The Vehicle: I like to think this car belongs to an aspiring comedian, the type of person who needs an affordable and reliable car that is neither cool nor splashy but is always a low boiling joke that allows for them to self-deprecate because it’s just a car. It’s not a bad car. It’s not a good car. It barely has character. It’s a foil. It’s “fit,” intended to be light outdoorsy for a city person who thinks about camping but never does. That is who this car is for. Also: it comes in a hybrid version. This one is not a Hybrid, though. This one seems very much like the base version of the car.
Environmental Impact: Some good (“good”) news! The 2015 Honda Fit was a finalist for the Green Car Of The Year in 2014. No, it did not win but here’s why it got the nomination:
The award recognizes the environmental performance of the completely redesigned Fit, which received class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings of 33/41/36 (city/highway/combined) for the LX trim utilizing an Earth Dreams Technology™ 1.5-liter direct injection engine and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Green Car Journal editors selected the Fit as a finalist based on its balance of fuel efficiency, its new space-efficient body and its highly flexible seating configurations.
This sounds great! But is it? Let’s turn to our handy EPA Gas Equivalencies Calculator, which gives it’s 10.5 gallon tank equivalency to 101 pounds of coal burned with every tank. Not great but it is better than the old Civic. Good? Sure. Green? Eh. Not really.
How Happy Does This Honda Make Me? It’s fine. For the comedian who couldn’t get the hybrid version, it’ll do. It’s serviceable. There are better cars. There are also worse.