It had been seven years since I had had the opportunity to test-drive a Honda Fit. The previous model, a 2007 Fit, was a pleasure. The car was outfitted nicely and it handled well. But I knew that a new 2015 model would probably have significant changes. I was not disappointed when a 2015 Honda Fit EX-L was delivered for a week-long test-drive.
It was blue in color and attractively styled. It was called Aegean Blue Metallic, equipped with a CVT automatic transmission and powered by a 130-hp 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The Honda Fit is a sub-compact hatchback and is now in its third generation of this popular, efficient, and practical car. The Fit has been a vehicle popular with urban drivers that are looking for a lot of convenience and safety features, but all in a sporty-looking small car. On that note, the Fit delivers.
The Fit is small, so there is not a lot of distinctive styling, although there is a nice side crease that gives the side something other than a bland look. The front hood is somewhat short, but the rear shape allows good-sized tail-lights. Inside, the Honda engineers appear to have loaded everything possible into the layout. It is almost too much, if there is such a thing for a car. I liked it, actually, and the more I drove the car, the more I learned to appreciate all the layout with its knobs, dials, switches, cubby-holes, and such. The overall packaging of all of this is truly what makes the Fit so attractive to drivers.
There are four models available with plenty of standard features in all of them. Even air conditioning and a rear-view camera system are part of the base LX, the lowest cost model. The mid-range is called the EX and a slightly more premium model is the EX-L. The top of the four models is called EX-L with Navigation. My test-drive model was the EX-L with Navigation and included so much as standard equipment that no extra packages or add-on’s were included.
The seating configuration was really special and almost makes the Honda Fit into a small SUV. The rear seat is split and folding in nature. It can flip back, flip frontwards, can move upwards, and be positioned in normal position – four differed modes and configurations. This allows a wide range of choices for hauling people, cargo, and combinations of both.
The test-drive model had an MSRP of just $20,800 and a destination charge of $790. The bottom sticker price for this top-of-the-line model, fully loaded down, was just $21,590. It was EPA rated at 32 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 35 mpg overall average. For the week, my overall average ended at 36.6 mpg.
After experiencing the drive of a new Honda Fit after a seven year wait, I can say it is easy to become a cheerleader for this great little hatchback. Most of all, it is very affordable. Check it out yourself at a Honda dealership.