A couple of years ago, I had the distinct pleasure of spending a few days in Tokyo. It’s a city unlike any other and not just because more than 13 million citizens are densely packed within such a compact area. Indeed, its creative solutions to the space limitations (like an exceptional transit system to move people around) are a credit to the revered Japanese ingenuity and hard working nature.
So it should be no surprise that Japanese automaker, Honda, produces the most celebrated subcompact car, the Fit.
The Fit has been the darling of automotive journalists who adore its playful driving nature, and buyers who revel in its incredible space efficiency and reliability. Plus it just so happens to be decently affordable and pleasingly fuel efficient too.
For 2015, Honda is fitting more in its Fit without making the car appreciably larger. In fact, while the wheelbase has expanded 30 mm thanks to a shortened trailing arm length in the suspension, the overall length of the car is down 41 mm to a very tidy 4,064 mm. Height remains the same and width grows a meagre 8 mm. Despite all this, the cabin volume in the Fit is nothing short of remarkable.
Passenger space is increased 139 L versus last year’s car and key measures like front shoulder room and rear leg room are up notably (53 mm and 122 mm, respectively). This ensures the already best-in-class Fit retains its positioning as the most space efficient in the group. Cargo capacity continues to be class leading too.
With seats that flip and fold into all sorts of contortions enabling everything from a chaise lounge to a tiny little cube van, the Fit fits a lot of different lifestyles.
While all those numbers are impressive, to really put the Fit’s packaging design achievements into perspective, consider that it has more cargo space behind the rear seats than a mid-sized Honda Accord, as well as more rear head- and legroom than the big family sedan sibling.
No wonder then, that Honda expects most buyers of its top-of-the-line EX-L trim level Fits to be snatched up by Baby Boomers looking to “downsize” from their big family cars.
2015 Honda Fit EX-L, dashboard, rear seats. Click image to enlarge
Not only is the Fit’s interior a more comfortable place to collect mileage, it’s a more stylish and luxurious one too. Surfaces are covered in high-quality, soft touch plastics and the centre stack on all but the base model DX is a contemporary set up with an advanced 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit first seen on the 2014 Civic. In addition to a decent audio system, the EX and EX-L levels also feature Honda’s revolutionary LaneWatch camera system that portrays the passenger-side blind spot on the screen when the signal is actuated. A rear camera is standard on all trims.