2016 Honda Fit – Test Drive, Review, Ratings, Spec

2016 Honda Fit

A Tasteful Cheap Cut

Ever been to Japan? If not, then I will tell you that it’s a remarkable place where the fabrication of great ideas are brought out to suit the needs of society. The Honda Fit is a prime example offering a low cost solution for everyday needs.

Carrying on its strong momentum from last year’s third generation debut, the 2016 Honda Fit continues to strive forward with best-in-class cargo space, an impressive 41 MPG fuel-economy rating in a … Well, I wouldn’t exactly say a pleasing exterior shell, but its added sculpting on its box-like chassis helps keep manufacturing costs down while scoring points on functionality.

Cool Factor

Though deemed as a subcompact, the design almost spawns a class of its own- “micro-van” might be better choice of words. No, it doesn’t have 7 seats, but its bubble up rear section and flat-line rooftop s.lhouette does best describes its shape. For added flavouring, the Honda Fit comes with detailed 16″ rims, rear roof line spoiler, lower round foglights and a series of flamboyant colors to choose from to help convince entry level buyers that an affordable car can still be considered cool.

At its entry level price point, I didn’t have too high of an expectation for the interior, but the soft-touch leather seats, and comfortable grip on the steering wheel certainly surprised me in a good way. I still hate the infotainment system with its eye-sore graphics, sluggish responsiveness, and the most disappointingly, the absence of a simple volume knob. But Honda’s mentality has always been geared towards reliability, and the lack of aesthetics might be the reason why.

Other than that, front row seats have a plethora of free space, and rear seating provides a comfortable amount of leg and headroom especially thanks to the box-like chassis structure. The folding 60/40 split rear seats helps take advantage of its roominess for added versatility.

All-Around Driving

The Honda Fit gets a small but modernized direct-injection 1.5L 4 cylinder engine producing 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque.  Choice of transmission is offered in the form of a 6-speed manual or CVT.  And as much as I despise CVT’s due to its lack of driving enthusiasm and its obnoxious sound, the one in our tester actually felt quite nice with very linear power output and surprisingly, a natural engine tone.

2016 Honda Fit

Off the line, acceleration actually feels very capable despite its miniature engine.  Road composure and obedience with quick cornering is to be given respect for, but its higher center of gravity and basic suspensions doesn’t bring it into the performance category.  Nevertheless, there’s still a factor of fun driving I would give for the Honda Fit.  A 6-speed manual transmission would also raise the legitimacy of that statement.

2016 Honda Fit

A fair bit of wind and road noise gets leaked into the cabin space, but there was still measure taken to help insulate some of that noise.  Suspensions do an OK job at keeping the vehicle stable, but you’re not going to get a smooth sailor here.  Nevertheless, for its value category, I don’t have too much to complain in terms of what you’re paying for

2016 Honda Fit

Speaking of which, the Honda Fit costs as little as $14,790 for the lowest DX model.  The LX model throws in heated front seats and HondaLink infotainment system.  The EX model is where the fun begins with leather seats, blind spot detection, rear view camera and available moonroof option.  Our EX tester model comes priced in at $19,490.  For that amount of money, there isn’t much to expect for when shopping for brand new.  I’m a bit disappointed that the 6 speed manual transmission isn’t offered in the EX+ model though.  But even with that said, its versatility, awesome fuel economy, and a decent cabin space is more than enough to satisfy my daily needs on a tight budget.

 

Specifications

  • Vehicle : 2016 Honda Fit
  • Model : Honda Fit
  • Price as Tested : $19,490
  • Vehicle Type : Subcompact
  • Seating Capacity : 2+3
  • Powertrain Configuration : FWD
  • Engine : 1.5L V4 Direct INjection
  • Transmission : CVT
  • Fuel Economy: 7.1/6.3/6.8 L/ 100KM City/Highway/Combined

Pros

  • Excellent use of interior cabin room
  • Magic Seats offer great versatility with various ways of folding up the rear seats for added cargo space
  • Great fuel economy
  • Affordable Price tag
  • Decent interior finishing

Cons

  • Manual transmission not offered in EX+ models
  • Boring exterior styling
  • Sluggish digital infotainment system that almost proves worthless.