My wife and I own a 2007 Honda Fit, and I can honestly say it's the best car we've ever had. It's safe, reliable, inexpensive to own and operate, amazingly commodious given its tiny size, and awesomely fuel-efficient at 31 mpg combined. (The 2013 gets 33 combined, an improvement but not that dramatic.)
The Fit is well into its second generation, and Honda now is beginning to talk about the third, which will be a 2015 model — the first built at a new plant in Mexico. If we buy a new car, this may well be it. I haven't kicked the tires, but it looks like Honda is retaining many of the features I like about the car, especially its versatile "magic seats," which allow the tall subcompact to have SUV-like hauling ability. I move furniture in it.
The new Fit gains two inches in wheelbase, but its other dimensions — height, length and width — are virtually unchanged. The first big change is the styling, which is decidedly more angular than before. The front end borrows a bit from the FCX Clarity fuel-cell car, and hints of the NXS and CR-V. It's sharp looking, but is still quite obviously a Fit.
When we bought a Fit, we had the choice of the base model or the Sport, which added paddle controls on the steering wheel, spoilers, and snazzier wheels. For various markets, the 2015 Fit comes in distinctly different flavors: a 1.5-liter RS (with a six-speed manual), a 1.3-liter engine coupled to a CVT for maximum fuel economy), and a 1.5-liter Atkinson Cycle hybrid model (with intelligent dual-clutch drive). It's the non-hybrid 1.5-liter, with the CVT (and the six-speed as an option), that's headed for America.
The hybrid, now with 135 horsepower, has been in the stable for a while, but hasn't been offered in the U.S. That's not changing. I'm not sure I understand Honda's thinking here, because hybrids are becoming ultra-popular in the U.S. The company says the fuel economy gain via EPA testing isn't likely to be enough to justify offering a more expensive model, but the Fit Hybrid clocks in at a stunning 85 mpg in the admittedly very generous Japanese test cycle. As a U.S. vehicle, 55 mpg is more likely.
It's unclear if the RS will make it here, but Motor Trend really liked it: "The 1.5-liter RS sports version mated to a six-speed manual gearbox delivers on Honda's S2000 and NSX heritage. Perfectly matched to the 1.5-liter's high-revving engine, the manual's short throws and tight gate with a pleasing mechanical precision allow for quick, sure gear changes at all speeds." It sounds like a Volkswagen GTI or other such hot hatch.
Our 2007 Fit, which we paid about $14,000 for if memory serves, is still looking good at around 70,000 miles. My kids grew up in it, and never once complained about the rear seat legroom. We fit in the Fit.