2015 honda fit


Подробный обзор Хонда Фит / Джазз 2015

Компактный автомобиль Хонда Фит, относящийся к сегменту B по европейской классификации, давно пользуется популярностью по всему миру. На родине в Японии Fit несколько раз становился автомобилем года, в других странах он также получал награды. Кстати, в Европе и в некоторых странах Азии автомобиль продается с маркировкой Jazz. В январе 2015 года на Североамериканском международном автошоу состоялась презентация уже третьего по счету поколения Honda Fit (первое поколение автомобиля вышло еще в 2001 году). Новая модель по данным производителя построена с нуля и сочетает в себе прекрасный стиль, хорошие дорожные характеристики и безопасность. «Это небольшой автомобиль с большими возможностями» — так охарактеризовал его вице-президент по продажам Honda Motor Co.

Новый экстерьер

Итак, Honda Fit 2014 — 2015 модельного года получила фирменный спортивный дизайн. Этот автомобиль будет агрессивно смотреться в плотном городском трафике. Но, кажется, что пробки не его стихия – он будто создан для стритрейсеров. Профиль автомобиля имеет отличную аэродинамику. Лобовое стекло плавно переходит в компактный капот. Под ним строгая радиаторная решетка необычной формы совмещена с узкими агрессивными фарами. В нижней части переднего бампера воздухозаборник и пара противотуманок. Справа и слева в районе дверных ручек тянутся выштампованные тонкие полосы, подчеркивающие спортивный стиль автомобиля. Поджатая корма новинки оснащена спойлером со светодиодными фонарями, фарами оригинальной комбинированной формы (пара блоков на крышке багажника, пара на кузове) и массивным бампером. В целом, внешний вид отчасти напоминает новый хэтчбек Civic.

Обновленный интерьер

Салон автомобиля явно стал лучше, выше классом, чем у предыдущей версии. Это сразу заметно по качеству материалов отделки. Могут быть использованы как различные виды текстиля, так и кожа. Свободного пространства внутри удивительно много, как для автомобиля B-класса. Все благодаря компактному размещению моторного отсека. Фит оборудован новыми сиденьями системы Magic Seats с анатомическим профилем, валиками боковой поддержки и несколькими регулировками. Посадка действительно удобная. Для задних пассажиров стало на 12 см больше места.

Спинка заднего дивана полностью опускается, образуя почти плоскую поверхность. В таком положении объем багажника новой модели составляет 1492 литра! В стандартом положении спинки объем для груза почти 470 литров. Это на 135 литров больше, чем у предыдущей модификации. Места, как для машины такого класса, предостаточно. К тому же, задняя дверь достаточно крупная, проем большой.

Руль обновленной Фит регулируется по высоте и по глубине. Он обшит кожей и имеет различные кнопки управления. На приборной панели 3 основных колодца: центральный (самый крупный) — со спидометром, слева от него – оборотомер, справа – круглый экран бортового компьютера.

Центральная консоль начинается дефлекторов, чуть ниже 5-ти или 7-дюймовый сенсорный дисплей мультимедийной системы. Она поддерживает MP3, FM-радио с RDS, Bluetooth, HD Radio, SiriusXM Radio, навигацию. Есть порты Aux, USB, а также розетка на 12 В. Под экраном клавиша запуска двигателя, блок кнопок управления климатом и некоторые другие элементы. На центральном тоннеле пара подстаканников, рычаг переключения передач, подлокотник.

Технические характеристики

Платформа автомобиля полностью переработана. Особенно это коснулось подвески, размеров моторного отсека. Новый кузов стал жестче за счет применения ультрапрочной стали. Колесная база увеличена до 2530 мм. Остальные габариты такие: длина – 4064 мм, ширина – 1702 мм, высота – 1524 мм, дорожный просвет – 147 мм (неплохой клиренс).

В качестве силовых агрегатов предлагаются 1.5-литровый бензиновый двигатель DOHC i-VTEC (мощность 130 л.с., момент 114 Нм, расход топлива 7 литров по городу), 1.3-литровый бензиновый двигатель и гибридный. В пару к первым двум моторам поставляется один из трех типов трансмиссии: 5-ти или 6-ступенчатые механики, а также бесступенчатый вариатор CVT. А вот к гибридной версии планируется 7-ступенчатая коробка с двойным сцеплением.

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Комплектация и цена

Дата выхода новинки в России пока неизвестна. Вероятно, официальные продажи и вовсе не начнутся. Старт продаж Хонда Фит в США уже объявлен. Доступны пока только версии с 1.5-литровым двигателем в комплектациях: «LX» (стоимость от 15 650 $), «EX» (от 17 560 $) и «EX-L» (от 19 925 $).

В стандартном оснащении идут 15-дюймовые диски, электростеклоподъемники, подушки безопасности, 5-дюймовый дисплей мультимедийной системы с 4 динамиками, Bluetooth, кондиционер, круиз-контроль, зеркала с подогревом, камера заднего вида, ABS, EBD, система контроля за давлением в шинах.

В более дорогих комплектациях предлагаются: кожаный салон, сиденья с подогревом, 16-дюймовый диски на колесах, мультимедийка с 7-дюймовым дисплеем и множеством опций, вариатор, кнопка запуска двигателя, панорамная крыша, светодиодные стоп-сигналы и многое другое.

Отзывы американских покупателей о Fit 2015 года пока только восторженные. Автомобиль подойдет как женщине, так и мужчине.

