2015 Honda Fit

LX FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I4 man trans

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2015 Honda Fit 2014 Nissan Versa Note Front Three Quarter
For a long time, buying a small hatchback was like eating 39-cent ramen noodles: it's all you can afford and it gets the job done, but you'd really rather have something else. That's been changing over the last decade. Small is cool again, and today's subcompacts don't give up much compared with their compact big brothers. The original Honda Fit helped kick-start this transformation, and it remains one of the only subcompacts to ever win an Automobile Magazine All-Star award, in 2009.
To show how far the subcompact class has come, we selected top-of-the-line versions of two of the major players in this surprisingly hot segment, the 2015 Honda Fit EX-L and the 2014 Nissan Versa Note SL. While the Versa is the class best-seller by a significant margin, the perennial favorite Honda Fit is fresh off a redesign to prove that it's still got the mojo to compete in the class it helped revive.
Both of these five-doors give strong first impressions with their perky exterior styling, high levels of equipment, and roomy interiors. To find out which one best breaks the mold of the bargain-bin hatchback, we took a trip to Lansing, Michigan, to see which car we'd settle for, and which one we might actually want.

MPG Mavens

Let's start with the mechanical bits. Beneath their relatively flashy exteriors, neither of these two cars aims to be anything other than an economy car. Both have small, direct-injection four-cylinder engines and efficient continuously variable transmissions that make for impressive fuel economy. The Versa Note hits the vaunted 40-mpg mark in the EPA ratings, and although the Fit's 38-mpg highway number is slightly lower, the Honda still matches the Nissan's 35-mpg combined figure and does slightly better than the Nissan in the city at 32 mpg compared with the Versa's 31 mpg.
Despite the similar specs, you can tell the difference between these two engines from the moment you press their respective starter buttons. The Nissan Versa Note's 1.6-liter four-cylinder buzzes to life and immediately starts to transmit small vibrations through the pedals and steering wheel, even at idle. The Honda Fit's 1.5-liter four-cylinder, on the other hand, immediately settles into an extremely quiet, smooth idle and continues to be vibration-free and relatively pleasant-sounding as it revs to its 6800-rpm redline.

On the Road

While the Honda's engine has a better sense of refinement, transmission tuning really defines how these two cars feel from behind the wheel. The Versa wins here with its effective -- but obtrusive -- CVT. The Versa Note's transmission always keeps the four-cylinder on the boil, making for some unpleasant sounds when accelerating. The payoff for this obnoxious racket is a much better use of the engine's power band. The 2015 Honda Fit's CVT may keep things quieter inside with its insistence on keeping the engine below 3000 rpm, but this makes the Fit feel lethargic and unresponsive, belying its 21 hp advantage over the Versa.
Of course, this sluggishness could be remedied with a different transmission choice -- we'll take our 2015 Fit with the standard six-speed manual, thank you very much.
While driving the Fit and Versa on a variety of Michigan back roads, city streets, and freeways, we quickly found that there aren't many other high points to the Versa's driving experience. The Nissan's overly light steering and soft suspension make this 2500-lb hatchback feel like it's tuned to mimic a big Buick from the 1990s. Sure, it's slightly quieter than the Fit and has a smoother freeway ride, but it also has the disconcerting floatiness of, well, a big Buick from the 1990s.
Around town, where these cars would likely be driven most often, the Versa is ungainly and doesn't engender confidence the way the Honda Fit does, with its nimble handling. The new, more mainstream Fit isn't the fun, tossable, little car that it used to be, but with its tight, composed ride and accurate steering, the Honda is still in a different league from the Nissan.

