The new 2015 Honda Fit goes on sale across the U.S. this coming Monday, April 14, and will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $15,525 for the LX trim with 6-speed manual transmission.

All Fit models are powered by a more powerful 1.5-liter engine developing 130 horsepower and 114 pound feet of torque with an EPA fuel-economy rating of 33/41/36 (city/highway/combined) for the LX with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

Honda said the 2015 Fit raises the bar on acceleration fun and fuel efficiency with the help of powertrain changes. A new Earth Dreams Technology engine significantly increases power, torque and throttle response with support from two newly developed transmissions – a 6-speed manual and all-new CVT with G-Shift Control. The 1.5L DOHC 4-cylinder engine with i-VTEC+VTC valve and timing control features direct fuel injection, reduced weight and friction, increased compression ratio, and other changes to deliver an 11 percent increase in peak horsepower (to 130) and a 7.5 percent increase in peak torque (to 114 pound feet).

The 2015 Honda Fit

The 6-speed manual is an all-new design, added Honda, with closer ratios to aid performance and a wider overall ratio range to improve fuel efficiency. The newly-developed CVT enhances engine responsiveness by providing quicker and smoother acceleration while improving fuel efficiency with a wider ratio range and reduced internal friction.

With the combination of the new engine and transmissions, the Fit has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 29/37/32 (city/highway/combined) for the manual transmission, 33/41/36 for the LX trim with CVT and 32/38/35 for the EX and EX-L trim with CVT.

Honda added the new Fit sports a fresh and dynamic exterior design with slimmer headlights that integrate into a solid grille design and an aggressive lower intake. Chiseled sides emphasize the wheels and the dynamically tapered roofline that terminates in a color-matched spoiler. Eight colors, including several new and vibrant options, accentuate the fresh exterior styling.

Model                                  MSRP             EPA Rating

Fit LX 6MT                        $15,525             29/37/32

Fit LX CVT                         $16,325             33/41/36

Fit EX 6MT                        $17,435             29/37/32

Fit EX CVT                        $18,235             32/38/35

Fit EX-L CVT                    $19,800             32/38/35

Fit EX-L CVTwith Navi  $20,800             32/38/35

The 2015 Honda Fit