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2015 Honda Fit vs. 2015 Toyota Yaris

They’re noisy, slow and even a little dorky so why would anybody choose to own a Toyota Yaris or a Honda Fit?

Loads of reasons! If you live in a crowded city, parking and traffic jams are both become exponentially more painful in a big car. Hence the desire for sub-compact cars. Oh, and the price doesn’t hurt either.

Maybe “Dorky” was too Harsh…

First of all, you might disagree with my assertion that these cars look dorky. In fact, the consensus at our office is that neither the Fit nor the Yaris are bad looking products and as sub-compact hatchbacks go, they’re actually pretty good. In both cases, they come with updated styling for the 2015 model year.

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In the Fit’s case, the fresh look is part of a new generation while the Yaris is really just a cosmetic refresh. And from a styling perspective, I have to say the Yaris takes it for me. Its new front fascia looks aggressive and I really like the alloy wheels.

Unfortunately it isn’t so attractive on the inside. For a while there, Toyota’s marketing campaign for this thing included a slogan that said “Yaris. It’s a car!” They weren’t kidding because it pretty much ends there.

From a fit and finish perspective there’s really nothing wrong with what Toyota does, but it feels painfully basic. The seats are uncomfortable and the interior is plain looking at best.

Meanwhile, the Fit feels more like a shrunken version of larger and more expensive products in Honda’s lineup. While you couldn’t get away with calling anything in the Fit “premium,” it does enough to avoid seeming like downscale transportation.

How Much Can it Haul?

As you can probably guess, the Yaris is in a distant second place for cargo carrying capacity. Toyota doesn’t actually offer an official measurement for overall cargo volume, but take it from me; the Fit is better. Way better.

It offers almost 53 cubic feet of storage space. In other words it can carry more things and stuff than you would ever guess by its body size thanks to two little words: magic seats. By now you might be familiar with Honda’s dual-action folding rear seats but in case you haven’t, they can fold both up and down to offer an especially versatile storage area.

Compare Specs

vs Vehicle 2015 Toyota Yaris Advantage 2015 Honda Fit
Engine 1.5 L Four-Cylinder - 1.5 L Four Cylinder
Transmission 5 sp. manual or 4 sp. auto Fit 6 sp. manual or CVT
Horsepower 106 HP Fit 130 HP
Torque 103 lb-ft. Fit 114 lb-ft.
Front Headroom 39.3 inches Yaris 38
Rear Headroom 37.6 inches 37.6
Trunk Space 15.6 cubic feet Fit 16.2 cubic feet
Fuel Economy (US) 30/36/32 City/Highway/Combined Fit 33/41/36
Fuel Economy (CDN) 6.1 L/100 km combined Yaris 6.8 L/100 km combined
Observed Fuel Economy 28 MPG Fit 30 MPG
Starting Price(US) $16,770 Fit $16,470
As Tested Price(US) $17,645 Fit $16,023
Starting Price(CDN) $21,009 Fit $16,180

Capacity for the Most Precious Cargo

But for all its cargo room, the Fit has downsides. Headroom in the second row is mediocre at best and the sunroof winds up cramping what’s already a tight space. It has more legroom than the Yaris, but I’ll take slightly cramped knees over a stiff neck any day.

Both of these cars can come with a manual transmission – a five speed for the Yaris or a six for the Fit – but Sami and I are driving the automatic models because frankly, its what most people buy.

Now in the Toyota’s case, you get a four-speed automatic. A four-speed automatic! To be clear, there are several cars with more than double that number of ratios in their stack these days.

Economies of Shale

Does that really matter? I’m not sure yet, but if you buy a Fit, there are no preset ratios at all because for the third generation Honda is switching to a CVT. Neither the automatic nor the CVT lend any sort of driving engagement to their respective vehicles, but at least the Fit is supposed to get an average 36 MPG.

I say supposed to because we actually averaged 30 MPG in mixed driving. That’s less than advertised, but it’s also still better than the Yaris at 28 MPG on the same route.

Truthfully, you can’t really judge how cars like this perform with the same measuring stick that you would a sports car. Different tools for different tasks. Instead, it’s all about maneuverability in small spaces and that’s where these things shine.

Hard Knock Life of a City Car

The Fit is definitely more fun to drive, but that’s only one part of the picture. Interestingly, the Yaris in its base form has a tighter turning radius than the Fit, but that changes with the larger allow wheels my car has. Still I find that the Yaris is easier to see out of.

And that’s good because you’re flying without any rear-view cameras or modern parking aids. The Fit has a rear-view camera, heated seats with available leather and something you’ve heard us croon about quite a few times in the past: LaneWatch. Basically it takes a camera on the right side view mirror and offers a wider view of what the mirror would show you via the infotainment screen.

Then there’s the flexibility of being able to access navigation powered by a smartphone. The fact of the matter is that the Fit is loaded with features and the Yaris just… isn’t. Then there’s one more “feature” if you can call it that” crash performance. The new Fit scored and “acceptable” rating on the IIHS small overlap test compared to a “marginal” rating for the Yaris, which is enough to prevent it from having a Top Safety Pick rating.

The Verdict:

The Fit is more fun to drive, it gets better fuel economy and comes with a bevy of better features than the Yaris. It’s slightly more affordable at the base level and its also just more enjoyable to be in. There’s no question that between the two, we would pick the Fit.

