2015 Honda Fit Review


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



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.



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.


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.


@ 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


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.


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.


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


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. :)

Interesting specs on the performance of the new 2015 Hyundai Accent, The new 2015 Hyundai Accent will feature an all-aluminum 1.6L, four-cylinder engine complete with the best technologies. This engine can kick out about 137 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. Plus, with the help of the latest technologies, such as Gasoline Direct Injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, the Accent can get an EPA-estimated 27 city mpg and 38 highway mpg. More specs...http://www.hyundaicity.com/2015-hyundai-accent-burlington-nj


As a follow up from my earlier comment in April, I ironically did buy a base Fit LX about three weeks ago. I cringed at the thought of buying a Honda, but after doing hours of researching, test driving all of the cars, and looking at the numbers, it turned out to be the best deal.

The Fiesta was way too cramped and my husband and mother hated the car (who could argue against that?. The Accent was roomier, but the lack of a spare tire, poor rear visibility, and higher price for the SE to get cruise hurt it. Finally, the Sonic was very good, but it did feel cheap and from reading Sonic forums, reliability was a concern.

The Fit was the best compromise. The base LX was $16300 MSRP and came equipped with everything I needed; namely cruise, bluetooth, and a manual transmission, plus some unexpected goodies like a back up camera. It's very roomy, zippy around the corners, and fuel efficient. The dark blue I bought also hides the silly holes in the back bumper. I can't believe I'm driving a Honda, but it's a good car

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