Redesigned 2015 Honda Fit seats 6’5 inch driver in class leading interior
Thanks to our friends at Kendall Honda of Eugene and Ron Tonkin Honda of Portland,Ore., Torque News was kept in the loop as to the pending arrival of the 2015 Fit to the Pacific Northwest. We drove our first production Fit at Kendall Thursday Afternoon. Better late than never, the Hocho in Mexico Fit has caught our attention.
Tall cowboy fits in the Fit.
At 6’5” tall, it’s not often that this journalist can sit comfortably in many European and Japanese imports. Long willing to adjust the seat all the way back on its rails while tilting the upper seat in a steep decline, this driver would often find knees to dash and head to the headliner. This is not the case with the 2015 Honda Fit.
So, we’ll start this review by spewing glowing experlatives as to the interior attributes, fit, finish and tech-rich interior of the totally redesigned Fit. This car is everything Honda promised and more. We found no compromise on interior accommodations right down to the double cup holder. O.K., perhaps we wouldn’t of located the cup holder in front of the shifting council. But then again, this is a sub-compact with limited accoutrement space in the forward cockpit.
Honda’s done a commendable job of adding a rich “soft textured” interior to this entry-level 5 door hatch. The curved dashboard, gauge and touchscreen placement is pleasing to the eye. The trim to carpet and headliner interface was exceptional. We found the bolstered seats to be of high quality. While the hip rails could've been a little softer, they proved to be effective while leaning into a freeway on-ramp at speed. We’ll get back to the handling characteristics of the Fit in a moment.
What do we like about the 2015 Fit?
We find great utility in this 5 door hatchback. Taking a moment to fold Honda’s “Magic” rear seat, it became evident that this semi-compact entry afforded the end user the utility of a much larger minivan. The deck space in the rear of the Fit with 52.7 cubic feet of usable cargo area is second to none in its class.
Enough already, how does the car run and Handle?
Let us put it to you this way. Unless you’re accustomed to blowing around town in an Acura TL, BMW M1 or Subaru WRX, you’ll be impressed by the power available Via the Fits 1.5 Liter 16 valve i-VTEC 4 cylinder. Although rated at a modest 130 hp and 114 ft-lb torque, somehow through the miracle of advanced automotive electronics, direct fuel injection, drive by wire throttle and Honda’s CVT transmission, this little Honda will put your head back in the driver’s seat.