2015 Honda Fit

LOVE IT
  • LaneWatch is awesome
  • Versatile cargo area
  • Handling
  • IIHS crash rating
LEAVE IT
  • Still feels like a sub-compact

2015 Toyota Yaris

LOVE IT
  • Better rear seats than the Fit
LEAVE IT
  • NVH
  • Outdated powertrain
  • Large turning circle w/ alloy wheels

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Honda Fit 2015

Fit, может быть, и является самой маленькой (и, при цене от 15 тысяч долларов, наиболее экономически эффективной) моделью Хонды, но она никогда не продается в количествах, которые даже близко могут приблизиться к крупным моделям бренда — по крайней мере, не в Соединенных Штатах. Американская Honda обычно продает сотни тысяч Civic и Accord моделей и даже кроссоверов CR-V и минивэнов Odyssey, но годовой объем продаж Fit обычно исчисляется десятками тысяч. Но японский автопроизводитель надеется расширить свои продажи в сегменте с запуском нового 2015 Honda Fit.

Honda Fit 2015 приспосабливается к американскому рынку

Запустив свою новую модель несколько месяцев назад на японском внутреннем рынке, Honda представляет новый Fit для североамериканского рынка на Детройтском автосалоне. По большому счету, это та же модель, что будет продаваться по всему миру, только немного переработанная: более агрессивный дизайн, увеличенная площадь основания и большее количество внутреннего пространства. Только теперь он будет изготавливаться для североамериканского рынка на новом заводе Honda в мексиканском городе Селайя, где автопроизводитель планирует также выпускать свой новый кроссовер Vezel (или как там он будет называться).

«Honda Fit представляет собой небольшой автомобиль с большими устремлениями. Он более быстрый, более экономичный и более веселый, это малолитражка с возможностями более-крупными-чем-жизнь,» — говорит Джон Мендель, исполнительный вице-президент по продажам автомобилей American Honda Motor Co. Inc., — «это просто лучший Fit на сегодняшний день и, на наш взгляд, новая точка отсчета в сегменте малолитражных автомобилей».

Отказ от экологичности в пользу мощности

Североамериканская модель Fit избавилась от гибридной установки, предлагаемой в модели JDM, в пользу нового Earthdreams — 1,5-литрового четырехцилиндрового двигателя с прямым впрыском и электронной системой регулировки фаз газораспределения i-VTEC. Мощность двигателя составляет 130 лошадиных сил и 155 Нм крутящего момента. Это на 13 лошадей и на 11 Нм больше, чем у предыдущей модели.

Двигатель может работать в паре либо с шестиступенчатой механической коробкой, либо с новой бесступенчатой трансмиссией Honda. При использовании последней, Honda предполагает, что Fit будет расходовать 8,5 литров на 100 км в городе, 6,9 л/100км на шоссе и 7,8 л/100км в смешанном цикле. Будучи более легким и более изысканным, чем силовой агрегат предыдущей модели, новый двигатель располагается в более легкой и более жесткой раме, которая, по ожиданиям Honda, заработает высшие оценки от Национальной администрации безопасности дорожного движения США и Страхового института дорожной безопасности.

Интерьер выше классом, чем у конкурентов

Fit 2015 предоставит интерьер выше классом, чем средний в сегменте, по изысканности и предоставляемым возможностям, предлагая значительную ценность в любой комплектации. Все модели Fit 2015 будут оснащены лучшими в своем классе стандартными функциями, включая подключение по Bluetooth, камеру заднего вида с несколькими ракурсами, и водительское зеркало с расширенной зоной видимости. Для клиентов, которые ищут дополнительные возможности в малолитражном сегменте, Fit будет доступен с «умной комплектацией», включающей кнопку запуска, подогрев боковых зеркал, люк, подогрев передних сидений, эксклюзивный дисплей Хонды LaneWatch, 7-дюймовый дисплей Audio1 с сенсорным интерфейсом и технология подключения смартфона HondaLink. Везде используются только высококачественные материалы и поначалу Fit будет поставляться с кожаной отделкой сидений.

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2015 Honda Fit First Drive

The last time we left our subcompact hero, the plucky Honda Fit was getting a bit long in the tooth. But the second-generation model was still holding its own rather well, and for the enthusiast on a tight budget who wanted it all, it remained the car of record in its class. If you desired an endlessly practical and reliable little hatch that was fun to drive, it didn't get much better than the Fit. Even with nearly every competitor having been fully freshened since the model's introduction in 2009, the Honda managed to fight off also-ran status simply because of how incredibly functional and great to drive it was. Long story short: we loved this car.

Of course, there were a few caveats to the Fit's superhero status. It wasn't particularly fuel efficient, only mustering up, at best, 33 miles per gallon on the highway in a segment where 40-mpg quickly became the new benchmark. What's more, its onboard technology and infotainment was seriously showing its age. While we'd praise the Fit's behind-the-wheel goodness all day long, this shining beacon of great steering and suspension tuning never proved to be all that wonderful for long-distance highway cruising.

Now, say hello to the 2015 Fit, hitting dealerships this spring. Worry not – it's still clever as ever from a packaging standpoint, and comes fitted with lots of newness both inside and out. It's a far more competitive vehicle than its predecessor, and has everything it takes to fight even the toughest of classmates. But just as before, our recommendation doesn't come without a few caveats.

The Fit looks less like the two-box, upright hatchback it did before, taking on more of a small MPV shape.

