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2015 Honda Fit EX Long-Term Update 4

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/11/2015 Motor Trend Staff, Erick Ayapana

Recently the relationship between fuel and our 2015 Honda Fit EX has been the main topic of discussion. For starters, the Fit went on its longest road trip to date, a round-trip trek from L.A. to Utah spanning more than 1,500 miles. Shortly after that, the folks at Emissions Analytics took the keys from me and gathered Real MPG figures to compare against the EPA's.

So how did it do? To recap, our CVT-equipped Fit EX is EPA-rated at 32/38/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Real MPG testing resulted in one figure that matched the EPA's spot on, but it fell short in another, returning 28.4/38.1/32.1 mpg city/highway/combined. That's about 11 percent lower in the city than the EPA's rating. Not surprisingly, the Real MPG combined figure was also a bit lower than the EPA's at 32.1 mpg.

The lower city figure could be attributed to Fit's propensity to jack rabbit off the line. Sure, it feels quick, but that probably doesn't help with sipping fuel efficiently. Activating the "ECON" mode (by pushing the green button to the left of the helm) helps smooth out throttle inputs but still keeps the powertrain fairly responsive.

2015 Honda Fit EX© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Fit EX The Fit also has a few visual cues to coach you into driving more efficiently. The speedometer, for example, has light bars on its outer edge that glow green when you're light on the throttle but change to turquoise or dark blue when you're going heavy on the pedal. There's also a real-time MPG bar on top of the information screen to the right of the speedometer.

More range would make the Fit a perfect road-trip car

Meanwhile, associate online editor Jason Udy recently snagged the Fit for a long road trip to Utah. His overall impressions mimicked mine: relatively smooth ride with plenty of power to sustain 80 mph, even on inclines.

2015 Honda Fit EX© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Fit EX Udy, however, wishes the Fit had more range. The Fit has a relatively small 10.6-gallon fuel tank, which should be enough to cover at least 350 miles. But a quick look at the fuel log shows that most drivers stop for fuel at around 260-270 miles, right about the time the low-fuel warning light illuminates in the instrument panel. This isn't a big deal for city dwellers but could be a minor annoyance for road-trip warriors such as Udy who prefer to punish their bladders and keep the rest stops at a minimum.

The small fuel tank — and its location beneath the front seats — was necessary for the Fit's Magic Seats and impressive cargo capacity. I don't often take long road trips to Utah, so I'm fine with the tradeoff and will explore those Magic Seats in an upcoming update.

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