While unchanged from the 2015 model, the 2016 Honda Fit still sees the improvements from the previous year’s redesign and continues to receive top ratings from most sources. The dependable and economical 2016 Fit continues to pack so many features, technology and versatility within its compact frame. Slightly more expensive than the 2015 Honda Fit, the new 2016 model starts at $14,790 and includes a ton of standard features that are extra on most comparables.
ENGINE & DRIVE
All models of the 2016 Honda Fit are powered by a 1.5L four cylinder engine producing 130hp. The base DX model pairs this with a six speed manual transmission, while all other models are equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) offering both a smoother ride and better fuel economy. The only drawback I found with the CVT is the high revving engine at highway speeds which creates a noisy engine inside the cabin.
Our short 100km (mostly city) test drive yielded a 7.3 L/100km fuel economy which is quite close to the posted rates of 7.3 L/100km in the city and 6.1 L/100km on the highway for the CVT version. Enable the ECON mode to improve fuel efficiency even more by adjusting the engine and non-essential functions.
The 2016 Honda Fit has an overall firm and relaxed ride, with adequate power for quick accelerations and smooth but precise steering. The huge windows offer great visibility, reduce the size of blindspots and make manoeuvring the Fit an easy task. While you won’t be breaking any speed records, the 2016 Fit does exactly what it’s supposed to do – haul cargo and passengers efficiently.
EXTERIOR & INTERIOR
The 2016 Honda Fit sports a sleek exterior design with bold front end, a sporty hatch back style rear end and accent lines throughout. Elements like the rear roofline spoiler, front fog lights and LED tail lights help to create a sporty exterior look.
Despite the exterior shape and appearance, the interior is surprisingly spacious and goes one step further with the Magic Seat to improve versatility. Head and leg room is ample, even with 5 adult passengers, and while the large and plentiful windows provide a great field of view, they also make the cabin bright and cheerful.
The versatile interior is where the 2016 Honda Fit outshines all its competition, mostly thanks to its Magic Seat. Different modes can be created by folding various seats, accommodating a variety of passengers or oddly shaped cargo. Tall mode, Long mode, Utility mode and Refresh mode help maximize the interior space depending on what’s required and showcase versatility at its finest.
The 2016 Honda Fit offers an unbeatable combination of practicality, versatility, affordability and efficiency. If you’re in the market for this type of vehicle, then go with the entry level DX model which starts at $14,790 and comes with the basic (but easier to control) knobs and buttons versus the controversial touch screen Honda display. The base model even includes Bluetooth, remote entry and a backup camera.
So, if you’re in the market for a versatile and economical compact car for daily driving and transporting passengers and cargo then make sure to test drive the 2016 Honda Fit as it offers the best of versatility and practicality!