2015 Honda Fit EX Long-Term Arrival

Honey, I Shrunk the Accord

Erick Ayapana
Oct 21, 2014
Photographers: Motor Trend Staff
A routine commute home in our new long-term 2015 Honda Fit was briefly interrupted when a gentleman in a Mercedes-Benz E-Class, idling next to me at a stoplight, waved his hand to get my attention. "Hey, how do you like that thing?" he yelled. "I hear it gets great gas mileage and I want to get one for my wife!"
Unfortunately the light turned green and put an abrupt end to our chat. Otherwise, I would've told him that, yes, the 2015 Fit does indeed reportedly get better fuel economy, which we'll closely observe during its stay with us. I was also a bit curious why he's considering a Fit for his wife, while he gets to roll in a German luxury sedan costing three times as much. ("Dude, could you at least get her an Accord?") But that's none of our business, and perhaps she wants a small and practical car. If that's the case, then the Fit is perfect. In fact, our initial impression is that the Fit has matured into a mini-Accord, available with most creature comforts offered in Honda's popular midsizer.
Photo 2/17   |   2015 Honda Fit EX Front Three Quarter 08
The Fit's powertrain is just one example of how the hatch has grown up. Its 1.5-liter inline-four is the recipient of Honda's Earth Dreams technology, which includes direct-injection and increased compression ratio. It's rated at 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 13 hp and 8 lb-ft from the outgoing model. Better yet, the previous five-speed manual and automatic gearboxes give way to a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission, which should result in better performance numbers. Fuel economy is up, too, with the EPA rating the Fit LX with CVT at 33/41 mpg city/highway. (Other trim levels are rated slightly lower.)
Speaking of trim levels, the Fit can now be had in LX, EX, EX-L (L is for leather), and EX-L with navigation. Those last two trim levels are new to the Fit, giving the hatch a lineup that now mimics other Honda models. We've decided to spend a year in a Fit EX with the CVT (EPA rated at 32/38 mpg), a combo that Honda says will be the volume leader. (Honda estimates it will account for 55 percent of total sales.)
All Fits comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity, auto on/off headlights, tilt and telescopic steering, cruise control, and steering-wheel-mounted infotainment buttons. Our EX adds 16-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, a 7-inch color touchscreen, Honda LaneWatch system, moonroof, and a backup camera. Again, mini-Accord. That said, the next 12 months should provide plenty of time to determine if that gentleman in the Benz would be wise to buy his wife a Fit or should fork over the extra bucks for an Accord.

2015 Honda Fit
BASE PRICE $18,225
PRICE AS-TESTED $19,025
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door hatchback
ENGINE 1.5L/130-hp/114-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4
TRANSMISSION CVT
CURB WEIGHT 2600 lb (mfr)
WHEELBASE 99.6 in
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 160.0 x 67.0 x 60.0 in
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 32/38/35 mpg
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY 105/89 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.56 lb/mile
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