Detroit 2014: Six Ways the 2015 Honda Fit Is Better Than Ever

The 2015 Honda Fit is “go” once again, this time more so than ever before. Though the current model was a great combination of fun and practicality in a small package, this new Fit makes significant strides in the areas that matter for subcompact buyers. Here are six significant improvements that Honda has made to the 2015 Fit.

1. MPG

Thanks to its new Earth Dreams 1.5-liter four-cylinder and CVT, the 2015 Honda Fit gets a huge fuel economy bump to 33/41 mpg city/highway. That’s 6 mpg higher than before, and it’s now much more competitive with other subcompacts like the Chevrolet Sonic and Nissan Versa Note (both 40 mpg highway), although it doesn’t quite match the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder’s impressive 45 mpg highway rating.

2. Space

The Honda Fit has always been a master of space efficiency, and that’s no different for 2015. Passenger volume is up by 4.9 cubic feet, and the car’s folding rear “magic seats” remain as well. There is slightly less room cargo when the rear seat is raised, but Fit senior product planner Hiroaki Hamaya says that the team behind the new Fit decided to sacrifice a bit of cargo space for a 4.8-inch bump in rear legroom.

3. Refinement

According to Hamaya, excessive noise and a rough ride were a few of the complaints from owners of the previous Fit, so the new model features increased sound deadening and better-balanced suspension tuning. Hamaya noted that the subcompact segment has evolved in recent years in terms of expectations for refinement. “The attitude with subcompacts used to be, ‘I’m going to buy this because it’s what I can afford,” Hamaya said. “Now, especially with millennial and gen-Y buyers, it’s more like ‘I’m going to buy this because I want it.’”

4. Technology

In addition to features previously unavailable on the Fit like leather and heated seats, the 2015 Honda Fit also gains Honda’s new infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen. Although built-in navigation is optional, Honda has also taken an alternative route with a $60 smartphone app that allows drivers to display their phone’s GPS system onto the Fit’s touchscreen, even if the car is not equipped with navigation. Honda’s clever LaneWatch camera system is available too, and even the base model doesn’t skimp on content with features like Bluetooth, a backup camera, and a USB port as standard.

5. Style

The new 2015 Honda Fit’s proportions are much sleeker than before, giving the car a look that’s more like a fun, funky hatchback and less like a dorky shrunken minivan. Honda is moving away from the Base and Sport trim levels to its more conventional LX, EX, and EX-L trim levels, and each of the upper-trim models on display looked sharp with alloy wheels and a variety of fun colors.

6. Production Capacity

After documenting the impressive sales success of the Honda Civic, Accord, and CR-V models—each sold more than 300,000 units in 2013—American Honda vice president John Mendel emphasized that the current Fit has been continually limited by supply issues. This goes away with Honda’s new production facility in Celaya, Mexico which will produce the 2015 Fit along with an upcoming crossover variant. According to Mendel, this shift means that 90 percent of Honda models sold in North America will be produced in North America. The facility’s 200,000-unit annual capacity could mean a big sales jump for the 2015 Honda Fit.

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