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2017 Honda Fit Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Honda Fit was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.5

The 2017 Honda Fit’s interior seems more upscale than you might expect from this class. It has a sleek and clever design with soft-touch materials and a long list of standard and available features. However, a significant amount of outside noise creeps in, making for a somewhat noisy cabin.

The size and versatility of the Fit’s space is attractive. With its Magic Seat, the Fit can carry bags, bikes and even an 8-foot surfboard. The Fit’s seats can be configured in four different ways, and the front-passenger seat flattens, making it more comfortable for passengers to take a nap on long drives.

  • "You won't mistake the 2017 Fit for a premium car inside, but the use of soft-touch materials, clever design and silver accent trim definitely makes it feel more expensive than its price and class suggest." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “Road noise is significant, but it's less objectionable than before and acceptable for this vehicle class." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • “While the outgoing Fit was starting to show its age, the latest model easily remedies that issue. Interior materials are a cut above those of last year's Fit, and the overall look of the dashboard gives the hatchback a more modern feel on the inside. We're also thrilled to see standard features such as a backup camera and Bluetooth audio, which are included on very few cars in this segment." -- AutoTrader (2016)

Seating

The Fit seats five and comes with cloth upholstery. Leather-trimmed seats, a leather-wrapped shifting knob and steering wheel, and heated front seats are available. Back-seat legroom is generous and the seats are reasonably high off the floor, which helps with thigh support. However, some tall adults may experience cramped headroom. The Magic Seat in the back gives the Fit more space, and the front passenger seat fully reclines to accommodate items almost 8 feet long. The smallest of passengers are easily accommodated as well, with LATCH points on the outboard seats, which allow for safely securing child seats. However, the middle seat anchors are difficult to reach and have a tether anchor mounted in the ceiling, which can obscure the driver’s view.

  • “The front bucket seats are comfortable and nicely bolstered, supportive in a straight line and when you explore the Fit's handling, and the blue-lit instruments are easy to read." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Another important aspect of the Fit's interior is its impressive versatility. We're amazed at the legroom that rear passengers have -- even tall ones who would have trouble getting in the back seat of a normal economy car. And we love the Fit's unique Magic Seat, which allows drivers to find the best balance between people hauling and cargo hauling." -- AutoTrader (2016)
  • “The 2016 Fit should be a good fit indeed for most people, though long-legged drivers may wish for more legroom and steering-wheel reach." -- Edmunds (2016)

Interior Features

The 2017 Honda Fit comes standard with a rearview camera, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a 5-inch display, a four-speaker audio system, and keyless entry. Optional features include a six-speaker audio system, a moonroof, the HondaLink system, a 7-inch touch screen, and push-button start.

The Fit also comes standard with Eco Assist, which uses the dashboard display to show you how efficiently you’re driving. The greener the bars on the dashboard get, the more efficiently you are driving the car. An Econ button is available in upper trims. With a push of the button, the performance of the car’s engine, transmission, cruise control, and air conditioning are adjusted to maximize fuel efficiency.

Although reviewers are pleased with the technology overall, they’re displeased with the lack of knobs and buttons associated with the available touch screen. Most controls, including volume, are found on the touch screen, which some find burdensome to use.

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  •  “… and the ergonomics is spot-on. The exception is the infotainment system, which forces nearly all controls, including volume, into the touch screen." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Overall, we've found the HondaLink menu design to be a little cumbersome, and we dislike its touch-operated volume control and overly involved procedure for setting radio presets. Responses are quick, however, and we appreciate the touchscreen's swipe-and-pinch functionality." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • “Similar to the system in the 2015 Civic, the touch-screen ditches the mechanical tuning and volume knobs in favor of aggravating touch-sensitive buttons alongside the display. Our editors agree the button-less approach has to go. Still, the system's capabilities are impressive. It facilitates HondaLink, which can play Pandora and Aha Internet radio off your smartphone." -- Cars.com (2016)

Cargo

The Fit boasts excellent cargo space for a subcompact car, with 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The Fit also offers great cargo-carrying flexibility with its rear Magic Seat. The rear seats can be folded into four different configurations, giving this subcompact car the adaptability to carry cargo of various shapes and sizes.

  • "As ever, one of the Fit's standout features is its so-called 'Magic Seat,' a uniquely constructed rear seat that includes a flip-up seat bottom to facilitate hauling behind the front seatbacks. Alternatively, you can leave that seat bottom down and fold the rear seatbacks forward, which opens up a cargo hold that'll give some small crossovers a run for their money." -- Edmunds
  • “A hallmark of the Honda Fit hatchback is its 2nd-row Magic Seat. The 60/40-split rear bench folds flat into the floor, but also lets you flip the seat bottoms up to provide upright space for tall objects. The flexibility is greater even than the best-in-class 52.7 cubic feet suggests." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • “That nifty rear Magic Seat is still the star of the show, able to be reconfigured many ways, all totaling a massive 52.7 cubic feet of storage space with the seats down. Oddly, that's 4.6 fewer cubes than before, but the Fit's cargo area is still far more capacious than anything else in the class." -- Autoblog (2015)

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