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2015 Honda Fit EX Long-Term Update 5

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/26/2015 Motor Trend Staff, Erick Ayapana

Recently there have been lots of bicycle events in Los Angeles, including Bike Week, Critical Mass, and the CicLAvia ride in Pasadena, just to name a few. I wasn't able to participate in any of the events, but they did remind me of one of Honda's interesting claims regarding the Magic Seats in our long-term Fit.

According to Honda, a bicycle can fit in the area directly behind the front seats. Like any good magic trick, the task looks impossible at first. Sure, the Fit has impressive rear head and legroom, but can a bicycle really fit in that relatively tiny space? Ladies and gentlemen, for my first trick….

The magic to make this happen is pretty simple. First, I lifted up both bottom seat cushions. Next, I locked the cushions in place by folding down the seat's support leg. Stepping in as a perfect volunteer was my Cannondale road bike (non-hipster edition with multiple gears and two proper handbrakes!), which only required the removal of its quick-release front wheel. After that, I stuffed the bike inside, careful not to scuff the door panels and seats, and viola, trick complete. The great thing about this is that the rear cargo area is still available for other items.

2015 Honda Fit EX© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Fit EX The area will fit almost anything that's no more than 4 feet tall. And the relatively flat floor served as a perfect resting spot for a 60-pound English Pointer after a long day of hiking. For bigger items, the rear seat backs fold flat for a total of 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space, providing more room than its competitors the Nissan Versa Note and Kia Rio.

Bicycles, dogs, and plants can all safely ride in the Fit thanks to the Magic Seats.

As I mentioned in my previous update, the Magic Seats were made possible by placing the fuel tank underneath the front seats. This results in a relatively small, 10.6-gallon tank, which means more frequent fill-ups on those road trips. It's a reasonable trade-off.

2015 Honda Fit EX© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Fit EX While fiddling with the magic seats, I paid close attention to the rear cargo area, which unfortunately is upholstered with what appears to be a low-cost, felt-like material. Not only is it flimsy, but dirt and debris sticks like Velcro. Dog hair is almost impossible to vacuum away and must be brushed off. That aside, nothing in the segment comes close to the magical versatility and practicality of the Honda Fit's Magic Seat.

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