When buying a new car, you can always dream of what you want to drive. What color, rim size, accessories, premium sound system, etc. But ultimately, your budget is the deciding factor on what you’re going to get in the end, unless you’re one of those people who absolutely love swimming in debt and high monthly amortization.
If you have a mammoth bank account, you may end up driving a Ferrari or a Porsche without even batting an eyelash. But if you’re a wise old spender and you’re on somewhat of a limited budget, who values versatility and dependability in an automobile, then look no further than Honda.
A FIT for Everything
Honda makes quality cars that can fit anyone’s budget. If you’re in the market for an SUV, they have the Pilot, CR-V, and even the wagon-esque Crosstour. If it’s a mid-size sedan you’re looking for, shimmy up to the Honda Accord lane. If you want to go green, then there’s the CR-Z hybrid. And if you’re just starting out and want an inexpensive yet sensible compact car, Honda has the multiple Car of the Year winner, the Civic.
But if you want a car that almost catches the CR-V in cargo space, beats the Accord in rear leg-room, saves fuel like the CR-Z and matches the Civic in safety and overall value, Honda has a car for you: The all new 2015 Honda Fit. Yes, I’m afraid this car can do it all for a budget sub-compact this small. Go to a Honda dealer if you want to see the magic for yourself.
Space: the Fit’s Frontier
The cargo space is what makes this sub-compact car a real winner. With 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space and rear “magic seats” that fold flat, this little car can haul some serious gear. The Fit can haul two full sized mountain bikes (with the front tires removed), a surfboard, a lot of luggage, a large dog (or two), and even anything from the hardware store that’s 8 feet long. Just fold the front seat to accommodate the extra length. If there was a transformer segment in the auto industry, the Honda Fit would be the Optimus Prime of it.
Consider this fact: the CR-V has 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat, and we’re talking about a compact SUV here. The Crosstour has 51.3 cubic feet. The Fit has 52.7 cubic feet. Sure, we can all say that the difference between the CR-V and the Fit is substantial. But remember that the Fit is a sub-compact car and it just beat the Crosstour by more than an inch.
Another area where the Honda Fit shines is the rear leg room. The Honda Accord has 38.5 inches of rear leg room for passengers to stretch their legs. The Honda Fit has 39.3 inches. The Accord is a hell of a lot bigger and longer than the Fit, so another feather in the cap for the Honda engineers and designers for pulling this incredible trick.
Your Wallet will thank you
When it comes to fuel economy and overall value, the Honda Fit shines again. It still has a 1.5 liter in-line four like the previous model, but this lump is an entirely new beast. Coupled with a new six-speed manual and automatic transmission with CVT, the new Fit engine now has DOHC and iVTEC, promising a more spirited performance.
True enough, this little engine pumps out an impressive 130-horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most capable engines in its class. The small engine, small body and a smooth transmission all equate to better savings at the pump, with the Honda Fit getting a thrifty fuel economy rating of 29/37 mpg for the manual, 33/41 mpg for the automatic LX and 32/38 mpg for the automatic EX and EX-L.
In retrospect, the Honda Civic 1.8 liter engine on the other hand, is rated at 143-horsepower. 13 extra horses is a lot, but again, consider the size difference. 1.5 liter versus 1.8 liter. Sub-compact versus compact. So, is the Fit a winner? You bet all the tea in China.
When I was writing this article, I thought it was unfair to compare the Honda Fit to bigger cars and SUV’s. It hardly matters now that I compared the Fit to other vehicles from the same manufacturer. The point is this: when push comes to shove, this little car can out-carry, out-perform and out-last the competition. Now, it’s apparent that the comparisons I made were unfair to the other cars.