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2015 Honda Fit Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Honda Fit was new.


Performance: 7.8

Reviewers say the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit offers more power than many subcompact cars, though some say the engine can be loud. Steering requires little effort, and the hatchback feels planted around turns, they say. A few critics complain that the new Fit isn’t as engaging or athletic as the 2013 model, but they say its more comfortable ride and better composure at highway speeds is likely to please most drivers.

  • "Reduced thirst and more ponies are generally a recipe for more cheap fun, but it seems as if Honda's put their engineering might into the packaging of the Fit and skimped on the driving enjoyment." -- AutoWeek
  • "Its 130 hp is all you really need in a subcompact, and the engine has a dash of character thanks to its somewhat sporty engine note and willingness to rev." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Sure, the 2015 Fit's less-involving driving dynamics are a step back from the outgoing car, but it's still better than the majority of its competitive set. It isn't the far-and-away-better, great-to-manhandle hatch that it used to be, but for daily use, we don't think the overwhelming majority of consumers will mind - most probably won't even notice." -- Autoblog
  • "The new Fit has a composure at freeway speeds that was lacking in the outgoing car. Part of the improvement stems from the chassis itself. The new car is stiffer by some 27 percent and has a reworked suspension that makes it react more naturally when you feed in steering inputs. These changes make the new Fit feel more substantial than ever." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The redesigned 2015 Honda Fit comes with a 130-horsepower, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, which is 13 horsepower more than the 2013 model’s four-cylinder engine makes. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available. Equipped with the CVT, the base Fit gets an EPA-estimated 33/41 mpg city/highway, which is superb for the class.

While a few critics say that the Fit is a little slow off the line, most agree that it’s still quicker than most subcompact cars. The standard manual transmission is fun to shift and the CVT is generally smooth and responsive, they add. Several critics mention that while Honda took steps to make the cabin quieter when it redesigned the Fit, the engine is particularly loud compared to rivals’ engines.

  • "Plus, the Fit still feels a lot more lively and willing to hustle than competitors like the listless Nissan Versa, especially when equipped with the slick, satisfying standard six-speed manual transmission." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "While acceleration feels about the same as before, the CVT is surprisingly responsive and manual shifts are executed immediately after flicking the paddles on models so equipped. Still, we would definitely choose the manual, with its near-perfect shifter quality-notchy, but not obstinate, just the way we like it." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "Like the outgoing Fit, the new 1.5-liter engine is pretty gutless in the low end of its powerband, and you'll really be digging into the throttle under acceleration, especially uphill. With either transmission, that sort of order is met with an audibly buzzy engine soundtrack - in fact, despite Honda's efforts to quiet the cabin, the Fit feels louder in terms of powertrain, road and wind noise than many competitors." -- Autoblog
  • "Aside from its too-abrupt throttle tip-in characteristic, the CVT provides a brighter driving experience than the old autobox." -- Edmunds 

Handling and Braking

Test drivers agree that the Fit is agile for a small hatchback. It feels steady through turns and steers with little effort, they add. Though sporty, reviewers say the Fit isn’t as nimble as the 2013 model. However, they appreciate that its ride is a lot more comfortable both on long stretches of highway and rough pavement.

  • "On the twisting roads around San Diego, the new Honda Fit's reflexes aren't quite as sharp as those of its predecessor, mostly due to lighter steering and slightly softer suspension damping. But considering the pockmarked roads many Americans face every day, the new car's more composed ride is a welcome tradeoff." -- Automobile Magazine
  • “The details, geometry and tuning are all new, and in addition to the aforementioned more confident handling, the resulting ride quality is a bit calmer in the new car." -- Edmunds
  • “Like the Mazda Miata and the Mini Cooper, the Fit is one of those cars that doesn't need to win stoplight drag races to put a smile on your face; the fun comes in carrying speed through corners with control." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "Steering is light, quick and responsive; the car exhibits little in the way of roll. Because of the longer wheelbase, the ride is compliant for a car with such a short overall length." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The suspension is more compliant for highway cruising than before, offering a more comfortable ride. While that's all well and good for the majority of Fit owners, we'd be remiss not to point out that this newfound composure has come at the expense some of the car's great-to-drive pleasantries on more interesting roads." -- Autoblog

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