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2015 Honda Fit Preview

By Jeff Youngs,
Fast Facts:
  • Completely redesigned
  • Larger interior, more cargo space
  • More powerful and efficient engine
  • New CVT with paddle shifters
  • Expanded list of options
  • Next-generation safety structure
  • Built in Mexico

Introduction
Since it arrived in America nearly a decade ago, the Honda Fit has proven itself to be dependable, practical, fuel-efficient, and fun to drive. A regular Car and Driver "10 Best" award winner, the Fit has not set sales charts afire, a situation that Honda intends to rectify with the completely redesigned 2015 Fit.

"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., speaking about the new Fit during its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. "It's simply the best Fit to date and, we believe, a new benchmark in the small-car category."

Exterior Features
Honda calls the new 2015 Fit sleek, modern, and sporty. Shorter in length, broader in width, and equipped with a longer wheelbase, the 2015 Honda Fit is equipped with standard 16-inch wheels and LED taillights.

Interior Features
Honda says the new 2015 Fit is fitted with soft, premium materials throughout its larger interior. Greater rear-seat legroom improves comfort, and the redesigned Fit retains its signature Magic Seat--a rear bottom cushion that flips up to carry tall items in the rear seating area, and that folds flat to create 52.7 cu. ft. of maximum cargo capacity. That's nearly as much cargo capacity as a Jeep Cherokee.

Optional Features
Honda offers the redesigned 2015 Fit with numerous upgrades that were not available for the previous model, such as leather seats, heated front seats, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, and HondaLink smartphone connectivity and mobile services. Honda will also offer the 2015 Fit with an optional power sunroof, Smart Entry with push-button starting, LaneWatch technology, and a navigation system.

Under the Hood
As it has done with other recent products, Honda installs a new Earth Dreams powertrain into the redesigned 2015 Fit, one that adds power at the same time that it improves fuel economy.

The Fit's new direct-injection, 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine generates 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, or buyers can opt for a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters. Honda is projecting fuel-economy ratings of 33/41/36 mpg (city/highway/combined) for the CVT.

Honda also says the new 2015 Fit's chassis and suspension are tuned for an improved ride, better handling, and reduced noise, vibration, and harshness.

Safety
In addition to installing an expanded-view driver's side mirror that helps the driver to see into the car's left blind spot, and a standard multi-angle reversing camera, Honda makes its LaneWatch technology available for the 2015 Fit. LaneWatch uses a camera mounted to the right side mirror, which displays traffic, curbs, pedestrians, and objects that are immediately adjacent to the right side of the car.

Additionally, the 2015 Honda Fit is constructed around a next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure that is designed to meet modern crash-test performance standards set forth by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Technology
Bluetooth connectivity is standard for the 2015 Honda Fit, and a navigation system is optional. The new Fit is also offered with HondaLink smartphone connectivity and cloud-based mobile services for the first time.

Additional Research:


  2015 Honda Fit Preview
Since it arrived in America nearly a decade ago, the Honda Fit has proven itself to be dependable, practical, fuel-efficient, and fun to drive. However, the Fit has not set sales charts afire, a situation that Honda intends to rectify with the completely redesigned 2015 Fit.
     
  2013 Honda Fit Preview
With laudable efficiency, a compact size that belies its interior spaciousness and versatility, and the lowest base price across the entire Honda lineup, the 2013 Fit is a model with broad appeal.
     
  2013 Honda Fit EV Preview
The 2013 Honda Fit EV is an electric version of the automaker's subcompact Fit 5-door hatchback. It will be available to lease for $389 per month in California and Oregon in the summer of 2012, followed by selected East Coast markets in 2013. The lease payment includes scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance.
     
  2009 Honda Fit Preview
Critical Knowledge:Second-generation modelLonger and wider than previous modelMidsize interior with versatile seating, cargo configurationsMore powerful new engineStandard front side and side curtain air bagsU.S. launch in fall 2008IntroductionJust as gasoline prices were nudging up toward $3 a gallon, Honda, Toyota and Nissan introduced new sub-compact cars to the U.S. automotive market for the 2007 model year. Honda's was the Fit. The idea was to create what Honda terms "the ideal small car for a new age.
     
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