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2019 Honda Fit Review

Since it reshaped the subcompact genre, the Honda Fit has been the model to beat in just about every comparative test. This second generation may have been dulled down slightly in outright performance, but it still keeps alive the key aspects that have made the Fit popular among the buying public and not just enthusiasts. A high-quality cabin, an abundance of interior space, and masses of cargo volume - configurable in innumerable ways due to the rear Magic Seat - all remain true to the original's ideologies, while Honda has kept the price unchanged for 2019 ranging from $16,190 to $21,520. Buyers get the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder motor as before developing either 130 horsepower with a six-speed manual gearbox or 128 hp with the CVT and driving the front wheels. Once again, Honda Sensing provides the Fit with exceptional standard safety features, now incorporating automatic high-beam headlights.

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2019 Honda Fit Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2018 Fit?

After receiving a major mid-cycle update for the 2018 year model, the Fit enters 2019 almost unchanged. The styling and trims remain, but Honda has mildly increased the safety offering. On all models with the Honda Sensing package of safety features (All CVT-equipped LX and Sport models, as well as EX and EX-L models), Honda has now added automatic high-beam headlights as standard. There's an update to the color palette for 2019, with Platinum Pearl added as a new color in place of last year's Orchid Pearl.

Pros and Cons

  • Excellent fuel economy with CVT transmission
  • Versatile in-cabin storage with rear Magic Seat
  • Roomy interior caters even to adults
  • Exceptional cargo volume
  • High levels of safety
  • Fun driving dynamics
  • Tepid acceleration
  • Infotainment not the best in class
  • Navigation only available as an option on the top trim
  • Sport trim doesn't offer extra power or enhanced chassis
  • Noisy CVT transmission with rubbery acceleration

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2019 Honda Fit Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LX
1.5L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$16,190
Sport
1.5L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$17,500
EX
1.5L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$18,160
EX-L
1.5L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$20,520
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2019 Fit Exterior

2019 Honda Fit Front View Honda
2019 Honda Fit Rear View Honda
2019 Honda Fit Rear View Door Opened Honda
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Dimensions

  • Length 161.4 in
  • Wheelbase 99.6 in
  • Height 60.0 in
  • Max Width 67.0 in
  • Front Width 58.3 in
  • Rear Width 58.0 in
  • Curb Weight 2,522.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Platinum White Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Aegean Blue Metallic
  • Milano Red
  • Orange Fury
  • Helios Yellow Pearl

2019 Fit Performance

2019 Honda Fit Front View 1 Honda
2019 Honda Fit In Motion Honda
2019 Honda Fit 1.5L I4 Engine Honda

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    1.5L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Right from the first generation, the Fit has given buyers an enjoyable front-wheel driving experience. It's a trait that has continued well into this second generation with enticing driving dynamics that the layman can enjoy. The Fit isn't quite as keen a driver's car as the Ford Fiesta, but it's still good fun.

The chassis provides exemplary balance when being chucked about through corners, and the levels of grip are high when leaning on the tires through corners. What's more, the standard suspension is unfazed by mid-corner bumps. On the straight and narrow the road manners continue in the same vein, soaking up bumps and undulations impressively. The HFP (Honda Factor Performance) package is optionally available from the Sport trim upwards and equips high-performance suspension which not only improves the handling at the limits but improves the ride quality as well, quietening secondary road imperfections exceptionally.

The levels of cabin noise are some of the best in class, thanks to high levels of noise insulation and added sound dampening added in the wheel arches and doors for the 2018 update. But as much as the refinement is improved, models equipped with a CVT transmission still drone incessantly at all speeds, with the noise permeating the cabin more than we'd like.

The Fit is let down marginally by its steering, which although direct and amply weighted, tends to lack feedback due to the electronic power assistance - a trait found in numerous rivals in this segment. But it requires little effort and the Fit is deft at changing direction quickly. It makes tight parking maneuvers easy, and town driving just as simple.

2019 Fit Interior

2019 Honda Fit Dashboard Honda
2019 Honda Fit Dashboard 1 Honda
2019 Honda Fit Driver Seat Honda
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.4 in
  • Front Head Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 39.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.5 in

2019 Fit Trunk and Cargo Space

2019 Honda Fit Trunk Space with Seat Folded Honda
2019 Honda Fit Trunk Space with Seat Folded 1 Honda
2019 Honda Fit Maximum Cargo Space Honda
  • Maximum Cargo Space
    52.7 ft³

2019 Fit Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2019 Honda Fit a good car?

The Honda Fit still leads the subcompact pack. There may be a few areas in which the competition runs the Fit close, namely on outright power and in the case of the Ford Fiesta on supreme handling and steering feel, but in all objective metrics, the Fit is simply untouchable. The CVT equips advanced safety features and class-leading economy, while the Magic Seats and clever packaging give the Fit more practicality than anyone else in the segment. The seating is comfortable, the cabin spacious and refined, and the ride quality is exceptional. Some may not be fans of the MPV-ish styling, but the Fit is simply the best vehicle in the subcompact segment by a substantial margin. Several years on and the competition is still lagging behind. Now, several years into the second generation, the Fit is also more reliable than ever, and the updated looks give you more reason than ever to buy one.

2019 Honda Fit Comparisons

Toyota Yaris Hatchback Toyota
Honda Civic Hatchback Honda
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Honda Fit130 hp29/36 mpg$16,190
Toyota Yaris Hatchback 106 hp32/40 mpg$17,750
Honda Civic Hatchback 158 hp26/36 mpg$23,550
Kia Soul 147 hp28/33 mpg$19,290

2019 Honda Fit vs Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Both the Fit and Yaris are subcompact hatchbacks that will seat a claimed five occupants, but the Fit does it in far more comfort while the Yaris skimps on rear passenger room substantially. The Fit also offers one cubic foot of storage space more than the Yaris, and that's before the Magic Seats are flattened to increase the deficit. Not only is the Fit more comfortable and practical, but it's more efficient too. Simply put, the Fit is the better all-rounder.

See Toyota Yaris Hatchback Review

2019 Honda Fit vs Honda Civic Hatchback

The Civic might be the Fit's bigger brother, but the highest trim Fit EX-L still undercuts the base Civic hatch while offering high levels of specification and safety and matching the Civic for gas mileage. The Fit only offers marginally less passenger volume but offers a higher maximum cargo volume with 52.7 cubic feet to the Civic's 46.2 cubic feet maximum. But, the Civic's performance is better, and the Civic can be equipped with more kit in higher trims. Still, if you're looking at a base Civic, the Fit might well be the better choice.

See Honda Civic Hatchback Review

2019 Honda Fit vs Kia Soul

The Kia Soul might be a crossover, but that's perhaps the only way any vehicle might come close to comparing to the cargo volume of the Fit. Behind the rear seats, the Kia provides 2.2 cubic feet more, but on maximum available cargo volume, the Fit wins by a margin of 3.2 cubic feet. The Kia is marginally more expensive but comes with better infotainment, while the Honda takes the win in the economy stakes. The Kia does, however, offer nearly double what Honda does in terms of warranties, making this a very tight comparison. Buyers would be happy with either offering.

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