Very easy to drive, reasonable and can haul as much as a compact SUV, the Honda Fit for 2015 is perfect for off-to-college youngsters or empty nesters searching to cut down without sacrificing rear-seat legroom. In addition, the new compact Honda hatchback provides new safety and connectivity features you would anticipate in class-above vehicles.
Under the hood, the Honda Fit for 2015 5-door comes loaded with a new Earth Dreams DOHC 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine equipped with direct injection, which replaces the previous port-injected single-cam unit. Additionally, it is the first application in a subcompact of dual overhead camshafts (that’s the “DOHC” part) that blends i-VTEC and Variable Timing Control (VTC) of the valvetrain. At high engine speeds, i-VTEC has a more aggressive cam profile to generate more horsepower, while at lower engine speeds, the VTC retards valve timing to improve fuel economy. As a result, power is increased from 117 to 130 horsepower and fuel economy gains two mpg city and four mpg highway on the manual, four mpg city and six highway with the CVT on the LX, and four mpg city/three mpg highway on the EX and EX-L CVT. ?
In the new Honda Fit, the manual is now a six-speed, but Honda has, for substantially, went to go with a finest ratio that is pretty much the same, perhaps somewhat lower, than last year’s fifth gear. That results in the engine revolving roughly 4,000 rpm at 80 mph, while the CVT at that speed is spinning well below 3,000 rpm. Note also that a six-speed manual transmission comes standard on LX and EX models, while a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) comes optional. EX-L models, on the other hand, are only provided with the CVT.
Flexible and fun, the Honda Fit for 2015 basically adds four models and primary builds: a base Fit LX, a mid-range EX, a premium EX-L, and a top-of-the-line EX-L with navigation.
Standard equipment on LX model, which features cruise control, keyless entry, power windows and locks, a trip computer, air-conditioning, a rearview camera system, map lights, and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, and a USB port. Note that EX models include a moonroof, push-button keyless entry and start, the LaneWatch system (displaying a wide-angle view on screen when using the turn signal), alloy wheels, fog lamps, paddle-shifters, an additional USB port, as well as a larger seven-inch (instead of five-inch) infotainment screen.
Nicely equipped, the Honda Fit EX-L for 2015 contains of heated front seats, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, full leather upholstery, and leather trim for the shift knob and steering wheel. And on top of that, the EX-L Navi earns the first-class seven-inch system with full navigation features, live traffic, XM satellite radio, and HD Radio.
Handsomely constructed, Fit car buyers can add more and decorate their Fit, as there’s a whole line of dealer-installed accessories, such as special machine-finish alloy wheels, a sport grille, remote start, several other appearance extras, and stuff like a cargo tray and cargo organizer.
Fully refreshed, the 2015 Fit is now equipped with better systems like good touch screens and HondaLink smartphone connectivity. In addition, the base audio system has a five-inch screen with Bluetooth audio streaming, voice recognition, hands-free calling, dial by number, and a camera display. While the step-up system, with or without nav, fills a seven-inch electrostatic touch-panel display and apps capability.
In terms of cargo and storage, Honda mentioned overall passenger volume has raised 4.9 cubic feet. Some of that may have come from the cargo area, which decreases from 20.6 cubic feet. Note that this figure was once led the Sonic, Fiesta and Versa Note, in some cases easily to a more so-so 16.6 cubic feet.
Offering strong value for money no matter which trim you choose, Honda’s Magic Seat carries on, and of course, it’s one of the Fit’s premiere tricks. Additionally, the 60/40-split seat’s bottom cushions fold up and lock in place to bare more than 4 feet of vertical storage space in the second row, while a low floor hump improves storage potential. Keep in mind too that the seats still fold flat into the floor for 52.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo room.
In terms of safety, every 2015 Honda Fit comes standard with dual-stage, multiple threshold frontal airbags, Smart Vent front side airbags, and side curtain bags with a rollover sensor in addition to a rearview camera with guidelines, Electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are included, as is Hill Start Assist, which maintains the Fit from rolling backwards on an uphill start.
Additionally, there’s a motion-adaptive steering logic for the power steering system, allowing it to secure the driver in the direction that will bring back stability, working with the stability control system.
The crash tests for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program revealed that the 2015 Honda Fit earned a five-star overall vehicle safety rating from the federal vehicle safety regulators, with five-stars ratings for frontal and side crash tests, as well as four out of five stars in the rollover test.
In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests, the Honda Fit for 2015 earned its highest possible rating of ‘Good’ in all areas except the small-overlap test, where the Fit earned an ‘Acceptable’ rating. Furthermore, the 2015 Fit was labeled an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Take note that ranking is outperformed only by the Top Safety Pick + ranking, which was included just recently to observe vehicles armed with automatic-braking systems that slow a car without any driver intervention.
In all, we believe that the smart and sharp packaging, as well as its roomy interior and excellent functionality will be the Fit’s greatest selling points over its key rivals as it aims to gain more mass-market appeal. Outside, Fit’s powertrain has been reworked with Honda’s new Earth Dreams technology and two new transmissions that result in superior economy and overall driving improvement.
If you want to know more about all the options available for the 2015 Honda Fit, or you just like to experience a truly ambitious all-road performance when you test-drive the Honda Fit for 2015, you can ask and consult with Honda of Joliet.
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