2017 Honda Fit Overview
Pros & Cons
- Versatile and spacious cargo area
- Impressive interior materials for its class
- High safety scores
- Underpowered at highway speeds
- Significant amount of road noise in the cabin
- Cumbersome touch-screen infotainment system
Notable for 2017
- No major changes
Honda Fit Rankings and Research
The 2017 Honda Fit ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Honda Fit has a score of 8.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
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2017 Honda Fit Review
The 2017 Honda Fit surpasses subcompact car rivals in many categories. It offers versatile cargo space, great fuel economy, and a spacious and comfortable interior.
Is the Honda Fit a Good Car?
The Honda Fit is unquestionably a good car. Its gas mileage and cargo space are both excellent for the class, and it has one of the most upscale interiors of any subcompact. Both front and back rows offer supportive seats, which is not a given for a subcompact car. The Fit has good safety ratings and is above average when it comes to reliability. Put it all together, and it’s easy to see why the Fit is a mainstay near the top of our subcompact car rankings. The Honda Fit should also fit nicely in your budget. It’s the winner of the 2017 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award because it has the best combination of quality and value in the class.
Should I Buy the Honda Fit?
The 2017 Fit is a versatile subcompact hatchback that should appeal to a wide range of buyers. It is relatively affordable, has two usable sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats, and has plenty of cargo space, making it a worthy option for those looking for an affordable family vehicle or younger shoppers looking for their first new car. The Fit has high safety ratings, a quality cabin, and strong mpg estimates, which are qualities any buyer can appreciate. However, it’s not the only car worth considering in the class. The Chevrolet Sonic is another well-rounded subcompact, and it has more tech offerings than the Fit. The Toyota Yaris is one of the few class rivals that matches the Fit’s fuel economy, and it offers some safety features the Fit doesn’t.
If you’re in the market for a subcompact, there are several good choices, but the Fit definitely belongs on your list of cars to consider.
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The Honda Fit was last redesigned for the 2015 model year and has seen few changes since. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2015 through 2017 model years.
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How Much Does the Honda Fit Cost?
The subcompact car class has some of the lowest-priced vehicles on the market. Starting at $16,090 for the base Fit LX trim, the Honda hatchback is on the higher end of the spectrum, though it’s far from the most expensive car in the class. There are two higher Fit trims: the Fit EX, which starts at $18,000, and the Fit EX-L, which starts at $20,365.
There are not a lot of option packages available for the Fit, so you have to step up in trim to get more features. The exception is the EX-L trim, which lets you add navigation and satellite radio for $1,000. Even with that optional navigation package, the EX-L trim is still less expensive than some rivals’ base prices.
As mentioned above, there are less expensive cars in the class than the Fit. The Chevrolet Sonic is about $1,000 less, the Kia Rio is about $2,000 less, and the Ford Fiesta is about $2,500 less; all three of those competitors finish near the top of the class rankings, just like the Fit.
Honda Fit Versus the Competition
Which Is Better: Honda Fit or Chevrolet Sonic?
If you’re looking for a car with a lot of tech capabilities, the Chevrolet Sonic may be for you. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which connect your phone to the car so you can use the Sonic’s 7-inch touch-screen display to make calls, listen to music, access your calendar, and navigate. The Sonic also offers available built-in Wi-Fi and the myChevrolet mobile app, which allows you to start and stop your engine, lock and unlock your doors, and view diagnostic information all on your smartphone from almost anywhere. The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic starts at $15,145, which is about $1,000 less than the Fit. The Sonic also features two engines with more horsepower than the Fit's engine, though the Fit is more fuel-efficient. The Fit has more total cargo space, but the Sonic has more space behind the rear seats. Choosing between the Sonic and Fit will probably come down to personal preference. The Sonic will be more appealing to tech-savvy buyers, but both cars are near the top of our class rankings and worth considering. The Sonic is available in either sedan or hatchback body styles.
Which Is Better: Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris?
The Toyota Yaris has a starting price that’s about $850 lower than the Fit’s. The Yaris has a nice interior and includes standard driver assistance features not found in the Fit, such as pre-collision braking and lane departure warning. The Yaris’ infotainment features are easy to use, and there are physical controls in addition to a touch screen, whereas the Fit has very few physical controls for any features. The Yaris is one of the few vehicles in the class that can match the Fit’s gas mileage estimates, and the Yaris delivers a smooth ride and composed handling. While the Yaris has some advantages over the Fit, the Honda hatchback has a more powerful engine, much more cargo space, a nicer interior, and roomier seats. The Yaris isn’t a bad car, but there’s a reason that it’s midpack in our subcompact car rankings while the Fit is near the top.
