2016 honda fit Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Honda Fit is unchanged.
The 2016 Honda Fit is a subcompact hatchback that slots under the compact Civic sedan and coupe.
A 1.5-liter I-4 with 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque is the only engine available and can be paired to a six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission. Fuel economy is excellent with the manual rated at 29/37 mpg city/highway, 32/38 mpg with automatic in the EX, and EX-L trims, and 33/41 mpg in the LX grade. The manual gearbox is only available in the base LX trim.
Flexibility remains one of the Fit’s hallmarks, with three different configurations thanks to the standard rear Magic Seats, which allow the seatbacks and bottom cushions to split and fold. Behind the second row, there’s 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space that can be expanded to a whopping 52.7 cubic feet with seatbacks folded.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. Honda’s Lane Watch system, which monitors your right blind spot by using a camera to display that side of the car in the touchscreen, is available in the EX and EX-L trims.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
In the base Fit LX, standard features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a five-inch LCD screen, a 160-watt audio system, and a single USB port. Stepping up to the EX trim adds Honda’s Lane Watch system, a second USB port, HondaLink infotainment system, a seven-inch touchscreen, a 180-watt audio system, keyless entry/start, a power moonroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, and fog lights. The range-topping EX-L variant adds heated front seats, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, integrated turn signals, and a heated driver’s side mirror. Navigation is available only in the EX-L variant.
What We Think
One of the most practical small cars sold today, the 2016 Fit blends sensibility, fuel economy, and a surprising amount of driving fun. In a 2015 Second Drive review, we said that the car was a class above with good fit and finish for its class and plenty of storage cubbies for things like mobile phones and tablets. Additionally, both transmission choices are well tuned and make it easy to pass and climb grades. Despite the improvements, however, we noted in a 2015 First Test review that the Fit still suffers from plenty of engine noise when accelerating hard. On the other hand, the Fit’s engaging character remains thanks to its impressive handling, making it fun to toss into corners. In a 2015 First Drive review, we noted that the infotainment system is much improved and comes with apps such as internet radio and is able to play movies when parked. However, it isn’t as user-friendly as it looks.
The Fit has a refresh mode configuration that lets a passenger use the front passenger seat as a foot rest while sitting in the second row.
- Cavernous interior
- Surprisingly fun to drive
- Fuel efficient
You Won’t Like:
- Engine gets noisy when accelerating hard
- Infotainment system could be more intuitive
- Navigation isn’t available on lower trim levels