Photo: 2015 Honda Fit EX Photo 2
Not all hatches need be hot: Honda proves it
Our 2015 Honda Fit seems like a solid default driver: an agreeable-enough five-door that’s easy on the road, easy to park and easy on the wallet. Not too bad on the eyes, either. When looking for a good non-niche vehicle to round out the fleet, something able to cheerfully endure the duties drivers encounter 99 percent of the time, the recently redesigned Honda B-segment contender appeared, well, a good fit.
Yet at the end of the first quarter, we’d logged a mere 2,713.9 miles.
Given our long-term fleet’s diversity, it’s easy enough to see why we’re not always fighting for the Fit’s keys.
It is however an honest, reasonably priced car, and there’s a lot to be said for that. We remind ourselves that the sticker is just $18,225—a little more than half the average new-car transaction price these days—every time we start to curse the lack of built-in GPS navigation or satellite radio. In our experience, the smartphone you’re glued to every waking moment renders built-ins largely redundant, anyway.
The Fit’s strengths don’t lie in its frills—there are none (save for the useful, blind spot-erasing Honda LaneWatch passenger side-view mirror). Nor can we gush about kartlike handling, eager brakes or aggressive clutch; inputs are uniformly light, and there’s a fair amount or roll in corners.
Photo: 2015 Honda Fit EX Photo 10
Yet the Fit focuses well on mass-market fundamentals: an excellent interior configuration and budget-friendly powertrain. Unless you regularly buy more than 52.7 cubic feet of groceries, you’ll never run out of space in the back with the seats folded (we haven’t). Although the engine drones on a bit at expressway speeds, turning near 4,000 rpm while cruising, it’s still a frugal little hatch. After highway and city driving, the Fit returned 30.6 mpg. And we don’t drive particularly slowly around here.
With warm weather on the horizon, we are stashing the Blizzak WS80 tires for a few brief months. But they proved indispensible when the test began. Beyond getting us through another winter, they added enough confidence to our daily drives that we might or might not have practiced a few handbrake turns on some snow-covered streets.
So perhaps the Fit EX isn’t the hot hatch of our dreams, but we knew that’d be the case. With a few quarters to go, we suspect we’ll come to appreciate its predictable solidity—if nothing else, regular stints in a competent, B-segment car should keep us from ever taking the more exotic stuff we drive for granted.