How Many People Does the Fit Seat?
The Fit seats five and comes with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped shifting knob and steering wheel, and heated front seats all come standard in the EX-L trim. Rear legroom is generous and the cushions are reasonably high off the floor, which helps with thigh support.
Fit and Car Seats
The smallest of passengers are easily accommodated as well, with LATCH points on the outboard seats, which allow for safely securing child seats. Parents will be happy to know that most car seats (forward- and rear-facing) will fit without front-seat occupants having to move their seats up. However, the inboard seat anchors are difficult to reach and have a tether anchor mounted in the ceiling, which can obscure the driver’s view.
Fit Interior Quality
The Fit has plenty of soft-touch materials throughout its attractive interior, which gives the cabin a more upscale feel than most people would expect from a car that starts around $16,000. Unfortunately, the interior’s sleekness isn’t quite enough to distract you from the fact that a fair amount of outside sound makes its way into the cabin, so the ride gets noisy at times.
Fit Cargo Space
The 2017 Honda Fit has 16.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, 52.7 cubic feet with them folded, and a "Magic Seat," which allows for multiple configurations to make sure you can take almost anything with you: family, friends, weekend bags, or a surfboard. The front-passenger seat folds flat, so the Fit can accommodate items almost 8 feet long. Those are good cargo ratings; the Fit has more space than other subcompact hatchbacks like the Chevy Sonic and Toyota Yaris. And even with all seats in use, there’s more room in the Fit than you’ll get from the trunks of most midsize cars, such as the Honda Accord, which has 15.8 cubic feet of trunk space.
The car’s rear Magic Seat can be transformed into four different configurations, ensuring that your important cargo fits. You can fold down the rear row to fit a bike, fold down the rear and front passenger seats to fit a surfboard, or fold the rear seat cushions up to create up to 4 feet of vertical space for taller items. Even with the rear row upright, the Fit has enough cargo space for an abundance of grocery bags or luggage for a road trip (the average carry-on suitcase and grocery bag each take up about 1.4 cubic feet).
Fit Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
While there is a decent amount of technology overall in the Fit, the lack of knobs and buttons associated with the available touch screen is disappointing. Most controls, including volume, are found on the touch screen, which some find burdensome to use.
Other than the absence of physical controls, there are few problems with the Fit’s tech offerings. But some class rivals provide a more robust features list. The Chevrolet Sonic comes standard with a Wi-Fi hot spot and connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, none of which are available in the Fit.
Fit Engine: My Way or… Well, Maybe Not the Highway
The Honda Fit comes with a 130-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine in all models. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in the LX and EX models, with an available continuously variable transmission (CVT), which operates like an automatic. The CVT is standard in the top trim.
The Fit’s engine delivers plenty of power for driving around town, but you may wish for a little more when on the highway. The six-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly, with low internal friction, and the CVT helps deliver brisk acceleration. However, when you floor the accelerator you’ll hear a significant amount of engine noise.
Fit Gas Mileage: A Friend at the Pump
With the six-speed manual transmission, the Fit gets 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. With the optional CVT, it gets 33 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway. These are excellent numbers for the class.
For comparison, the best the Chevy Sonic can do, gas-mileage-wise, is 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway – worse ratings than the base Fit gets. Put another way, when equipped with a CVT, the Fit will save the average driver $100 per year in gas money compared to the Fit with the manual transmission, and it’ll save you $200 per year compared to the Sonic.
Fit Ride and Handling: Smooth Sailing
The 2017 Honda Fit comes with front-wheel drive and delivers more responsive handling and sharper steering than you may expect from a subcompact car. It generally has a comfortable ride, however it can feel a little firm at times.
Fit Dimensions and Weight
The Honda Fit is 160 inches (13.3 feet) long and 67 inches (5.6 feet) wide. It has a wheelbase of 99.6 inches (8.3 feet), and it stands 5 feet tall. The Fit LX (base trim) has a curb weight of 2,513 pounds with the manual transmission and 2,544 pounds with the automatic. The Fit EX weighs 2,573 pounds with the manual and 2,630 pounds with the automatic. The Fit EX-L is only offered with an automatic transmission and weighs 2,642 pounds.
Is the Honda Fit Reliable?
The Honda Fit is above average when it comes to reliability. It earns a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates (three is considered average). The Chevy Sonic and Toyota Yaris both earn ratings of 3.5 as well. The Hyundai Accent leads the class with a rating of four.
