2019 Honda Fit
The 2019 subcompact Honda Fit has plenty of desirable attributes. It’s fun to drive and highly maneuverable, offers one of the best fuel economies in its class with an EPA-estimated 33 city mpg, 40 highway mpg, and 36 mpg combined(when it’s equipped with the continuously variable transmission), features an affordable starting MSRP of $16,190 (plus Destination & Handling), has plenty of interior technology, and includes Honda’s class-leading suite of advanced safety features through Honda Sensing. Best of all, it’s designed to fit a lot into a seemingly small interior – hence its name.
This peppy subcompact vehicle comes in four trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L, each powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive. On all but the EX-L trim, a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional CVT is available (the EX-L is CVT only). With the six-speed manual, the engine delivers 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque, but these numbers taper slightly when mated to the CVT automatic, which makes 128 hp and 113 lb.-ft. of torque.
Comfort and Convenience
The base LX comes well equipped for its price point. With it, you can enjoy access to a rearview camera, remote entry, and the renowned 60/40-split folding second-row Magic Seat, which can be contorted to a number of different configurations to accommodate oversized or awkwardly shaped cargo items. Stepping up to the Sport trim provides the same features along with sportier styling elements. The Sport also gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Those who choose the EX will gain a sunroof and vehicle proximity entry with push-button ignition. At the top of the line, the EX-L adds heated side mirrors, heated front seats, and leather upholstery.
Small can still be safe, especially when there’s state-of-the-art safety tech inside. If the LX or Sport trims are selected with the CVT, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and intervention, and adaptive cruise control will be added. Both the manual and CVT for the EX get the same safety features from the previous two trims in addition to LaneWatch, a camera system on the passenger-side mirror that displays a clear view of the adjacent lane when the right-side turn signal is activated. These are included with the EX-L as well.
Much like the comfort and convenience aspect, the base LX supplies a decent amount of standard tech. Included is a 5-inch color LCD infotainment display complete with Bluetooth hands-free capability and a four-speaker audio system. This all changes with the Sport trim, though, where the infotainment screen is replaced with a larger 7-inch one. It also receives Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, as well as an upgraded six-speaker sound system with SiriusXM satellite radio. Both the EX and EX-L get all of the same tech, although the EX-L has the option of including a stand-alone navigation system with voice recognition along with HD Digital Traffic and HD Radio.
* Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition, and other factors.