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2014 Honda Fit EV Hatchback - Overview

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2014 Honda Fit EV Hatchback

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Overview

What's New for 2014:

  • Gasoline-powered Fit skips the 2014 model year but will return completely redesigned for 2015
  • No changes for the 2014 Honda Fit EV

Introduction
For 2014, the front-wheel-drive (FWD), 5-door, 5-passenger Honda Fit is offered in EV (electric vehicle) form only, while the regular gas-powered version will return as a redesigned 2015 model. Availability of the Fit EV is limited to California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Rhode Island, and only via a 3-year lease (the Fit EV cannot be purchased outright). Competitors for the Fit EV include the Fiat 500e, Ford C-Max Energi, Mitsubishi i-Miev, and the Nissan Leaf, while gas-powered Fit models compete with the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Rio, Mazda 2, Nissan Versa, and the Toyota Yaris.

Models and Features
Those considering leasing the 2014 Honda Fit EV don't have to worry about being burdened with an abundance of trim levels and features to consider, as the car is only available in one well-equipped version. Among the many standard amenities are 15-in. alloy wheels, power outside mirrors, LED taillights, aerodynamic front and rear spoilers, automatic climate control, and keyless entry. Also included is a telematics system, as well as a voice-activated navigation system with directions to nearby charging stations, Bluetooth connectivity, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated front seats, cloth upholstery, and a 160-watt sound system with a USB port.

Options and Packages
There are no options for the 2014 Honda Fit EV.

Under the Hood
Unlike the traditional Honda Fit and even models like the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius, the 2014 Fit EV doesn't depend on gasoline in any way. Instead, propulsion comes from an electric motor that generates up to 123 horsepower (in sport mode; normal and eco modes are also featured) and 189 lb.-ft. of torque, along with a 100-kW Lithium-ion battery and 6.6-kW onboard charger. Honda says the Fit EV can be fully recharged in about 3 hours when plugged in to a 240-volt outlet, or roughly 15 hours with a 120-volt outlet.

Fuel Economy
Since the 2014 Honda Fit EV doesn't run on gas, the EPA uses a unique measurement for detailing the car's anticipated fuel economy. In place of typical mpg ratings are MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) estimates, which, for the Fit EV, equal 132 in the city, 105 on the highway, and 118 combined. Drivers can expect to travel up to 82 miles on a single charge, though that distance can be negatively affected by heavy use of the air conditioning or spirited driving style.

By comparison, the EPA says that the 2014 Nissan Leaf should average 126 MPGe in the city, 101 MPGe on the highway and 114 MPGe combined, with a maximum range of 84 miles.

Safety Ratings and Technology
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not published safety ratings for the 2014 Fit EV, however, the structurally identical 2013 Honda Fit received a "Poor" rating--the Institute's lowest--for small overlap front-impact protection. In spite of this, the Fit was still named a "Top Safety Pick" due to its scores of "Good" in the Institute's four other crash tests. As this overview is written, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not rated the crashworthiness of the 2014 Fit.

All Fit EVs feature 6 air bags, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (front disc/rear drum) with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, rearview camera, and front active head restraints.

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