2015 Honda Fit Review

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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

By Matt Schmitz | April 9, 2014 | Comments (8)

2015 Honda Fit Video

Honda's Fit was already one of the most competitive vehicles in the subcompact class; a redesign for 2015 should only solidify its place as one of the most versatile tiny hatchbacks on the road today, says Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. It wears fresh styling outside, adds more backseat legroom inside and gets a host of new convenience features like a multiangle backup camera and leather seats. Check out the video above.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda Fit: Up Close

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I'm a fan of small cars; they do everything large cars can do but display a measure of ingenuity and innovation in packing all the bells and whistles into a much tighter space. When that creative innovation is combined with comfortable quarters in a relatively small footprint, things get even better.

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Honda's new 2015 Fit should be as much of a winner as the old one. While it may not look that much different on the outside, its styling has been updated to keep it relatively fresh. Honda tends not to change styling much from generation to generation, a reason why some people love Hondas and others find them boring. At least it's not ugly like the Mitsubishi Mirage or Nissan Versa.

By Aaron Bragman | January 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Honda Fit Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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A lot of "er" words can be used to describe the redesigned-for-2015 Honda Fit: sportier, shorter, wider, longer, roomier, lighter and faster, in addition to being more fuel efficient than the outgoing model. The sporty look comes courtesy of aggressive exterior styling with a new grille and headlight design, and new five-spoke wheel design, while a character line emphasizes the vehicle's aerodynamic profile. In the rear, reflectors and LED taillights run along the hatch, while chrome tailgate detailing and a rear diffuser provide further visual interest.

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Inside, space gets a bump thanks to an all-new platform that incorporates a center-mounted fuel-tank layout; passenger volume and legroom also increase. The new Fit will be available with tech and convenience features including Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-angle rearview camera, smart entry with push-button start, heated side mirrors, a moonroof, heated front seats, Honda's LaneWatch display and a 7-inch touch-screen. That's in addition to soft-touch materials and, for the first time, optional leather-trimmed seating. The Fit goes on sale in the spring. Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 14, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Honda Fit at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Mazda2, Chevrolet Sonic, Nissan Versa
Looks like: An evolution of the current Honda Fit
Drivetrain: 130-hp, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual or CVT
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014

The Honda Fit is a popular choice for small-car fans, urban dwellers or anyone who wants efficient, smartly packaged, fun-to-drive transportation. But Honda has faced problems importing the diminutive subcompact into the U.S.: The Japanese-built car isn't profitable thanks to exchange rates, so Honda limited the number it brought in to the U.S.

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That's all about to change with the redesigned 2015 Fit, introduced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Now built in Mexico, Honda can build as many Fits as Americans want — and with the all-new model shown here, Americans are likely to want quite a few.

By Aaron Bragman | January 13, 2014 | Comments (16)

Honda Vezel: First Look

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Competes with: Nissan Juke, Subaru XV Crosstrek
Looks like: A sleeker, larger version of the Honda Fit
Drivetrain: Gasoline engine with continuously variable automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive (details TBA); turbo and possible hybrid versions to follow
Hits dealerships: Second half of 2014

Honda has rolled out a subcompact crossover that goes on sale tomorrow in Japan but will also be sold in the U.S. later this year. The Japanese version is called the Vezel, and it comes with front- or all-wheel drive and both gasoline and gas-electric hybrid versions. Honda said Vezel is a contraction of vehicle and bezel, claimed to reflect a multifaceted, gemlike appearance. The U.S. will get a different name, Honda says, to be announced. We'll just call it the Vezel for now.

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At 169.1 inches long and 69.7 wide, the Japanese Vezel is 9.2 inches shorter from bumper to bumper, 1.9 inches narrower and 1.9 inches lower than the Honda CR-V compact crossover. Honda says the turning radius is 17.4 feet.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | December 19, 2013 | Comments (27)

2013 Honda Fit Video

If you're in search of a subcompact car that offers better than subcompact-car comfort and cargo space, you might find the 2013 Honda Fit a good fit. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the little hatchback that won big in Cars.com's $16,000 subcompact comparison impresses with its passenger legroom and headroom, as well as its ample space for stuff, thanks in particular to conveniently configurable second-row seats. And while ride quality and responsive acceleration are competitive, fuel economy and interior materials aren't as much. Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

Honda Fit Wheel-Theft Trend Hits Home

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If Jennifer Newman had known her family's 2007 Honda Fit Sport was a target for thieves, she might not have traded her 2009 Nissan Versa hatchback with her father last summer. Newman — a senior editor for Kicking Tires — said she and her father made a mutually beneficial swap; he found the Fit's seats and suspension uncomfortable, and her family needed its cargo room. But then she woke up one recent morning to a text message from her neighbor: The wheels of her Fit were gone.

"I didn't know at the time that Fit wheels were being stolen," Newman said. "Had I known, I'm not sure I would have traded cars." Why the Fit specifically? Its alloy wheels are attracting thieves.

By Matt Schmitz | April 23, 2013 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 2007-2008 Honda Fit

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Honda is recalling 141,100 Fit subcompact cars in the U.S. over a faulty window switch that can overheat if exposed to liquid. It can smoke, melt and even catch fire. Unfortunately, a fatal accident involving a child led to the recall.

Honda explained: "Under some severe operating conditions, water, rain, or other liquid may enter the driver's window and reach the master power window switch, resulting in impaired function of the switch. If the master power window switch is damaged as a result of the liquid intrusion, it may result in failure of the switch and overheating.”

The recall has not yet been announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Owners should expect notification by Honda of the recall in the coming weeks. Or they can call Honda's customer service line at 800-999-1009.
By David Thomas | January 29, 2010 | Comments (3)

Smart ForTwo Comes Out on Top in Roof-Strength Test

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the results of its first crash test to determine roof strength for small cars. Only one of the six cars tested — the Smart ForTwo — earned the top rating of Good. The Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Mini Cooper and Toyota Yaris earned Acceptable ratings, while the Chevy Aveo managed only a Marginal rating.

These new tests are important because they will be included in the 2010 Top Safety Pick awards that IIHS hands out. The roof tests require a car to withstand a force four times the vehicle’s weight per 5 inches of crushed area. That produces a strength-to-weight ratio. A ratio of 4 is the minimum to earn a Good rating, 3.25 is minimum for an Acceptable rating and 2.5 for Marginal. Anything below that is a Poor. The Smart Fortwo earned a 5.4 rating.

IIHS points to rollover crashes accounting for 10,000 deaths a year as the main reason to add the roof test to its side, rear and frontal crash tests. However, IIHS points out that while a strong roof helps prevent injuries after a rollover, the cars themselves should be more stable to prevent such accidents. The Smart ForTwo has a three-star rollover rating from the government, while the Fit, Cooper and Yaris have four-star rollover ratings.

Last year, 84 vehicles earned Top Safety Pick status, including the Honda Fit, which looks to lose that status with its score of Acceptable in the roof test. 

By David Thomas | August 19, 2009 | Comments (5)

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