With the end of May comes the news that Honda’s built in Mexico Fit, and its platform sharing cousin HR-V, is posting unprecedented sales strides in an automotive segment with no shortage of affordable, fuel efficient, and mostly fun to drive competition.
As predicted by Torque News back in early 2014, Fit has been positioned by American Honda Motors to fill the market gap vacated by Honda’s bellwether Civic; long the foundation of the North American Honda car lineup. With the now classified compact, up-sized and much refined Civic came an average MSRP $ thousands beyond the budget of many entry-level buyers, in drives the innovative Fit, as they say “The rest is history.”
Honda fans wanted an affordable hatchback, they now have 2
We’ve spent much seat time in both Honda Fit and the May dealership released 2016 HR-V crossover. While not the “same” vehicles per say, both sub compacts offer segment leading fuel efficiency, interior volume, configurable seating, cargo capacity and sporting good looks.
During our recent visit to Phoenix, Arizona, we found 2015 Fit to be an exceptional purchase and drive value based on interior accouterments, passenger capacity and overall engine performance and road handling characteristics. After driving the competition, we believe that Fit offers the greatest value in the subcompact 5 door hatchback segment. And, it is fun to drive!
2016 HR-V brings long awaited all-wheel-drive option back to subcompact segment
Looking through Civic history we find more than one model year and variant offering Honda fans a subcompact AWD option; some packaged in a 3 door or 5 door Hatchback configuration. for 2016 we find the return of a powerful and much refined sub compact 5 door crossover (if you will) with available AWD and CVT options.
Torque News spent some quality seat time behind the wheel of 2016 HR-V, AWD and walked away smiling. As with 2015 Fit, we discover a quality packaged 5 door sport hatch featuring the highest EPA MPG in the segment, yet retaining measurable torque to road transfer and mild off-road capabilities. You may catch our latest 2016 HR-V drive impressions here.
A final thought or two
Back in 2014 we predicted that Honda Fit would usurp Civic in sales volume. With the unveiling of this car we'll back off on that assertion just an inch or two. However, present sales momentum indicates that Fit will close out the year well north of 100,000 units. That’s if one takes into account the month over month increase of 80+, two months running. After a handful of initial release teething pains, our reader responds to the all new Fit is very positive.
On the heels of Fit comes 2016 HR-V with 6,000+ units sold in the first 2 weeks of the subcompact crossovers dealer release. The public’s response to HR-V is akin to Honda’s glory days, something that this journalist will be happy to revisit. Next week Torque News spends a few days behind the wheel of 2016 HR-V, we intend to work it a bit!