Honda’s fit subcompact hatchback is almost the size of a Civic-sized, and it’s the brand’s go-to choice for those looking for space without bulk. 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.
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.
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. Reliable, economical, inexpensive, and cleverly designed, the Fit hits the mark in many ways