Honda Boosts 2015 Fit's Gas Mileage

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The redesigned 2015 Honda Fit receives a much-needed fuel economy boost over the outgoing model's wimpy 31 mpg combined rating with automatic transmission. For 2015, Honda bumps the Fit's EPA ratings as high as 36 mpg combined (33/41 mpg city/highway) on LX trim levels with the optional automatic transmission.

2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

New engine and transmission technology unlock the improved mileage now that the engine uses direct injection and a new continuously variable automatic transmission, which replaces a conventional five-speed automatic. Don't do the CVT cringe just yet, however; Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays was impressed by the Fit's drivability with the CVT in his review of the 2015.

Manual-transmission models also get a bump in gas mileage but not as significant as the automatic, and EX/EX-L trim levels are rated lower than the LX. The six-speed manual transmission gains an extra gear for 2015 and is rated at 29/37/32 mpg city/highway/combined — up from 27/33/29 — while EX and EX-L models with the CVT are 32/38/35 mpg. LX trim levels are rated higher because they're the optimized trim level for fuel economy with an aerodynamic underbody covering and less weight compared to the EX/EX-L trim levels.

The most efficient 2015 Fit, an LX with the optional CVT ($800), starts at $17,115 with destination. The new 2015 Fit goes on sale April 14.

2015 Honda Fit To Start at $16,315

The Fit's boosted mileage ratings are much more competitive than the outgoing model. See below for a comparison to popular hatchback competitors.

  • 2015 Honda Fit LX (CVT): 33/41/36 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • 2015 Honda Fit EX/EX-L (CVT): 32/38/35 mpg
  • 2015 Honda Fit (manual): 29/37/32 mpg
  • 2014 Nissan Versa Note (CVT): 31/40/35 mpg
  • 2014 Nissan Versa Note (manual): 27/26/30 mpg
  • 2014 Toyota Yaris (manual): 30/37/33 mpg
  • 2014 Toyota Yaris (automatic): 30/36/32 mpg
  • 2014 Hyundai Accent (manual): 27/38/31 mpg
  • 2014 Hyundai Accent (automatic): 27/37/31 mpg
  • 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE 1.0-liter EcoBoost (manual): 32/45/37 mpg
  • 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE (dual-clutch automatic): 30/41/34 mpg
  • 2014 Ford Fiesta (dual-clutch automatic): 29/39/32 mpg
  • 2014 Ford Fiesta (manual): 27/38/31 mpg

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

Comments 

J

"The six-speed manual transmission gains an extra gear for 2015 "

This is a little confusing...
Do you guys mean the manual gained an extra gear for 2015 from the 5 speed found in 2013?
Or, do you guys mean they are getting a 7 speed manual? (Which should be wrong...)

carma

Too bad they charge extra for the version that gets the best mileage. $17k+ to start is steep for a subcompact. Personally, I would spend an extra $1,800 and get a Prius C, which gets better mileage and has an 8 year factory warranty on the hybrid synergy drive system. Comparing Prius C to Fit, with both cars driving 15,000 miles a year and gas at $3.65 a gallon, Prius C would save you $425 per year, or more if gas prices go up. Your payback for the higher price would be three to four years. By upping the mileage Fit has become much more competitive with hybrids, with the added benefit of being fun to drive.

carma

I should note my cost comparison between Prius C and Fit is based on their average EPA mileage figures. If you do all or most of your driving in the city, the payback for buying the Prius would be much shorter - in fact the Prius C at 53 mpg is a slam dunk for city driving as far as cost goes.

Al

Mitsu Mirage is not listed b/c it is cheaper and has better MPG?

Al

@Carma on Prius C

Prius does not require belts/timing belt replacement and brakes last over 200,000mi

MB

@Carma ... the Honda Fit LX model for $17,115 is with destination charges.

The Prius C One with destination charges is almost $20,000

Also with the useful features available in basic Honda LX model the comparable Prius is most likely the Prius C Two which is almost 20,840.

Hence the difference between a comparable Honda Fit LX and Prius C is almost $3700+

For an annual 12,000 miles semi-urban commute that gives you a payback/break-even period of almost 10 years ... which I think is too much. Hybrids unfortunately are still not cheap enough.

Dennis

I drive a prius and I'm 6'4 meaning it's kind of tight, the prius turning and the total driving experience of the prius is underwhelming. I live south of Atlanta and have to drive on the highway a lot, meaning I average about 41.6 mpg in my prius. I think I'm going to get a Fit and try it out, Hondas are better driving cars than Toyotas Hands down, and they maintain their value far longer too. Oh and the prius's or perhaps Toyotas holistically seem to be maintenance heavy vehicles whereas Hondas liferally need oil changes, brakes, and maybe belts changed every 5-8 years.

fanboy

@Dennis,
Prius has no belts to replace, honda does. Dont know what you're doing wrong, I get 55 mpg from my Prius, much better than fit.

@MB
Your math is wrong. Edmunds.com reports that the prius c is selling for under 19k. At 53 mpg city it is a much better car than fit with the payback in city driving of about 1 year. It has a better warranty too.

Toyota has 0% on the Prius C PLUS $750 customer cash and Honda offers neither. I have an 800 credit score and Honda had me at 2.9% for 60 months. No thanks!

James

The cost is nearly identical when you look at gas milage being better for the Prius c. Maybe a little one way or the other. However the Fit is much much bigger. The cargo area with the seats down is no contest. That and the fact that Honda's typically have fewer repairs over their lifetime makes the Fit a better option but not my much. If gas goes to six dollars a gallon that could change things but right now the Fit takes it.

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