We drive top of class 2015 Fit EX-L with navigation, love it

Day 2 of the 2015 Fit dealership release found us driving a fully optioned Merano Red Fit EX-L with navigation. Torque News takes a closer look at the numbers.

Torque News 2015 Fit test drive, day 2.

Returning Friday morning to Kendall Honda of Eugene,Ore., we took a closer look at the 2015 Honda Fit. While driving the Fit EX on Thursday, we noted a few peculiarities exclusive to the car that Torque News hadn't experienced in an earlier review of the 2014 Civic. One thing that caught our collective attention while idling the Fit was an unidentified noise originating in the Fit’s engine compartment.

The service department wasn’t going to help us here. After all, the Indonesian built 1.5 liter 16 valve SOHC i-VTEC “Earth Dreams” engine was new to North America. Released earlier in Asia, Japan, Europe and Australia, the direct injected 1.5L 4 cylinder gasoline engine would be put to the test as a 50 state compliant EPA approved, super low emissions, electronically controlled mechanical wonder.

We found the engine to be visually plasticky. None-the-less, Honda,the largest engine manufacturer on the planet had taken “ Earth Dreams” technology down the road of near zero emissions and placed it under the hood of the North American Fit.


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Let's hope direct injected 'earth dreams' engines comes to the Civics and hybrids for 2015 as well. Right now the regular Civics still use the same R18A1 engine that the 2006 has!
Every Honda will feature EarthDreams technology by model year 2016. We're seeing it introduced in all new North America manufactured Honda cars and light trucks.
Indonesian built engine? Yikes.