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After skipping the 2014 model year, the Honda Fit is moving into 2015 with style. The subcompact has always provided a great value as one of the most spacious, practical, and fun cars in its class, and the new version only promises to enhance this proposition.
On the outside, the Fit loses some of its Prius-like styling for a more sculpted look. As the Japanese Fit first previewed, the public can expect a bolder appearance with more angular headlights and grille features. Dramatic character lines run alongside the vehicle to give it more personality. Larger 16-inch wheels with a new wheel design also amp up the attitude.
For the new year, Honda promises a more spacious cabin as well as better fuel economy and enhanced performance. It is expected Honda will use a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that yields 128 horsepower, more than last year's 117 horsepower. Honda expects that fuel economy will reach up to 33/41 mpg city/highway thanks to a new fuel-sipping continuously variable automatic transmission option. In addition, the new 2015 Fit will utilize the highest grade steel and a new body structure to make the car safer.
The Honda Fit will be built for the first time in North America at the company's new plant in Celaya, Mexico. The model goes on sale in the U.S. this spring. It is said that other new cars will spawn from the new Fit, including a small crossover and potentially a sedan.
Who It's For
The 2015 Honda Fit is targeted at city dwellers who enjoy good fuel economy and easy parking but are looking for more space than the typical subcompact car provides. It can almost be seen as the Goldilocks solution for those debating between a subcompact and a compact car. Stylish and fun, it is suitable for the commute, travel, or the weekly haul to the grocery store. In terms of practicality, the Fit remains a top contender in an increasingly-crowded class. The car goes up against the Chevrolet Sonic, Nissan Versa, and Hyundai Accent, which have traditionally been more powerful than the Fit but often less well-rounded.
More refined on the inside and out, the 2015 Honda Fit features a number of advanced technologies to improve safety, comfort and convenience, and the overall drive.
- A continuously variable transmission replaces the old, sluggish five-speed automatic transmission for a better drive feel.
- Standard: Bluetooth, multi-angle rearview camera, expanded view driver's mirror.
- Available: next-generation HondaLink with 7-inch touchscreen, push-button start, moonroof, heated front seats, leather-trimmed seating.
- Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure distributes crash force away from occupants in the car while also minimizing damage to other cars.
What We Think
The Honda Fit has always been on the right track in our opinion, and we believe the next-generation version will continue to build on its success. The styling changes make the car a little more exciting than before, so that it now looks like much more than just an "econobox." But we like how Honda didn't just stop there: the new CVT and technology enhancements will also broaden the car's appeal. We are hopeful that the Fit will continue its fun-to-drive nature on the city and highway roads.
That said, we worry that all these new changes will bring up the price for this car. This may be a problem since one of the main selling points of subcompact cars is low cost. If the price increases too much, why wouldn't consumers just move up to the compact car segment? Since pricing information has not yet been released, we will just have to wait and see.
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