Honda unveiled the new 2015 Fit at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new car will go on sale in the United States this spring and according to Honda it was completely redesigned from the ground in order to deliver an unparalleled combination of style, interior space, fun-to-drive performance and fuel efficiency.
Showing a sleek, modern and sporty exterior style, the 2015 Honda Fit features an aggressive front fascia that showcases a new grille and headlight design. At the rear, we find the reflectors and LED taillights that run along the hatch with a chrome tailgate garnish and rear diffuser. The exterior design is completed by the 5-spoke wheel design wheels wrapped in larger 16-inch tires.
Comparing it with the outgoing model, the 2015 Honda Fit is slightly shorter (-1.6 in.) and wider (+0.3 in.) with a longer wheelbase (+1.2 in.). The new Fit also delivers a significant increase in passenger volume (+4.9 cu ft) and rear legroom (+4.8 in.). Inside, all the 2015 FOt models are offered as standard with features such as Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-angle rearview camera, and Expanded View Driver's Mirror.
For those who want even more, the Fit is available with smart entry with push-button start, heated side mirrors, a moonroof, heated front seats, Honda's exclusive LaneWatch display and a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with HondaLink smartphone connectivity. Under the hood, we find a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine that generates 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque.
The engine is offered as standard with a 6-speed manual transmission or the optional Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with available paddle shifters. Honda anticipates a class-leading EPA-estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg city/41 mpg highway/36 mpg combined (CVT-equipped models). For the first time, the 2015 Honda Fit will be manufactured in North America at the new Celaya, Mexico plant.
The new Honda Fit features an interior that is more spacious and offers greater levels of visibility. This roominess is complemented by the employment of upgraded, soft-touch materials, lending the interior a high quality feel. The interior surfaces and controls are accentuated by black and silver while the instrument dials feature a blue backlight, thereby combining style and function. The interior of the Honda Fit – especially EX-L models – could be further be made more premium through the available Display Audio touchscreen interface and leather seating.
For the 2015 model year, the new Honda Fit is offered in three trims -- LX, EX, and EX-L trims. This means that the car now boasts of a wider array of standard and available elements. The EX trim builds on the LX trims but offers more standard and optional features. The EX-L, meanwhile, tops the range. All trim levels of the Honda feature – as standard -- auto on-off headlights and LED brake lights as well as Bluetooth HandsFreeLink. A center storage console with armrest is also standard. Offered as optional are features like heated leather seats, a one-touch operated moonroof and a Smart Entry Push Button Start as well as a seven-inch touchscreen Display Audio with next-generation HondaLink.
Of course, the new Honda Fit comes with a wide array of standard safety features like the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), side curtain airbags with rollover sensor as well as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control. All of these should help the new Fit achieve the highest available crash-safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (a five-star Overall Vehicle Score) and from the IIHS (a TOP SAFETY PICK rating).
All trim levels of the new Honda Fit are also loaded with a number of standard drive-assistive features like expanded view driver's mirror and a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines and. The Honda LaneWatch display, meanwhile, comes standard on EX and above trims.