If you are in the market shopping for a cool and economical car, the newly launched 2016 Honda Fit might be your best bet. The car is suitable to the youngsters looking to own an affordable, reliable and yet efficient car or to those looking to downsize their models without losing their cargo space or compromising the rear seat space.
The only not so good news is that the model is only offered as a hatchback which leaves sedan shoppers out in the cold. Buyers will love the hatchback’s new rear “magic” seat which in addition to folding flat on the floor, the seat bottoms can also be flipped up.
The hatch’ is also offered with a motion adaptive electric power steering which uses steering force to prompt the driver to take corrective a measure incase the vehicle starts to veer of the road.
2016 Honda Fit Exterior
The new Honda Fit 2016 is a good looking small car. The five-door hatchback is offered in LX, EX and EX-L trims.
At the front, the vehicle features headlights which have been integrated into its grille. The front also features an aggressive lower air intake. At the rear, the vehicle features a body-colored, spoiler.
Other features include one-touch turn indicators, an antenna mounted on the roof, a roofline spoiler, LED brake lights, a wider side mirror on the driver’s side as well as 2-speed intermittent wipers. The EX adds a one-touch power moon-roof, smart entry and fog lights.
The top EX-L trim adds integrated turn indicators and heated side mirrors. The vehicle rides on 16-inch wheels. The body structure is wisely designed bearing in mind various safety requirements; it is based on Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering. This has helped the car achieve best safety ratings in its segment.
The new Honda Fit offers seven different exterior colors: Mystic Black Pearl, Milano Red, Aegean Blue Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic and Modern Steel Metallic.
2016 Honda Fit Interior
Inside, Honda has really excelled in crafting a pleasant interior. The automaker has wisely used soft-touch materials which together with a silver accent make the Fit much more than what its class suggests. The most noticeable feature is the addition of bolstered front bucket seats as well as its blue-lit instruments.
The base LX is upholstered in a quality cloth, its rear seats have a 60/40 split-folding capability which helps expand its cargo space; it also features a tilt and telescoping steering wheel mounted with audio controls. The trim also features a trip computer and air conditioning. For entertainment, it comes with a 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, auxiliary and USB inputs. For safety, the LX features electronic traction control as well as stability control all as standard.
Moving up the trims, the EX comes with push-button start, a 7-inch touch-screen audio system and Honda’s clever lane watch camera which enables the driver to view what is on the right side once the right turn signal is activated.
The top EX-L on the other hand adds leather upholstery, a navigation system, heated front seats and a 180-watt audio system with six speakers as well as 2 USB ports (the EX trim also gets this sound system).
Engine and performance
Under the hood, the new Honda Fit shares a single drive-train across the trim levels. The engine is a 1.5 L, 4-cylinder which comes good with 130 hp at 6,600 rpm and 114 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm.
The engine is fitted with an advanced fuel injection and the automaker’s i-VTEC as well as Variable Timing Control. These systems enable the engine to be tuned for more power when at high speeds and retards at low speeds to boost fuel efficiency.
The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT transmission system with paddle shifters. The transmission systems channel power to the front wheels. In terms of fuel economy, the base LX manual returns 29 mpg city and 37 mpg on highway while an automatic LX returns 33mpg city and 41 mpg on highway.
Other trims return slightly lower figures. Generally, the Honda fit is a highly economical 4-wheeled machine.
Price and release date
The 2016 Honda Fit is affordably priced. The base LX with a manual gearbox has an MSRP of $15,890 a manual EX starts at $ 17,800. For an automatic model you add $ 800 for each trim. The top trim will set you back just under $ 20,165.
The 2016 Honda Fit will compete with the likes of Kia Rio, Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta. Though the Fit is slightly expensive than its rivals, the vehicle is better equipped and has a great resale value compared to its competitors.