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Honda Fit Interior

Test drivers write that the 2016 Honda Fit has soft-touch cabin materials that give the interior a first-rate look and feel. A few critics comment that there is too much interior noise at highway speeds. Reviewers are impressed with the Fit's generous rear-seat legroom and cargo-carrying flexibility. Several critics comment that it is tricky to change the volume in models fitted with the available touch-screen audio system.

  • "Every trim level provides a modern-looking dashboard and satisfactory materials quality for this segment." -- Edmunds
  • "The screen is nestled in a dash covered with soft-touch materials, which also extend to the door panels. The interior has an upscale aura not usually associated with cars in this class." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Despite its busier visuals, the new Fit's interior is a far more premium space than before. The hatch now offers amenities like leather upholstery, heated front seats and a sunroof - all things you couldn't get on the outgoing model." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "Honda claims the more rigid body structure reduces noise, but we found the wind irritatingly audible at freeway speeds." -- AutoWeek (2015) 
  • "Cabin materials are of much better quality, and the nominal price increase belies the longer list of standard equipment, from a backup camera and Bluetooth on the base LX to a one-touch sunroof, leather, push-button start, and heated front seats on the EX-L." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

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Seating

The Fit seats five and comes with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available. Auto writers report that the front seats are comfortable for most folks, though taller occupants may have trouble getting comfortable. Test drivers are pleased with visibility to the front and back. The rear seats offer generous legroom, reviewers add.

  • "The Fit has always had a lot more rear passenger space than you'd expect, but the current generation has the most yet. There's now more rear legroom than in the Accord, which means comfortable seating for two tall adults and/or easy installation of rear-facing car seats." -- Edmunds
  • "We're amazed at the legroom that rear passengers have, even for tall people who would have trouble getting in the back seat of a normal economy car." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "Visibility is generally good, though the inverted Y-shaped front pillars block some view at certain angles. A nice touch is that the rear-seat headrests lower to overlap the seat back, thereby clearing the view to the rear." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "Regardless of cloth or leather upholstery, the seats are decently comfortable, and even though front legroom has grown by a tenth of an inch, the seats seem to be closer to the floor than before. That's not something your five-foot, seven-inch author really noticed, but taller passengers weren't pleased during our test drive." -- Autoblog (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Fit include a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth and a four-speaker audio system. Optional features include navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, smartphone integration, a 7-inch touch-screen audio display, a six-speaker audio system, a power moonroof and a blind spot camera.

According to test drivers, the Fit's available touch screen helps give the center stack a clean, uncluttered look, but they write that the simple appearance comes at the expense of some audio functionality. Critics dislike that audio volume is controlled with a slider on the side of the screen rather than with a traditional knob. Still, other reviewers appreciate that the touch screen responds quickly to inputs.

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  • "Overall, we've found the HondaLink menu design to be a little cumbersome, and we dislike its touch-operated volume control and overly involved procedure for setting radio presets. Responses are quick, however, and we appreciate the touchscreen's swipe-and-pinch functionality." -- Edmunds
  • "The new audio system (which also incorporates navigation in the top-line model) contains no knobs and only one button: a staple-sized horizontal Power on/off. Everything else is controlled through the touchscreen. While this probably looks modern and futuristic, it really plays havoc with simplicity. Many of what should be simple adjustments take multiple steps or added time to execute, and that takes the driver's eyes off the road. By contrast, the climate controls remain three easy-to-use rotary knobs, all within easy reach." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "What's in front of the driver is particularly clustered, with two-tier vents to the left of the redesigned steering wheel and gauges, and in redesigning the HVAC module, Honda has killed the volume control knob for the stereo - it's now annoyingly housed digitally in the touchscreen." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "In recent years, we've criticized Honda and Acura interiors for their confusing array of buttons, but the new system swings to the other extreme with a nearly button-free interface that gives the dashboard a sleek, modern look. Still, we've frequently gone on record expressing our support of traditional buttons and knobs, and the Honda system's finicky volume slider and lack of haptic feedback convince us that there is a happy medium between the two approaches." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Cargo

The Fit has 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 52.7 cubic feet with them folded, which is excellent for a subcompact hatchback. Auto journalists agree that cargo-carrying flexibility is one of the Fit's greatest strengths. They say its rear seats, which can be folded in a variety of ways, give it the versatility to carry lots of cargo of varying shapes and sizes.

  • "As ever, one of the Fit's standout features is its so-called 'Magic Seat,' a uniquely constructed rear seat that includes a flip-up seat bottom to facilitate hauling behind the front seatbacks. Alternatively, you can leave that seat bottom down and fold the rear seatbacks forward, which opens up a cargo hold that'll give some small crossovers a run for their money." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Honda Fit also retains the previous model's center-mounted fuel tank, which pays huge dividends when it comes to hauling stuff. This allows for a low rear cargo deck and a folding rear seat as flexible as a circus contortionist. Fold the seat forward and the bottom cushion nests into the footwell allowing for a fold-flat cargo area." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "And considering you can lay the front seats nearly flat to accommodate longer items, it's still possible to, well, fit nearly anything you want inside this Honda." -- Autoblog (2015)
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