DETROIT — Honda’s smallest four-door U.S. offering is redesigned for 2015, picking up extra cabin space and a few horsepower in the process.
The big news is that Fit production moves to Mexico from Japan, easing exchange-rate pressures that had kept production low and prices on the high side for the class.
For ’15 the Fit is shortened fractionally, but designers found a way to carve out some additional cabin space.
A 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine returns under the hood, but is now rated at 130 horsepower, a bump of 13 over the previous generation. Available are a 6-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission.
Not unlike the Chevrolet Spark’s system, the new Fit features a center-screen capable of hosting a smart-phone-driven navigation system. A $60 app essentially replaces the traditional $1500 factory navigation system.
The new Fit is EPA rated at 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway with either transmission. The 2013 model was rated at 27/33 with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission.
We’ve long been fans of Honda’s spacious little subcompact, delighting in its sporty, thrifty nature, yet put off by highway noise levels and cheap-looking cabin appointments.
The market has moved since the first Fit reached U.S. shores back in late 2006. Cars like the Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent have redefined small-car refinement.
That said, we’re looking for the new Fit to challenge the best in class. North American production should help keep costs in line, meaning Honda can spend a little more on making Fit’s cabin a more pleasant place to spend time.