2019 Honda Fit Introduction

The five-door Honda Fit is the biggest thing in subcompacts. It excels in cabin roominess, packaging, cargo capacity, looks, and fuel efficiency. It’s quick enough, and the ride is good even on bumpy roads.

With that winning formula, Honda hasn’t significantly changed the Fit in the last two years. For 2019, a color called Platinum Pearl White replaces a color called White Orchid Pearl. Self-dimming headlights are added to the available suite of safety equipment called Honda Sensing. Prices haven’t changed for 2019 either.

The Fit is powered by a plucky 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with direct injection, making 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 10 seconds. A smooth 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, but a seven-step continuously variable transmission (CVT) with sport mode and paddle shifters comes on most models.

The cabin is deceptively vast, with plenty of head room, while the rear seats (called Magic Seats) can fold and recline, opening up a tall cargo space behind the front seats. When folded all the way down, the Fit is large enough inside to carry a couple of mountain bikes. Meanwhile the front seat folds flat, so it’s possible to carry long objects inside the Fit.

Then there’s the great fuel mileage, EPA-rated at 33 mpg city, 40 highway, and 36 combined with the CVT. With a manual, the Fit is rated 29/36/31 mpg. That 5-mpg difference is what CVTs are all about. Higher trim levels with larger wheels are rated at 31/36/33 mpg.

The Fit scores well on crash tests, with mostly “Good” scores from the IIHS, although its headlights were rated “Poor.” Honda Sensing safety technology is available in all models, offering forward-collision warnings, lane departure alerts, and more.

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