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2017 Honda Fit Review

The 2017 Honda Fit’s upscale interior, great safety scores, and versatile cargo area help it rank among the best vehicles in the subcompact car segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Versatile, spacious cargo area
  • Impressive interior materials for class
  • High safety scores
  • Underpowered at highway speeds
  • Significant amount of road noise in the cabin
  • Cumbersome touch-screen infotainment system

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Honda Fit's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Subcompact Cars category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award. Currently the Honda Fit has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 29 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Honda Fit Overview

Is the 2017 Honda Fit a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Honda Fit is one of the top used subcompact cars on the market. Despite its tiny dimensions, it has one of the largest cargo areas in the class. Its cabin is a pleasant place to be and includes interior materials that are of unusually high quality for the class. Back-seat passengers will also enjoy an abundance of legroom. The Fit has sharp steering and handles well on the road. It has the best combination of quality and value in the class, which is why we named it our 2017 Best Subcompact Car for the Money.

Still, even great vehicles have their flaws. The Fit’s engine can be noisy and is a bit sluggish, especially on the highway. Additionally, the available touch-screen infotainment system can be complicated.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 29 Honda Fit reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Honda Fit?

There are more than 250 listings for the 2017 Honda Fit on our site, and the average list price is $17,200. Prices range from $14,600 to $20,500, depending on the model and its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Honda Fit Cost to Own?

The 2017 Honda Fit’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $19,400. That’s on the low end for the class. For example, five-year cost estimates come out to about $24,800 for the Chevrolet Sonic and $21,600 for the Toyota Yaris.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Honda Fit?

The 2018 Honda Fit starts at $16,190 and tops out at around $21,500. Used 2017 models can save you some money, as they range in price from $14,600 to $20,500. Still, it’s worth noting that the 2018 model received some important upgrades, like more available features and an updated suspension that results in better handling. The 2018 Fit also gained a Sport trim. Both models are great vehicles, but the 2018 model may be worth the extra expense.

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If you want a new vehicle, but your budget is limited to the average price of a 2017 Fit, there are a number of options in the subcompact car class you can consider. For example, check out the 2018 Kia Rio (starting at $13,900). It was fully redesigned for 2018, so it’s available with some of the latest technology features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has an excellent predicted reliability rating, sharp handling, and an intuitive infotainment system. Another option is the 2018 Chevrolet Spark, which starts at $13,050. It’s slow on the highway and doesn’t have much cargo space, but its sharp handling makes it a good companion for solo city commuters. It also comes standard with an easy-to-use infotainment system.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Fit Is Best?

The 2017 Fit is part of a generation that was introduced for the 2015 model year. There are only minor differences between the 2015, 2016, and 2017 models, and they’re all great options. In fact, the 2015 and 2016 models earned our Best Subcompact Car for the Money and Best Hatchback for the Money awards, while the 2017 model earned our Best Subcompact Car for the Money award.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Honda Fit?

The 2017 Fit received a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That’s considered above average for the industry.

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2017 Honda Fit Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Honda Fit has no reported recalls.  

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Which Used Honda Fit Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Fit has three trims: LX, EX, and EX-L. Because the base Honda Fit LX comes minimally equipped, you should select a higher trim. For fuel efficiency, we recommend the Honda Fit EX-L, which is the only trim that comes standard with an automatic transmission (CVT). The Fit EX-L comes with quite a few desirable features, including push-button start, a 7-inch touch screen, HondaLink, heated front seats and side mirrors, and leather upholstery. Additionally, the only way to get a navigation system, voice recognition, HD Radio, and satellite radio is in an EX-L trim package.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2014 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2018 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Fit?

The 2017 Honda Fit received excellent safety scores. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a perfect five-star overall rating. It earned five stars in all but the rollover crash test, in which it received four stars. In four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the 2017 Fit received the highest rating of Good.

The Fit comes standard with a rearview camera and brake assist, which helps you apply full braking force in emergency situations. Also available is Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitoring. Honda LaneWatch activates when the driver turns on the right turn signal. The display screen shows live video of the car’s right side, which helps you change lanes safely. Most competing cars are available with several more driver assistance features, including pre-collision braking, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.

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2017 Honda Fit Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda Fit or 2017 Chevrolet Sonic?

You can’t go wrong with either car, but the Chevrolet Sonic gives you a lot more options than the Honda Fit. If you’re after tech features, the Sonic is the more suitable pick. It comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, which allows you to access a variety of your phone’s features on the car’s touch screen. The Sonic is also available with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot and the myChevrolet mobile app, which allows you to start, stop, lock, and unlock your vehicle from your phone. While the Honda Fit is more fuel-efficient, the Sonic has a stronger powertrain and a better predicted reliability rating. The Chevrolet Sonic also has two body styles to choose from: hatchback and sedan.

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda Fit or 2017 Toyota Yaris?

The Toyota Yaris is a good car with a better predicted reliability rating than the Fit. It also comes standard with many notable active safety features, including pre-collision braking and lane keeping assist – a rare treat in the class. The Yaris’ infotainment system is straightforward, unlike the Fit’s. While both cars have high-quality interiors, one of the Yaris’ biggest disappointments is its uncomfortable seats. Its performance is also underwhelming, due to its dull handling and dated transmission. Choose the Fit for a stronger engine, sharper handling, a roomier interior, and a greater cargo capacity. Go with the Yaris for its predicted reliability, features, and user-friendly technology. 

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2017 Honda Fit Performance

How Does the 2017 Honda Fit Drive?

The front-wheel-drive 2017 Honda Fit has a 130-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an available continuously variable automatic transmission. The Fit can quickly zip through city streets, but it feels sluggish on the highway. Additionally, there’s quite a bit of engine noise under hard acceleration.

The Fit has sharper steering and more responsive handling than you might expect in the subcompact car class. Its ride is comfortable overall, but it feels somewhat firm.

Does the 2017 Honda Fit Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the available automatic transmission, the 2017 Honda Fit returns an EPA-estimated 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, which are outstanding numbers for the class.

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2017 Honda Fit Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Honda Fit Seat?

The Honda Fit seats five and has a good-looking cabin with surprisingly upscale materials for the price. Unfortunately, its cabin is noisy, and headroom is limited in the back seats. Rear legroom, on the other hand, is plentiful.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Honda Fit?

The Fit has full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of its outboard rear seats, as well as an upper tether anchor on the middle rear seat.

2017 Honda Fit Features

The 2017 Honda Fit comes standard with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a 5-inch display, a four-speaker audio system, and keyless entry. Available features include a six-speaker audio system, a moonroof, the HondaLink system, a 7-inch touch screen, push-button start, and Eco Assist, which displays your driving efficiency on the dashboard screen.

In models that have the touch screen, adjusting commonly used functions like audio and climate controls through the on-screen menus can be a hassle. In models without the touch screen, these settings are controlled via easy-to-use buttons and knobs.

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2017 Honda Fit Dimensions

Honda Fit Cargo Space

Behind its rear seats, the 2017 Fit has 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 52.7 cubic feet with the seats folded. A configurable Magic Seat allows you customize the space to accommodate a variety of items.  

2017 Fit Length and Weight

The 2017 Honda Fit is 13.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,513 pounds to 2,642 pounds, depending on the trim and transmission.

Where Was the 2017 Honda Fit Built?

The 2017 Honda Fit was manufactured in Japan.

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