Honda Civic vs Honda Fit

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Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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, Automotive Editor - August 31, 2016

There are many different factors that go into determining a model's base trim—everything from price point to segment and competition. That's why it's not unusual to find base trim levels that vary within a manufacturer's lineup.

Yet this is not true when it comes to Honda, which has made features like Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a USB port standard on every vehicle it produces. So if you're comparing two Honda models—say, the Civic and Fitit's important to look beyond standard equipment.

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What the Fit Gets Right

A key differentiator between the Civic and Fit is utility. When transporting friends and family, the two Hondas both seat five passengers, but the Fit has a bit more legroom in the rear seats. What's more, if you need to carry a coffee table or a lot of luggage, the Fit sets itself apart from the Civic Sedan and Coupe. In terms of cargo room, only the Civic Hatchback can challenge the Fit's max cargo-hauling capabilities of 52.7 cubic feet.

More than 22 inches shorter than a Civic sedan, the Fit is easy to maneuver and fun to drive. Further, despite its low price and entry-level status, the Fit may have more pop culture cachet than the larger Civic.

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What the Civic Gets Right

Whereas the Fit comes with only a single engine option, the redesigned Civic has two potent engines to choose from. These engines include a standard 2-liter four-cylinder with 158 horsepower and the optional 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 174 horsepower. The hatchback model adds a twist with its 180-horsepower version of the 1.5-liter engine in its Sport Touring model.

While the Civic's initially available sedan version was not as roomy as the Fit, its new hatchback version makes it competitive.

Who the Fit fits

The Honda Fit comes up a bit short when compared to its larger Civic cousin, but it does fit a specific niche. It is ideal or buyers on a more limited budget who value versatility.

Our Verdict: Honda Civic

Undoubtedly, both the Civic and Fit are competent cars that will please almost any buyer. Each comes with the promise of Honda dependability and a 60-month powertrain warranty. However, the redesigned Civic with its new engines, stunning looks, upgraded cabin, and useful hatchback edges out the Fit.

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, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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