2015 Honda Fit
By Laura Burstein
On Sale: Spring 2014
Expected Pricing: Starting around $16,000
Going on sale this spring, Honda's versatile subcompact wagon is fully redesigned, with dramatically different styling, a new engine and even better fuel economy.
At first glance, the 2015 Honda Fit looks like it could be the love child of a Toyota Prius and a jellybean. A closer look reveals styling details that set the Fit apart from other familiar models. Up front, the Fit gets the latest Honda signature front grille, which wraps around the nose and seamlessly flows into the integrated headlights. Below, a large air intake and fog lamps add edginess.
In back, there are LED tail lights and a large hatch opening to access the vast 52.7 cubic feet of space the Fit offers with the seats folded flat. As before, the Fit is configurable to handle various combinations of passengers and gear.
Unlike most car companies that keep making their vehicles bigger, the new Fit is shorter than the outgoing model by 1.6 inches, though rear legroom has been stretched by 4.8 inches. The wheelbase gets 1.2 inches longer, which should result in better handling and stability. The Fit is also slightly wider than its predecessor, making for a roomier cabin.
An all-new engine comes in the 2015 Honda Fit, giving it a power boost and making it more fuel efficient. The 1.5-liter direct-injected inline-4 makes 130 horsepower (up 16 hp over the last model) and 114 pound-feet of torque. Two gearboxes will be available: a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). With the CVT, Honda says the new Fit can achieve 33/41 mpg City/Highway EPA ratings.
Underneath is an updated chassis that uses more ultra-high strength steel, which makes the new Fit lighter and more rigid than before. Honda promises better ride and handling thanks to a retuned suspension, including new rear dampers.
Standard features on the 2015 Honda Fit will include Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera. Options will include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a moonroof, pushbutton start and Honda's smartphone connectivity interface.
The 2015 Honda Fit will be built at Honda's new plant in Celaya, Mexico, and is slated to hit U.S. dealerships in spring of 2014. Pricing hasn't been announced, but we expect the new Fit to cost slightly more than the outgoing model, starting at around $16,000.