Dear Honda Fit, You Will be Missed
A Review of the 2020 Honda Fit Sport
Today we are talking about Honda’s 3rd worst-selling car for Honda in 2019, the Honda Fit. If you’ve never heard of the Fit, perhaps you’ve heard of its international cousin the Jazz. The Fit belongs to an awful class of cars, the subcompacts. Sales have been so bad, they’re no longer making them, instead, they’re trying to sell people on their horrendous HR-V. I find this worrying because I have no idea how clowns will get around once the Fit is no longer on the market.
The Fit came to America in 2007, the first generation only lasted two years until it was replaced by the second generation in 2009. This is the third generation Fit and it was released for the 2015 model year. This one has more passenger volume and is slightly shorter, although the wheelbase actually got longer. Also, it comes with a multi-angle backup camera standard, as well as optional Honda Sensing on the EX and above. This is the last generation of Fit that we will see in the US, although there is a fourth-generation Jazz released this year.
The Fit comes in four trims starting at $16k:
2020 Honda Fit Trims
This is the 2020 Honda Fit Sport with 16” black alloy wheels in Milano Red and it costs about $19k. All Fits come with one engine option as well as the choice between a 6-speed manual or CVT. As well as a 10.6-gallon fuel tank and weigh about 2,600 lbs or about two grand pianos.
2020 Honda Fit Engine
What It's Like to Drive
If you asked me which car I’d rather drive, between this and the HR-V I’d say the Fit. The Fit accelerates very well, sure it has a small engine, but it’s a small car. Highway speeds are where the Fit definitely lacks. It can keep up but it just has to work a little harder. With the CVT you get paddle shifters so you can race Mustangs and such in your Honda Fit Sport. The Fit comes with Honda’s excellent multi-angle backup camera with dynamic guidelines. The Fit is very maneuverable, not as maneuverable as the Yaris Hatchback, but it’s easy to drive. Like most Hondas, this one rides pretty well for a cheap car and the steering wheel is responsive.
What’s The Inside Like?
On the Sport trim, you get the 7” infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility. It also comes with a 180-watt, six-speaker system which sounds good. The buttons all feel cheap on this car and the slider from recirculating to taking in fresh air makes a loud “ka-chunk” when you move it. The seats are cloth and manually adjustable, certainly the most uncomfortable seats of all the Hondas I’ve driven. Even worse, if you opt for the most expensive trim the EX-L you get leather seats, but they’re still not power-adjustable. This is why it makes sense that unlike most cars, Honda advertises the back seats more so than the front. That’s because of what Honda calls the “Magic Seat” ™, it comes in four different modes. Utility mode, where both back seats are down to store more stuff. Long mode, which is where both seats on the passenger side are down for something long perhaps a kayak. Tall mode, when both seats are lifted up for tall objects, perhaps a palm tree. Refresh mode, the most useless of all, the passenger seat is reclined completely flat.This is for someone sitting in the rear who needs to stretch their legs. They can extend their legs straight out on the passenger seat.
What You Get With the Sport Trim
There are a few things you get with the Sport trim, performance upgrades are certainly not one of them. In the front, you get a spoiler with orange accents. As well as in the rear you get a diffuser with orange accents. Also, you get body-colored side underbody spoilers. Finally, a chrome exhaust finisher so that 1.5L has somewhere to dump its horsepower.
What You Don't Get With the Sport Trim
The Fit is missing some basic technology I would like to see on the lower trims. For Example, on the EX and below you don’t get intermittent wipers, just 3-speed wipers. Also, Honda Sensing with their LaneWatch is nowhere to be found on the trims that don’t start with EX. Want a Push to Start? You’ll have to opt for one of the EX trims, otherwise, you’re stuck with Honda’s regular key. Even sliding sun visors are reserved for the higher trims. But, most impressively Honda withholds floor mats only for those who get the EX or EX-L Fit.
Honda Fit vs Toyota Yaris Hatchback
This Honda’s Toyota counterpart is the Yaris Hatchback. The Fit has great space for passengers, as well as a more versatile back seat. The Fit offers a better interior with soft-touch materials as well as better standard technology. Because the Fit’s seats can fold flat, it outshines the Yaris in cargo space. The Fit accelerates much faster than the Yaris which is way underpowered with only a 106 HP engine. However, the Yaris offers better standard driving assists than the Fit, including low-speed collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and lane departure assist. Also, believe it or not, the Toyota is predicted to be slightly more reliable by JD Power. In my opinion, the Fit is the better-suited subcompact car with its better cargo space, interior, and more powerful engine.
- Versatile Seat
- Adequate Power
- Few Features on Base Trim
- Sport Trim is Only Cosmetic
- No Honda Sensing Below EX
If you want a subcompact car, the Fit is the best of the best. However, you probably don’t actually want a subcompact car, I would recommend checking out something a little bigger, at least a Civic. The Fit comes with some impressive space for its class on the inside. Couple that with great handling and decent technology it’s the perfect A to B car. However, if you decide to go with the Fit, remember to BYOFM, bring your own floor mats!