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Test Drivers Impressed with Revamped 2015 Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit
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The 2015 Honda Fit is set to hit the market this month with an all-new design after a brief production hiatus for the 2014 model year. This third-generation Fit features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 130 horsepower, which is 13 more than what the 2013 model makes. A six-speed manual transmission is standard (the previous model has five speeds) and an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaces the 2013 Fit's five-speed automatic. The EPA rates the 2015 Fit at up to 32/38 mpg city/highway with the CVT, which is an improvement over the 2013 model's top estimate of 28/35 mpg. The 2015 Fit also gets new interior and exterior styling, as well as more interior space.

Engine noise was a common complaint with the 2013 Honda Fit, but Motor Trend reports that the new model is quieter than its predecessor. The publication also likes the new optional CVT, writing, "It's also lighter than the auto, doesn't drone or act particularly abnormally, and is especially crisp off the line."

Test drivers report that the 2015 Honda Fit's handling isn't as sharp as the previous model’s, but Automobile Magazine says a less sporty ride is a good compromise for added ride comfort over road imperfections. "But considering the pockmarked roads many Americans face every day, the new car’s more composed ride is a welcome tradeoff."

Reviewers are impressed with the 2015 Fit's ample cabin space and report that its slightly longer wheelbase adds a considerable amount of legroom in the rear seats. Car and Driver says that the Fit's spacious seating comes at the expense of a smaller cargo hold, but notes that it can still hold more cargo than many sedans.

2015 Honda Fit Interior
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Honda also refreshed the Fit's interior surfaces, and Automobile Magazine notes that cabin materials are significantly improved over the outgoing model. Additionally, Bluetooth and a rearview camera are now standard in the 2015 Honda Fit, which is uncommon for the class.

The 2015 Honda Fit is slated to be released nationwide this month and will start at $15,525.

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