileage and competitive pricing. It's also available in a sedan body style or as a sporty 5-door hatchback called the Fiesta ST.
Toyota Prius c -- If you value fuel economy above all else, the Prius c is an excellent choice. Offering an impressive 53 mpg city, the smallest member of the Prius family is one of the most efficient non-plug-ins on the road. Unfortunately, pricing is a bit more than the Fit's, as the Prius c starts around $20,000 with shipping.
We've always liked the Fit, and we happen to really like the all-new 2015 model. Updated exterior styling gives it a more modern look, and we really appreciate revisions to the cabin for the latest model year. More importantly, we like the fact that the Fit stands out as a driver's car in a segment where few vehicles place an emphasis on anything but low cost.
So which one do you choose? For us, the answer is easy. The mid-level Fit EX is only $1,600 more than the base model, but it offers a long list of important upgrades; it's the one we'd take.