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2020 Honda Fit Review

The 2020 Honda Fit ranks near the top of the subcompact car class. It boasts a spacious and handsome cabin with a configurable rear seat that makes cargo hauling a cinch, and it's available with a bounty of advanced driver aids.

Pros & Cons

  • Versatile cargo hold with plenty of room
  • Spacious, handsome cabin
  • Lots of available safety features
  • Great fuel economy
  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Engine drones at highway speeds

8.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.8
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.0
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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Is the Honda Fit a Good Car?   

The Honda Fit is a great subcompact car. It's also a roomy hatchback with the added practicality of a versatile cargo hold and Honda's configurable rear Magic Seat. Adding to the Fit’s appeal are its upscale interior and long list of available safety features. It gets a good predicted reliability rating too.

We named the Fit our 2020 Best Subcompact Car for the Money because it offers the best combination of quality and value in its class. This marks the sixth year in a row that the Fit has earned this accolade.

Should I Buy the Honda Fit?

If you want a small hatchback, the Honda Fit should be on your short list. It's not the least expensive car in the class, though, and there are lots of great vehicles you could consider. The Nissan Versa has more standard safety features than the Honda. Alternatively, if you like what the Fit has to offer, you might consider the Honda HR-V, which has even more cargo space and a Magic Seat of its own.

Compare the Fit, Versa, and HR-V »

Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Fit?

The 2020 Honda Fit belongs to a generation that launched for the 2015 model year. Honda made no major changes for 2020 or 2019, so you might be able to get a similarly equipped used Fit for less money.

The 2018 Fit is a good bet. For 2018, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available, and the infotainment system gained a volume knob. Additionally, Honda retuned the Fit’s suspension for improved handling and launched the Honda Fit Sport trim. The 2018 model was also the first Fit to offer available safety features like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Fit, 2018 Fit, and 2019 Fit reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

Compare the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Fit »

We Did the Research for You: 45 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about the Honda Fit in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, predicted reliability ratings, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 45 reviews. This 2020 Fit review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2015.

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How Much Does the Honda Fit Cost?

The 2020 Honda LX has an MSRP of $16,190. That’s a little high for a subcompact car.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

Honda Fit Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris?

The Toyota Yaris is a good subcompact car, but the Honda Fit is a better one. That said, there’s a lot to like about the Yaris. It comes in hatchback and sedan body styles, both of which have more standard driver assistance features than the Honda. However, the Fit has more passenger and cargo space, and its rear Magic Seat makes it a handier cargo hauler than the Yaris. Neither vehicle has a particularly robust engine, but the Fit has sportier handling.

Which Is Better: Honda Fit or Kia Soul?

Whether you think of the Kia Soul as a hatchback, a small car, or a subcompact SUV, it’s a terrific vehicle. Kia redesigned the Soul for 2020, and it’s a great value. The Soul has more standard tech features than the Fit, including a 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Soul also has a larger cargo hold, more potent engine options, and a quieter engine. However, the Fit is more fun to drive, and it has a lower base MSRP by about $1,300.

Both of these vehicles are 2020 Best Cars for the Money award winners. The Fit won in the subcompact car segment, while the Soul won in the subcompact SUV class.

Compare the Fit, Yaris, and Soul »

Fit Interior

How Many People Does the Fit Seat?

This small car seats up to five people on standard cloth upholstery. Upgrades include leather seats, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

With ample head- and legroom, the Fit is accommodating even for taller riders. As with many subcompact cars, though, two adults will fare better than three. The tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel makes it easy to find a comfortable driving position.

Fit and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as a third tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the LATCH setup the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The lower anchors are set deeply in the seats, and the tethers could be confused for other hardware.

Fit Interior Quality

Although there are some hard plastics here and there, the Fit’s cabin is made mostly of premium materials and soft-touch surfaces.

Fit Cargo Space

The Fit’s 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space is more than what you’ll get with many small sedans, such as the Kia Rio, but it’s less than you’ll find behind the rear seats in other five-door hatchbacks, like the Chevrolet Sonic. The Honda has a maximum cargo capacity of 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

The Fit comes standard with Honda’s Magic Seat. The rear seat cushions can fold up to haul taller items, and the front passenger seat can be folded flat to accommodate larger objects or even provide space for a makeshift bed.

Fit Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard equipment in this Honda includes a 5-inch infotainment screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker stereo.

Available features include a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, and HondaLink, which gives you remote access to your Fit and lets you use some features from your smartphone on the touch screen.

