When it comes to great affordable used cars, Honda models are excellent choices. The automaker’s vehicles win plenty of awards, so it’s no surprise that even a used model is a good one. Honda recently discontinued its subcompact hatchback, the Fit. Regardless, it’s still a highly reliable car. Here’s a look at the two used Honda Fit model years under $18,000.
A quick recap of Consumer Reports’ list
According to Consumer Reports, plenty of great used cars and SUVs cost $15,000 to $20,000. And as far as automakers go, Honda boasts plenty of entries on CR’s list “Best Used Cars and SUVs for $15,000 to $20,000.”
In fact, multiple model years of four of Honda’s most popular cars appear on the list. For instance, the CR-V and Accord made the list, in addition to the Fit. Not only do all cost between $15,000 and $20,000, but they’re also great cars with few drawbacks.
Indeed, Consumer Reports says the Honda Fit is one of the best pre-owned small cars in that price range. CR recommends two model years in particular: the 2017 and 2018 model years. That’s because they’re both highly reliable and boast good owner satisfaction ratings.
Why CR picks the 2017 Honda Fit
Thanks to its small stature, the Honda Fit is a great car for city driving, Consumer Reports notes. It may not be the best choice for a road trip, though. But according to Consumer Reports, though the 2017 Fit is undoubtedly small, it offers plenty of interior space for its size.
Plus, the Fit “comes with lots of equipment” and gets great gas mileage: 24 mpg in the city and an astounding 42 mpg on the highway for 33 mpg combined. That being said, it’s not a sports car by any means, and it offers only one engine option. The 2017 Fit has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which gets, at most, 130 hp. The silver lining, however, is that the Fit handles well, CR’s testers say.
Despite its impressive handling, the Fit isn’t the most comfortable car. The interior can be noisy, and the ride can be uncomfortable and harsh. Currently, Consumer Reports estimates a used 2017 Fit costs between $15,000 and $18,000.
Why the 2018 Honda Fit is a smart used buy
Though it’s only one model year newer, the 2018 Honda Fit offers significant upgrades over the 2017 model. But it’s like the previous model year in that it also has similar pros and cons, Consumer Reports notes.
Regardless, the 2018 Fit was the first model year that Honda offered smart safety features on its subcompact hatchback. For example, the 2018 model could be equipped with forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking with a pedestrian detection system, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist, CR says. Though the 2017 Fit boasted plenty of equipment, it offered none of those smart safety features.
Another difference between the two model years is in their reliability. The 2017 Honda Fit garnered a 5/5 score for its reliability from Consumer Reports, while the 2018 Fit’s reliability score was slightly lower at 4/5. And, of course, because the 2018 model is slightly newer, it costs a bit more. CR says the 2018 Fit could cost between $15,000 and $20,000.