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Honda Fit Review

The 2016 Honda Fit ranks 1 out of 17 Affordable Subcompact Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Honda Fit, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Reviewers write that the 2016 Honda Fit outshines much of the competition with its versatile cargo area, spacious cabin and excellent fuel economy.

The 2016 Fit is powered by a four-cylinder engine that auto writers say has plenty of power for city driving but feels a bit weak at highway speeds. A manual transmission is standard and a continuously variable transmission (automatic) is optional. Fuel economy is up to an EPA-estimated 33/41 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. Test drivers agree that the Fit feels composed when cornering and rides comfortably over rough roads.

Reviewers write that the 2016 Honda Fit's cabin is built with upscale materials for a subcompact car. They find that rear-seat legroom is generous for the class and they're impressed with its roomy cargo hold and versatile cargo-carrying capability. Standard features include a USB port, Bluetooth and a rearview camera. Available features include HD Radio, satellite radio, a 7-inch touch-screen audio display, navigation and a blind spot camera. Reviewers report that the available touch screen operates quickly but dislike that there isn't a dedicated knob for adjusting audio volume.

  • "If there's one thing this Honda is known for, after all, it's the incredible amount of stuff you can fit inside its pint-sized hatchback body. Today's Fit also has more rear legroom than ever, and it's got a respectable roster of standard and optional technology, too. Throw in excellent fuel economy and you've got a uniquely talented vehicle that offers great value in this segment." -- Edmunds
  • "Fit remains impressive in virtually all regards. Nothing else comes close from a cargo-hauling standpoint, and it's no longer lagging in any crucial areas. And yes, I walked away from the event remaining a really big fan of the Fit." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "With the 2015 Fit, Honda has raised the bar in a segment that has some pretty tough competition in the Nissan Versa Note, Ford Fiesta and Mazda 2. It's no longer a question of settling for less, but rather settling for the best." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "Still small but mightier than ever, the 2015 Honda Fit remains a top choice in the small car segment. No longer just a versatility story, the 2015 Fit impresses with an all-new drivetrain and a long-list of standard features. If you're in the market for a new sub-compact, the 2015 Fit should be at the top of your shopping list." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "We might be disappointed by the car's slight dynamic drop compared to its predecessor, but it's hard to complain about a car that is still such a complete package. Some competitors might have better chassis, some have better steering, and some just don't look dorky. But nobody has yet matched the Fit's incredible versatility at this price, and placed it atop a chassis that offers a modicum of fun." -- Car and Driver (2015)

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Other Cars to Consider

Though it lacks the cargo-carrying versatility of the Fit, the Ford Fiesta earns praise for its nimble handling and attractive cabin. Auto writers especially like the ST model, which they say feels remarkably powerful compared to rivals and is fun to drive.

Reviewers agree that the Kia Rio's audio controls and infotainment system are easy to master. They also write that its standard four-cylinder engine delivers ample power, and although it can't match the Fit's EPA numbers, the Rio gets good fuel economy for the class.

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Details: 2016 Honda Fit

The 2016 Honda Fit is a five-seat hatchback with front-wheel drive. Power comes from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (automatic). The Fit is available in three trims: LX, EX and EX-L. The Fit was fully redesigned for the 2015 model year and sees few changes for 2016. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2015 and 2016 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 8/24/15

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