Apartment Outside, Mansion Inside

The cavernous interiors of the 2015 Honda Fit and 2014 Nissan Versa Note make us wonder why so many people are buying compact crossovers these days. There is a huge amount of space inside both of these cars, so much so that both the Fit and Versa actually offer more rear-seat legroom than the corresponding Honda Accord and Nissan Altima family sedans. The Versa Note's back seat is especially limo-like. Even with the driver's seat moved all the way back, we had plenty of space in back to stretch out and even cross our legs. The Fit's back seat doesn't look quite as impressive to the naked eye, but it actually offers an inch more legroom overall and features much more supportive cushioning -- not to mention its nifty ability to recline by a few degrees.
The Fit also blows away the Versa Note -- and pretty much any other car -- when it comes to cargo versatility. This has always been the Fit's strong suit, and the redesigned 2015 version retains the brilliant center-mounted fuel tank that makes for an impossibly low load floor in the back. It also has Honda's so-called "Magic Seats" that live up to their name thanks to their ease of use and countless flipping and folding possibilities.
The Versa's "Divide & Hide" system doesn't quite match up. It uses a movable cargo floor that can provide either more vertical space or a flat cargo floor, but it's clunky to operate and can't hide the fact that the rear seats don't fold flat into the floor like they do in the Fit. The Versa's maximum cargo capacity of 38.3 cu ft with the seats down also pales in comparison with the Fit's enormous 52.7 cu ft.

Trickle-down Tech

Both the 2015 Honda Fit and the 2014 Nissan Versa Note can be optioned up with a level of technology you'd be hard-pressed to find in a luxury car from just 10 years ago. Standout features include the Nissan's 360-degree AroundView camera system, the Honda's large 8-inch LCD display screen, and both cars' Pandora radio integration systems.
This high level of equipment does come at a price, and the $19,545 Versa Note and $21,590 Fit can't really be considered cheap. While they cost significantly less than comparatively equipped cars one size up, it's still hard for us -- and for many buyers, we think—to adjust to the idea of paying $20,000 for a subcompact. True bargain hunters can get the same cars (with much less equipment) for a lot less--$16,315 for the base Fit LX and $14,800 for the stripped Versa Note S.
You might be wondering about the not-insignificant $2045 cost difference between our test Fit EX-L and Versa SL -- after all, that's about a 10 percent price premium. This isn't just attributable to the Fit's extra options, because the only equipment differences are its leather seats and sunroof. The real reason for the higher price is the Fit's vastly superior interior, which conveys a much more high-quality feel than the low-rent, plasticky Versa cabin.
The Honda's materials are much nicer throughout, its LCD screen is larger and better integrated, and the Fit's dashboard has an actual design as opposed to the Nissan's haphazardly placed and ill-fitting plastic panels. The Versa may cost less, but sitting inside it constantly reminds you of the money you saved, while the Fit's upscale digs make you feel like you can see where your money went.

Choosing a Winner

Both the 2015 Honda Fit and the 2014 Nissan Versa Note have tons of room inside, get great fuel economy, and can be equipped with a full suite of technology features, all for relatively little money. From a practical standpoint, it's hard to come up with two more logical car purchases on the market today. Most people don't need any more car than this.
But people don't buy cars just because of need, logic, and practicality, and the Nissan Versa Note hasn't quite gotten the memo about small hatchbacks being desirable again. It gets the basics right and offers good value for money, but it feels cheap in all the wrong ways. It's still got ramen-noodle syndrome, whereas Honda managed to make an inexpensive hatchback feel special.

2015 Honda Fit EX-L w/ Navi

Base Price $21,590
Price as Tested $21,590
Engine 1.5-liter I-4
Horsepower 130 @ 6600 rpm
Torque 114 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
Transmission Continuously variable
Drive Front-wheel
Wheelbase 99.6 in
Length x Width x Height 160.0 x 67.0 x 60.0 in
Cargo space (rear seats up/down) 16.6/52.7 cu ft
Curb Weight 2642 lbs
Fuel mileage 32/38 mpg (city/highway)

2014 Nissan Versa Note SL

Base Price $18,500
Price as Tested $19,545
Engine 1.6-liter I-4
Horsepower 109 @ 6000 rpm
Torque 107 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission Continuously variable
Drive Front-wheel
Wheelbase 102.4 in
Length x Width x Height 163.7 x 66.7 x 60.5 in
Cargo space (rear seats up/down) 18.8/38.3 cu ft
Curb Weight 2500 lbs
Fuel mileage 31/40 mpg (city/highway)
2015 Honda Fit Front Three Quarters In Motion 04
A subcompact hatchback used to be the kind of car you couldn’t wait to get rid of. But when the Honda Fit arrived in the U.S. for the 2007 model year, its remarkable interior packaging and fun-to-drive, sprightly character made it a subcompact hatchback you actually wanted to own, and not just because it was all you could afford. That’s why I was overjoyed when my dad handed me the keys to his 2009 Honda Fit. (I still own it today.)
Despite all the love for the first two iterations of the Fit, Honda saw room for improvement with the 2015 Honda Fit. The subcompact segment has evolved over the past few years, with newer competitors offering better fuel efficiency, more technology, and higher levels of refinement than the outgoing Honda Fit. To get back to the top of the class, the redesigned Fit must zero in on these areas without straying from Honda’s proven small-car formula.

