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The Honda Fit is a five-door hatchback that competes with the Hyundai Accent, Mazda 2, Chevrolet Sonic, and the Nissan Versa Note. The subcompact Honda Fit is now in its third generation in the U.S. market. Launched as a 2009 model in fall 2008, the Fit has been redesigned and updated for the 2015 model year. MORE: Read our 2015 Honda Fit review The first-generation Fit had been sold overseas as... Read More Below »
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The Honda Fit is a five-door hatchback that competes with the Hyundai Accent, Mazda 2, Chevrolet Sonic, and the Nissan Versa Note.

The subcompact Honda Fit is now in its third generation in the U.S. market. Launched as a 2009 model in fall 2008, the Fit has been redesigned and updated for the 2015 model year.

MORE: Read our 2015 Honda Fit review

The first-generation Fit had been sold overseas as early as 2001, gaining notice for its excellent reliability, low running costs, and good resale value, before it landed on our shores for 2007. Both the first and second generations of Honda Fits were just more fun to drive than their competitors--though the Ford Fiesta and Chevy Sonic in particular closed that gap.

The first Fit's 109-horsepower, 1.5-liter VTEC four-cylinder engine, paired with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive, gave the Fit good performance, along with steering and suspension that felt slightly more on the sporty side than its rivals at the time.

 It's the so-called Magic Seat that has given all Fit hatchbacks their its astonishing and generous cargo space. The design allows the back seat to fold into several different positions, including both forward and backward. Owners can create a low, flat cargo floor or provide space for exceptionally tall cargo, like a potted plant or a mountain bike. The clever seat arrangement premiered on the original 2007-2008 Fit, and was carried over to the redesigned, second-generation 2009 Fit.

The 2009-2013 Fit offered a single engine: a 117-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder, which could be ordered with a five-speed automatic transmission, but came standard with a five-speed manual gearbox. The automatic came with paddle shifters for a sportier feeling, along with an optional touch-screen navigation system and better audio connectivity.

The model lineup for each model year has included Fit and Fit Sport models, with the Sport in recent years adding alloy wheels, fog lamps, and a rear stabilizer bar, plus cruise control, keyless entry, and steering-wheel controls.

Safety has been a strong point for the Fit all along, but 2009 models and those after were fitted with stability control. Standard safety features have included side and side-curtain bags and active head restraints. The Fit was one of the few small cars to get top scores from the IIHS for frontal and side impacts.

The Fit has had only minor upgrades to equipment and features since its launch. There were no significant changes for the 2013 model year; changes for 2012 included expanded steering-wheel controls and upgraded fabrics.

The 2013 Honda Fit EV all-electric model was offered only in very small numbers only to customers in California and Oregon. Honda expected to lease only 1,100 of them for a three-year term, in order to comply with California zero-emission vehicle requirements for the carmakers with the highest in-state sales. While its light, eager driving feel, powerful electric motor, and EPA-rated range of 82 miles might make it a bigger success, the Fit EV was a delight to drive, but Honda hasn't announced whether it will return for the Fit's third generation.

The 2015 Honda Fit is the latest reworking of the model, and the first Honda for the U.S. to be assembled in Mexico. Still a hatchback, it's powered by a direct-injected 1.5-liter engine that produces 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is the standard transmission, but most Fits will arrive at dealerships with a continuously-variable transmission (CVT) that maximizes fuel efficiency, up to EPA ratings of 33 mpg city, 41 highway.

The Fit rides with a little more maturity than it has in the past, and keeps its responsive steering and handling, but the cost is that the driving experience isn't quite as battened down to the driver's seat. And Honda's so-called Magic Seat arrangement is just as much of a game changer as it's been all along, and we're surprised other automakers haven't moved to try to mimic it.

Honda says the new Fit should earn the IIHS top rating of Good in all tests, including the tough new small-overlap barrier test, which would allow it to be designated an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2015.

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Launched in 2007 and replaced by an all-new model in 2009, the Honda Fit is the most capacious and versatile subcompact on the market. The five-door hatchback can be turned into a small moving van by removing seats, which can also be folded down to give a surprising cargo capacity. There are just one engine, a 1.5-liter four, two transmissions—five-speed manual or automatic—and two main trim levels, Fit and Fit Sport. 
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