While visiting Arizona, Torque News found Honda Fit to be a sweet little road warrior with larger-vehicle comfort and ride. We know many happy Fit owners. And, although we’d reviewed Honda Fit in past articles, decided it was time to head for the Sonora Desert of Phoenix. Watching the weather channel the day prior, we’d been lulled into a false sense of cool weather predictions; as we stepped into 85* F late evening temperatures, we knew that “Cool” wasn't happening!
Hot by any measure
Thursday’s temperatures would reach 107*F, hot by any measurement, unusually warm for Phoenix on the first day of May. Following 3 days of drive review under mixed road and weather conditions, yes, it had poured rain and hail on day 3, we were invited to dinner by friends that just happened to be staying at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park.
5 good sized (big) adults, a small single cab pickup truck and the Honda Fit: Who would drive this group into town for dinner? And, could 5 large adults sit safely and comfortably within the confines of Honda’s sub-compact hatchback? The other question for Torque News was---How would Fit perform with a driver and 4 adult-size passengers?
To Torque News, this looked like yet another opportunity to put Honda Fit to the test. So, we (I) decided to take the test to the next level. Could this 6 foot 5 inch journalist find suitable seating, leg and headroom in the second row seating of 2015 Honda Fit, sandwiched between two passengers?
I get the window seat
Although we weren't sure that Honda’s 1.5 Liter, 130 horsepower, Earth Dreams 4 cylinder engine and CVT transmission would handle the passenger load, (1,000 lb) here’s what we discovered.
Yes, Honda’s claim is true: 5 rather full size adults can safely travel within the confines of 2015 Honda Fit. However, if you’re sitting on the rear-seat center hump, you best be the smallest adult in the car. None the less, with minimal adjustment, we schlepped it over to a local Chinese food restaurant for dinner, switched seating positions, and drove back to the Wigwam Resort without incident.
Yeah, my Kid owns a Honda Fit too
Out of the 5 occupants of our 2015 Honda Fit test mule, 3 claimed family members that presently owned a Honda Fit. And two had (always) driven Honda or Toyota vehicles in their life time. So, with no surprise to them, Honda Fit showed no measurable signs of power loss, over loading, or impacted road-handling.
In-fact, other than a possible reduction in fuel efficiency, 2015 Honda Fit moved down the road with ease of control and relative driver and passenger comfort.
Granted, our journey was a short one, possibly 30 miles round trip. So, for the long haul, we wouldn’t push the combined driver, passenger list past 4. But, in a pinch “5” is a real number for Honda’s bestselling sub-compact 5 door hatchback.You may read how Fit compares to the competition here.
On a personal note
For me, a Honda, Acura fan that is afforded the opportunity to drive all A.H.M. offerings, I’d truly consider purchasing a Honda Fit as my personal daily driver and utility task-master.
I can think of no other vehicle on the market today, at Fit’s price-point that presents greater transformer-like car to minivan interior re-configure-ability, fun to drive sport-like acceleration and handling; while featuring a much larger car driving feel, interior comfort, active, passive driver and passenger safety features. In my opinion, one can’t beat the Honda Fit package for the $.