It's been a long-time coming, but Honda's next-generation subcompact—the 2015 Honda Fit—is scheduled to go on sale on April 14 at dealerships across the country. True, the all-new Fit will be the last next-gen subcompact to hit the marketplace from any of the mainstream automakers, but it should have the mojo needed to more than make up for its late start.
For example, the price of the 2015 Honda Fit rises just $100 as compared to the current model, and that's while the new car enjoys significant jumps in cabin space, performance, fuel economy and standard content. Thus, compared to the current version, the 2015 Honda Fit provides:
- 4.9 more cubic feet of passenger space, for a total of 95.8 that also includes an additional 4.8 inches of rear-seat leg room
- 11 percent more horsepower that's complemented by a 7.5 percent spike in torque, for new output totals of 130 hp and 114 lb.-ft. of torque
- Expected peak EPA ratings that are 18 percent higher in the city/17 percent higher on the highway/16 percent higher combined, for a new line of 33/41/36
- Extra standard features such as BlueTooth HandsFreeLink technology, a multi-angle rearview camera, LED brake lights, automatic headlights and a center storage bin with integrated armrest
- Newly available upgrades like heated leather seats, power moonroof, Honda's LaneWatch technology, Display Audio with a 7-inch touchscreen and next-gen HondaLink technology
Now, it must be noted that the entry model of the 2015 Honda Fit starts with a six-speed manual transmission that no doubt delivers a more dynamic driving experience, but with a slightly reduced EPA line of 29/37/32; also, it's that version with a CVT that gets the top fuel-economy marks, with the more premium CVT-equipped trims rated at 32/38/35.
Further, despite the relatively tiny jump in the price of admission to the 2015 Honda Fit, that starting point is still the highest in the segment at $15,525. Which is put into context on the next page.