Our South Florida Honda Dealers have seen, driven, and experienced everything Honda has made—anyone remember the odd rebadged Honda Crossroad?—but one of our favorites is the newest Honda Fit. A subcompact only by name, the 2017 Fit offers far more space than you’d ever expect, as well as a slew of modern tech that both young and old drivers can respect. But is it a better mini car than the Toyota Yaris? We think so, and here’s why.
Excellent Fuel Economy & Performance
When equipped with the CVT—most consumers choose the CVT over the 6-speed manual—the Honda Fit LX returns an impressive 33 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway. The Toyota Yaris brings in just 30 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway, easily giving it a second-place finish.
Both the Fit and Yaris come with a 1.5L I-4, but Honda’s engine is a better performer. Producing 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque, the Fit’s engine outperforms the Yaris’s 106-hp I-4 and its 103 lb.-ft. of torque. The Fit also has an integrated Eco Assist System that aids in limiting the use of fuel.
Non-Subcompact Passenger & Cargo Volume
Offering just 33.3 inches of rear legroom, the Toyota Yaris is certainly no match for Honda Fit and its 39.3 inches—even more than the Accord! In fact, the Honda Fit’s 95.7 cubic feet of interior passenger volume puts the Yaris and its 84.4 cu. ft. to shame. Add on the fact that the Yaris offers just 15.3 cu. ft. of cargo volume vs. the Fit’s 16.6 cu. ft., and it’s obvious that Honda’s subcompact clearly more spacious and comfortable for passengers.
Of note is the Fit’s clever second-row “Magic Seat,” which can be configured to be flipped up (more cargo space behind front seats) or forward (more rear cargo space). With all the seats down, the Fit opens up 52.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. Still think this Fit vs. Yaris comparison might be close?
More Standard Features
Between these two subcompacts, only the Honda Fit comes equipped with all the features you love. Standard Honda Fit features (on the low-level LX trim) include the following:
- Cruise control
- Remote entry
- Child-proof rear locks
- Rear spoiler
- Rearview camera
- Anti-theft system
- Illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls
- Power driver mirror
- LED daytime running headlights
All of the above standard features and systems are either optional add-ons or completely unavailable in the lowest Yaris L trim.
Tops in Safety
Each model year since 2013, the Honda Fit has offered more safety features, which in turn helped it achieve excellent safety ratings. The IIHS gives the Fit high marks for general crashworthiness, with an “N/A” grade for Small Front Overlap crash tests. The NHTSA also gave the Fit a five-star overall safety rating.
The Toyota Yaris offers just basic frontal crash protection and a “Marginal” grade in IIHS’s small overlap tests, while also nabbing just four stars in the “Front Passenger Side” category according to the NHTSA.
But as my fifth-grade teacher always said, grades aren’t all that matters. Along with the standard rearview camera, the Honda Fit also gives drivers peace of mind with its Honda LaneWatch system (standard on Fit EX and EX-L trims); LaneWatch activates with the use of the right turn signal and displays an image of the right blind spot on the vehicle’s 7-inch screen. The Yaris’s closest safety offering is Lane Departure Warning—a great feature in and of itself, but not as useful as a driver-assist feature.
Take a 2017 Honda Fit for a Test Drive in Miami
It’s quite clear that Honda’s subcompact has no real rival, not even in the form of Toyota’s Yaris. And now’s your chance to see why the best-selling Honda Fit is a perfect “fit” for you, too! Visit one of our South Florida Honda Dealers locations today to take it around the block. We have North Miami Beach Honda dealers all throughout South Florida, including Miami, Florida City, Fort Pierce, and beyond! Find your nearest dealership online, and contact a member of our sales team to learn more about our current Honda offers and incentives or to discuss available financing and leasing options on the new Honda Fit or other Honda models.
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