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2015 Honda Fit Review

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2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

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Honda has proven with the Fit that an entry-level economy car doesn't need to be devoid of personality, especially when it comes to design, features and being fun-to-drive. With the all-new 2015 Honda Fit, the automaker builds on the success of the original with notable improvements in spaciousness and creature comforts not found on any other car in its class. While the new 5-passenger hatchback doesn't have the cute, bug-eyed face of the previous one, the thinner headlights, deeper character lines and revised dimensions add both maturity and greater utility. These attributes, combined with the value it delivers in both its sticker price and fuel economy, compare favorably against a field of strong competitors such as the Nissan Versa Note, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Accent.

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The 2015 Fit is affordable, easy to drive and can haul as much as a compact SUV. Perfect for off-to-college youngsters or empty nesters looking to downsize without sacrificing rear-seat legroom, the Honda hatchback offers new safety and connectivity features you'd expect in class-above vehicles like the Dodge Dart and Mazda3.

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What the Fit's new continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) gives in extra mpg it takes away in driving pleasure. Though it performs admirably as far as CVTs go, there's still some engine drone at cruising speeds. In comparison, the Kia Rio offers a 6-speed automatic.

How It Ranks

#7

out of 11

Fuel Economy

#5

out of 11

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Consumer Rating

8.4 out of 10
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2015 Honda Fit Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

The Honda Fit is all-new for 2015. Perhaps the biggest change for the 5-door hatchback is a 4.8-inch increase in backseat legroom thanks to both a longer wheelbase and the repositioning of the rear 60/40 split folding seat.

Driving the Fit
2015 Honda Fit Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The fun-to-drive aspect of the 2015 Honda Fit isn't just about its power or hunkered-down suspension. The new model does have a more powerful engine, but it's is also slightly...

... heavier. Instead, the satisfaction comes from its great outward visibility and upright seating position coupled with precise steering, good brake feel and predictable road manners. Just as the Fit has matured in styling, its trim levels also are a bit more formal – the choices are LX, EX and EX-L models. The LX comes with 15-inch wheels and tires, while the EX and EX-L have a 16-inch package with lower-profile tires. A redesigned rear suspension with increased torsional rigidity eliminates the need for the optional sway bar that came with the previous-generation's Sport package. Upgrades to the electric steering also provide a more linear feel and weighting appropriate to the vehicle's speed. While the Fit is a more serious automobile, there's still plenty of playful spirit in it.

MOTION ADAPTIVE ELECTRIC POWER STEERING
The Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering system monitors vehicle speed and steering angle and works in conjunction with the Vehicle Stability Assist to detect if the Fit begins to slide from its intended path. Using that input, the system will automatically initiate steering force to prompt the driver to take the proper corrective action.

MAGIC SEAT
Thanks to center-mounted fuel tank, the Honda Fit has a flexible folding rear seat that folds flat into the floor. Called the Magic Seat, this 60/40 split rear bench provides up to 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space, a 4.9 cubic-foot increase over the previous model and the best in class.

2015 Honda Fit Details
2015 Honda Fit Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

In remaking the Fit, Honda paid particular attention to the interior, making greater use of soft touch materials accented by silver trim. The front bucket seats are nicely bolstered and supportive and the instruments easy to see with blue-themed lighting. Major controls are well within reach and intuitive in operation. A 5-inch audio display screen for the audio system comes standard on LX models. The screen has an electrostatic-touch feature and sharp graphics thanks to its high-definition liquid crystal display. As on the previous model, there are an abundance of cup holders and storage bins, including a center-console box to accommodate loose items.

Exterior
2015 Honda Fit photo

With clean lines and a large glass area, the 2015 Honda Fit combines a more muscular shape, thanks to the wider body and more pronounced character lines, while retaining the utility of its high-roof hatchback design. The large rear hatch has a low liftover providing ample access to the cavernous cargo area. The rear of the vehicle sports a rooftop spoiler and below-bumper diffuser which not only enhances the car's sporty looks, but also improves aerodynamics. EX and EX-L models sport aluminum-alloy wheels, additional chrome trim on the grille and rear liftgate, and fog lights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Ready for an enticing list? Standard features found on the Honda Fit LX are a 6-speed manual transmission, rearview camera, automatic headlights, a 5-inch audio display screen, cruise control, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, one-touch up/down driver's window, air conditioning, a 60/40-split second row, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, LED taillights, a trip computer, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with a USB port and auxiliary audio input jack. Safety features include side-curtain airbags, and electronic traction and stability control.

Optional Equipment

On the EX and EX-L models, buyers can expect 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, paddle shifters on the CVT, and keyless start/stop. Other EX/EX-L upgrades include a 7-inch screen (with navigation optional on EX-L models), along with a one-touch-operation moonroof and Honda Lane Watch which gives a camera view from the right side of the car when the right-turn signal is activated. Exclusive Fit EX-L features include leather upholstery and heated front seats. EX and EX-L models are equipped with a 180 watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers and two USB ports.

