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2015 Honda Fit

minicar / 4-door wagon

2015 Honda Fit 4-door wagon

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2015-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit LX wagon

The Honda Fit was redesigned for the 2015 model year. (The 2014 model year was skipped except for a limited number of plug-in battery-electric variants.) Two small overlap front tests of the Fit were conducted. In the first test, the bumper beam, a steel bar located behind the plastic bumper cover, broke free of the frame rail on the passenger side of the car early in the crash. This caused much more of the crash energy to be absorbed by the driver side than Honda intended, resulting in extensive intrusion into the driver survival space and excessive upward movement of the steering column.

As a result, Honda improved the strength of the bumper beam welds for all Fits built after June 2014 and has announced a "product update" to replace the beams free of charge on cars built before the change was made on the assembly line (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door). In the second test of a car built with the improved bumper beam, intrusion was considerably reduced and the steering column remained much more stable during the crash.

The evaluation of the Fit is based on the second test and also applies to earlier cars repaired under Honda's product update. This modification will significantly improve protection in small overlap crashes.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s face remained in contact with the frontal airbag, but its head still rolled around the left side of the steering wheel toward the A-pillar because the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Action shot taken during the second of two small overlap frontal crash tests.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained reasonably well in the second test.

In the second test, the seat belt allowed far too much forward movement of the dummy to the extent that its head hit the steering wheel hard through the airbag.

Intrusion of the door hinge pillar and instrument panel contributed to a moderate risk of injury to the left lower leg in the second test.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1430
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 13
Footrest (cm) 8
Left toepan (cm) 9
Brake pedal (cm) 3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 9
Upper dash (cm) 10
Lower instrument panel (cm) 8

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1430
Head
HIC-15 651
Peak gs at hard contact 139
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.5
Extension bending moment (Nm) 14
Maximum Nij 0.68
Chest maximum compression (mm) 25
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.2
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.82
Right 0.51
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.7
Right 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 59
Right 82

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2015-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit LX wagon

The Honda Fit was redesigned for the 2015 model year. (The 2014 model year was skipped except for a limited number of plug-in battery-electric variants.) Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF1320
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 3
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 8
Right (cm) 4
Brake pedal (cm) 2
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) -1
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1320
Head
HIC-15 265
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm) 19
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.3
Femur force - right (kN) 0.3
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.34
Maximum tibia index - right 0.35
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.5
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 67
Right 71

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit LX wagon with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Honda Fit was redesigned for the 2015 model year. (The 2014 model year was skipped except for a limited number of plug-in battery-electric variants.) Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of side crash test verification.

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle:2015 Honda Fit LX wagon

The Honda Fit was redesigned for the 2015 model year. (The 2014 model year was skipped except for a limited number of plug-in battery-electric variants.) Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1315
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -16.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1315
Head HIC-15 399
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 42
Average deflection (mm) 35
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.46
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.88
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.9
Combined force (kN) 3.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.2
L-M moment (Nm) 157
A-P moment (Nm) 51

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1315
Head HIC-15 139
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 1.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 50
Lateral force (kN) 1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 43
Average deflection (mm) 34
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.79
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.62
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7
Combined force (kN) 1.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.4
L-M moment (Nm) 86
A-P moment (Nm) 38

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2015 Honda Fit EX wagon

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,604 lbs
Peak force 15,955 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 6.13

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2015-19 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 12
Distance below top of head (mm) 13
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.1
Head contact time (ms) 50
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 130

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted