Honda Fit (2015)
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Honda’s small carryall has evolved to a point where it could almost pass for a Civic wagon.

A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes more power than previous Fit did; Choose from a six-speed manual transmission or optional fuel-saving CVT.

The all-new Fit sticks to a proven formula: keep the size and weight in check; keep the body lean and spacious; and keep drivers and passengers thinking they’re ensconced in a vehicle that’s larger than it actually is. Despite being physically and dimensionally similar, the Fit actually looks bigger, thanks to more prominent body creases and fenders that bulge out around the wheel openings. The wraparound headlight pods integrate with the grille and no longer extend alongside the hood. The taillights are enlarged and the squared-off liftgate glass helps emphasize the width. The Fit’s interior remains a marvel of practicality. Passenger volume has been modestly increased and rear-seat legroom lengthened by 3.1 inches, primarily due to the new chassis and more compact rear suspension. A new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, compared to 117 horses and 106 pound-feet of torque for the previous 1.5. A six-speed manual transmission, or optional continuously variable unit (CVT), directs power to the front wheels. The CVT helps the Fit achieve 33 mpg in the city and 41 on the highway, up from 28/35 with the previous five-speed automatic (the six-speed manual delivers similar improvements). Just because it’s a bottom-rung Honda doesn’t mean the Fit lacks for convenience items. The top-line EX-L comes with a power moonroof, multi-angle rearview camera (a basic rearview camera is standard) leather-covered seats (heated in front) and push-button start. A voice-controlled navigation system can also be ordered for the EX-L.