Honda Fit Review
The 2015 Honda Fit ranks 1 out of 42 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Honda Fit, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2015 Honda Fit is ranked:
Abundant cargo space, a roomy back seat and a comfortable ride make the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit a standout among small hatchbacks, reviewers say. It also has superb fuel economy ratings.
With the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs in its class, the Honda Fit is our 2015 Best Subcompact Car for the Money and Best Hatchback for the Money.
Critics agree that the four-cylinder Honda Fit feels quicker than many subcompact cars, though some note that the engine is noisy in some situations. Reviewers think that the standard six-speed manual transmission makes the 2015 Fit fun to drive, while the optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) is generally smooth and responsive. Equipped with the CVT, the base Fit gets an EPA-estimated 33/41 mpg city/highway, which is superb for the class. Most reviewers say that the 2015 Fit handles nimbly, but isn’t as athletic or fun to drive as the outgoing model. That said, they agree that the ride is noticeably more comfortable, and that the redesigned Fit feels more composed at highway speeds.
Reviewers say the Fit’s cabin has a classy design and quality materials. They write that there’s plenty of space for passengers, especially in the back seat where ample legroom will satisfy tall folks, which is a rare compliment for a subcompact car. The Fit also has one of the largest cargo holds in the class and test drivers like that the Fit’s Magic Seat in the back can fold in multiple directions, allowing for various cargo and passenger configurations. The Fit comes standard with a four-speaker CD audio system, a USB port, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Available features include navigation, a power moonroof, push-button start and a six-speaker CD audio system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio and Pandora Internet radio compatibility. Honda LaneWatch is also available, which uses a camera mounted under the passenger side mirror to show the driver what’s in his or her blind spot. Critics appreciate the Fit’s strong list of standard and available tech features, but note that the available touch-screen audio system eliminates most traditional buttons and knobs, which can complicate audio adjustments.
- "The 2015 Honda Fit is more efficient, more refined, and better-equipped than before without sacrificing the practical appeal and peppy personality that have made it a success thus far." -- Automobile Magazine
- "For frugal practicality in a new car, the Fit remains your choice. If you were previously charmed by its just-right combination of low-power athleticism and band-beating cargo capacity, you might be a mite let down. Your rear-seat passengers, however, will treasure their newfound legroom." -- AutoWeek
- "There's something here for a wide swath of people. Whether it is accommodating passengers or carrying odd objects, the Fit conforms to you. Nearly all the things that made the old Fit appealing have been made better - it's nimble, sips less fuel and has a more occupant-friendly cabin. And with its more settled freeway demeanor and less annoying steering, the Fit feels more grown-up than ever." -- Edmunds
- "We might be disappointed by the car's slight dynamic drop compared to its predecessor, but it's hard to complain about a car that is still such a complete package. Some competitors might have better chassis, some have better steering, and some just don't look dorky. But nobody has yet matched the Fit's incredible versatility at this price, and placed it atop a chassis that offers a modicum of fun." -- Car and Driver
- "With the 2015 Fit, Honda has raised the bar in a segment that has some pretty tough competition in the Nissan Versa Note, Ford Fiesta and Mazda 2. It's no longer a question of settling for less, but rather settling for the best." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other Cars to Consider
Available in sedan and hatchback body styles, test drivers are impressed with the Kia Rio’s peppy engine and wealth of available features. The Rio also comes with one of the longest powertrain warranties in the class.
Reviewers praise the Ford Fiesta for its athletic handling and say it has one of the nicest interiors in the class. Like the Fit, it can also be equipped with numerous upscale features including leather seats and heated front seats.
Details: 2015 Honda Fit
The 2015 Honda Fit is a five-seat hatchback with front-wheel drive. A four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission are standard and a CVT is optional. The Fit is available in three trims: LX, EX and EX-L. The Fit is fully redesigned for 2015.