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2015 Honda Fit Introduction Live at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/13/2014 Frank Markus

I’m here at Honda’s NAIAS stand where the next Fit has just been unveiled.

I tried it on in the front and back seats, both of which accommodated my 5'10" frame with loads of room to spare. Rear seat headrests are now of the "shingle" type that are uncomfortable to sit on when down, forcing most occupants to raise them and then manually lower them before folding the "Magic Seat." Happily, the latter still goes completely flat, and never loses its inside seat belt latches in the process.

Facts we learned at the press conference: a $60 option will let you run your smart phone's Nav on the car's screen. The big touch screen also allows tap, swipe, and pinch to zoom, just like your tablet.

2015 Honda Fit© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Honda Fit

Here’s a recap of what we knew in advance:

Always something of a packaging miracle, the new one is smaller on the outside and yet offers more passenger space inside, especially rear legroom (up 4.8 inches).

Its new 1.5-liter engine gets direct fuel injection, for a valuable and much needed injection of vitamin H—horsepower. As in, 13 more of them for 130 total (torque is up 8 to 114 lb-ft).

Transmissions are also new: a six-speed manual and a continuously variable automatic with paddle shifters for would-be F1 pilots.

The other big news is that this Fit will be built in North America, greatly increasing the supply and shortening the delivery time.

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