2016 Honda Fit

All-new for the latest model year, the Fit is a subcompact hatchback that slots at the very bottom of the Honda lineup. In spite of its entry-level positioning, the Fit packs a surprisingly roomy interior, a lively engine and a generous amount of standard equipment.

The second-generation Fit stretches 160 inches long, 60 inches tall and 67 inches wide, dimensions that make it shorter and wider than the first-gen model. It wears a Civic-inspired front fascia with angular headlights and a subtle grille dubbed "exciting H" in Honda-speak.

Around back, the Fit features tall tail lamps partially integrated into the hatch and a roof-mounted spoiler that adds a touch of sportiness to the overall appearance. Buyers can choose from eight different paint colors as well as several steel and alloy wheel designs.

Life Aboard
The Fit offers a spacious cabin with plenty of room for the rear passengers thanks in part to a gas tank that is cleverly located under the front seats. The driver faces a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel and a three-pod instrument cluster made up of two analog gauges and a LCD screen that provides information about the car and its surroundings.

The Fit features Honda's patented Magic Seats, a setup that gives the driver four different ways to configure the interior. In Utility mode, the rear seats are folded flat in order to clear up a maximum of 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space. In Tall Mode, the rear seat bottoms fold upwards to reveal a large storage compartment behind the front seats designed to make carrying tall items a breeze. In Long Mode, the front passenger seatback reclines on top of the folded rear bench, making it possible to carry extra-long items. Finally, Refresh Mode turns the Fit's interior into a two-person lounge.

All models except for the entry-level LX trim come standard with a seven-inch tablet-like touch screen that runs Honda's Display Audio infotainment system. Using technology gleaned from the world of smartphones, Display Audio lets the passengers navigate the miscellaneous menus by swiping and tapping the screen.

An application-based platform called HondaLink provides access to online content such as Aha radio and Honda's navigation app.

Under the Hood
Power comes from an all-new direct-injected 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft. of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via either a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that can be ordered with shift paddles or a six-speed manual transmission.

Equipped with the CVT, the Fit returns 33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Economy drops to 29 city/37 highway when fitted with the six-speed manual.

Trim Level Breakdown
Honda offers the fit in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and EX-L with Navi.

The Fit LX comes generously equipped with automatic headlights, LED tail lamps, Bluetooth connectivity, power mirrors, power locks, power windows, one-touch turn signals, A/C, a rear-view camera, a five-inch LCD screen in the center console and a 160-watt four-speaker stereo system. LX models feature a six-speed manual transmission, though the aforementioned CVT is available at an extra cost.

Selecting the EX model adds a moonroof, Honda's Smart Entry system, fog lights, a push-button ignition, programmable auto-locking doors, a HDMI port, a 180-watt six-speaker stereo, a seven-inch touch screen mounted in the center console, Pandora compatibility, tie-down anchors in the trunk and floor mats. EX models can be ordered with either the six-speed manual transmission or the CVT.

Additionally, EX models come with Honda's LaneWatch system, a function that uses a small camera mounted at the bottom of the passenger-side mirror to display an image of what is in the Fit's blind spot.

The EX-L model brings heated door mirrors, heated front seats as well as leather on the seats, the steering wheel and the shift knob.

Finally, the EX-L with Navi model adds HD Radio, Sirius XM Radio as well as a navigation system with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic. Both EX-L models are exclusively fitted with the CVT.

Occupant Safety
All fit models regardless of trim level come standard with Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist function, traction control and rollover sensors. Front, side and side curtain airbags are also standard.

Key Competitors
The Fit squares off against a wide array of competitors including the Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta, the Mazda Mazda2, the Chevrolet Sonic, the Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio.

Buyers who don't need the practicality of a five-door body style can also look at the retro-chic Fiat 500.