2016 Honda Fit: A subcompact big on cargo space and legroom

July 27th, 2016 by

2016 Honda Fit: A subcompact big on cargo space and legroom

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The 2016 Honda Fit is a subcompact big on cargo space and leg room. It’s a satisfying little hatchback that pairs the cargo space of an SUV and more backseat legroom than many sedans with the fuel efficiency of a subcompact.

At only 13.3 feet long, the Fit is also a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, which lists its reliability as above average.

The starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $16,725 for a model with a six-speed manual transmission and $17,525 for one with CVT. This includes standard rearview camera with moving guidelines that project where the car is headed as it backs up, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, LED taillights and automatic-on headlights.

Even with every available factory feature added in, such as power moonroof, leather seat trim, a navigation system, 7-inch display touchscreen, keyless entry and push-button start, the Fit tops out at only $22,000.

The Fit also holds its value. ALG ranks the 2016 Fit tops among subcompacts like the Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa for resale value.

While the fit and finish of the test-driven Fit was up to snuff inside and out, the car wasn’t a quiet, plush ride. Plenty of road noise made it inside the car and the horsepower from its four-cylinder gasoline engine topped out at 130.

But the 1.5-liter direct-injection four-cylinder and the well-engineered transmissions make the most of every bit of power that’s generated, so the Fit is sprightly.

The Fit’s continuously variable transmission was tailored for responsive driving and acceleration and doesn’t strangle the power the way CVTs do in many other cars.

 

The floor in the back seat is flat, and seat cushions in Honda’s 60/40 split “Magic Seat” back there fold up against the seat backs to provide nearly plenty of vertical space for standing up tall plants and paintings inside.

Putting the seat cushions down and folding down the Fit’s rear seat backs like an SUV’s results in an SUV-like space — enough to hold bicycles or a small couch. You won’t believe it until you try it.

Passengers enjoy a surprisingly spacious-feeling interior. There’s also a generous amount of legroom in the Fit’s back seat.

The Fit’s small exterior helps the car fit into small urban parking spaces without fuss.

 

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