Visually, the 2015 Fit loses much of its cute-as-a-bug demeanor in favor of something decidedly more aggressive and modern, especially up front. By and large, we like the new look, but we aren't sold on the strong character line that rises dramatically on the front door, only to broaden from a point to a channel as it goes further up along the car's profile, finally dropping off over the wider rear fenders. It's an interesting design idea, but one we don't find particularly successful – it's especially hard to swallow from the rear three-quarter angle. From that same view, the Fit looks less like the two-box, upright hatchback it did before, taking on more of a small MPV shape. A quick poll of the Autoblog staff reveals that we like this new design better, but some of us still miss those large, wedge-shaped headlamps and cutesy cues of the previous car. We'll have to see how this new design ages, but it certainly falls more in line with the rest of Honda's restyled range.

The Fit hasn't grown much since we last saw it – in fact, certain dimensions have actually decreased. It rides on a 99.6-inch wheelbase – an increase of 1.2 inches versus the outgoing model – but its overall length has been shortened, now sitting at an even 160 inches compared to its predecessor's 161.6. Width is up by 0.3 inches and height remains unchanged at 60 inches. Extending the wheelbase and shortening the length means the front overhang – a particular point of issue on the old car – has been reduced, and the overall shape is less bulgy than before, despite the added curves.

The dashboard and center stack designs lose a lot of the previous car's cleanliness.

Honda is offering a fresh crop of new colors that work well with the restyled shape, including Pikachu Yellow (okay, it's really Mystic Yellow Pearl). Base LX models roll on 15-inch steel wheels with drab plastic covers, but EX, EX-L and EX-L Navi trims use the handsome 16-inch alloy wheels seen on our test car. Halogen headlamps remain standard up front, but the Fit now uses LED taillamps out back. It's all pretty good looking, this Fit, and new darker colors like Passion Berry, Modern Steel and even the Aegean Blue do a lot to hide the character line that rounds out the rump. We do wish Honda would lose the chrome strip below the rear window, though. There's very little of the shiny stuff on the rest of the body, and a blacked-out panel like the one in the grille would likely look better.

Inside, there's a lot going on, and the dashboard and center stack designs lose a lot of the previous car's cleanliness. Chunky plastic moldings on the dash are met with aluminum accents and strips of faux-leather with unconvincing fake stitching, and the new center console has been canted to be more driver-focused, with the old car's vertical arrangement of heating/cooling controls now neatly organized below the radio (or new-generation infotainment system on higher-end models). What's in front of the driver is particularly clustered, with two-tier vents to the left of the redesigned steering wheel and gauges, and in redesigning the HVAC module, Honda has killed the volume control knob for the stereo – it's now annoyingly housed digitally in the touchscreen. Speaking of that screen, all Fit models now come standard with a rear-view camera. Sadly, the two-compartment glove box is gone, with usable storage space only found below the passenger's knees on the new car.

Honda's executives proudly note that the car's packaging is its "single-greatest competitive advantage."

Despite its busier visuals, the new Fit's interior is a far more premium space than before. The hatch now offers amenities like leather upholstery, heated front seats and a sunroof – all things you couldn't get on the outgoing model. The Fit remains a hugely functional machine, and Honda's executives proudly note that the car's packaging is its "single-greatest competitive advantage." Despite a minimally increased wheelbase, the Fit now offers a whopping 39.3 inches of rear legroom. That's a gain of 4.8 inches versus the previous Fit, imbuing the subcompact with more rear seat legroom than the larger Civic and Accord. Combine that with a more upright seating position, and you'll find the rear bench is extremely spacious, not a penalty box like other subcompacts. Regardless of cloth or leather upholstery, the seats are decently comfortable, and even though front legroom has grown by a tenth of an inch, the seats seem to be closer to the floor than before. That's not something your five-foot, seven-inch author really noticed, but taller passengers weren't pleased during our test drive.

That nifty rear Magic Seat is still the star of the show, able to be reconfigured many ways, all totaling a massive 52.7 cubic feet of storage space with the seats down. Oddly, that's 4.6 fewer cubes than before, but the Fit's cargo area is still far more capacious than anything else in the class. For comparison's sake, a Ford Fiesta hatchback can only muster 25.4 cubic feet, less than half the Honda's total. In fact, that's more cargo space than the much larger Hyundai Elantra GT yields, 51 cubes. Said another way, flip the seats up, fold them down, whatever – you won't even notice the loss of space versus the outgoing model. And considering you can lay the front seats nearly flat to accommodate longer items, it's still possible to, well, fit nearly anything you want inside this Honda. We recently heard a rival automaker's PR person describe the Fit as "the Sistine Chapel of packaging." Indeed.

Clever packaging and a spacious, airy interior will be the Fit's biggest selling points as it strives to have more mass-market appeal. Elsewhere, the powertrain has been updated with Honda's new Earth Dreams technology and two new transmissions that result in better economy and overall driving refinement. But with those improvements, this new Fit unfortunately loses some of its spunkiness.

A 1.5-liter Earth Dreams inline four-cylinder engine is nestled under that short hood, with 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque available, peaking at 6,600 rpm and 4,600 rpm, respectively – improvements of 13 hp and 8 lb-ft compared to the outgoing 1.5-liter engine. The Fit hasn't gained much weight in its overhaul, the base car tipping the scales at just 2,513 pounds (up from 2,496). Loaded to the gills, the top-spec Fit EX-L Navi comes in at a respectable 2,628 pounds.

This new Fit unfortunately loses some of its spunkiness.

The new, direct-injected powertrain means the 2015 Fit is quite a bit more fuel-efficient than before. With the continuously variable transmission, base models are estimated to achieve 33 miles per gallon in the city and 41 on the highway – large increases of 6 mpg city and 8 mpg highway versus the outgoing five-speed automatic-equipped car. For folks who like to row their own, a six-speed manual transmission is still available in LX and EX models, and fuel economy is rated at 29 mpg city and 37 mpg highway – gains of 2 and 4 mpg – over the old five-speed stick.

