Review: 2015 Honda Fit EX-L

Friday March 27th, 2015 at 1:33 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

2015 Honda Fit EX-L

By David Colman

Hypes: Revamped Styling and Interior Packaging
Gripes: CVT

This Honda will fit into your plans if you need an affordable and dependable sedan with enough interior room to belie its modest exterior dimensions. Honda has repackaged the Fit for 2015, extending space inside while retaining sub-compact length (160″), height (60″) and width (67″). Because wheelbase (99″) has grown by an inch, there’s more legroom for rear seat passengers. The rear seats are also notable for the fact that their bases are open, allowing you to store parcels or shopping bags beneath them. The Fit’s aft cargo area benefits from hatchback access, and its flat floor extends into the passenger compartment when you drop the rear seats flat. Doing so maximizes use of the Fit’s generous 24 cubic feet of storage space.

2015 Honda Fit EX-L

Inside the cockpit, you’ll immediately notice that Honda has upped the Fit’s finish, with leather trimmed seats and a leather wrapped steering wheel. That steering wheel also offers easy to use cruise controls on the right spoke, and equally intuitive radio selection and volume buttons on the left spoke. In the case of volume control, the spoke-mounted unit is particularly welcome since the alternative is a display-screen mounted virtual slide adjuster that’s both hard to find and slow to react to your input.

2015 Honda Fit EX-L

The Fit has molted for 2015, losing its chubby face and cute baby curves in favor of a more mature and assertive bullet-nosed look. The difference is especially noticeable from the front, where a wraparound intake-cum-headlight fascia replaces the previous model’s doe-eyed innocence with a snarkier squint. Sharply chiseled beltline and rocker panel air channels now impart movement missing in the bland styling of its predecessor. The 2,450 pound Fit is so light it requires minimal foot ware: 185/55R16 Bridgestone Turanza EL470 tires mounted on standard 16 x 6 inch alloys do the job at each corner. But even the tiny Fit dwarfs this minimalist wheel/tire combination. Cornering hard will convince you that an upgrade in tire size or wheel width would improve adhesion under duress.

The 1.5 liter engine now produces 130hp, 13 more than the previous Fit. This engine benefits from all the latest technology tweaks such as direct very high pressure fuel injection, and i-VTEC variable valve timing actuation of its twin overhead camshafts to produce both acceptable horsepower and torque (114 lb.-ft.) along with outstanding gas economy (35 MPG overall).

2015 Honda Fit EX-L

Our test Fit was equipped with a no-extra-cost automatic transmission, a CVT unit with a Sport Mode and paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The CVT’s stick is mounted on the floor console, between the front seats. Next to it is a gear indicator panel that fails to illuminate when you have made a selection. For confirmation of that information, you need to refocus on the left quadrant of the instrument binnacle for a digital gear display. This poor correlation between stick and display is annoying.

Most of your driving time will pass without giving much thought to the CVT. Only when accelerating hard will you become aware of its tendency to spool the engine high into the rpm range for maximum thrust. This tendency results in lots of noise without much in the way of acceleration. Do yourself a big favor and order your Fit with Honda’s excellent 6-speed manual gearbox, which instantly converts this grocery getter into a sports sedan.
Then you will have a finely crafted, fun to drive, lightweight package that is economical to buy as well as to operate.

2015 Honda Fit EX-L

2015 Honda Fit EX-L

  • Engine: 1.5 liter inline 4, DOHC, i-VTECH, 16 valves, direct injection
  • Horsepower: 130hp
  • Torque: 117lb.-ft.
  • Fuel Consumption: 32 MPG City/38 MPG Highway
  • Price as Tested: $21,590
  • Star Rating: 7 out of 10 Stars

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Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa Comparison – The New Big 3's Little 3.

Monday January 26th, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

Honda Fit - Nissan Versa - Toyota Yaris

By Kurt Gensheimer

Whether or not you’ve grown up as a car buff, unless you’re a troglodyte who still walks barefoot from point A to point B, you’re probably familiar with who “The Big 3″ automakers comprise. And if you’ve watched any of the executive groveling before our esteemed panel of D.C. dunderheads we call our “leaders”, then you’re absolutely familiar with The Big 3. However in the aftermath of Toyota’s recent ascension past GM to become the number #1 selling automotive brand in the world – in addition to its involvement in NASCAR and multiple American manufacturing plants – the old Big 3 moniker may need revision to include Toyota.

And who would be “The Other 2″? Honda and Nissan seem to fit the role quite well, with similarly expanding market share and multiple U.S.-based factories. Yes, it seems that when people nowadays refer to “The Big 3″, there needs to be some level of clarification – New School or Old School?

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2009 Honda Fit Sport Review – Phat and Phun is the Fit

Tuesday January 20th, 2009 at 11:11 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

2009 Honda Fit Sport
by Gary Chan

Pros

  • Gas mileage
  • Storage flexibility
  • Structural rigidity
  • Perfectly weighted steering

Cons

  • Engine size = limited power
  • Driver’s cup holder have are not in best locations
  • Triangulated A-pillar blocked visibility at times
  • Fold-down driver’s arm rest thin and high

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2008 Honda Fit Sport Review – Small on the outside but incredibly big on the inside

Tuesday August 26th, 2008 at 12:88 PM
Posted by: twain

2008 Honda Fit Sport

Review by Twain Mein | Photos by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • Good gas mileage
  • Excellent handling
  • Incredible amount of interior space with ingenious packaging
  • Great value for the money

Cons:

  • Real-world gas mileage was disappointing
  • Lack of power
  • Noisy engine

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Early Delivery of New 2009 Honda Fit Go On Sale August 26 at Dealerships

Wednesday August 20th, 2008 at 2:88 PM
Posted by: Derek

Redesigned 2009 Honda Fit Sport

Strong demand for fuel-efficient sub-compact cars in North America prompted Honda to speed up production of the redesigned 2009 Fit. The 2009 Fit will arrive in dealerships Tuesday, Aug. 26. Honda’s earlier plans were for the updated Fit to arrive Oct. 1.

“We basically increased supply as much as we could to meet demand, and we were still going to be sold out of the 2008 model,” Honda spokesman Chris Martin said. “We had to do something so that our dealers would not be without the small cars that buyers are seeking.”

Official announcement from Honda is on page 2.

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First Impressions: 2008 Honda Fit (gets 39 mpg)

Thursday July 3rd, 2008 at 1:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

2008 Honda Fit

Initial impressions of the Honda Fit:

  • The car is nimble and fun to drive
  • Can make tight U-turns in a flash
  • 2nd row Magic Seats™ fold flat more ways than a spider has legs creating a versatile cargo area
  • Good low-end torque from 0 – 35 gives the Fit a snappy off-the-line launch
  • 5-speed automatic downshifts too easily and robs fuel economy potential
  • Tall 5th gear – the engine was humming along at 2400 rpm while driving 65 on the freeway
  • Includes lots of basic amenities for only $16k

This week we received the Honda Fit for testing. I’m happy the Fit finally arrived on American shores after I spotted the Fit while traveling in Hong Kong back in 2005. Attractive aero design, versatile folding seats that can accommodate many different shapes/sizes of cargo, and very desirable as gas prices approach $5/gallon.

parking the Honda Fit
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