Car buyers looking for easy drivability and great fuel economy often turn to the subcompact market, where hot competition provides a lot of options and some great values. Two of the strongest competitors in the segment are the Ford Fiesta and the Honda Fit, and they’re often compared and cross-shopped. Daniel Gray, Road Test Editor for Autobytel, took a look at the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit to evaluate its standing in the hot subcompact category.

One of the biggest benefits of the 2015 Honda Fit, especially compared to its competitors, is its interior. It’s flexible and easily adapts to different situations, with folding back seats to drastically increase the rear hatch’s cargo space. When the seats are up, the back passengers have plenty of leg room and head room. The 2015 Honda Fit’s powerplant is modest, but more than adequate for its needs. Under the hood sits a 1.5-liter Earth Dreams four-cylinder engine, for a power yield of 130 horsepower. This engine is paired to a continuously variable transmission that helps the Fit achieve fuel economy of 32 MPG city and 38 MPG highway, with a couple of driver selectable driving modes. The 2015 Honda Fit can be optioned in three trim levels for plenty of flexibility in terms of price and features.