Although it’s not the most straightforward infotainment system on the market, the Fit’s setup is relatively easy to use, thanks to well-placed physical controls and available smartphone integration.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Fit Performance

Fit Engine: Suitable

Every Honda Fit comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The horsepower rating depends on the transmission you select. Models with the standard six-speed manual gearbox generate 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, and those with the available continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) have a rating of 128 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque.

Regardless of the transmission you choose, the Fit's acceleration may be too slow for your liking. Power delivery is sufficient for cruising around town, but getting up to speed on the highway takes some planning. The engine also drones at high rpm, which is another highway annoyance.

Fit Gas Mileage: Fits Any Budget

When equipped with the CVT, the 2020 Fit gets up to 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Those are phenomenal figures for a subcompact car. Models with the manual transmission earn fuel economy estimates of 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Fit Ride and Handling: Mixed Bag

The Fit's handling gets mixed reviews. This little Honda is far from clumsy, but some critics complain of body lean around corners and a lack of feedback from the road. Others say that this hatchback is fun to drive thanks to its responsive steering and excellent brake feel. Front-wheel drive comes standard.

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Fit Reliability

Is the Honda Fit Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Fit a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

Honda Fit Warranty

Honda covers the 2020 Fit with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Read more about reliability »

How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Honda Fit?

The cost of insuring a Honda Fit will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Fit Safety

Fit Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Fit an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this car the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. The Fit's standard headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead. The optional headlights received a slightly higher score of Marginal.

The IIHS uses a different scale for evaluating collision avoidance features. It gave the Fit the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of its front crash prevention system.

Fit Safety Features

A rearview camera is the sole advanced safety feature that comes standard in the Fit. In addition to automatic high-beam headlights, the Honda Sensing suite of driver aids is available. This bundle includes forward collision warning, a collision mitigation braking system, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.

Honda LaneWatch is also available. When you activate the right-hand turn signal, it displays a live video feed of your passenger-side blind spot on the infotainment screen.

Read more about safety »

Fit Dimensions and Weight

The Fit is about 13.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,522 to 2,648 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Honda Fit Built?

Honda builds the 2020 Fit in Japan.

Which Honda Fit Model Is Right for Me?

Honda offers the 2020 Fit in four trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L. A four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive come standard in all trims. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in LX and Sport models, and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard in the EX and EX-L and available in the other trims for $800.

Shoppers looking for more tech features should check out the Sport trim, and those who want more safety add-ons may want to consider the Fit EX.

Honda Fit LX

The entry-level Fit LX trim has an MSRP of $16,190. This vehicle comes with cloth seats, a 5-inch infotainment display, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, and Honda’s rear Magic Seat.

Honda Fit Sport

The Sport model starts at $17,600. It gains a 7-inch touch screen, HondaLink, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Pandora compatibility, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, alloy wheels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Honda Fit EX

The Fit EX ($19,060) picks up a suite of safety features that include lane keep assist, lane departure warning, Honda LaneWatch, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. The EX also adds an automatic transmission, a moonroof, and proximity keyless entry.

Honda Fit EX-L

The top-of-the-line EX-L retails for $20,620. It builds on the EX with leather-trimmed seats and heated front seats. The EX-L is also the only trim available with a satellite-linked navigation system.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

See 2020 Honda Fit specs and trims »

The Final Call

There’s a lot to like about the Honda Fit. Compared to other subcompact cars, it has a roomy cabin with handsome styling, a long list of available safety features, and practical storage thanks to Honda’s rear Magic Seat. It’s comfortable to cruise around in, and while its acceleration may not impress anyone, it’s more agile than some rival vehicles. It gets a good predicted reliability rating as well.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2020 Honda Fit might as well be one of those magical clown cars, what with its seemingly impossible ability to hold way more stuff than its small size suggests. Honda's subcompact hatchback also has more passenger space than most people would think possible, and its multi-way folding back seat is the key to its phenomenal versatility. While this generation of Fit lacks the fun-to-drive personality of its predecessors, it still has a very fuel-efficient engine and smooth ride quality. Of course, the hatch's buzzy engine and some unspectacular interior materials bely its bargain pricing. Still, the 2020 Fit is among the most practical and versatile small cars on the market." -- Car and Driver
  • "Honda upgraded its Fit for 2018 with sportier suspension tuning and Active Cruise Control -- plus available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto -- so little has changed with this space-efficient subcompact hatchback. Nevertheless, the 2019 Honda Fit remains the yardstick by which other affordable subcompacts are measured." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive, high-quality subcompact car, there's no doubt that the 2019 Honda Fit should be at the top of your list." -- Edmunds (2019)    
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