SUM UP (5 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Fit in 2015

The Honda Fit has been redesigned for the 2015 model year, getting a new look that updates exterior sheetmetal and interior materials, a new Honda Earth Dreams direct injection engine, chassis upgrades that improve handling, and better ride quality...
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Vehicle Overview

The Honda Fit is a four-door hatchback that is as versatile as it is economical, while still being fun to drive. The Fit slots in below the Civic as Honda’s smallest and least expensive car.

Summary

The 2015 Honda Fit comes with a 130-hp 1.5-liter I-4 that makes 114 lb-ft of torque, which can be paired with a six-speed manual or a CVT that gets paddle shifters on EX models. The Earth Dreams engine line includes direct fuel injection and variable timing, which results in a smoother and more efficient powertrain. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 29/37 mpg city/highway with the six-speed, or 32/38 mpg with the CVT.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but for the 2015 Fit we recommend the six-speed manual, which we called a “gear-changing jewel” that embarrasses the gearboxes in cars costing three times as much. Notable available features include: 7-inch infotainment screen that utilizes a simplified system, the Magic Seat folding rear seats (which truly are magically easy to use). Material quality is much better than the price suggests, and more features are standard on the base LX, including a backup camera and Bluetooth. While the 2015 Honda Fit has not been tested by the NHTSA, the IIHS rated it a 2014 Top Safety Pick.

What We Think

The 2015 Honda Fit has improved on an already great package, which earned it a place on our 2015 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars list. In a world populated by CVT’s (even the Fit gets one), Honda has provided a six-speed manual that is downright sensational and revised gear ratios mean there’s usable power in every gear. The 2015 Fit was praised for its ride quality, an area the previous generation was known to come short in.

It’s one thing to build a narrowly focused supercar for blank-check billionaires, but quite another to craft a sweet-driving, beautifully detailed, highly utilitarian transport at a price even we lowly 99-percenters can afford. In a comparison between a 2015 Honda Fit EX-L and a 2014 Nissan Versa Note SL, the Fit won. We faulted the CVT for emphasizing quietness over performance, resulting in a lethargic and unresponsive feel despite its power advantage over the Versa. This, we suggested, could be remedied by choosing the excellent six-speed. In every other category the Fit beat out the Nissan, from a lower load floor and seats that fold flat, to a general feeling of quality in the Fit that was absent in the Versa.

In a comparison between a 2015 Honda Fit EX-L and a 2014 Nissan Versa Note SL, the Fit won. We faulted the CVT for emphasizing quietness over performance, resulting in a lethargic and unresponsive feel despite its power advantage over the Versa. This, we suggested, could be remedied by choosing the excellent six-speed. In every other category the Fit beat out the Nissan, from a lower load floor and seats that fold flat, to a general feeling of quality in the Fit that was absent in the Versa.

The Versa may cost less, but sitting inside it constantly reminds you of the money you saved, while the Fit's upscale digs make you feel like you can see where your money went.

Honda managed to make an inexpensive hatchback feel special.

You’ll Like

  • Six-speed manual
  • Fun to drive
  • Versatile

You Won’t Like

  • CVT tuned for economy
  • EX can get pricey for a subcompact

Key Competitors

  • Nissan Versa Note
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Chevrolet Sonic
  • Ford Fiesta

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