2016 Honda Fit

2016 Honda Fit
2016 Honda Fit

2016 Honda Fit


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 29 mpg City, 37 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.5 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 130 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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The Honda Fit competes with other subcompacts such as the Ford Fiesta, the Fiat 500 and the Toyota Yaris. It's an extremely competitive class of vehicle, but Honda has successfully been building excellent subcompacts longer than just about any other manufacturer in the United States. The big selling point for the 2016 Fit is how much space it crams into a relatively small footprint. It offers nearly five more cubic feet of interior volume than in the previous generation Fit. However, the 2016 Fit is actually shorter in length than it was in 2015. Pricing starts at $15,790 which is slightly more than a couple of its competitors, but the Fit's price reflects the high level of standard features that come with the car.

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What's New For 2016

Following a total redesign last year, the 2016 Honda Fit is largely unchanged.


  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

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NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

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Specifications for 2016 Honda Fit

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Rear Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD Audio System -inc: 160 watts, 4 speakers, 5" color LCD screen, MP3/auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth streaming audio, MP3/Windows Media Audio (WMA) playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), Speed Sensitive Volume Control (SVC), Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and front USB audio interface
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Bluetooth Handsfreelink Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 15" w/Full Covers
    • Tires: P185/60R15 84T AS
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Interval Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Grille w/Chrome Bar
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: adjustable front head restraints
    • 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins and 2nd Row Underseat Storage
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 1.5L 16-Valve 4-Cylinder DOHC i-VTEC
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 4.62 Axle Ratio
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • 10.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.3
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 7.9
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 7.9
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 16.6
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 52.7
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.5 L/91
    • Fuel System - Direct Gasoline Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 130 @ 6600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 114 @ 4600
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 99.6
    • Length, Overall (in) - 160
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 67
    • Height, Overall (in) - 60
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 58.3
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 58
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 10.6
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 95.7
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.5
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.4
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.8
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 51.5
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.3
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 52.6
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 45.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 32
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 29
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 37
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 35.1
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Honda Fit
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P185/60TR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P185/60TR15
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.46
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.87
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.24
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.95
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.81
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.31
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.62
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Station Wagon
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.6 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2513
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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The Honda Fit is already a small icon, in the second year of its third generation. Its redesign for 2015 stole much of the originality of the styling, and some of the car’s character, while gaining cabin room in the small footprint. The latest Fit is not as much fun to toss around, and its continuously variable transmission is sometimes a drag, but it there’s more horsepower, torque, and miles per gallon.

The wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer while the length is 1.6 inches shorter. But this efficient package has lost cargo capacity, from 57.3 to 52.7 cubic feet, possibly from the rear seat being pushed back to gain legroom from 34.5 to 39.3 inches.

The Honda Fit is a winner in flexibility, fuel mileage and safety for small five-door hatchbacks, among them the Chevrolet Sonic, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris.

The Fit uses a 1.5-liter engine with direct injection that makes 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. A sweet 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, replacing the former 5-speed, but most Fits will have the CVT that can (and often needs to be) shifted manually, using paddles that trigger seven speeds.

With the CVT, the Fit is EPA-rated at 33/41 mpg City/Highway mpg. In 430 miles, about 360 of them at 74 mph, our Fit averaged 34.9 mpg.

The 2016 Fit gets 5 stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


The 2016 Honda Fit comes in three models: LX, EX, EX-L.

Standard on the Fit LX ($15,790) are keyless entry, cruise control, rearview camera, air conditioning, and manual transmission. The Fit EX ($18,500) gets pushbutton start and infotainment and a CVT. The Fit EX-L ($20,065) gets leather and luxury. There’s a separate trim level for Navigation with a high-contrast display and traffic data is optional ($1000).


The Honda Fit has gone mainstream with styling and tries too hard to be edgy. It still looks cute in red, but silver makes the Fit look like a corrugated tin roof in the sun. It doesn’t draw eyes, it makes people shield them. The previous grille, black eggcrate in a tidy wing, has been replaced with a mouthful of licorice chewing a chrome H. Now it looks more like other Hondas, mission accomplished.

Some people think it’s better looking because it’s crisper and there are more aerodynamic lines, but we think it’s more cluttered than crisp. Either way, the Fit is wedgiest of all, from the steep short nose to the steep high beltline.

