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2015 Honda Fit EX-L Review

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The 2015 Honda Fit improves on what the model already did so well: making a lot of useful space out of a small footprint. Yet now it's a little more appealing as a whole, with crisper, more aerodynamic lines, as well as a new, more fuel-efficient powertrain.

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One of the keys to the Fit's simply unparalleled interior flexibility is its so-called "Magic Seat" rear-seat setup. And it's housed in a quieter and more comfortable vehicle that is likely to offer tough competition for other subcompacts on the market.

As one of Honda's most attractive yet most pragmatic vehicles by design, the Fit looks less like a scaled-down minivan than either of the two previous generations. It's always had a wedge shape, but the 2015 Honda Fit has a slightly more aggressive stance, with a pronounced side crease underscoring the rising beltline. With a steeply raked windshield at virtually the same angle as the short, stubby hood, the crease adds motion and a horizontal appearance to a tall, almost "one-box" shape riding on fairly small wheels and tires. The new shape tapers both in height and width past the rear doors, ending in larger rear taillight units that continue up the sides of the rear hatch in rear styling that's quite Volvo-like—if only it weren't for the big chrome bar across the tail.

2015 Honda Fit EX L
2015 Honda Fit Styling :

The 2015 Honda Fit is an all-new, third-generation version of Honda's subcompact five-door hatchback. It packs more interior volume into the same footprint, and sports crisper, more aerodynamic lines and a new and more fuel-efficient powertrain. Most important, the Fit retain the "Magic Seat" rear seat that gives it simply unparalleled interior flexibility--but housed in a quieter and more comfortable vehicle that is likely to offer tough competition for other subcompacts on the market.

The Fit remains one of Honda's most attractive yet most pragmatic vehicles by design. This one, to Honda's credit, looks less like a scaled-down minivan than either of the two previous generations. It's always had a wedge shape, but the new 2015 model has a slightly more aggressive stance, with a pronounced side crease underscoring the rising beltline. With a steeply raked windshield at virtually the same angle as the short, stubby hood, the crease adds motion and a horizontal appearance to a tall, almost "one-box" shape riding on fairly small wheels and tires. The new shape tapers both in height and width past the rear doors, ending in larger rear taillight units that continue up the sides of the rear hatch in rear styling that's quite Volvo-like—if only it weren't for the big chrome bar across the tail.

While the exterior is nicely restrained, designers were perhaps a little too ambitious inside, where the instrument panel has a little too much happening with shapes, pieces, trims, bezels, and surfaces. It's a nice cockpit-like layout, though, and doesn't feel at all cheap.

2015 Honda Fit Performance: 

While the redesigned 2015 Fit isn't quite as nimble-handling and unexpectedly vivid from the driver's seat in the corners as its predecessor, most will find that stronger powertrain performance more than makes up for that.

All versions of the 2015 Honda Fit are powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, making 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque—both significant gains over last year's engine. This new engine has direct injection, improved block cooling, piston oil jets, and a reduced-weight crankshaft, along with an all-composite intake manifold.

One of the biggest changes for the Fit, in addition to the new direct injection engine, is that last year's five-speed automatic transmission is gone from the lineup, replaced by a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with what Honda says is the same 'G-design Shift' programming, as is used in the Accord, which strives for less of a 'rubber-band' feel and more of a feel that revs raise naturally with speed as you accelerate, then lower when you reach cruising speed.

2017 Honda Fit front
2015 Honda Fit Comfort & Quality :

The Honda Fit has long been a model that does some incredible things with interior space; and the new 2015 Fit is no exception. The Fit's packaging is still what truly makes this model a standout in its class.

Honda's so-called Magic Seat arrangement is just as much of a game changer as it's been all along, and we're surprised other automakers haven't moved to try to mimic it.

The setup brings a split folding rear seat that can not only flip forward but flip back and upward, allowing four different modes that cater to specific kinds of large cargo. Utility mode flips the lower cushion all the way down to floor level and folds the seatback forward, to a flat, low loading floor that spans all the way from the hatch opening to the back of the front seats. Tall mode locks the seats into an upward position for large houseplants and such items, while Long mode allows the front passenger seat to be positioned nearly flat with the rear cargo floor, to fit a long object like a surfboard. Then Refresh mode allows a long, sofa-like position that would allow some to stretch their legs.

2015 Honda Fit Safety :

For the 2015 Fit, Honda anticipated top safety ratings from both of the U.S. agencies. The NHTSA gives the new Fit five stars overall, but the 2015 model didn't get the ultimate laurel from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It gave the car its highest rating of Good on four of five tests, but only Acceptable (one notch below Good) on the tough new small-overlap front crash test. Still, that's good enough to earn the IIHS' Top Safety Pick award.

However, about 12,000 Fits built through June 5, 2014, lacked reinforcements in the front bumper bar that were added later so that the Fit could achieve that Acceptable rating. The earliest 2015 Fits would have been rated as Marginal, just one step above the lowest Poor rating. Consequently, Honda will replace the front-bumper beam on those early Fits, starting in September 2014. Owners of Fits built in June 2014 and before can call their Honda dealer to learn whether their car is eligible for the free update.

Standard safety features on the Fit include dual-stage, multiple threshold frontal airbags, Smart Vent front side airbags, and side curtain bags with a rollover sensor. Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are included, as is Hill Start Assist, which keeps the Fit from rolling backwards on an uphill start. There's also a motion-adaptive steering logic for the power steering system, allowing it to assist the driver in the direction that will restore stability, working with the stability control system.

2015 honda fit interior front
2015 Honda Fit Features :

The 2015 Honda Fit now essentially includes four models and primary builds: a base Fit LX, a mid-range EX, a premium EX-L, and a top-of-the-line EX-L with navigation.

At the base LX level, the 2015 Fit includes cruise control, keyless entry, power windows and locks, a trip computer, air conditioning, a rearview camera system, maplights, and a height-adjustable driver's seat, and a USB port. EX models add a moonroof, push-button keyless entry and start, the LaneWatch system (showing a wide-angle view on screen when using the turn signal), alloy wheels, fog lamps, paddle-shifters, an additional USB port, and a larger seven-inch (instead of five-inch) infotainment screen.

The 2015 Honda Fit EX-L adds full leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and leather trim for the shift knob and steering wheel. Above that, the EX-L Navi gets the top-of-the-line seven-inch system with full navigation features, live traffic, XM satellite radio, and HD Radio.

2016 Honda Fit EXL - Ultimate In-Depth Look

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2015 Honda Fit Fuel Economy :

Honda claims that its new 2015 Fit has best-in-class fuel economy. This is true; but it's also worth pointing out that among small cars in the U.S. market, you could do better in fuel efficiency by going with a compact sedan instead.

It's also quite interesting that when equipped with the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the Fit gets considerably better mileage—33 mpg city, 41 highway (or 32/38 mpg in EX/EX-L trims), versus 29/37 mpg with the manual gearbox. Part of that is due to the reason that Honda decided to go with lower gear ratios for the most part for the manual, thinking that it will be the choice for driving enthusiasts, not frugal types. We don't necessarily agree with this, and we think that it limits the manual's appeal.

The manual is now a six-speed, but Honda has, for instance, decided to go with a top ratio that's about the same, maybe slightly lower, than last year's fifth gear. That results in the engine spinning nearly 4,000 rpm at 80 mph—while the CVT at that speed is turning well below 3,000 rpm.

 

Highs :

  • Inexpensive (but not cheap-feeling)
  • Spacious interior, marvelous seat folding
  • Class-leading safety equipment
  • Excellent gas mileage
  • Smart, stylish exterior

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