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Hey Broke College Chicks! Honda's Got Just the Fit for You

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.

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