Now, don't freak out over the use of a CVT here – it's not a bad transmission, and Honda offers paddle shifters on so-equipped Fits with seven built-in "shift points." This unit is essentially the same CVT from the 2014 Civic – a more compact version of the transmission used in the Accord. We used the paddles briefly on our drive around San Diego, CA, but found that you're generally better off just leaving the transmission alone. It's one of the more nicely behaved continuously variable units out there.

We'd be remiss not to point out that the Fit's newfound composure has come at the expense some of the car's great-to-drive pleasantries.

Like the outgoing Fit, the new 1.5-liter engine is pretty gutless in the low end of its powerband, and you'll really be digging into the throttle under acceleration, especially uphill. With either transmission, that sort of order is met with an audibly buzzy engine soundtrack – in fact, despite Honda's efforts to quiet the cabin, the Fit feels louder in terms of powertrain, road and wind noise than many competitors. The benefit of the CVT's wide ratio spread, though, is that when you're cruising, the engine settles into lower revs. The manual, on the other hand, holds 'em high at cruising speeds – sixth gear uses the same ratio as fifth gear in the old car, and on the highway at 80 miles per hour, you're revving at some 4,000 rpm. And it doesn't sound great. That said, Honda's manual transmissions have always been nice to use, and that doesn't change here with the new six-speed unit – the clutch pedal is nicely weighted and the gearbox itself offers crisp action. Good stuff, despite the audible highway drone.

Honda admits that current Fit customers have complained about the car not being terribly pleasant to drive over long distances at highway speeds, and the new model does a lot to solve those problems. The suspension is more compliant for highway cruising than before, offering a more comfortable ride. While that's all well and good for the majority of Fit owners, we'd be remiss not to point out that this newfound composure has come at the expense some of the car's great-to-drive pleasantries on more interesting roads. Gone is the rear stabilizer bar from previous Fit Sport models, and the torsion-beam rear suspension loads weight oddly when cornering. Braking feel and power are fine, but the long and short of it is that this car doesn't instill as much driver confidence on winding roads, with noticeable understeer and a rear end that just doesn't feel as planted as in the previous model.

The driving dynamics are still better than the majority of the Fit's competitive set.

On top of that, the newly electric power steering isn't as nice to use as the rack from the outgoing Fit. The ratio has been increased from 12.7 to 13.1 in the new car, with turn-in that lacks crispness and an overall level of feedback that isn't as rewarding as before. That's a bummer, especially since Honda – and particularly, the Fit – has long been known for excellent steering feel. But all is not lost – it's still near the front of the class. The toughest competition for the Fit in terms of driving dynamics is arguably the refreshed Ford Fiesta, with its dual-clutch transmission, nicely weighted steering and more engaging chassis tuning. Classmates like the Chevy Sonic, Nissan Versa Note and Toyota Yaris still lag somewhat behind in this regard. Even so, good as the last Fit was, the Mazda2 still felt more involving from the seat of our pants. But the old Fit's versatility, economy and interior refinement still made it a better daily choice than the entertainment-above-all Mazda.

This sounds like a long list of disappointments, but really, that isn't so. Sure, the 2015 Fit's less-involving driving dynamics are a step back from the outgoing car, but it's still better than the majority of its competitive set. It isn't the far-and-away-better, great-to-manhandle hatch that it used to be, but for daily use, we don't think the overwhelming majority of consumers will mind – most probably won't even notice. We even spoke to a couple of current Fit owners, who said they'd be willing to sacrifice some of that sharp handling for something that's a bit more at ease on imperfect pavement. So it goes.

It all comes back to the Fit needing to have more appeal to a greater range of buyers than before. After all, this hatch is Honda's fourth-best-selling model in the United States, behind the successful Accord, Civic and CR-V. And don't forget: the Fit's chassis will also underpin the upcoming small crossover (known as Vezel elsewhere, and rumored to be called HR-V when it lands here), meaning its basic architecture will have to accommodate a broader variety of priorities.

In a class where cars have to be everything to everyone, you could certainly do a lot worse than this capacious little Honda.

Pricing is still competitive, with the base Fit LX 6MT slotting at $15,525, not including $790 for destination – an increase of $100 compared to the outgoing model. From there, the volume-leading EX starts at $17,435, EX-L models command $19,800, and the top-notch EX-L Navi reaches to $20,800. The current top-shelf Fit Sport Navi starts at $19,790, and considering the new model adds things like leather, better tech, a sunroof and more, the extra coin seems absolutely worth it to us. For comparison, a comparably equipped Fiesta Titanium hatch comes in at $21,285, not including destination.

So, is the Fit still our subcompact hero? Yes and no. For us, that wishy-washy answer all comes down to it being less engaging from a driver's perspective. But its gains in interior refinement, onboard tech and the ever-excellent functionality and packaging go a long way toward making up for its less tossable and communicative nature. It may no longer be the clear driver's choice, but in a class where cars have to be everything to everyone, you could certainly do a lot worse than this capacious little Honda.

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2015 Honda Fit

Honda unveiled the all-new 2015 Fit at the North American International Auto Show today. Set to go on sale in the U.S. this spring, the new Fit is completely redesigned from the ground up to deliver an unparalleled combination of style, interior space, fun-to-drive performance and fuel efficiency plus leading-edge safety and vehicle connectivity.

