Still competitive in its segment due to innovative styling, packaging and an enjoyable drive, Honda’s Fit sub-compact is starting to show its age.
Once the out-in-front segment leader, the Fit is no longer the obvious choice, especially in regards to fuel economy, though Honda aims to change all that with a new powertrain for 2014.
While not yet confirmed for that platform, Honda has unveiled a new 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, featuring direct-injection. While no official specs have been released the new engine itself will be five percent more fuel efficient while offering a six percent improvement in torque.
Mated to the engine will be a new CVT transmission, with the combination resulting in a 15 percent improvement in acceleration and a 10 percent bump in fuel economy.
The powertrain also features a start-stop system that will shut off the engine when idling, though it’s not yet clear if Honda has any plans to bring start-stop technology to non-hybrid models in North America.
The current Fit is rated at 117 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque, while offering 28 mpg city, 35 mpg highway and a combined 31 mpg.