Another week marks another small car death. This time we are sad because it’s the Honda Fit that’s dying off. Honda ultimately decided to sunset its tiniest and cheapest car due to declining sales. There’s no word yet on how Honda will fill the void in its lineup, but here is what we will miss the most about the Fit.
The Honda Fit is a great city driver
The Fit is one of the best cars for city driving simply because it’s easy to park and fun to drive. Honda completely redesigned the Fit for 2015, and the 2020 model is part of this same generation. The Fit gets its power from an energetic 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. This engine makes 128-horsepower when paired with the continuously variable automatic transmission or 130-hp when paired with a six-speed manual. The Fit’s lively handling is even comparable to the Mini Cooper.
Critics appreciate the Fit not only for its playfulness on the road but also for its excellent fuel economy ratings. Consumer Reports named the Fit as its number one subcompact car for 2020 for its versatility and efficiency. U.S. News deems the Fit its top subcompact car for this year too.
The Honda Fit is great on value
Not only is the Fit fun to drive, it also offers a comfortable car cabin that’s packed with many desirable features. The Fit boasts the most spacious car cabin in its class and also provides smart storage spaces. Because of this, Car and Driver fondly calls the Fit a “magical clown car.” This subcompact has also received high marks from critics for its upscale-looking cabin. Cloth upholstery comes standard on the Fit, and leather trimmings are available too.
The Fit is ideal for drivers looking for the most practical way to get around town, but the available tech features make this subcompact even better. Base models get a 5-inch infotainment display with Bluetooth connectivity. All other trim levels come with a 7-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You can also upgrade your Fit with HD Radio, navigation, and a suite of advanced safety features.
It’s an excellent option to buy new or used
The Fit’s versatility and affordable price point make it an excellent choice for older city dwellers and recent college grads. If you want to buy the Fit in its last model year here in the U.S., the base model starts at $16,190. While it’s a bummer that Honda is sunsetting the Fit, fortunately, this model is still an excellent choice to buy used.
The Fit has low average ownership costs and has consistently earned high marks for predicted reliability based on Consumer Report’s data. The 2018-2019 model years are great choices if you want the most modern infotainment features at a discounted price. Overall, owners have been satisfied with the Fit’s value offerings and comfort. This subcompact will be missed.