Honda will once again shock the subcompact segment with its redesigned 2015 Fit that boasts of best-in-class passenger and cargo space, more power and a 41-mpg fuel economy. The subcompact also boasts of class-above standard features like roofline spoiler, LED taillights, Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera – all for just a base price that is just $100 more than the current model.
All models are powered by a new 1.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC+VTC valve and timing control that provides 130 hp of output and 114 pound feet of torque that returns an EPA-rated 33/41/36 mpg (city/highway/combined) for the LX version paired to Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
2015 Honda Fit’s practicality and fuel efficiency is well complemented with rich features, high-quality interior and driving enjoyment – combined with greater versatility upgraded technology and luxury features. Its center-mounted fuel tank contributes to its versatility while its Magic Seat allows for spacious and comfortable seating for five people and more cargo room, even for long and tall items.
The new Fit boasts of an interior that is 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume and a 4.8-inch longer rear seat leg room – considering that its exterior footprint has become more compact with a 1.6-inch decrease in overall length. The Honda Fit boasts of a more rigid yet lighter subcompact platform thanks to a space-efficient new body structure sitting on a new chassis.
It is underpinned by an architecture that has a longer wheelbase. The subcompact also features improvements to front and rear suspension and steering systems resulted to enhanced overall driving dynamics. This new frame structure, including Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) front body structure also boosts safety performance.
Fit’s new Earth Dreams Technology engine prides of increased power, torque and throttle response and can be mated to one of two newly developed transmissions – a 6-speed manual and all-new CVT with G-Shift Control.
Fit’s 1.5-liter engine features direct fuel injection, reduced weight and friction, hiked compression ratio. The subcompact’s 6-speed manual gearbox features closer ratios to boost performance and a wider overall ratio range to enhance fuel efficiency.
The CVT, meanwhile, improves engine responsiveness through smoother acceleration while enhancing fuel efficiency with a wider ratio range and lessened internal friction. Honda will start selling the 2015 Fit nationwide on April 14, 2014, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) that starts at $15,525 (LX trim with 6-speed manual transmission). [source: Honda]