Honda Fit Handles Wedding Shower Haul With Aplomb

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My fiance and I have one car between the both of us; really, zero, because mine is more of a toy for the drag strip than anything practical, so we looked to the Cars.com test fleet for a cargo-friendly ride for our wedding shower. Despite having an extended-wheelbase Land Rover Range Rover in Cars.com's test fleet at the right time, I wasn't too worried — or bitter — about having to haul a full load of wedding gifts away from our prenuptial party in the hugely versatile, yet still quite small, 2015 Honda Fit.

Related: 2015 Honda Fit Expert Review

The family, however, was skeptical and still pulled two SUVs behind the subcompact Fit just in case we couldn't secure every last oven mitt and spatula in the 52.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.

It was a delicate game of Tetris with roasters and toasters, but the Fit handled the task like a champ. The low cargo floor, tall cargo height and wide opening were keys to our successful loading. I didn't even have to adjust the front passenger seat to create a few last ounces of space. I don't think Cars.com's long-term Cherokee would have handled the task any better either. It has just 2.2 more cubic feet of cargo space.

Cars.com photo by Joe Bruzek

By Joe Bruzek | August 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

Honda to Retrofit Early 2015 Fit Hatchbacks to Match IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating

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Thanks to structural modifications to improve crashworthiness, the 2015 Honda Fit earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Honda will reach out to those who already bought a 2015 Fit and modify the bumper structure for free.

Related: Honda Boosts 2015 Fit's Gas Mileage

The redesigned Fit scored good in IIHS' side, rear-impact, roof-strength and moderate-overlap frontal tests, and it earned an acceptable score in IIHS' small-overlap frontal test after Honda modified the front bumper structure. The old structure earned the 2015 Fit a marginal in IIHS' small-overlap test. (IIHS scores are good, acceptable, marginal and poor.) All Fits built after June 9 have the revised structure, but some 12,000 cars were already built or sold before the changes occurred.

By Kelsey Mays | August 21, 2014 | Comments (3)

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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By Matt Schmitz | August 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

Top 10 Urban Cars

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From squeezing between a Dumpster and a wall to holding your breath as a bus hard aports past your bumper, cities can be an automotive minefield. And cars are often the casualties. Need proof? Look no further than auto insurance rates. A 40-year-old male with a 2012 Honda Accord in Manhattan's West Village would pay 27 percent more for the exact same coverage than if he lived across the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J., according to CarInsurance.com's analysis of six leading carriers.

Related: Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

Yet scores of Americans still prefer to live in the city. From New York to San Antonio, the country's 25 largest urban centers are home to 31.9 million people within city limits, according to the 2010 Census. That's 10.3 percent of the entire U.S. population in 2010, and given the trend of increasing urbanization, it doesn't look like it will recede anytime soon.

Most city-zens still have to drive. Not to worry: Our latest Top 10 nominates cars best suited for urban driving. Editors considered our candidates' overall size relative to their competitors, as well as visibility, city gas mileage, turning radius, city drivability, utility and more.

Here are our picks, in order of which cars received the most votes. In cases of a tie, we ranked by turning circle and other dimensions.

By Kelsey Mays | August 11, 2014 | Comments (10)

What's the Most Affordable Car in 2014?

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Shoppers may face legitimate sticker shock when they're shopping for a new car. TV and radio advertisements may lead them to believe that new cars all get at least 35 mpg for less than $15,000, but the price of entry for even a modestly equipped new car is well above that.

Related: What's the Most Affordable Compact SUV for 2014?

That's why we've taken the cars with the lowest sticker prices and added a dose of reality. A vast majority of buyers never consider buying a car with a manual transmission (often the standard equipment on inexpensive new cars), so right out of the gate the car they're shopping for costs significantly more than they thought it would. Opting for an automatic transmission can cost $1,000 or more.

By David Thomas | July 21, 2014 | Comments (8)

Recall Alert: 2013 Honda Fit

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 1,038 model-year 2013 Honda Fit hatchbacks manufactured May 24 through July 5, 2013, and equipped with a manual transmission

The Problem: Due to a manufacturing error, the passenger-side driveshaft may break. If this happens while driving, the vehicle would lose power and coast to a stop, increasing the risk of a crash. Honda says no crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect the passenger-side driveshaft and replace it, if necessary, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Honda will notify owners starting June 15. Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Honda Announces 2015 HR-V SUV

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Honda, an automaker known for its small-car portfolio, is introducing a compact SUV named the HR-V. Honda says the HR-V will feature a spacious and versatile interior helped by a center-mounted fuel tank for additional passenger room, like the Fit with which the HR-V shares its platform. Also like the Fit, the HR-V receives Honda's Magic Seat front passenger seat capable of folding completely flat for increased storage space.

The HR-V will be positioned below the CR-V in both price and size, according to Honda, and will be the entry point to Honda's light truck lineup — the 2014 CR-V starts at $23,775 with destination. When it goes on sale this winter, it will compete with the Kia Soul, Chevrolet Trax and Nissan Juke.

Otherwise, we won't know much more about the HR-V until later this year.

By Joe Bruzek | April 17, 2014 | Comments (10)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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Oh, how the mighty have fallen! OK, it really wasn't much of a fall for the 2014 Nissan Rogue, but a No. 2 finish this week, after so many weeks at No. 1 that we lost count, sure feels like a crushing defeat. The conqueror? Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays' critique of the frugally fast fave, the 2015 Subaru WRX, accelerating straight to the top in its debut. Another 2015 model also bowed this week, the 2015 Honda Fit subcompact, in at No. 3, while the 2014 Lexus ES 350 sedan joins the pack at No. 10. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2015 Subaru WRX
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue
3. 2015 Honda Fit
4. 2015 Chrysler 200
5. 2014 Toyota Venza
6. 2014 Subaru Forester
7. 2014 Honda CR-V
8. 2014 Lexus ES 300h
9. 2014 Infiniti Q50
10. 2014 Lexus ES 350

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | April 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

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.

By Joe Bruzek | April 10, 2014 | Comments (10)

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

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

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