2015 Honda Fit Review

2015HondaFit

If you liked the outgoing Honda Fit, you'll likely love the redesigned-for-2015 hatchback, which brings more power and passenger space, along with a new continuously variable automatic transmission. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the Fit forgoes its buglike look for a Civic-like appearance. Healthy increases in horsepower and torque make the Fit a better fit for highway maneuvers, while the interior has some decent features for its entry-level price. Legroom improves for backseat passengers, but at the expense of cargo space. Read Mays' review below.

2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Kelsey Mays

Comments 

WTF

This is going to do very well in the marketplace I think. It just looks so much better. I see two issues - the HVAC controls look beyond cheap and 4000 rpm at 80 mph? Not a fan of sewing machines.

Robert

@WTF

It really needs the new earth dreams turbocharged 1.5.

Hopefully, Honda will put it in the American market Fits and avoid the 1.0 three cylinder.

carma

With a base price over $16k, and the capacity to easily spend $21k, I personally would skip the fit, cute as it is, and spend just a little more for a larger, safer and more comfortable ride. Case in point: we recently rented a 2014 Ford Fusion for a month. Drives like a german car, extremely quiet at 75 mph, and averaged 31 mpg for the month, with the non turbo 2.5 engine. Fit is a great car, but at $13k, not the prices they're charging.

I like it...a lot to my surprise. It has everything that I'm looking for in a small car; standard cruise control, a standard armrest (it sounds silly but it is a life saver on a long trip), great visibility (the view out of the back of a Hyundai Accent is shocking), lots of room for passengers and my knees (try that in a Fiesta), versatility from the magic seat, improved fuel economy, a standard six-speed manual, and I even like the looks of it (espeically the yellow; no other small cars are made in that fun color anymore)

With a starting price of just over $16k, it's a good value. The Sonic, Accent, 2, and Fiesta come in about $1-2k more once cruise control is added, and this is only about $500 more than a comparably equipped, but smaller, weaker, and less practical, Mitsubishi Mirage ES. Once you start adding all of the unnecessary goodies and get to $21k, then the value is not there. I'd be happy with just a base model with the manual.

The only hurdles I have to get over are the large "punctures" in the rear bumper; they look silly, and the fact it's a Honda. I've never been a big fan of the company with its "Fast and Furious" image and the arrogance of its ads ("why settle for a Honda wannabe....").

I'm looking at a Hyundai Accent, Chevy Sonic, and Ford Fiesta in the near future, but this could persaude me over to owning a Honda, something I never thought I would do.

patrick

@ carma

"Case in point: we recently rented a 2014 Ford Fusion for a month. Drives like a german car, extremely quiet at 75 mph, and averaged 31 mpg for the month, with the non turbo 2.5 engine"

Seeing as the Fusion MSRP starts at about where the Fits ends, it had better be better, it's a car 2 size classes bigger (Fiesta, Focus, Fusion). But some people don't want/need a car that big or prefer the utility of the hatchback

carma

I know they're different size cars, and I was talking about my personal preference. Sorry if that wasn't clear enough. Most fits go out the door near $19k (taking the midpoint between the lowest and highest priced fits), and IMO there are better options for the money, including a base fusion for just a little more, which in my experience matches the mileage of the fit. Considering strictly compact hatchbacks, the Prius C for $19k offers similar utility but far better mileage (50 mpg) and even Honda's own Insight is a great alternative that gets better mileage for similar money. I like fit at $13k. That would be the kind of pricing strategy that would create waiting lists of buyers like Honda had in its heyday.

Heh

FWIW, I've made the same suggestion to friends to consider the Civic instead of Fit. Not much difference in price, not much difference in fuel economy, and a lot more car. IMHO, the Fit is most appealing for big city dwellers with super tight parking spots wanting something more than a Smart For Two.

AL G.

Kinda like the looks. However I see a lot of Toyota Camry in those head lights and fog lights.

John

I saw the Fit at a car show recently and really liked it a lot. What I don't care for is I want a practical car that has some power too when I want it. Gee, I sure wished the Fiesta ST had a rear seat like the Fit so the cargo space could be used as I want. It's fun going through such details though. :)

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