"The Honda Fit is a small car with big aspirations. Faster, more fuel-efficient and more fun, it's a subcompact with larger-than-life-capabilities," said John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "It's simply the best Fit to date and, we believe, a new benchmark in the small-car category."

Modern Styling with Class-Leading Packaging

The 2015 Fit debuts with a sleek, modern and sporty exterior style. A more aggressive front fascia showcases a new grille and headlight design. A strong character line runs along the side of the Fit, emphasizing the vehicle's aerodynamic profile. Larger 16-inch tires outfitted with a new 5-spoke wheel design give the Fit a planted and sporty stance. In the back, rear reflectors and LED taillights run along the hatch with a chrome tailgate garnish and rear diffuser, all contributing to the Fit's more substantial and dynamic appearance.

Retaining a similar exterior footprint to the current model, the new Fit is slightly shorter (-1.6 in.) and wider (+0.3 in.) with a longer wheelbase (+1.2 in.), resulting in improved handling and maneuverability. Inside, the Fit builds on its already class-leading interior space, airy cabin and large greenhouse thanks to an all-new efficient platform that incorporates a unique center-mounted fuel-tank layout. The new Fit also delivers a significant increase in passenger volume (+4.9 cu ft) and rear legroom (+4.8 in.) compared to the previous model. With the Honda-exclusive Magic Seat® offering multiple configurable seating positions, the Fit provides an unrivaled 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space when the second row seats are folded flat. With an overall height of 60 inches, the Fit allows for easy loading of items into the rear cargo and ingress/egress for passengers.

Enhanced Interior and Technology Features

The 2015 Fit will deliver above-class interior refinement and features while offering value at every trim level. All 2015 Fit models will be equipped with class-leading standard features including Bluetooth® connectivity, a multi-angle rearview camera, and Expanded View Driver's Mirror. For customers looking for premium features in the subcompact segment, Fit will be available with smart entry with push-button start, heated side mirrors, a moonroof, heated front seats, Honda's exclusive LaneWatch™ display and a 7-inch Display Audio1 touchscreen interface with HondaLink™ smartphone connectivity. Soft touch and premium materials are used throughout and, for the first time, the Fit will be offered with available leather-trimmed seating.

Improved Performance, Efficiency and Safety

The 2015 Fit marks the U.S. debut of an all-new direct-injected 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine. Generating 130 horsepower2 at 6500 rpm and 114 lb.-ft. of torque2 at 4600 rpm, engine output is increased by 13 horsepower and 8 lb.-ft. compared to the outgoing engine, while reducing weight and improving efficiency. Paired to two new transmissions, a slick-shifting 6-speed manual or a sporty and fuel-efficient Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with available paddle shifters, the Fit powertrain offers superior acceleration and passing performance and is anticipated to have class-leading3 EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 33 city/41 highway/36 combined4 (CVT-equipped models).

Complementing the new powertrain is a revised chassis that provides for improved handling, ride comfort and NVH. A more rigid body, new rear dampers and revised suspension geometry notably enhance the 2015 Fit's ride quality and fun-to-drive handling characteristics.

The 2015 Fit benefits from the most extensive use of ultra-high strength steel in the model's history, providing increased body stiffness while reducing platform (underbody and chassis) weight by 57 pounds versus the outgoing model. Equipped with the next generation of the Honda Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the Fit is anticipated to earn top safety scores from NHTSA and IIHS, including a NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating with a GOOD rating in all IIHS test modes, including the rigorous small overlap barrier test.

Honda Fit

North America Production

The 2015 Fit will be manufactured for the first time in North America at the new Celaya, Mexico plant. With an annual capacity of 200,000 units, the facility will begin mass production of the 2015 Fit next month, adding production of an all-new small Honda SUV later in the year. With introduction of the new manufacturing facility in Mexico, Honda's North American automobile production facilities will have a total annual capacity of 1.92 million units, and will have the capability to manufacture vehicles in all product segments, from subcompacts to light truck models. With the added production, approximately 98 percent of all Honda-brand vehicles sold in the United States will be sourced from Honda plants in North America.

(Honda Press Release)

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2015 Honda Fit Review – Video

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33 / 41MPG7.1 / 5.7L/100kmBODY TYPE: HatchbackTECHNOLOGY: Internal Combustion EngineBASE MSRP: $16,315

Among conventionally powered vehicles, Honda’s completely redesigned 2015 Fit blends respectable mpg, utility, and reasonable price.

Not quite the “TARDIS” of Dr. Who fame which outwardly appeared tiny, but inwardly expanded to large proportions, Honda’s subcompact is nonetheless a case study in smart space utilization.

We’d be remiss however not to also mention Honda isn’t letting Americans have its hybrid version of the Fit proffered in Japan since 2010 and Europe since 2011, where it’s sold as the Jazz.

Fuel economy for that version competes favorably against the most fuel-efficient hybrid sold in the U.S., Toyota’s Prius c. Honda did in 2012 build a limited-market Fit EV for the U.S., but is canceling that, and meanwhile Americans haven’t been given any hint new alternative powertrains could come along.

Even so, the Fit now gets a latest-tech gasoline engine with mpg that would rank it among the best non-hybrids and not far off some hybrids. Honda hopes to sell more of the hatchback than it previously has against competitors that may not even be as good. It has relocated production to Celeya, Mexico in part to remove a supply bottleneck for formerly Japanese-built Fits.

This is now the third generation Fit since it was originated in 2001. This version has been sold in Japan since September 2013, and was launched in the U.S. in June this year.

