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Honda polishes its packaging marvel
by Mike Schlee


The Honda Fit is a bit of a mystery in the automotive world. Seeming to offer everything customers could want in a sub-compact hatchback, sales of the Fit have lingered mid-pack over the years.

FAST FACTS
Engine: Power comes from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque.

Transmission: Six-speed manual or a CVT automatic.

Fuel Economy: 33 mpg city, 41 mpg highway for the Fit LX CVT.

Price: The Fit begins at $16,315 after destination charges, while a fully loaded EX-L with navigation retails for $21,590.

With odd styling, no sedan version and a less than ideal supply chain, many factors have contributed to the Fit’s lackluster sales. Hoping to turn things around this year, Honda has completely redesigned the car from the ground up.

For its third generation, Honda has built on the Fit’s key strength of having an incredibly usable interior space for its rather diminutive size. Thanks in part to a wheelbase that grew by 1.2 inches, overall passenger volume increases by 4.9 cubic feet. Rear legroom is up by 4.8 inches, bringing the total to 39.3; a number that rivals many mid-size sedans. To gain the extra space for passengers, cargo room behind the rear seats has diminished by four cubic feet, now totaling 16.6. With the seats folded down, space shrinks as well to 52.7 cubic feet as well. That’s still a lot of space. For example, it’s slightly more spacious than the Crosstour.
Read the complete 2015 Honda Fit Review at AutoGuide.com
 
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