2015 Honda Fit: Car Seat Check

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Families will find a lot to like in the five-seat subcompact hatchback's 2015 Honda Fit, as it improves on its predecessor's already-roomy cabin and boasts a generous 52.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space with the rear fold-flat seats down. However, the new Fit still isn't a great fit when it comes to installing car seats; in fact, it's gotten even more unfit in some categories. The last time we performed a Car Seat Check on the Fit was the 2013 version (there was no new 2014 model), with which we had some trouble — particularly with the seat belts' floppy bases, front passenger legroom and driver visibility due to the middle-seat tether anchor's position.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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What We Like

  • There are two sets of Latch anchors in the outboard seats, behind vertical slits in the seat cushions. The outboard seats' tether anchors are near the top of the seatbacks, and are easy to find and use.
  • Our booster and forward- and rear-facing convertible seats fit well. The rear-facing convertible seat fit without the front passenger having to move the seat forward, though the forward-facing position required removal of the head restraint.
  • What We Don't

  • The seat belt buckles block access to the inboard Latch anchors, and the middle seat's tether anchor is in the ceiling, which blocks the driver's rear view when in use.
  • The outboard seat belt buckles are on floppy bases, so children may have difficulty using them on their own.
  • When installing the infant seat, even with its narrow hooklike connectors, the Latch anchors were hard to reach because the seat belt buckles obstructed them. Also, we had to move the front passenger seat forward a couple of clicks to fit the seat, leaving enough knee room but tight overall legroom for our tester.

Latch-C

ISS-C

RFC-B

FFC-B

Booster-B

Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver's seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

Comments 

David

I noticed that, compared to the previous generation, the new Honda Fit has officially lost over 6" of "hip room" in the back seat. The specification, according to Honda, is 45.1" on the 2015 Fit, and 51.3" on the 2009-2013 version. Interestingly, there is actually more shoulder room in the new Fit. Does the hip room reduction come into play when installing car seats? Do outboard car seats end up closer to the center of the car? Or is the hip room perhaps measured at one small narrow area that shouldn't typically interfere with car seats and seating?

I currently drive a 2008 Honda Fit, which also has over 50" of rear hip room. I have regularly traveled with 2 outboard car seats and a petite adult in the center of the back seat (mama likes to be close to the little ones sometimes). Truly losing 6" of width would remove that capability...

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