Changes for the 2015 Honda Fit:
Honda has completely redesigned the 2015 Fit, building it around new Advanced Compatibility Engineering II (ACE II) body construction, adding a more powerful but more fuel-efficient EarthDreams 4-cylinder engine, improving the car’s driving dynamics, and enlarging the interior while adding equipment and upgrading the materials.
New features include SmartVent side-impact airbags, a multi-view reversing camera, a power sunroof, keyless Smart Entry with push-button starting, a Display Audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen, heated leather seats, next-generation HondaLink services, and Honda LaneWatch technology.
The redesigned Fit is also now built in Mexico.
The 2015 Honda Fit comes in LX, EX, and EX-L trim levels. Fog lights and 16-inch aluminum wheels visually identify the Fit EX, and this model includes Honda’s Display Audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Pandora Internet radio streaming, HondaLink telematics service, text messaging support, and a USB port. Additionally, the Fit EX adds keyless Smart Entry with push-button engine starting, Honda LaneWatch technology, floor mats, and tie-down anchors for the cargo area.
Choose the Fit EX-L model, and a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) with an Eco Assist mode, Sport mode and paddle shifters comes standard. The EX-L also has leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators.
A navigation system is optional for the Fit EX-L, and includes HD Radio and satellite radio.
Engines and Transmissions:
Every 2015 Fit is equipped with a new EarthDreams engine, a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder rated to make 130 horsepower. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard in LX and EX models, with a CVT optional. The CVT is standard for the Fit EX-L, and is equipped with paddle shifters in the EX and EX-L models.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The most fuel-efficient version of the 2015 Fit is the LX with the optional CVT, which is rated to get 36 mpg in combined driving. Choose the EX or EX-L with the paddle-shifted CVT and that rating slips to 35 mpg. Decide to manually row your own gears in the LX or EX model, and the EPA says you can expect 32 mpg.
Neither the NHTSA nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had performed crash tests on the redesigned 2015 Fit as this summary was written.
Every 2015 Fit is equipped with standard Bluetooth calling and music streaming, a multi-view reversing camera, and new SmartVent front side-impact airbag designs. The EX and EX-L models include a next-generation version of HondaLink technology featuring HondaLink Connect and a HondaLink Aha services application. Pandora Internet radio is also available through the Fit’s Display Audio system.
LaneWatch is standard for the Fit EX and EX-L, and it shows what is alongside the Fit’s right flank, serving as a guide for changing lanes. Fit EX-L models can be upgraded to a navigation system with voice recognition technology, satellite radio, and HD Radio.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
July 31, 2014
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