Honda Fit
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Overview: Honda’s small wagon is a paragon of versatility; if it wore a Civic badge it might very likely be even more popular than it already is.

Drivetrain: A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine makes more power than previous Fit; Choose from a six-speed manual transmission or optional fuel-saving continuously variable unit (CVT).

The Mexico-built Fit sticks to a proven formula: keep the size and weight in check; keep the body free of fat and the inside spacious; and keep drivers and passengers thinking they’re ensconced in a vehicle that feels and drives much larger than it really is. Despite being physically and dimensionally similar, the current Fit actually looks bigger than its predecessor, thanks to more prominent body creases and fenders that bulge out at 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 interior remains a marvel of practicality. Passenger volume is on the generous side and rear-seat legroom is practically Accord-like, primarily due to the chassis design and a compact rear suspension. The Fit’s 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 compared to the older Fit). Just because it’s a bottom-rung Honda doesn’t mean the Fit lacks for convenience. 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.

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