It’s what’s inside that counts

The new Fit rides on a revised platform that is both lighter and stiffer. The car is more than an inch shorter overall, but its unique centrally located fuel tank allows for a low cargo floor and a spacious interior. Cabin materials are of much better quality, and the nominal price increase belies the longer list of standard equipment, from a backup camera and Bluetooth on the base LX to a one-touch sunroof, leather, push-button start, and heated front seats on the EX-L.
Also standard on the Fit EX and up is a new HondaLink touchscreen infotainment system. In recent years, we’ve criticized Honda and Acura interiors for their confusing array of buttons, but the new system swings to the other extreme with a nearly button-free interface that gives the dashboard a sleek, modern look. Still, we’ve frequently gone on record expressing our support of traditional buttons and knobs, and the Honda system’s finicky volume slider and lack of haptic feedback convince us that there is a happy medium between the two approaches.
Although the Honda Fit’s party piece has always been its interior packaging, the new Fit adds a bit more style to the equation. It now looks less like a pocket-sized minivan and more like a premium hatchback, thanks to shorter overhangs and a more streamlined profile. In snazzy new colors like Mystic Yellow Pearl and Aegean Blue Metallic, the new Fit won’t make you feel like as much of a dork as the old one did. (I would know.)

How does it drive?

On the twisting roads around San Diego, the new Honda Fit’s reflexes aren’t quite as sharp as those of its predecessor, mostly due to lighter steering and slightly softer suspension damping. But considering the pockmarked roads many Americans face every day, the new car’s more composed ride is a welcome tradeoff. Plus, the Fit still feels a lot more lively and willing to hustle than competitors like the listless Nissan Versa, especially when equipped with the slick, satisfying standard six-speed manual transmission.
This great gearbox—along with the optional CVT—mates with an all-new 1.5-liter inline-four that’s part of Honda’s efficiency-minded Earth Dreams engine family. The old Fit’s 35-mpg EPA highway rating was impressive when the car launched but has since been surpassed by competitors. The new, direct-injected engine not only achieves up to 41 mpg, but it also provides more power and torque. Its 130 hp is all you really need in a subcompact, and the engine has a dash of character thanks to its somewhat sporty engine note and willingness to rev. The optional CVT allows revs to build naturally and avoids the moaning and groaning that typically make such transmissions anathema to enthusiasts.

High demand

The old Honda Fit was so popular in the United States that Honda consistently struggled to produce enough Fits in Japan to keep up with demand here. The 2015 Honda Fit hatchbacks are already rolling off the line at a brand-new plant in Celaya, Mexico, that has a production capacity of 200,000 units per year. Problem solved. This new plant will also be home to a new addition to the Fit family, a subcompact crossover that will compete with the funky Nissan Juke.
There’s no reason to think that demand for this new Fit won’t be just as high as before, if not higher. The 2015 Honda Fit is more efficient, more refined, and better-equipped than before without sacrificing the practical appeal and peppy personality that have made it a success thus far. Perhaps it’s time to convince my dad to buy one so I can upgrade in a few years.

2015 HONDA FIT

Base Price: $16,315
Price As Tested:$18,225 (EX manual); $21,590 (EX-L CVT w/ Navi)
Powertrain
Engine: 1.5-liter I-4
Power: 130 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque: 114 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
Transmissions 6-speed manual; Continuously Variable
Drive: Front-wheel
Measurements
L x W x H: 160 x 67 x 60 in
Wheelbase: 99.6 in
Weight: 2513-2642 lb
Passenger Volume 95.7 cu ft
Cargo Volume (seats up/down): 16.6/52.7 cu ft cu ft
EPA Mileage (city/highway): 33/41 mpg (CVT), 29/37 mpg (manual)
2015 Honda Fit
2015 Honda Fit

New for 2015

The Honda Fit has been redesigned for the 2015 model year, getting a new look that updates exterior sheetmetal and interior materials, a new Honda Earth Dreams direct injection engine, chassis upgrades that improve handling, and better ride quality.

