2020 Honda Fit Review
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2020 Honda Fit Review

By Autolist Editorial | October 6, 2020

Quick Facts:

Pros:

  • Lots of hauling capacity.
  • Good fuel economy.
  • Lots of fun-to-drive character with certain packages.

Cons:

  • Small infotainment screen as standard.
  • Ride might be too stiff for some consumers on bumpy roads.
  • Low-quality interior materials.

Vehicle Type: Subcompact five-passenger, five-door hatchback.

Price Range: Between $17,145 and $21,575 before options.

Powertrain: 130 horsepower, 114 lb.-feet of torque, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, with either a six-speed manual transmission or CVT (continuous variable automatic transmission), and front-wheel-drive.

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Overview:

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The Honda Fit has been a popular, reliable, practical, and fun-to-drive hatchback in the U.S. market since its introduction in 2006. Since then, it has gone through three generations, with this being the final year before a brand-new fourth-generation debuts internationally. It’s been well received by shoppers and critics alike, but it’s unlikely the new model will be brought to the U.S.

This generation has been around since 2015 and hasn’t seen many changes besides a few minor sporty upgrades, such as the available Honda Factory Performance Package. It has good technology features to keep it relevant as a new car, as well as a worthy opponent to the competition, such as the Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Spark, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa, Mitsubishi Mirage.

The 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is equipped with Honda’s Earth Dreams technology, which uses clever engineering to deliver impressive fuel economy and power for its tiny size. This engine, as well as a six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission, are the only powertrain and drivetrain options across most of its trims, though the manual transmission is not available on the EX and EX-L trims. CVT-equipped models have a total of 128 horsepower, two less than those that are manual transmission-equipped

The 2020 Honda Fit’s hierarchy of trim levels is as follows: starting off is the LX, then the Sport, EX, and EX-L. Each trim has a good selection of options, and all Fit models the same amount of cargo room.

Overall Score: 8/10


Safety Features: 8/10

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The 2020 Fit earned a five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It earned five stars in all of its rating categories: Frontal Barrier, Side Crash, Side Barrier, and Combined Side Barrier and Pole.

Though, it was not named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

This subcompact hatchback offers a great selection of available driver-assistance technology dubbed the Honda Sensing suite of driver aids. These include automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, which all add to this little hatch’s ability to eat up highway miles and increase situational awareness on the road. Automatic emergency braking is similar to collision warning on competing brands’ offerings. Unfortunately, adaptive cruise control is not available on manual transmission models, or the LX and Sport trims.

Among the IIHS’ findings, it earned a “Good” in the Rear Crash category, a “Good” in Front Moderate Overlap, a “Good” in Overall Side Crash, and a “Good” in Roof Strength for rollover.

The Fit’s basic safety features are comprehensive. Each model rolls off the production line with Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags, Front And Rear Head Airbags, Stability Control, Emergency Braking Assist, and Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation.


Value: 8/10

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The Fit is generally a good value due to its cargo capacity, fuel efficiency, and moderate price. Competing subcompact, B-Segment offerings by Chevrolet, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Nissan are priced lower, though do not offer as many convenience or tech features. The Fit also has more power than all of the competition.

Thanks to available visual and handling enhancement options, the Fit might be the best-looking of the lot as well, and reviewers agree. This might be an econobox competing with other bargain-basement econoboxes, but it’s at least the sportiest and aesthetically-pleasing of the lot.


Tech Features: 8/10

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In addition to its suite of Honda Sensing driver-aid features, the 2020 Fit offers a good variety of tech to stay competitive and help justify its higher price over the competition.

Every 2020 Fit trim comes with Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity standard, at least one USB port, and additional audio controls on the steering wheel. The 7.0-inch touchscreen system, which comes standard on every trim above the LX, is very good, with nice clarity and great features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, as well as six audio speakers. Every trim above the LX features this; the LX only has a 5.0-inch touchscreen and four audio speakers. One sign of the times is no audio input; there are only USB ports to pipe music into the Fit’s stereo system.

Reviewers found the touchscreens to be responsive and easy to use, with a good amount of physical buttons and an easy learning curve.


Practicality: 10/10

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Cargo capacity has always been the Fit’s forte, thanks to its clever design of putting the fuel tank low and below the passenger compartment, as opposed to up and below the rear bumper area. It’s name is quite apt; one can truly fit a lot of stuff inside this versatile little hatch.

Fun fact: this little Japanese hatchback has nearly as much cargo room as a Porsche Macan. In these times of consumers flocking to crossovers and SUVs, it’s good to know there are still smaller, fuel-efficient options that can get the job done.

The Fit is generally roomy with great interior space. There’s space for five between its doors and an impressive 16.6 cubic feet behind the rear bench seat while it’s folded up. Though, dropping the rear bench expands this area into a flat-bottomed, full-on cargo hold, measuring a massive 52.7 cubic feet. Colloquially, fans of the Honda Fit describe its rear seats as “magic seats” due to how they fold flat and open up this tiny hatch’s hauling capabilities. A cargo net, cargo tray, cargo organizer, and cargo tie-down hooks are all optional add-ons to make securing down and organizing items a breeze.

