Last modified: 04/09/14
The redesigned subcompact coming in the summer of 2014 will be built at Honda’s new plant in Celaya, Mexico, meaning the United States should get as many units as it wants.
Honda’s new Earth Dreams direct-injection 130-hp engine, when combined with a continuously variable transmission, makes the Fit the segment’s fuel economy leader.
Although built locally, expect the new Fit to stick to the global platform. The torsion beam is stiffer, allowing for more responsive handling for what is an admittedly crude -- but industry standard -- rear suspension setup. Compared with its predecessor, the Fit also provides more confident control during those panicky freeway braking events. The body-in-white weighs about 44 pounds less than that of the previous model, but the overall vehicle weight is about the same because of added content and safety features.
Although the Fit gains 1.2 inches of wheelbase, its overall length is 1.6 inches shorter than the 2013 model it replaces.
Standard features include cruise control, trip computer, power windows, air conditioning, 15-inch wheels, three-blink turn indicators, alarm system with keyless entry, auto-off headlights, LED brake lights, five-inch monitor with 160-watt CD sound system, USB and Bluetooth access and steering wheel audio controls, and a rearview camera with three viewing modes.
Fit sales totaled 53,513 units last year, and Honda hopes they can climb to 70,000 units in its full calendar year.
|Segment: Subcompact||Powertrain: Conventional (gasoline)|
|Release Year: 2014||New Product Category: Redesign |
|Drive: FWD|| |