On the unveiling of 2015 Honda Fit at the New York International Auto Show, Torque News announced that Honda Fit was being positioned to replace the up-sized and more expensive Honda Civic. September witnessed an increase of 60% in 2015 Honda Fit sales volume, with a corresponding decrease in Honda Civic sales volume.
Torque News- Honda prediction
The handwriting's on the wall: Fit will catch and surpass North American Honda Civic sales sometime in Q3 2016. The reasons for this points to a fundamental economic and demographic, lifestyle market shift.. While Civic provides a solid transportation investment found in a standard feature packed 2 and 4 door economy coupe or sedan, Fit offers greater utility, comparable or superior fuel economy with mini-van hatchbacks transformability, at a lower beginning MSRP.
Plus, it’s a great little vehicle for camping, furniture hauling, game day, groceries, transporting kids, friends, pets and a stuffed moose head from uncle Jed’s attic.(now that I have you attention…)
2015 Honda Fit LX with class leading standard features,”EarthDreams” 1.5 liter 1-VTEC, direct injected 4 cylinder, with close ratio 6 speed manual carries a MSRP of $15,525. With a best in class fuel EPA fuel rating of 33/City 41/Hwy and seating for 5, Fit offers the highest volume passenger and cargo volume in its segment.
For those wishing to take it up a notch, Fit is available in four variants with the top of the line EX-L with navigation priced at $20,800.
Torque News has reported on the built in Mexico Fit on several occasions with our latest drive experience in Los Angeles, California. We discovered that Fit with full tech was a surprisingly responsive freeway commuter with much larger car handling characteristics and interior comfort. It’s that Honda spatial size-relation continuum; true engineering magic.
Paddle shifters that work
Once again Honda engineering has created a multi purpose, surprisingly fun to drive dynamo with usable mid-range torque. Finding ourselves running late for a departure at L.A.X., we put the 130 horsepower 128 lb-ft torque Fit with CVT and wheel mounted paddle shifters to the task.
What we discovered was a high revving Honda 4 cylinder gasoline engine mini with Si power and handling characteristics. The brakes are superior as is a suspension that keeps FIT on a skid-free flat stable trajectory; well worth a test drive.
You may read about Honda’s high tech passive and active safety features as well as the best grade interior in the segment. here.