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Better looking Honda Fit offers greater refinement inside

The refreshed Honda Fit 
The refreshed Honda Fit 
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The refreshed Honda Fit looks remarkably similar to its predecessor
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The refreshed Honda Fit looks remarkably similar to its predecessor
Honda offers a sunroof in the Fit 
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Honda offers a sunroof in the Fit 
Honda has added extra sound insulation to the Fit 
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Honda has added extra sound insulation to the Fit 
The rear seats in the Honda Fit are the same as before 
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The rear seats in the Honda Fit are the same as before 
Honda has always been keen to talk about its "magic seats" in the Fit 
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Honda has always been keen to talk about its "magic seats" in the Fit 
The seats in the Fit still fold in every conceivable way 
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The seats in the Fit still fold in every conceivable way 
Seats folded, the Fit turns into a little van 
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Seats folded, the Fit turns into a little van 
The Fit has seats that fold in a huge number of different directions 
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The Fit has seats that fold in a huge number of different directions 
The refreshed Honda Fit, complete with sportier new front grille
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The refreshed Honda Fit, complete with sportier new front grille
The new Honda Fit maintains the breadvan profile of its predecessor 
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The new Honda Fit maintains the breadvan profile of its predecessor 
In case you weren't aware, Honda reckons the Fit will appeal to outdoorsy, urban types 
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In case you weren't aware, Honda reckons the Fit will appeal to outdoorsy, urban types 
You'll need to be a trainspotter to notice the differences between the old Fit and the car you see here 
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You'll need to be a trainspotter to notice the differences between the old Fit and the car you see here 
The rear bumper on the new Fit is meant to look like it has a rear diffuser 
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The rear bumper on the new Fit is meant to look like it has a rear diffuser 
Open wide... The new Fit 
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Open wide... The new Fit 
Honda has worked to make the new Fit more refined from behind the wheel 
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Honda has worked to make the new Fit more refined from behind the wheel 
The new Honda Fit has a new infotainment system 
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The new Honda Fit has a new infotainment system 
Details on the new Honda Fit 
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Details on the new Honda Fit 
Details on the new Honda Fit 
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Details on the new Honda Fit 
Details on the new Honda Fit 
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Details on the new Honda Fit 
Details on the new Honda Fit 
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Details on the new Honda Fit 
Details on the new Honda Fit 
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Details on the new Honda Fit 
Details on the new Honda Fit 
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Details on the new Honda Fit 
Under the hood of the Honda Fit 
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Under the hood of the Honda Fit 
The Fit cabin is largely unchanged from before 
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The Fit cabin is largely unchanged from before 
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The interior of the Fit isn't all that exciting, but it's logically laid out 
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The interior of the Fit isn't all that exciting, but it's logically laid out 
The clear, simple dials on the Honda Fit 
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The clear, simple dials on the Honda Fit 
Honda is offering a range of active safety features on the new Fit 
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Honda is offering a range of active safety features on the new Fit 
Honda is offering a range of active safety features on the new Fit 
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Honda is offering a range of active safety features on the new Fit 
Up close and personal with the new Honda Fit 
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Up close and personal with the new Honda Fit 
The buttons on the steering wheel on the Fit are used for the active safety features
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The buttons on the steering wheel on the Fit are used for the active safety features
Don't expect too much excitement here, in spite of the Fit's red starter button 
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Don't expect too much excitement here, in spite of the Fit's red starter button 
The Honda Fit is full of smart storage spaces 
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The Honda Fit is full of smart storage spaces 
A 7-inch touchscreen is standard on the Honda Fit 
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A 7-inch touchscreen is standard on the Honda Fit 
Apple CarPlay is standard on the Honda Fit 
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Apple CarPlay is standard on the Honda Fit 
Apple CarPlay is standard on the Honda Fit 
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Apple CarPlay is standard on the Honda Fit 
A CVT is offered in the Honda Fit 
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A CVT is offered in the Honda Fit 
The Fit comes with Android Auto and CarPlay
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The Fit comes with Android Auto and CarPlay
Seat heaters are an option in the Honda Fit 
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Seat heaters are an option in the Honda Fit 
The refreshed Honda Fit 
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The refreshed Honda Fit 

Hot on the heels of a totally redesigned Accord, Honda has given its smallest car a makeover. The refreshed Fit has a more aggressive face, and packs more driver assistance technology under the skin.

When we say more aggressive, we're not talking about an all-out sporting makeover for the little Fit. The front spoiler has a wider air intake set down low, while the rear bumper has a new diffuser-style look. Paired with gloss black 16-inch aluminum wheels and new side skirts, the latest Fit is a slightly more handsome little car than before.

The changes are similarly subtle inside, where the basic dashboard design of the outgoing Fit is unchanged. A full range of active safety features is available, including adaptive cruise control, automatic collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist and lane departure warning. The 7-inch touchscreen display in the center console is now home to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, too.

Power comes from a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 97 kW (130 hp) and 155 Nm of torque. Not exactly a power-packed hot hatch, then, but Honda says a set of retuned dampers, stiffer body and reworked steering should make the car a sharp steer in the bends.

When you aren't running around at full speed, passengers will benefit from the extra refinement provided by new mounts for the engine and transmission, along with acoustic laminated glass. There's also more insulation scattered around the body, aimed at keeping things quiet on the highway.

Pricing for the Fit will start at US$16,995 for the base, six-speed manual LX model, and stretch through to $21,520 for a top-spec EX-L with satellite navigation.

Source: Honda

4 comments
MK23666
Very nice! If only it were bigger ... like around the size of the Mazda5 minivan.
CharlieSeattle
Do you rest you left foot on the back of the front bumper?
AberashCrispin
Better looking? Than what? The original fit is a much prettier car with same seat folding mechanisms and used less fuel into the bargain.
KaiserPingo
Very little actual new in this Jazz. Appart from small designtwists, the car suffers from not having a more modern and refined engine. Practically the Jazz is quite good, and build quality has shown to be above average. At least for the earlier models ... I would stick with an older Jazz, and get a higher milage.