Vehicle Overview

The Honda Fit is a four-door hatchback that is as versatile as it is economical, while still being fun to drive. The Fit slots in below the Civic as Honda’s smallest and least expensive car.

Summary

The 2015 Honda Fit comes with a 130-hp 1.5-liter I-4 that makes 114 lb-ft of torque, which can be paired with a six-speed manual or a CVT that gets paddle shifters on EX models. The Earth Dreams engine line includes direct fuel injection and variable timing, which results in a smoother and more efficient powertrain. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 29/37 mpg city/highway with the six-speed, or 32/38 mpg with the CVT.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but for the 2015 Fit we recommend the six-speed manual, which we called a “gear-changing jewel” that embarrasses the gearboxes in cars costing three times as much. Notable available features include: 7-inch infotainment screen that utilizes a simplified system, the Magic Seat folding rear seats (which truly are magically easy to use). Material quality is much better than the price suggests, and more features are standard on the base LX, including a backup camera and Bluetooth. While the 2015 Honda Fit has not been tested by the NHTSA, the IIHS rated it a 2014 Top Safety Pick.

What We Think

The 2015 Honda Fit has improved on an already great package, which earned it a place on our 2015 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars list. In a world populated by CVT’s (even the Fit gets one), Honda has provided a six-speed manual that is downright sensational and revised gear ratios mean there’s usable power in every gear. The 2015 Fit was praised for its ride quality, an area the previous generation was known to come short in.
It’s one thing to build a narrowly focused supercar for blank-check billionaires, but quite another to craft a sweet-driving, beautifully detailed, highly utilitarian transport at a price even we lowly 99-percenters can afford. In a comparison between a 2015 Honda Fit EX-L and a 2014 Nissan Versa Note SL, the Fit won. We faulted the CVT for emphasizing quietness over performance, resulting in a lethargic and unresponsive feel despite its power advantage over the Versa. This, we suggested, could be remedied by choosing the excellent six-speed. In every other category the Fit beat out the Nissan, from a lower load floor and seats that fold flat, to a general feeling of quality in the Fit that was absent in the Versa.
In a comparison between a 2015 Honda Fit EX-L and a 2014 Nissan Versa Note SL, the Fit won. We faulted the CVT for emphasizing quietness over performance, resulting in a lethargic and unresponsive feel despite its power advantage over the Versa. This, we suggested, could be remedied by choosing the excellent six-speed. In every other category the Fit beat out the Nissan, from a lower load floor and seats that fold flat, to a general feeling of quality in the Fit that was absent in the Versa.
The Versa may cost less, but sitting inside it constantly reminds you of the money you saved, while the Fit's upscale digs make you feel like you can see where your money went.
Honda managed to make an inexpensive hatchback feel special.
You’ll Like
  • Six-speed manual
  • Fun to drive
  • Versatile
You Won’t Like
  • CVT tuned for economy
  • EX can get pricey for a subcompact
Key Competitors
  • Nissan Versa Note
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Chevrolet Sonic
  • Ford Fiesta

Rating

5
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2015 Honda Fit Specifications

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Engine
1.5L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
29 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
37 MPG
Horsepower:
130 hp @ 6600rpm
Torque:
114 ft lb of torque @ 4600rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
60,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 60 months
Roadside
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Summary
American Honda Motor Co. (Honda) is recalling certain model year 2015 Honda Fit vehicles manufactured April 11, 2014, to June 9, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been assembled with an A-pillar interior cover designed for vehicles without side curtain air bags.
Consequences
The affected vehicles are equipped with side curtain air bags and in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the side curtain air bags, the incorrect A-pillar interior cover may adversely affect the performance of the side curtain air bags increasing the risk of occupant injury.
Remedy
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the A-pillar interior cover and install the correct A-pillar cover, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 25, 2014. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda's number for this recall is JF9.
Potential Units Affected
6,292
Notes
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Acceptable

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Honda Fit

Depreciation
28.3%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$7,084
28.3%
Insurance
$6,345
25.3%
Fuel Cost
$7,361
29.4%
Financing
$1,644
6.6%
Maintenance
$1,593
6.4%
Repair Costs
$656
2.6%
State Fees
$350
1.4%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $25,033 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent