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MSRP: $16,190 - 21,520

8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.6
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: TBD

2019 Honda Fit Review

The 2019 Honda Fit ranks near the top of the subcompact car class. Its cabin is upscale, roomy, and practical, and its configurable rear seat makes it easy to load cargo. The Fit also has agile handling and offers more advanced safety features than many rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale, spacious interior
  • Versatile, roomy cargo area
  • Impressive amount of tech and safety features available
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Lackluster acceleration
  • Noisy automatic transmission at highway speeds

Is the Honda Fit a Good Car?

Yes, the Honda Fit is a good car. It ranks among the best models in the subcompact car class, thanks to its predictable handling, practical cabin, and abundance of available features. When equipped with an automatic transmission, the Fit also returns some of the highest fuel economy ratings in its class. On the downside, the Fit's automatic transmission can be loud, and acceleration is slow.

Should I Buy the Honda Fit?

The Honda Fit is a great choice in the subcompact car class. The base LX trim features a spacious and flexible interior highlighted by Honda's rear Magic Seat, which offers you numerous configurations to carry people and cargo of all shapes and sizes. Upper trim levels are even nicer and worth considering if you have some leeway in your budget. Among their extra features is a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system that gives you access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HondaLink, Pandora, and SMS text messaging.

Still, the Fit has an above-average starting price, so you might want to consider some cheaper alternatives. In addition to costing a couple thousand dollars less than the Fit, the Ford Fiesta is fun to drive and has a more upscale interior than the Honda. The Chevrolet Sonic may not have as many features as the Fit, but it is slightly less expensive.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Fit?

The Fit's current generation began with the 2015 model year. There were no major changes for 2019, but the 2018 Fit saw several updates. For that model year, Honda added Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration to the Fit, as well as a physical volume knob on the center stack. Also, several advanced safety technologies became available, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. A retuned suspension enhanced the 2018 Fit’s handling, while better insulation allowed for a quieter ride. The new Honda Fit Sport model, a midrange trim, debuted for 2018 as well. It features a restyled exterior, bright orange paint, and black alloy wheels. 

If you care about these features, you’ll want to stick with a 2018 Fit or newer. However, if these changes aren't important to you, you might consider shopping for an older model from this generation to save money. To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Honda Fit. If you decide an older model is right for you, you can review our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 36 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the Honda Fit in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 36 sources. This 2019 Honda Fit review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2015 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Honda Fit Cost?

The 2019 Honda Fit is a little more expensive than most subcompact cars. The standard LX trim has a starting MSRP of $16,190, and it comes with fewer tech amenities than base models of the cheaper Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Sonic. The Fit Sport ($17,500) adds niceties like a 7-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and HondaLink smartphone integration. Honda adds advanced safety equipment to the Fit EX ($18,160), and the top-level Fit EX-L ($20,520) comes with posh upgrades like leather upholstery and heated front seats.

For great savings at your local Honda dealer, check out our U.S. News Best Price Program. 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?

If you're considering the Fit, you may also be interested in the Toyota Yaris. The Yaris is available as a hatchback and a sedan, though unlike some cars with varying body styles, the two Yaris styles are completely different vehicles. The Yaris hatchback is a low-ranking subcompact that dates to the 2012 model year. The Yaris sedan is a much higher-ranking car that dates to the 2016 model year and is built by Mazda but sold by Toyota. The hatchback model has a cheap interior and is low on driving excitement, but the sedan has a nicer interior and sharp handling.

The Yaris has more standard safety features than the Fit, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. The Yaris also has an excellent predicted reliability rating. However, the Fit is the better car overall. It offers more passenger and cargo space than the Yaris, better fuel economy when equipped with the CVT, and higher-quality cabin materials. For a car that is fairly fun to drive, the Yaris sedan and Fit are both good choices, though you should steer clear of the Yaris hatchback.

Which Is Better: Honda Fit or Honda Civic?

Despite residing in the larger compact car class, the Honda Civic doesn’t offer much more passenger space than the Fit. In fact, the Fit has more overall cargo space, though the Civic hatchback has more trunk space with its rear seats up. However, these are both excellent cars. The Civic has outstanding safety scores and a classy interior. Its range of engine options offer much more power than anything you’ll find in the Fit. Additionally, the Civic comes in a variety of body styles: sedan, hatchback, and coupe. The Fit only comes as a hatchback. A Fit is likely less expensive than a Civic, and its smaller overall size means you’ll also have an easier time maneuvering it through the city. The Civic, by contrast, is a bit larger overall and a better choice if you want a little more comfort in your drive. Choosing between these two comes down to a matter of preference and your budget.

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Fit Interior

How Many People Does the Fit Seat?

The Fit seats five on standard cloth upholstery. A split-folding rear seat is also standard. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are available, as are leather upholstery and heated front seats. The front seats are comfortable, and seat height adjustments and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel make it easy to find a good driving position. The rear seats offer plenty of legroom, even for tall adults – though, like many subcompacts, two adults would fare better in the back than three.

Fit and Car Seats

The 2019 Fit comes with a full set of LATCH car-seat connectors on both outboard rear seats and a tether anchor for the middle seat. The rear seats are spacious enough for you to clip in a rear-facing child seat without moving the front seats too far forward.

