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2015 Honda Fit

The Honda Fit has been a popular choice for small-car fans, urban dwellers or anyone who values efficient transportation since it was release eight years ago. For 2015, the Fit continues to make subcompact cars a legitimate and desirable category with the first comprehensive redesign in the model’s history.

Under the hood, a new, more powerful 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is the only one offered in the Fit. The new engine now boasts 130 horsepower, 13 more than before. It’s mated to a standard six-speed manual or new continuously variable automatic transmission, driving the front wheels.

According to Edmunds, extensive use of high-strength steel in strategic places means that Honda expects the new Fit to retain its top safety ratings and come in lighter than the car it replaces. Despite the bigger engine with more horsepower, Honda says that the CVT-equipped Fit should achieve class-leading EPA mileage ratings of 33/41/36 mpg city/highway/combined.

Inside, a redesigned dashboard is attractive, well-built and features materials that feel more expensive than you’d expect in a car this size and price. There’s plenty of room for front passengers, and headroom feels positively vast. In back, rear passengers are likely to praise the legroom improvement of nearly 5 inches over the outgoing car. Despite the Fit’s small size, four full-sized adults can fit in the new Fit comfortably. When the needs turn to cargo hauling, Honda’s “Magic Seat” feature, which offers multiple seat configurations, makes for a cavernous storage space of 52.7 cubic feet.

Honda has also upgraded the car’s electronics for 2015, with standard Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera. Options include Honda’s LaneWatch technology, which uses a camera below the passenger-side exterior mirror to display the car’s blind spot on a screen in the dash; push-button start; heated seats; a 7-inch touch-screen audio system; and HondaLink smartphone interface. For the first time ever, the Fit will have optional leather seats.

For more information on the 2015 Honda Fit, visit Chapman Honda.