The new subcompact, unveiled in Detroit, targets young U.S buyers with improved performance and even better utility.
Introducing its 2015 entry-level model, Honda has uncovered a brand-new U.S market Fit. Replacing the previous model, which was more popular with reviewers than buyers, the new baby Honda offers more power, improved fuel economy and a larger interior, all for just $15k. Honda promises class-leading fuel efficiency, providing those tight wallets with 33/41 mpg city/ highway and 36 mpg on the combined cycle.
Doing away with the hybrid JDM, the Fit will incorporate an Earth Dreams Technology direct-injection 1.5-liter DOHC engine, upping horsepower by 13 to produce 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. Flirting with young shoppers, Honda’s design is more dynamic and aggressive, with a new front grille, headlight design and a supposedly “aerodynamic profile." 16-inch tires and smaller exterior dimensions (1.6 inches shorter than the previous model) should also give it a sportier feel. Inside, Honda promises class-leading features and technology, as well as their Magic Seat system.
A center mounted fuel-tank and longer wheelbase (+1.2 in.) increases rear legroom by 4.8 inches, while cargo space is an awesome SUV-fighting 52.7 cubic feet with rear seats folded. The Fit will be built at Honda’s new Mexican plant. Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, multi-angle rearview camera and Expanded View Driver's Mirror, while additional options add even more goodies.