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2016 Honda Fit: New Car Review

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If you've had any experience with the Honda Fit, you probably know it as a versatile, reliable compact hatchback with a focus on excellent fuel economy and affordable pricing. After a full redesign last year, the 2016 Honda Fit can say that it's all that and more, as it adds several other attributes -- such as roomy and well equipped -- to its litany of benefits.

If it's been a while since you've checked out the Fit, you'll find that the hatchback is sporting a totally new look, though you'd be forgiven if you don'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, as the Fit has grown in size and offers a more luxurious cabin.

But last year's update to the Fit goes beyond cosmetic changes. The hatchback also offers new features, better fuel economy and improved interior space, all of which conspire to make the latest Fit more of the same -- and that's a good thing.

What's New for 2016?

Following a full redesign last year, the Fit is unchanged for 2016.

What We Like

Surprisingly versatile and practical cabin; upgraded interior materials; more enjoyable to drive

What We Don't

Exterior styling isn't vastly different from previous model

How Much?

$16,600-$21,000

Fuel Economy

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. Opt for the fuel-saving continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and you'll get either 32 mpg city/38 mpg hwy (in EX and EX-L guise) or an impressive 33 mpg city/41 mpg hwy in the base-level Fit LX.

Standard Features & Options

The 2016 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 ($16,600) 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, automatic headlights, a 5-inch center screen, a backup camera and Bluetooth phone and audio-streaming capability.

Step up to the Fit EX ($18,500), and you get 16-in alloy wheels, a power sunroof, a 7-in center-mounted touchscreen, an improved backup camera, keyless entry and ignition, an enhanced stereo with an extra USB port, smartphone-app integration, fog lights and Honda's highly useful LaneWatch blind spot camera -- a unique feature in the class.

Topping the range is the Fit EX-L ($20,400), which boasts 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.

Safety

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, traction control and a backup camera. In addition to these features, drivers who choose a Fit EX get the LaneWatch blind spot camera as standard equipment, along with an improved backup camera that touts sight lines for reversing.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash testing, the Fit earned a perfect 5-star overall rating. In testing conducted by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Fit earned a Top Safety Pick score, falling just short of that firm's top-level Top Safety Pick+ designation because it doesn't offer any automatic forward-collision protection systems.

Behind the Wheel

While the outgoing Fit was starting to show its age, the latest model easily remedies that issue. Interior materials are a cut above those of last year's Fit, and 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 2016 Fit one of the most nimble subcompact cars around. In fact, 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 subcompact 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 tall ones 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

2016 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 rear cargo area.

2016 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 version called the Fiesta ST.

2015 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 higher than the Fit's, as the Prius c starts around $20,000 with shipping.

Used Honda Civic -- If you like the Fit but want more space, the Civic is an easy choice. It's not offered as a hatchback, but it touts a larger interior, more power and a few extra features. Prices are higher, though, so you may want to consider a used model.

Autotrader's Advice

We've always liked the Fit -- and we especially like the latest model. Updated exterior styling gives it a more modern look, and we really appreciate the Fit's newly upgraded cabin. 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 midlevel Fit EX is less than $2,000 more than the base model, but it offers a long list of important upgrades -- and that makes it the one we'd take.

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