Honda has won a number of awards for its previous Fit, and its goal was to truly improve it, not just make it different, and on most counts, it succeeded on a car that stands out as a class-leader.

Earth Dreams

Gas mileage and horsepower, though sometimes mutually exclusive, are both improved with the Fit’s all-new 1.5-liter four.

The engine is the first direct-injected system used in a Honda subcompact and is adorned with Honda’s “Earth Dreams” moniker suggesting the environment can rest easy and more certain is it combines many technological innovations to make it all-around better.

These include i-VTEC+VTC variable valve and timing control, direct injection, lightened reciprocating components, cooler-running oil-cooled pistons, larger valves, DOHC cylinder head, overall reduced weight and size, and more.

Compression ratio for the engine fed via plastic intake manifold has been increased to 11.5:1. This yields 130 horsepower at 6,600 rpm, and 114 pounds-feet of torque at 4,600. That’s 13 horsepower or 11 percent more than the previous 1.5-liter Fit engine, torque is 7.5-percent more, and this is decent for a car only around 100 pounds heavier to propel.

Also new is an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) borrowed from Civic siblings. It can simulate seven gears operable via optional paddle shifters (for EX, EX-L versions), and the manual transmission increases from formerly five to now six speeds – but retains the same final drive ratio.

Traditionally manuals have been advantageous for fuel sippers, but in this case the EPA rates the six-speeder 4 mpg less on the combined cycle than the Fit LX with CVT, and 3 mpg less than the Fit EX and EX-L with CVT.

Specifically, the 6MT – only available in the LX trim – is rated at 29 mpg city, 37 highway, and 32 combined, and the CVT in the LX is 33 mpg city, 41 highway, 36 combined. In the CVT-only EX and EX-L trims levels, the CVT nets 32 city, 38, highway, 35 combined.

Big Little Car

If “subcompact minivan” were a category, the Fit would exemplify that paradox. The wheelbase was increased by 1.2 inches, overall, the car is 1.6-inches shorter, but inside rear seat leg room grew by an impressive 4.8 inches to 39.8 inches.

Largish and longish items – can be stuffed in with the rear “Magic Seats” folded up.

This came at the sacrifice of four cubic feet cargo volume, still decent at 16.6 cubic feet. With seats folded, the total is 52.7 cubic feet, but novel is the feature called “Magic Seats.” Here the rear bench fold vertically to create a larger volume to carry more stuff.

The big news is the rear space utilization, but front space is still good although those with longer legs may wish for an extra detent on the rearward adjustment for maximum stretch.

In all, an extra 4.9 cubic feet of passenger space was netted, and most important dimensions are improved for a more spacious cabin.

Outward visibility all around is good, and the driver is perched in a functional box on wheels.

Design

Body lines are rounded from the previous squared Fit. Beauty is entirely subjective and personally we kind of like the look of the old car, but others have said they didn’t as much, and the new car does have appeal.

Also true is aerodynamic improvements were incorporated into the folds and creases to help with fuel economy, so few will argue with that. Leading the way is a new face with halogen auto-on/off headlights and daytime running lights merged into the grille, These go along with the new protruding, shapely, hi-visibility rear LED tail lights. Above them is a rear spoiler which is less pronounced than on the previous Fit.

Inside, the driver interface keeps up with the times including for the base LX, a 160-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, a 5-inch color LCD screen and a USB. For the EX and up, much more connectivity includes a 7-inch touch screen, HondaLink infotainment, and in ether case, you get a functional interface.

Materials are mostly improved, of respectable quality, with a few basic plastic bits here and there. Up-line versions can now be had with leather and heated front seats. The sum of the fit and feel is they didn’t skimp on value for the money.

Fit For The Road

A pushbutton brings the 1.5-liter to life, and power from the non-turbo never feels actually pokey.

Honda makes claims for improved performance – not just for the stronger engine, but stiffer chassis, suspension, and reduced noise – and it does live up to these, but in a straight line the CVT feels close to the former Fit.

The CVT does default to taller ratios conspired to delver maximum economy at the expense of acceleration, but if nudged, the revs climb higher to match supply with demand. Honda’s six-speed manual does well too, and gearing is now pureed more finely, but final drive at 70 mph has the engine busily droning at 3,600 rpm.

Rounding corners with the stiffer chassis – enabling also a five-star federal safety rating and Insurance Institute of Highway Safety Top Safety Pick – one retains good control at a fair clip. It’s not a Volkswagen GTI, but then it’s not boring either.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Non-Hybrid Cars – 2014

In a phrase, the Fit does what you’d expect it to do. Honda says one of the net effects of the more-rigid chassis with longer wheelbase is to contribute to a feeling of “oneness” between car and driver.

Whether such harmoniousness is immediately obvious, the vehicle feels sufficiently confident everywhere, and improved now at highway speeds, it’s surefooted in a straight line, or rounding bends.

Bump attenuation is helped by tuned dampers that respond softly to initial jolts, but firm up with heavier hits. Combined with refreshed suspension geometry, the vehicle means you don’t have to leave fun checked at the door, and then for those so inclined there is the tuner’s market to refine things further.

But how about that fuel mileage? Driven without care, with occasional speed bursts to test acceleration, we netted middle-to-upper 20s to lower 30s in a CVT EX-L with Navigation. Driven with more care, and the EPA numbers are attainable, though we hesitate making a statement for all, because different drivers will experience differing results.

More Competitive Than Before

Including $790 destination, prices ranges from $16,315 for the LX with manual (add $800 for CVT) to $21,590 for the CVT-only EX-L with Navigation.