Honda Fit Warranty
The Fit is covered with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. Those are the same warranty terms offered by many class rivals, including the Chevy Sonic, Toyota Yaris, and Ford Fiesta. However, there are a few subcompact cars with better warranties, like the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent. Both are backed by a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Fit Crash Test Results
The 2017 Honda Fit receives excellent safety scores. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives it a five-star overall rating, earning five stars (out of five) in all but one category. The Fit receives four stars in the rollover category.
The Fit receives one of the highest safety scores in the subcompact class, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only safe vehicle. The Chevrolet Sonic receives a slightly higher safety score and also earns a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. It also earns a rating of Good (the highest rating) in all five crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Toyota Yaris' safety score is just barely behind the Fits'. The Yaris doesn't perform quite as well as the Fit in NHTSA crash tests, but it was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.
Fit Safety Features
The Fit comes standard with safety features such as a rearview camera and brake assist, which helps you apply full braking force in emergency situations. Standard in all but the base trim is Honda LaneWatch. When a driver activates the right turn signal, Honda LaneWatch activates, and a small camera shows live video on the display screen. This provides a clear view of the right side of the car, making it easier and safer to switch lanes.
Which Honda Fit Model Is Right for Me?
The 2017 Honda Fit has three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L. All trims come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and produce 130 horsepower. All trims also have front-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in the LX and EX models, with a CVT (automatic) available for $800. The CVT is standard in the top trim.
When it comes to picking the right Fit trim, the highest trim stands out as the best value. For about $5,200 more than the base LX’s price, you can get an EX-L with navigation, satellite radio, and heated leather upholstery (heat only in the front), none of which are offered in the LX or EX trims. The EX-L also includes all features found in lower trims. Granted, $5,200 is about a 32 percent increase in cost over the base trim, but when you consider all of the additional features, the price uptick is worth it. Besides, several class rivals cost as much as or more than a comparably equipped Fit.
The LX starts at $16,090. It comes standard with a rearview camera, a 5-inch display screen, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and Honda’s Magic Seat.
The EX trim adds push-button start, a moonroof, a six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch screen, and HondaLink, which syncs your smartphone to the Fit’s infotainment system and allows you to access certain apps on the touch screen. The EX starts at $18,000.
The EX-L starts at $20,365. It comes with heated front seats, heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and leather upholstery. A navigation system with voice recognition, HD Radio, and satellite radio is available for an additional $1,000, and remote start is available for $399.
Who Makes the Honda Fit?
The Fit is made by Honda, which is a Japanese car company whose official name is the Honda Motor Company Ltd. They're one of the 10 largest automakers in the world, and they also own the Acura brand. Honda has a North American subsidiary – the American Honda Motor Company Inc. – that was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in California. Honda has 19 manufacturing facilities in North America, many of which are in the United States, and as of 2015, more than 99 percent of Hondas sold in the U.S. were made in North America using domestic and globally sourced parts.
The Final Call
The 2017 Honda Fit earns its high class ranking for a variety of reasons. It’s among the class leaders in fuel efficiency and cargo space, it has a well-built interior, and it performs well in crash tests. The Fit provides all of this without an exorbitant price tag. But it’s hardly the only good subcompact car. The Chevrolet Sonic is well-rounded and has more tech offerings than the Fit. The Toyota Yaris comes standard with safety features unavailable in the Fit. And there are several class rivals with lower starting prices than the Fit. Still, the Fit has an abundance of strengths and very few weaknesses, and it belongs on every subcompact shopper’s list.
Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.
- "Honda smartly refuses to mess with a good thing, and the 2017 Fit is virtually unchanged from last year, which was virtually unchanged from its predecessor as well. The lone change is a new shade of silver paint." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Fit's styling is evolutionary, not revolutionary, meaning that the latest iteration of the small hatchback simply looks like an updated version of last year's model. That's not true on the inside, however, as the Fit has grown in size and offers a more luxurious cabin. But last year's update to the Fit goes beyond cosmetic changes. The hatchback also offers new features, better fuel economy and improved interior space, all of which conspire to make the latest Fit more of the same -- and that's a good thing." -- Autotrader (2016)
- "If there's one thing this Honda is known for, after all, it's the incredible amount of stuff you can fit inside its pint-sized hatchback body. Today's Fit also has more rear legroom than ever, and it's got a respectable roster of standard and optional technology, too. Throw in excellent fuel economy and you've got a uniquely talented vehicle that offers great value in this segment." -- Edmunds (2016)
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