Under the Hood
2015 Honda Fit Engine photo

The 2015 Honda Fit 5-door is equipped with a new Earth Dreams DOHC 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine equipped with direct injection, which replaces the previous port-injected single-cam unit. It is also the first application in a subcompact of dual overhead camshafts (that's the "DOHC" part) that combines i-VTEC and Variable Timing Control (VTC) of the valvetrain. At high engine speeds, i-VTEC has a more aggressive cam profile to create more horsepower, while at lower engine speeds, the VTC retards valve timing to boost fuel economy. As a result, power is increased from 117 to 130 horsepower and fuel economy increases two mpg city and four mpg highway on the manual, four mpg city and six highway with the CVT on the LX, and four mpg city/three mpg highway on the EX and EX-L CVT.

1.5-liter 4-cylinder
130 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm
114 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/37 mpg (manual), 33/41 mpg (automatic, LX), 32/38, (automatic, EX and EX-L)

Thanks to its new production site in Mexico, Honda is able to pack extra features across the board on the 2015 Honda Fit without a substantial increase in the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The LX model with a 6-speed manual transmission starts at $15,525 – an increase of only $100 over the previous base model. CVT-equipped models are $800 more. The EX starts at $17,435 for the manual and $18,235 for the CVT version. The EX-L comes only with the CVT and starts at $19,800. The Fit EX-L with navigation costs $1,000 more. To make your best deal, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers in your area are currently paying for the Fit.

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2015 Honda Fit Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 17 Ratings for the 2015 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    7.6/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Amazing car at an amazing price!

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "price, comfy, lane watch camera, acceleration"

Cons: "touch screen software"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car for 3 months and I have to say I am in love with it. The CVT transmission makes driving the highway quiet and consistent. It has great acceleration as well. The inside of the car is comfy and love the moon roof! A big needed improvement for me would be the touch screen works great but the software is not very intuitive. Sometimes it takes a bit to get it to do what you want. Also, the HDMI port only works when the car has the emergency brake on which is a bummer. I would have liked to use my Waze navigation app on screen. The seat adjustments are amazing, we can fit so much stuff inside the vehicle. The lane watch camera is amazing and will never buy a car without it. When you turn on your right blinker, your screen shows your blind spot. This has been life changing. Overall this car is a steal at the price. I would highly recommend this car. Also, I always get more than 38mpg on the highway. Usually hitting around 42."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Perfect Car- Until you sit in it

By on Monday, July 13, 2015

I don't own this car

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Everything else except the seats."

Cons: "Terribly uncomfortable seats."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have been searching for a car for weeks and thought I'd found the perfect one with the Fit. I read all of the reviews and was concerned about the reports about the uncomfortable seats, but I reasoned that many of the reporters mentioned being older or may be accustomed to nicer vehicles, may be taller, etc. I am 33, 5'4", in good health and shape, and have driven the same Corolla for the last 11 yrs. Everything about the Fit was perfect for me, but in order to make sure I was making the right choice, I borrowed one from the dealership for a 1.5 hour road trip. The seats during a 20 min test drive were fine - a little firm, but I'm not a princess. An hour and a half later, I was extremely uncomfortable, finally understanding what other reviewers meant when they said that there was not enough lumbar support and that the headrests push the head forward - these are not huge discrepancies that are noticeable while sitting in it or driving briefly. They are sneaky, slight issues that cause pain that creeps up on you and increases gradually over time. After arriving home, 1.5 hrs there and 1.5 back, I was in a lot of pain and woke up the next morning stiff, with a headache. The dealership called an owner who was going to bring his back 2 days after buying it but found a lumbar seat support that finally worked for him after trying 3 or 4.... it costs $200. They offered to discount the vehicle to make up for the cost, but who wants to buy a brand new vehicle with that kind of flaw? I could not imagine driving it for 10 years. My biggest complaint is that this is not a new issue based on the forums I've read, so Honda's decision to continue to ruin this lovely little vehicle with these terrible seats indicates to me a lack of concern for consumer opinion. So, I am still looking for my next new car after weeks of feeling sure that I'd found "the one." So disappointed and frustrated."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Hard on the Back Groaner

By on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,750

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
8/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Price,hauling capacity,size,visibility,87 octane"

Cons: "Driver's seat comfort, no driver's blindspot mirro"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I was happy to finally see a review that complained about the seats, the driver's seat in my case. I noticed it on the test drive, then tried the Accord which was much more comfortable ( of course). I use a rolled up towel mid-back and that seems to work. I also don't get the fantastic MPG reported in many reviews, but my driving is city so I guess 28mpg is ok. My husband wishes it had blind spot mirrors on the driver's side. The Fit serves its purpose which is to be an around-town jittney to go to the grocery store, do errands, etc. And the price was right."

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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