If you’re looking for a new car, it’s good to know the history of the make and model you’re interested in. This can save you unnecessary trouble down the road and help you avoid a potential lemon. While some cars may have a lot going for them, like ample safety features, high-reliability ratings, or standard features you can’t live without, even the best cars have issues. Honda itself is a highly respected brand, but how does the Honda Fit hold up?
The Honda Fit’s worst problem
For a car to have problems at some point in its life shouldn’t be a surprise. What may come as a surprise about the Honda Fit, though, is that it’s worst problem is in the category ‘accessories – interior problems.’ That’s minor compared to what could have popped up, from engine problems to high-cost-fixes.
The 2014 and 2017 Honda Fit were the only years that escaped this complaint, with 2007-2018 all logging complaints in this category. The top years were 2015 (33 complaints), 2010, (14 complaints), and 2016 (11 complaints).
Within this category, you’ll find the most complained about problem for the Honda Fit — its extremely uncomfortable seats. This was typically recorded at about 2,000 miles and cost, on average, $300 to fix. Customers also reported self-fixing by adding pillows, soft covers, and more to their seats.
Other major problems with the Honda Fit
The Honda Fit also had a few other notable issues. The 2007 Honda Fit was plagued with power steering failure complaints (11). The average mileage it occurred at was about 67,000 miles and could cost an average of $790 to repair. The most common solution for this issue was to replace the electronic power steering system or module.
The Honda Fit’s third-biggest problem was again with uncomfortable seats, this time with the 2016 model. For this to pop up twice in the top 3 most common complaints, it sure makes the argument that Honda needs to invest in some better seats.
When comparing the most complained about years, each year brought different issues to the table, so aside from the top three complaints, it is really better to compare years versus specific complaints.
The most complained about Honda Fit model
So, which model tops the list as the most complained about model of the Honda Fit? It’s pretty unanimous. Customers and CarComplaints.com agree — it’s the 2015 Honda Fit that takes the prize. It logged 126 complaints. That was more than twice the second most complained about model year.
Not only is it the most complained about model year, but it also got CarComplaints.com’s title of ‘Worst Model Year’ overall. It sounds like you should steer clear of the 2015 Honda Fit.
There has to be more to it than just uncomfortable seats, though, right? The top complaint for this year, the uncomfortable seats, got 24 out of the 33 nods in the ‘accessories – interior problems’ category.
The second biggest issue was the ‘electrical problems’ category with 31 complaints. Those were a mix of starter failure (11), battery dying (8), the car not starting (6), and more. After that, the categories that had problems all logged less than 10 complaints each, with the bigger problem areas being AC/heater issues (10), body/paint problems (9), and engine problems (9).
Would you buy a Honda Fit?
The Honda Fit isn’t all problems — it has a lot going for it. The question is, is it worth buying? Reviewers from U.S. News to Edmunds think so. U.S. News calls it the #1 Subcompact Car for 2020. While the seats still seem to be at least somewhat of an issue for consumers, the car itself is a good buy overall.