2016 Honda Fit

If you are in the market shopping for a cool and economical
car, the newly launched 2016 Honda Fit might be your best bet.
The car is suitable to the youngsters looking to own an
affordable, reliable and yet efficient car or to those looking
to downsize their models without losing their cargo space or
compromising the rear seat space.

The only not so good news is that the model is only offered as
a hatchback which leaves sedan shoppers out in the cold. 
Buyers will love the hatchback’s new rear “magic” seat which in
addition to folding flat on the floor, the seat bottoms can
also be flipped up.

The hatch’ is also offered with a motion adaptive electric
power steering which uses steering force to prompt the driver
to take corrective a measure incase the vehicle starts to veer
of the road.

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2016 Honda Fit Exterior

The new Honda Fit 2016 is a good looking small car. The
five-door hatchback is offered in LX, EX and EX-L trims.

At the front, the vehicle features headlights which have been
integrated into its grille. The front also features an
aggressive lower air intake. At the rear, the vehicle features
a body-colored, spoiler.

Other features include one-touch turn indicators, an antenna
mounted on the roof, a roofline spoiler, LED brake lights, a
wider  side mirror on the driver’s side as well as 2-speed
intermittent wipers. The EX adds a one-touch power moon-roof,
smart entry and fog lights.

The top EX-L trim adds integrated turn indicators and heated
side mirrors. The vehicle rides on 16-inch wheels. The body
structure is wisely designed bearing in mind various safety
requirements; it is based on Honda’s Advanced Compatibility
Engineering. This has helped the car achieve best safety
ratings in its segment.

The new Honda Fit offers seven different exterior colors:
Mystic Black Pearl, Milano Red, Aegean Blue Metallic, Crystal
Black Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic and
Modern Steel Metallic.

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2016 Honda Fit Interior

Inside, Honda has really excelled in crafting a pleasant
interior. The automaker has wisely used soft-touch
materials   which together with a silver accent make
the Fit much more than what its class suggests. The most
noticeable feature is the addition of bolstered front bucket
seats as well as its blue-lit instruments.

The base LX is upholstered in a quality cloth, its rear seats
have a 60/40 split-folding capability which helps expand its
cargo space; it also features a tilt and telescoping steering
wheel mounted with audio controls. The trim also features a
trip computer and air conditioning. For entertainment, it comes
with a 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, auxiliary and USB
inputs. For safety, the LX features electronic traction control
as well as stability control all as standard.

Moving up the trims, the EX comes with push-button start, a
7-inch touch-screen audio system and Honda’s clever lane watch
camera which enables the driver to view what is on the right
side once the right turn signal is activated.

The top EX-L on the other hand adds leather upholstery,  a
navigation system, heated front seats and a 180-watt audio
system with six speakers as well as 2 USB ports (the EX trim
also gets this sound system).

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Engine and performance

Under the hood, the new Honda Fit shares a single
drive-train across the trim levels. The engine is a 1.5 L,
4-cylinder which comes good with 130 hp at 6,600 rpm and 114
lb-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm.

The engine is fitted with an advanced fuel injection and the
automaker’s i-VTEC as well as Variable Timing Control. These
systems enable the engine to be tuned for more power when at
high speeds and retards at low speeds to boost fuel efficiency.

The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT
transmission system with paddle shifters. The transmission
systems channel power to the front wheels. In terms of fuel
economy, the base LX manual returns 29 mpg city and 37 mpg on
highway while an automatic LX returns 33mpg city and 41 mpg on
highway.

Other trims return slightly lower figures. Generally, the Honda
fit is a highly economical 4-wheeled machine.

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Price and release date

The 2016 Honda Fit is affordably priced. The base LX with a
manual gearbox has an MSRP of $15,890 a manual EX starts at $
17,800. For an automatic model you add $ 800 for each
trim.  The top trim will set you back just under $ 20,165.

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Competition

The 2016 Honda Fit will compete with the likes of Kia Rio,
Toyota
Yaris and
Ford Fiesta. Though the Fit is slightly expensive than its
rivals, the vehicle is better equipped and has a great resale
value compared to its competitors.