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Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Honda Fit ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Honda Fit has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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2016 Honda Fit Review

As one of the most well-rounded models in the class, the 2016 Honda Fit is right at home among the best subcompact cars on the market.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy, versatile cargo space
  • Great gas mileage
  • High safety scores
  • Sluggish engine
  • Tricky touch-sensitive volume control 

2016 Honda Fit Overview

Is the 2016 Honda Fit a Good Used Car?

Few other subcompact cars can beat the 2016 Fit. It is roomy and comfortable, with excellent cargo space for the class. The Fit has a particularly handy rear folding seat (called Magic Seat), and it offers some of the highest fuel economy ratings and safety scores in the class.

Why You Can Trust Us

To help you decide if the Honda Fit is the right car for you, we've gathered and analyzed 27 professional reviews. We've also included information on fuel economy, safety, and more to give you an idea of the Fit's strengths and weaknesses.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking the best vehicles since 2007, and our editorial staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To keep our reviews impartial, we don't accept expensive trips or gifts from car companies, and an external partner places and sells the ads on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Honda Fit?

According to the 300-plus listings on our site for the 2016 Honda Fit, the average price paid is $15,400. Prices range from as low as $12,000 to as high as $18,000.

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How Much Does the 2016 Honda Fit Cost to Own?

You can expect to pay around $19,600 over five years, or $3,900 per year, on things like fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Honda Fit. With most competitors – like the Chevrolet Sonic, Ford Fiesta, or Subaru Impreza – these costs will be several thousand dollars higher over five years.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Fit?

Prices for the new 2018 Fit start at $16,190 – around $800 higher than the average price of a used 2016 model on our site. In some cases, you may be better off buying the new model; you won’t have to worry about previous owners, and you’ll get a new car warranty. The 2018 Fit is available with several features you can't get in the 2016 model, like smartphone integration and several advanced safety features. Just note, they'll cost you thousands of dollars more. Even the cost of the second-highest 2018 Fit trim, the EX, is close to the highest price of a used model. You may find some Honda deals at your local dealer that can reduce the price of a new model – potentially to even lower than the price of some used models. Just be aware that the entry-level new model may include less equipment than a similarly priced used model.

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There are several other new models you can get for around the same price as the average used 2016 Fit, including the Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta’s base price is actually lower than the average price of a 2016 Fit. The Fiesta has some of the most engaging driving dynamics in the class, but it's not quite as roomy as the Fit. The Chevy Sonic offers more standard tech and infotainment features than the used Fit (including smartphone integration and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot), while the new Toyota Yaris has a long list of safety features, even in the base model.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Honda Fit?

The Fit has a typical reliability rating for a subcompact car: 3.5 out of five. While that's average for the class, it's a bit above average for the auto industry as a whole.

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2016 Honda Fit Recalls

There was one recall on the 2016 Fit at the time of writing. An improperly manufactured grab handle for the rear seats could puncture the side curtain airbag, leading to an increased chance of injury in an accident. If the vehicle you're looking at is subject to this recall, be sure it been resolved before buying.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Fit Is Best?

The 2016 Fit is part of a generation that debuted for the 2015 model year. There are no differences between the 2015 and 2016 models. There is no 2014 Fit model, meaning the 2013 Fit was the last model of the previous generation. There are fewer features available in the 2013 model, though in many ways it shares the same strengths and weaknesses as the newer generation. The 2013 Fit has a higher reliability rating than the 2016 model, but it has lower safety scores. You'll want to weigh the benefits of each generation before choosing which model to buy.

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Which Used Honda Fit Model Is Right for Me?

Since the base Fit LX has a limited number of basic features, you should consider seeking out the EX trim, which adds a touch-screen infotainment system, a power moonroof, the LaneWatch blind spot camera, and HondaLink smartphone integration. Higher trim levels like the EX-L and EX-L with Navi add leather upholstery, heated seats, navigation, HD Radio, and satellite radio.

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Certified Pre-Owned Honda Fit Warranty

Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all certified pre-owned models, and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

Honda's CPO program is better than those offered by some rivals, like Subaru, Nissan, and Ford. In fact, it’s one of the best CPO programs available.

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How Safe Is the Fit?

From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Fit earned the top score of Good in four out of five categories and an Acceptable score in the small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Fit five out of five stars overall. The Fit's safety scores are above average compared to other subcompact cars. A rearview camera is standard, and a passenger-side blind spot camera, called Honda LaneWatch, is available.

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2016 Honda Fit Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda Fit or 2016 Toyota Yaris?

The Toyota Yaris falls well short of the Fit. The Yaris has a slightly higher reliability rating, but lower safety scores and less cargo space. It has a few more standard features, but its higher trims aren't as well-equipped as upper-level Fits. The Yaris' transmission choices are both outdated, and it returns lower fuel economy estimates than the Fit (in automatic transmission configurations).

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda Fit or 2016 Ford Fiesta?

Those who’d prefer a little fun behind the wheel will find it in the Ford Fiesta, which is offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles. The Fiesta is available with a range of engines, including a peppy turbocharged four-cylinder. The Fiesta's handling is nimble, so you can make the most out of twisty roads. However, if you just want a solid car for daily driving, stick with the Fit. The Fiesta has lower safety and reliability scores, and its cabin and cargo areas are smaller than the Fit's.

Which Is Better: 2016 Honda Fit or 2016 Subaru Impreza?

If you need even more space than what you'll find in the roomy Fit, consider the Subaru Impreza. It's available in both sedan and hatchback body styles and offers plenty of passenger space. The Subaru has higher safety scores than the Fit, though its reliability rating is a bit lower. The Impreza is also standard with all-wheel drive for added traction. If you don't need all-wheel drive or the extra passenger room, buy the cheaper Fit.

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2016 Fit Performance

How Does the 2016 Honda Fit Drive?

The Fit comes standard with a four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available. The Fit is responsive and quick around town with either powertrain, but it feels sluggish on the highway. Still, its ride is comfortable and composed.

Does the 2016 Honda Fit Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the CVT, the Fit gets good fuel economy: up to 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Fit Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Fit Seat?

There are seats for five in the 2016 Fit. The front seats are comfortable, but tall drivers may feel cramped. The rear seats have plenty of legroom. One downside is that the cabin can get rather loud at high speeds.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Honda Fit?

The Fit has full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of its outboard rear seats, as well as an additional upper tether anchor on the middle rear seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not rate the 2016 Fit's LATCH system.

2016 Honda Fit Features

Like most rivals, the base Fit has a limited list of standard features, with only a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a rearview camera. Higher trim levels add an upgraded audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, a power moonroof, and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with HondaLink smartphone integration. With HondaLink, you can find nearby restaurants or check the weather through the infotainment system. The touch screen is relatively straightforward and has quick responses, though the touch-sensitive slider for adjusting radio volume is frustrating.

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2016 Honda Fit Dimensions

Honda Fit Cargo Space

The Fit has excellent cargo space for a subcompact car, and the rear Magic Seat can be placed in many positions to haul objects of different shapes and sizes. There's 16.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, with a maximum of 52.7 cubic feet when the Magic Seats are in their folded down position.

2016 Fit Length and Weight

The 2016 Honda Fit hatchback is just over 13 feet long. The base model with the manual transmission has a curb weight of 2,513 pounds, while an EX-L trim with the automatic transmission has a curb weight of 2,642 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Honda Fit Built?

The 2016 Fit was assembled in Mexico.

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