The 2020 Honda Fit sees a simplified lineup as factory options are no longer offered. Unfortunately, this means the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features is no longer offered on the lowest two trims.
In the subcompact car segment, the Fit remains a champion of space, efficiency, and value, which are unlikely to go out of fashion anytime soon.
Choosing Your Honda Fit
The Honda Fit is offered in four trims: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L. Pricing starts at $17,145 including destination for the base LX and reaches $21,575 for the EX-L.
Every Fit is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 128 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive isn't available.
The LX and Sport come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, which actually increases power to 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) that are found standard in the EX and EX-L is available on the lower two trims for $800.
The manual-equipped Fit returns an EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon city, 36 mpg highway, and 31 combined. With the CVT, these numbers climb to 33/40/36 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Fit has space for five passengers, and despite its compact dimensions, it's spacious inside with 41.4 inches of front legroom and 39.3 inches of rear legroom. It offers 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 52.7 cubic feet with the second row folded flat.
The Fit’s LX and Sport trims no longer offer Honda Sensing, but the upper two trims get the suite of safety features standard. It bundles automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning.
Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot monitoring system and automatic high beams are also standard on the EX and EX-L.
The Fit carries a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
The LX trim provides basic features like a 5-inch display, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and one USB port.
Most buyers will want to move up to at least the Sport to get the 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Pandora integration. Satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, and a second front USB port are included alongside the upgraded infotainment system.
Those who are looking for an urban runabout and little more will be drawn to the value of the LX trim. All of the expected features of a modern car, such as power windows, power locks, cruise control, air-conditioning are present, so the LX is unlikely to bring any disappointing surprises.
In fact, automatic headlights, body-colored door handles and mirrors, a rear window defroster, remote entry, and LED brake lights are all noteworthy features that are standard.
Where the LX is about providing the goodness of the Fit’s engineering, the Sport takes on a mission to update the styling. The steel wheels are replaced with 16-inch black alloy wheels, underbody spoilers are added to the front and sides to effectively lower the visual center of gravity, a chrome exhaust finisher promotes a can-do performance attitude, and fog lights lessen the blank space on the front end.
Inside, the extra expense is put to good use by way of the upgraded infotainment system and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
The EX returns to the mainstream market by trading out the spoilers and dark wheels and instead, including the aforementioned safety tech, a sunroof, proximity entry with push-button start, and other nice-to-haves such as sliding sun visors, floor mats, and cargo area tie-downs.
The EX-L trim sticks to the Honda nomenclature formula by adding leather seating to the EX trim. Additional upgrades include heated front seats and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
The 2020 Honda Fit is full of thoughtful engineering, especially in the department of space efficiency. Its personality will generally suit urban dwellers better than suburbanites, though the charm of doing more is present in every trim. The Fit shines brightest in the EX trim, where the safety features and larger infotainment system are standard.