The Fit will be staying, well fit, for the new model year. That is to say, Honda isn’t making any big changes to the 2017 Fit, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in America.
Honda is waiting until 2018 to make any big changes to the subcompact hatchback. So the 2017 model continues the third-generation of the Fit that debuted in 2015. One change for 2017 is that it ditches the Alabaster Silver paint option and replaces it with Lunar Silver.
The 2017 also offers the same LX, EX, and EX-L trims as in 2016. They all feature auto on-off headlights, LED brake lights, multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink. Optional upgrades are Smart Entry Push Button Start, moonroof, 7-inch touchscreen with HondaLink, leather upholstery, and heated seats.
Honda claims the Fit has the roomiest cabin in its class. Inside, it seats five with 39.3 inches of rear leg room. It also offers a max cargo room of 52.7 cubic feet.
As for its ride and drive, Honda attributes the Fit’s “fun-to-drive” handling to its rigid lightweight platform and long wheelbase. It uses Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology engine paired to either a manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission. The CVT uses G-Shift Control that makes it more fuel efficient than the manual. With a CVT, the Fit offers 33 city and 40 highway miles per gallon. However, it loses some mileage with the manual, making 29 city and 36 highway mpgs.
The Fit’s size and reasonable starting price make it a popular first car for teens. With that in mind, it’s not short on safety technology. It comes standard with Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, and Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure.
2017 Honda Fit goes on sale Friday starting from $15,990.