There are cheaper cars out there, and cheaper cars that get better mpg. But the phrase, “you get what you pay for” comes to mind, and the Fit packs in a lot of quality, usefulness, refined feel for a subcompact.

Non-hybrid competitors would include the Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio and Toyota Yaris. Hybrids would include Honda’s compact Civic, and the subcompact Prius c.

As it is, the Fit is a neat vehicle, and for such a small one, it accommodates most humans along with their stuff in comfort with decent fuel economy.

SEE ALSO: Honda Is Not Trying To Dethrone Toyota’s Hybrid Dominance

It improves on an already excellent car but we do wish Honda would catch the vision and import its Toyota-beating hybrid version that other markets have had for almost half a decade.

For now, its mileage is good enough to place it among the top 10 non-hybrids sold, and the rest of the car does arguably edge out what some hybrids offer, so there is the dilemma.

You can pick your own priorities, but our take is the sum of its qualities make it a top contender among non-hybrids and an alternative to be considered.

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Honda Fit Reviews - Honda Fit Price, Photos, and Specs

Considering our high regard for the first two generations of the Honda Fit—and how bummed we were that the third-gen car wasn’t as fun to drive—we were eager to sample this updated-for-2018 Sport model that slots in above the base LX and below the EX and EX-L trims. The Sport designation has us remembering fondly the appealing chassis dynamics that landed the first two generations of this pint-size hatchback on our 10Best Cars lists, a distinction that the post-2015 iteration has failed to achieve. Unfortunately, the Sport badge denotes what is essentially an appearance package encompassing aggressive-looking bumpers, orange accents, glossy black 16-inch wheels, a chrome exhaust tip, and sill extensions.

That’s not to say the Fit Sport doesn’t feature any performance-improving modifications. It does, but they’re shared with the rest of the lineup: All 2018 Fits benefit from a stiffer structure thanks to additional bracing, and Honda has tweaked the steering and suspension in an attempt to impart a sportier character. The engine remains a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter inline-four churning out 130 horsepower when mated to the six-speed manual transmission, as it was in our test car. A continuously variable automatic transmission costs $800 extra; selecting it reduces output to 128 horses.

Neither Fast Nor Furious

Unsurprisingly, then, the 2018 Fit’s performance on our test track differed only minutely from the last manual-transmission model we tested. At 8.2 seconds, its zero-to-60-mph time was 0.2 second slower than the previous car’s, its 70-mph-to-zero braking distance of 179 feet was one foot longer, and it pulled 0.81 g around the skidpad, besting the 2015 model by just 0.02 g. The Honda’s handling qualities are playful, and the Fit can be tossed into most corners with a touch more confidence than before. While the steering is light and feels limp on-center, it provides traces of feedback and weights up slightly as the wheel is turned.

The throws of the Fit’s manual shifter are satisfyingly short, but the lever itself is mounted too low for easy use and its motions aren’t as crisp as in earlier Fits. The clutch pedal’s takeup point is never obvious, either, making the car difficult to drive smoothly. Perhaps we should amend our motto to read “save the good manuals.”

For 2018, Honda’s engineers layered in more sound-deadening material throughout the car and added thicker glass for the windshield and front side windows, claiming interior noise has been reduced. Our sound-testing equipment registered 71 decibels at a 70-mph cruise, two higher than the last stick-shift model we tested and two lower than our 2015 long-term test car. Regardless, when driving at highway speeds the engine spins at a high 3500 rpm, creating a buzzing annoyance throughout the cabin that can grow wearying on long trips.

Despite its relatively high cruising rpm, this test car delivered an astonishing 41 mpg on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test, besting the EPA’s highway estimate by 5 mpg. The Fit is efficient even with our heavy feet on the pedals, too, delivering a 27-mpg overall result. Imagine what it could do with a taller sixth gear.

So Simple, So Spacious

The humble but durable cabin is jazzed up by black cloth seats with orange stitching in the Fit Sport, and its straightforward controls and instruments are easy and intuitive to use. People over six-feet tall may find the driving position cramped as the seat travel is abbreviated, but rear-seat passengers are provided more legroom than in rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and the Kia Rio.

The Fit’s claim to fame remains its astonishing practicality. The rear seat—which Honda calls the Magic Seat—can be reconfigured easily to haul bulky items and features seat bottoms that flip up to create a divided cargo area or flip down to help create a completely flat, very low load floor. In our testing, the Fit provided space for 20 carry-on-size suitcases with the rear seat folded in the flat position; the Fiesta and the Rio managed just 14 each.

The Sport comes with a $1310 price hike over the base LX model but brings a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (up from 5.0 in the base car) with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 180-watt six-speaker stereo, a second USB port, fog lamps, and the aforementioned exterior styling bits. Besides the efforts to upgrade the chassis and reduce noise, this mid-cycle update also includes the much appreciated return of an actual volume knob for the audio system, replacing the fussy capacitive-touch slider that so annoyed us during that 40,000-mile long-term test.

Other than official aftermarket accessories such as all-weather floor mats, cargo nets, and a pair of wheel options, the $18,375 Fit Sport with the manual transmission is a mono-spec car. That makes ordering one easy: Just choose from one of eight exterior colors.

The Fit’s enthusiastic personality hasn’t been fully revived by the latest revisions, and the new Sport trim does little more than add a third equipment level to the manual-transmission offerings. Ignore the implication that you’re getting better performance, though, and the Fit remains a roomy, flexible, practical, and fuel-efficient choice among subcompact cars.

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