|1.5-litre, 16-valve, Direct Injection, DOHC, i-VTEC® 4-cylinder||Engine||1.5-litre, 16-valve, DOHC, 4-cylinder|
|Automatic CVT||Transmission||Automatic 4-speed|
|Standard||Automatic Climate Control||NO|
|Standard||Dynamic Backup Camera||NO|
|95.7 cu.ft.||Passenger Space||85.1 cu.ft.|
|16.6 cu.ft.||Basic Cargo Capacity||15.6 cu.ft.|
If you’re looking for a reliable, fun-to-drive subcompact car, you might be weighing options from Honda and Toyota, as both automakers are known for producing well-designed small cars that hold their value.
When comparing the 2017 Honda Fit to the 2017 Toyota Yaris, you’ll notice similarities in pricing and fuel economy, but some major differences in safety, interior space, and drivability. Here’s our one-to-one comparison:
The 2017 Honda Fit was recently refreshed in 2015 and carries over much the same styling that made it a hit with buyers. A sloping hood, raked windshield, blacked-out grille with wedge-shaped projector headlights, and upswept crease along the lower beltline give the Fit a modern aerodynamic look that’s youthful and visually appealing. The Fit’s youthful and contemporary attitude can also be seen from the rear with large “C-shaped” taillights (mimicking the hot new 2017 Honda Civic’s) giving the Fit a sporty flair.
This is not to say that the 2017 Toyota Yaris is an ugly duckling. While it may not have the head-turning appeal of the Fit, some people may actually prefer the Yaris’s more conservative sheetmetal because they like to blend in with the crowd. To each their own.
Interior and Features
For a subcompact car, the Fit fits a lot. The five-passenger vehicle has nearly 96 cubic feet of passenger volume, 16.6 cubes of cargo space with the rear seat up, and nearly 53 cubic feet of cargo capacity when the rear seats are folded, thanks to Honda’s Magic Seat design.It’s also stocked with standard features, including infotainment with a 5-inch display screen, cruise control, remote keyless entry, power windows and locks, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, adjustable steering wheel, Bluetooth technology, and USB input. Optional features include push-button start, 7-inch touchscreen display, moonroof, blind spot monitor, heated seats, and leather seating.
The Yaris also seats five passengers, but not as comfortably. It has just 84.4 cubic feet of passenger volume and 15.3 cubes of cargo space, with no option to fold the rear seats for added capacity.
The Toyota subcompact comes equipped with standard power windows and locks, air conditioning, Entune infotainment system, AM/FM/CD, USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity. You’ll have to upgrade to the next trim level for features like cruise control, steering wheel-mounted controls, power-adjustable mirrors, and keyless entry.
The Fit is powered by a modest yet able 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. It has front-wheel drive and the option for either a 6-speed manual transmission or continuously variable transmission. Moreover, it gets up to 40 MPG highway*.
The Yaris has a 1.5-liter inline-4 engine that makes 106 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of torque. It’s also front-wheel drive, with the option between a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic. The Yaris gets up to 36 MPG highway.
It’s become hard to beat Honda in safety, and even its lowest priced model ranks at the top of its class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Honda Fit a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating‡ after it earned perfect scores in tests for frontal and side crash. Safety features include standard rearview camera, automatic headlights, LED taillights, side-curtain airbags, and electronic traction and stability control.
Meanwhile, the NHTSA gave the 2017 Yaris a 4-Star Overall Rating, as the subcompact fell short in tests for frontal crash and rollover. The Yaris is equipped with standard safety features like airbags, traction and stability control, and anti-lock brakes, but special lighting will cost extra. It does come standard with a first-generation sensor system for collision mitigation.