2015 Honda Fit EX-L

The 2015 Honda Fit gets an overhaul for its third generation.

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B segment brawler

The compact hatchback now faces stiff competition in the B segment, but still stands out as a strong choice.

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Compact, yet spacious

The Fit boasts a lot of interior volume for its compact footprint.

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Magic rear seat

The rear "Magic" seats flip up to reveal an uninterrupted storage area from the floor to the ceiling for tall items.

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Visibility

The 2015 Fit boasts excellent visibility thanks to a generous greenhouse and a standard rear camera.

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LaneWatch camera

EX and EX-L models also feature the automaker's LaneWatch side camera.

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LaneWatch camera

When the right turn signal is activated, the dashboard displays a view of the car's blindspot. This view is also useful for measuring parallel parking spots.

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Forward visibility

A large windshield is framed by thin A pillars. Forward visibility is excellent.

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Engine bay

The only area of the Fit that looks cramped is the engine bay.

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Earth Dreams

The 1.5-liter engine has a stated output of 130 horsepower.

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CVT

At the EX-L trim level, the Fit comes standard with a new continuously variable transmission.

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Front-wheel drive

Power then flows to the front wheels. The CVT somewhat dulls the responsiveness of the engine, but the Fit still feels like a fun little car.

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Handling

The new electric power steering loses a bit of communication when compared to the previous model, but the handling is responsive.

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Interior

The interior is spacious with lots of clever little storage spaces and cupholders.

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Cockpit

The Fit's cockpit feels simple; its steering wheel has a nice chunky rim and the controls fall nicely into the hand.

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Push to start

EX and EX-L models feature push-button starters and smart keyless entry.

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ECON button

Pressing the ECON button tweaks the throttle curve to improve fuel economy.

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Instrument cluster

Instrumentation is simple yet effective, with a large central speedometer. To the right is a monochromatic trip computer that can display fuel-economy information.

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Fuel economy

The Fit is capable of up to 41 highway mpg in its most efficient configuration. I only managed 34.6 (though my driving style was fairly aggressive).

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Navigation

The EX-L with Navigation model features the Fit's most advanced infotainment options.

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Steering-wheel controls

The bank of buttons on the right spoke of the steering wheel allow the driver to interact with the infotainment system without letting go of the wheel.

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Digital audio

The Fit features a full loadout of digital media sources, including USB, Bluetooth and a suite of HondaLink Connect apps.

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HDMI

The Fit also features an HDMI video input, a rarity in vehicles.

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Styling

Outside, the Fit's design becomes more sporty and angular. However, it's not really what you'd call aggressive.

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Rear storage

The rear seats feature a 60/40 split. The backs can be folded flat to fit large items.

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'Magic' seats

"Magic" seats bottoms also flip up and lock in place.

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Rear end

The lights are more angular than before. Meanwhile the shoulders gain a more squared-off edge.

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2015 Honda Fit

We really enjoyed our time behind the wheel of the 2015 Honda Fit. The car loses a bit of its sporty edge, but gains a more mature feeling ride.

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