There’s a new and distracting deep groove that starts from the unfortunately edged front fender, arcs in contradiction to a wedge, and zooms upward through the door handles to the enlarged taillights. Being shorter and with a wider stance in profile, on its longer wheelbase with bigger wheels and tires, it should look more muscular, but the groove blows it.

Bigger glass makes it adult and capable. Use your wild imagination and it looks almost like a Volvo from behind. Except for the chrome.


The Fit is pretty boring inside. The dashboard seems huge, and you can’t see any of the hood because it’s so short and steep. From behind the wheel it feels like a small, low minivan, which it basically is.

The EX-L with Navigation uses a big touch screen that dominates the controls. Some of the gauges and vents have plastic trim in faux brushed-aluminum, which makes an attempt of cohesion in their shape, rectangles open on one side. It looks like the budget trim that it is.

The leather seats on the EX-L are too stiff and wide for us. We got out of 200 miles in an Acura RDX to begin 200 miles in the Fit, and the seats were like night and day. Our jaded rear cried out in protest within the first five miles. We had to stop and stretch a couple times.

On our two-day 360-mile road trip, we watched the Distance to Empty gauge a lot. It was wildly inconsistent. We also used the touch screen, which was hopelessly non-intuitive. Navigation worked well, partly because it could be programmed without using the touch screen, but the screen with the nav guidance was busy and required focus to follow. Meanwhile, radio tuning was a distracting nightmare.

Honda calls its rear seat Magic. The split seat folds flat with one drop, and also clicks into other positions called Tall and the futon-like Refresh. The rear legroom of 39.3 inches blows the competition out of the water, and even beats many much larger cars.

The front passenger seatback reclines to the horizontal position, for sleeping at a rest stop or for carrying everything from a kayak to a stack of two-by-fours. And that is kind of magic, for a car this small.

Driving Impressions

The latest 1.5-liter engine is direct injected, and makes 130 horsepower compared to 117 before, with 114 pound-feet of torque vs 106. It saves weight in the crankshaft and intake manifold.

The manual transmission gains a sixth gear; it’s more fun and more work than the CVT. The desirable 6-speed gearbox is standard equipment but less common than the CVT.

Acceleration is smooth and good at mid-range, when you’re on the freeway going 60 and want to go 70, but when you floor it at slower speeds, the CVT struggles to find the torque and get the car going. The engine’s peak torque is way up there at 4600 rpm. The engine is also loud in the cabin at those hard-throttle low-speed times, heard emanating from the firewall area.

There’s a tremendous amount of tire noise in the cabin, on grainy freeway pavement. So much you can’t have a conversation. The suspension is too stiff on freeway bumps. Despite its 35 miles per gallon at 75 mph, and its room for bags and gear, we worry about the Fit EX-L’s road-trip worthiness, with its hard seats, stiff suspension, cabin noise and frustrating radio tuning.

But the main thing is, when you think about it, we’re talking about a 1.5-liter engine that can fly in the fast lane without working too hard.

Shifting the 6-speed manual transmission is short and tight, smooth and precise; and the clutch release is effortless. When most cars go from a 5-speed to 6-speed transmission, usually it’s just a sixth gear added on top, another overdrive for fuel mileage. But the Fit’s new sixth gear has about the same ratio as the old fifth gear, meaning that the six gears are spaced closer. The engine likes that.

The CVT has seven steps, or speeds, actuated by paddles. When you use them full time in Sport mode (set at the floor lever), it can be great, almost like a manual transmission with the clutch. But if you leave it in Drive mode, you’re well aware you have a droning CVT. One time we were droning in Drive uphill at 55 mph, and we flicked the lever to downshift, and the car came alive with acceleration. Totally transformed.

The redesigned Fit doesn’t handle with the precision of the old one. There’s now electric power steering, and the front suspension was totally redone; it’s less quick and sharp, as the turning circle grows from 34.4 to 35.1 feet. The ride is probably better than before, even though we just said it was too stiff on rough freeways. The longer wheelbase helps.


The Fit is not without its flaws, and the new styling loses all subtlety, but for the money you can’t get more value in a subcompact five-door hatchback. We’d buy an LX with the 6-speed for less than $16k, in red or black, and call it a steal.

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