The Fit is also generally spacious for occupants. On models not equipped with a sunroof, the front headroom measures in at 39.5 in., front shoulder room is 54.8 in., and front legroom comes in at 41.4 in. The headroom for passengers in the backseats is lacking, however.

The Fit doesn’t stop there with practicality. In addition to its cargo capacity, good tech, and thrifty fuel economy, it is nicely-appointed in the higher trims. Heated seats are standard on the highest EX-L trim, as are leather upholstery and steering wheel.

This all comes together to make a multi-purpose, do-it-all commuter that’s a nice place to be while stuck in traffic, trying to warm up in colder climates, or even helping friends move.


Styling & Design: 8/10

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While the base Honda Fit LX trim maintains its price-point with steel wheels with hubcaps, and other typical, basic econohatch design, sporty styling is refreshingly common on the 2020 Honda Fit elsewhere, particularly with the aptly-named Sport trim. At this level, consumers get stylish, black 16” wheels and a handful of exterior accents, such as fog lights, a rear hatch spoiler, chrome exhaust tip, and body kit pieces with orange accents.

In general, the Honda Fit doesn’t do styling that’s incredibly striking and different, like the Honda Civic (or even much-talked-about styling of the Honda Civic Type R). Instead, its lines and front-end are more reserved, looking more mini-mini-van-like than sporty, sharp, hot hatch, and doesn’t stand out too much from its competition from Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Chevrolet. Except for, of course, the Honda Fit Sport trim.

The base LX trim comes equipped with 15x5.5-inch steel wheels, while every trim above it comes standard with 16x6 inch alloy wheels.


Driving Experience: 7/10

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The 2020 Honda Fit has a decent power-to-weight ratio compared to other cars in its class. Ranging in weight from 2,568 pounds to 2.648 pounds, and having as much as 130 horsepower with 113 pound-feet of torque on tap, it’s no hot rod, but reviewers report it zips around well. Combine that with a manual gearbox and the optional Honda Factory Performance (HFP) Package, and it’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

When equipped with the manual transmission, the 2020 Fit springs to 60 MPH from a standstill in 7.9 seconds, which is slightly quicker than competing base trims by other manufacturers, such as the Nissan Versa and Mitsubishi Mirage, and right on the money with the Toyota Yaris hatchback (which is also a Mazda2 outside of the USA). The CVT-equipped model takes a bit longer to get up to 60 MPH; 9.1 seconds in the high-level, highly-appointed EX-L trim.

Unfortunately, the CVT transmission saps all of the fun out of the driving experience, and that the six-speed manual is much preferred. Though, if consumers are after something that will reliably get them from point A to point B, without any drama, and all the comfort, while they haul a bunch of stuff, the CVT is the way to go.

Elsewhere regarding inputs, the Fit’s light steering is good for everyday driving and allows for easy maneuverability around town and on the highway.


Fuel Efficiency: 10/10

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The Honda Fit’s fuel economy is one of its calling cards. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine can achieve as much as an EPA-estimated 40 MPG highway in the LX equipped with the CVT transmission; other Fits reach an estimated 36 MPG. When equipped with the manual transmission, city MPGs reach as much as 29, a mild trade-off for three-pedal fun. Other models equipped with the CVT achieved 30 MPG city.

Reviewers noted that in real-world testing, being conservative with the right foot led to as much as 41 MPG highway with a 6-speed-manual-equipped model, which far exceeds the EPA’s estimations.


What’s it Going to Cost Me?

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The entry-level Honda Fit LX trim comes in at $16,990 and is very basic: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission, 15-inch steel wheels with covers, cloth upholstery, and 5.0-inch color infotainment screen.

Up next is what we consider to be the best value. The Fit Sport comes in at $18,400 and includes 16-inch black alloy wheels, fog lights, body kit with orange accents, chrome exhaust finisher, leather-wrapped steering wheel, the upgraded 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six-speaker audio, and satellite radio. If the CVT transmission is selected, this trim will come with paddle shifters on the steering wheel to boot.

The $20,015 Honda Fit EX comes off the assembly line with luxury and safety features that are very good for the price. Its 16-inch machine-finished alloys are pleasant-looking, a sunroof comes as standard, keyless entry is standard, as is a push-button start. The EX also includes Honda’s Sensing suite of driver aids, which, as we mentioned, is very impressive, especially for this price-point.

Finally, the $21,575 Honda EX-L possesses all of the aforementioned tech and amenities and goes a step further with leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated body-color side mirrors. Integrated turn signals are also included for improved visibility.

The 2020 Honda Fit is a solid value for the money. With good standard tech, a comfortable interior, tons of SUV-like hauling space, fun driving dynamics with the upgraded HFP Package, and excellent fuel economy, this is sure to be a comfortable jack-of-all-trades that can tick off the miles on the highway, give small moving vans a run for their money, and return near-diesel-like fuel economy. Plus, it makes owning a small car a tad easier in 2020 with its excellent smartphone connectivity.

Especially once the base LX trim is surpassed for the Sport trim, which adds some nice visual accents that help this fun hatch stand out against the competition, especially when other manufacturers seem to be losing more and more interest in keeping their subcompacts… well, interesting.


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