It’s the end of the year, which is an ideal time to snap up a great deal on a leftover 2017 car. And if you’re in the market for a fuel-efficient subcompact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better choice than the 2017 Honda Fit.
That said, we realize that the Honda Fit is hardly the lone choice in the subcompact sector, so we decided to do a head-to-head comparison with one of its chief rivals: the popular 2017 Ford Fiesta. To accomplish this, we looked to the expert reviewers at Motor Trend and Kelly Blue Book, plus official NHTSA, IIHS, and U.S. Department of Energy (EPA) ratings. Which of these tiny road-beaters comes out on top? We’ll let you be the judge!
Standard Equipment on the Base Models
The base 2017 Honda Fit LX comes packed with the usual suspects, including the following standard features:
- rear-view camera
- automatic headlights
- LED taillights
- 6-inch audio display screen
- cruise control
- remote keyless entry
- power window and door locks including a one-touch driver’s side window
- air conditioning
- audio controls on a tilt/telescoping steering wheel
- 160 watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 player audio system with a USB port
- blue tooth connectivity
- Magic Seat
- side curtain airbags
- electronic traction/stability control
Compared to the 2017 Ford Fiesta, the Fit is certainly more capable of offering owners a little je ne sais quoi. The Fiesta’s base model S features the following standard gear:
- air conditioning
- 4 speaker AM/FM radio with auxiliary input
- SyncApp Link that works with smartphones
- dual USB inputs
- keyless entry
- manual windows
Looks like the Honda Fit beats out the competition with more standard features than the Fiesta!
Safety Ratings & Fuel Efficiency
A good safety rating is important to most people, and one of the most coveted safety ratings comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA). The 2017 Honda Fit earned an overall 5-star safety rating, while the Fiesta earned a respectable (but not perfect) 4 stars. The Fit also achieved excellent grades from the IIHS, whereas the Fiesta received some pretty poor ratings for driver-side crashworthiness and LATCH anchors.
One of the major perks of driving a subcompact is for its fuel economy, especially with the volatility of gas prices today. Both the Fit and the Fiesta deliver, but the Fit edges out the Fiesta with better fuel economy, delivering 36 mpg combined compared to the Fiesta’s 31 mpg combined.
The Experts Weigh In
Reviewers from Motor Trend and Kelly Blue Book have plenty to say about both 2017 rivals, too:
Motor Trend’s Impressions
Here’s what Motor Trend reviewers like about the 2017 Honda Fit:
- Plenty of interior storage space and cargo room on all trim levels
- Smooth ride
- Excellent fuel economy
What do they like about the 2017 Ford Fiesta?
- Fuel-efficient SFE three-cylinder model
- High-performance ST model
- Choice of Hatchback or Sedan
Kelly Blue Book Chimes In
Kelly Blue Book rates cars on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest rating possible. The 2017 Honda Fit earned an overall rating of 9.4, while the Fiesta earned an 8.8. Here’s how the two rival subcompacts come out on their scale:
- Driving Dynamics: The two end up in a dead heat on this one with each earning a 9.1.
- Comfort and Convenience: The Fit edges out the Fiesta with an 8.9 rating vs. the Fiesta’s 8.4 rating.
- Interior and Exterior Design: The 2017 Fit wins again with a 9.1 vs. the Fiesta’s rating of 8.8 (no doubt due in part to the Fit’s roomy interior and generous cargo space).
- Value: The 2017 Honda Fit earns a solid 9.4 in terms of overall value, while the Fiesta rates a KBB rating of 8.2.
Looks like the 2017 Honda Fit outperforms the Ford Fiesta in just about every way! (Did we mention that the 2017 Fit also won U.S. News and World Reports “Best Compact Car for the Money“?)
Come Get a New Honda Fit in South Florida
With Happy Honda Days currently going on at our South Florida Honda Dealers, now is the perfect time to check out the end-of-year deals on the 2017 Fit. If you’re a resident of the Miami area, we’ve got a Honda Dealer near you that would be happy to show you our current selection. So, why not come on in and meet your new Honda? Whether it’s a leftover 2017 Fit or any of the other great Honda vehicles on your local Honda dealer’s lot, you won’t be disappointed.
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