Fit Interior Quality

With premium materials and lots of soft touch points, the Fit feels more upscale than its sticker price suggests.

Fit Cargo Space

The Fit has a spacious 16.6-cubic-foot cargo hold. That’s more cargo space than many subcompact sedans have, including the Kia Rio and Toyota Yaris, though it’s less than some hatchbacks such as the Chevrolet Sonic. Laying down the second-row seat creates 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is enough room for a bicycle. The Fit also comes standard with Honda's Magic Seat – a rear seat that does more than just fold with a 60/40 split. With the front-passenger seat also folded, you can haul extra-long items, like a surfboard. Or fold the front seat flat, and recline the rear seat to create a naptime space with lots of legroom. For tall cargo, the seat cushions fold up.

Fit Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Every Fit comes with a 5-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, a USB port, four speakers, and a rearview camera. Available features include push-button start, a proximity key, a moonroof, a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, Pandora compatibility, satellite radio, six speakers, and HondaLink, which lets you interface with several vehicle systems from your smartphone.

The infotainment system has a clean look and a few handy knobs and buttons, although critics offer mixed opinions on how straightforward the system itself is.

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

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Fit Performance

Fit Engine: Fit for the City

The Fit comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that puts out 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. If your daily commute keeps you within city limits, you'll probably be content with the Fit. Hit the open road, however, and you'll find it is slow to accelerate, both when merging onto the highway and overtaking other cars. The standard six-speed manual transmission gives you better control over the engine’s power, while the available continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) tends to drone at highway speeds and makes the car feel more timid.

Fit Gas Mileage: More Savings, More Noise

When outfitted with the CVT, the Fit has one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the subcompact car class. This setup gets 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Gas mileage with the manual transmission is 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. For comparison, the Toyota Yaris hatchback gets 30/35 mpg with its automatic transmission, while the Chevrolet Sonic gets 25/34 mpg.

Fit Ride and Handling: Playful and Agile

For a subcompact hatchback, the front-wheel-drive Fit is fun to drive. The suspension does a good job absorbing bumps (though the ride is a little firm). It has sharper steering and more responsive handling than many rivals, including the Kia Rio and Toyota Yaris hatchback.

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Fit Reliability

Is the Honda Fit Reliable?

The Fit belongs to a generation that usually receives above-average predicted reliability ratings from J.D. Power.

Honda Fit Warranty

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

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Fit Safety

Fit Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Fit five out of five stars in front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test for an overall five-star rating.

Fit Safety Features

A rearview camera is standard in every Fit. Several other advanced safety features are available. Honda Sensing bundles together a collision mitigation braking system, a road departure mitigation system, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and Honda LaneWatch are also available. The car automatically engages LaneWatch when you use the right-hand turn signal, displaying a camera image of your passenger-side blind spot on the infotainment screen. Most subcompact rivals, including the Chevrolet Sonic and Hyundai Accent, do not offer as many safety features.

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Which Honda Fit Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Honda Fit comes in four trim levels. The standard setup includes a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard in the EX-L trim and available as an upgrade in all other trims for $800. Outside of a suite of advanced safety features and a navigation system, there are few options available for each trim level, so pick the trim that comes equipped with the amenities you want.

If you can afford to spend a little more, we recommend the Fit EX. This trim gets a suite of advanced safety systems and convenient tech (including a feature that locks the door automatically when you walk away). Its upgraded infotainment system offers several ways to connect your smartphone for an enhanced user experience.

Honda Fit LX

The entry-level Fit LX's MSRP is $16,190. Standard features for this hatchback include cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, a 5-inch infotainment display, four speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Honda’s rear Magic Seat (which offers multiple configurations and has a 60/40 split).

Honda Fit Sport

Honda introduced the Fit Sport ($17,500) for 2018. It comes with fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, six speakers, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Pandora compatibility, and HondaLink (a system that connects your vehicle to your smartphone).

Honda Fit EX

The most notable upgrades in the Fit EX ($18,160) are its extra safety systems. A number of advanced technologies come standard – including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a collision mitigation braking system, a road departure mitigation system, automatic high beams, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and Honda LaneWatch. The EX also has push-button start, satellite radio, a moonroof, and a proximity key.

Honda Fit EX-L

The Fit EX-L adds standard leather upholstery, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors. Pricing starts at $20,520. This is the only trim that comes standard with the automatic transmission.

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.

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The Final Call

The Honda Fit may cost a little more than most subcompact cars, but numerous first-class traits make the higher price worth it. The Fit's upscale and spacious interior allows travelers more room to stretch out (especially in the back seat) than in many similarly sized vehicles. The cargo area is also larger than most, and the back features Honda's versatile Magic Seat. You may not win any races with the Fit, but the car’s sharp steering and predictable handling help it cruise along city streets with ease. You can also outfit it with an outstanding array of advanced safety features.

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

  • "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
  • "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
  • "The Fit retains what we liked about the old version of the car: its roominess, cargo flexibility and value. Not all of the promised changes for 2018 move the needle – it's still very noisy at speed and rides busily on the highway – but the added technology and safety features hit the mark. … So yes, it might be noisy and at times poky, but the Fit pretty much kills at everything else and at this price, that's more than enough. The Fit was my preferred choice in this class, and these additions just put more distance between it and the rest of the pack." -- Cars.com (2018)

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