2016 Honda Civic vs Honda Fit: No More Love For Small Hatchback?

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The latest Honda Fit is one of the most popular hatchbacks around and this is due to its low MSRP, great fuel economy and practicality. Then again, the same can be said for the all-new Honda Civic. Today, we will be comparing both cars in their EX-L trim to see which will make the better purchase.

Looking at the Honda Civic, the compact sedan is larger and it is able to offer more cabin room and cargo space. The Civic runs on the new 1.5L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that can generate about 174hp and 162ft-lbs of torque. Despite having more power than the last Civic Si, the Civic can also return an amazing 42mpg in fuel economy.

In many ways, the Civic is better than the Fit. The latter is less powerful and surprisingly less economical. Sure, the Fit might be 300lbs lighter than the Accord but it can only generate 130hp and return up to 38mpg.

With that being said, it is obvious here that the Civic is the smarter purchase. The Civic might cost $3,000 more than the Fit but you will get the returns in the long run thanks to the greater fuel economy. So, what’s your pick?


  1. Gerald

    April 18, 2016 at 5:15 am

    It’s a no-brained for me–The Fit. I prefer the hatchback and the Civic isn’t offered as a hatchback. Your jump-to-the-conclusion is flawed by only looking at performance specs.

  2. J. Peter Jorgensen

    April 18, 2016 at 7:14 am

    The Fit is more comfortable to enter and exit – the seats are higher off the ground. I have owned both Civics and Fits, but now I just own three Fits.

    When it comes to moving stuff, the Fit is much more versatile if you don’t own a larger vehicle. I can move full size shipping pallets (2 of them stacked) in the Fit. The Fit is a foot shorter than the Civic is GREAT for tight parallel parking.

    The Civic is a great car and more refined than the Fit, but if you only own one car and you want to bring home large items from Home Depot or Costco, the Fit is the car to own. The Fit also has surprising rear leg and headroom. Comfort is a funny thing to judge in really small cars. The Civic is more comfortable than the Fit for people that fit in it, but the Fit fits more sizes of people and stuff than the Civic.

    70% of the time it’s just me in the car, 15% it’s me and the wife, 10% it’s me, the wife and two adult daughters, and 5% I’m moving stuff that just never would fit in a Civic. No one has ever complained about sitting in the back of my Fits – they are always shocked by the room that they have.

    We have taken family trips, Four adults, Two cats and luggage in the Fit that never would have worked in my Civics. Just make sure you pack in soft duffel style bags and you can really maximize your rear hatch space.

    Only cons to the Fit is that there is no ‘extra’ power. This is truly an economy car and yes the MPG is not as good as the Civic. In the end though, the Fit is still less expensive to own. At 12,000 miles a year over ten years, the Fit will only burn 300 more gallons of Gas then the Civic. At $2.00 a gallon, that’s only $600. The Civic costs $3000 more AND you will either have larger payments with more interest or a longer loan with more interest. Be very careful about letting people scare you about MPG costs. Buying a new car to save on gas is usually a very stupid idea.

  3. ralph

    April 18, 2016 at 7:26 am

    I’m trading in my ’97 accord with 237,000 mi. Iooked at the new civic, very nice,but the fit is much much easier to enter because the roof is taller,the door opens wider,and the seat is well….butt height. This will be the sixth honda in my family

  4. Jeff

    April 18, 2016 at 10:10 am

    The Civic may well be a better purchase than the Fit, however you have not adequately provided any compelling reasons for me to be convinced.

  5. Nancy

    April 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I have owned a 2 door Civic and I currently own a Fit. I think your article is comparing apples to oranges. If you need the cargo capacity and interior flexibility of the Fit, you will never be happy with the Civic. When I owned the Civic, I was newly married and had no kids. Now, I have 2 growing kids. We took the Fit on a 2 week trip to Canada and it carried the 4 of us, 2 very large suitcases, a cooler, and additional luggage. That much cargo never would have fit in the Civic.

  6. Stephanie

    April 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I find this to be a pointless article. Obviously, it is not the smarter buy if you dislike sedans. I currently own a Fit and will either be buying another Fit or an HR-V later this year. Each buyer has a wish list for what they want in a vehicle. Otherwise, there would only be 1 or 2 vehicles to choose from instead of a many makes and hundreds of models across all vehicle brands.

  7. George Lindamood

    April 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    I had a 2011 Fit and loved it. I totaled it when I hit a deer last fall, but I wound up buying a low-mileage 2013 Fit that had been the ‘loaner’ car while the previous car was being repaired. I could have bought a 2016 Fit for a little more money, but I didn’t like it as well: not the CVT, not the softer ride. The sunroof and GPS weren’t enough to convince me.
    Now that I’m three months and 15,000 miles into Fit #2, I’ll say that if the new Civic had been available back in January, I might have opted for it. Certainly, I would choose it over the 2016 Fit. For me, the tie-breaker might be how much fun the car is to drive. The 2016 Fit was a step backward, and that won’t compensate for the greater comfort of the Civic.

  8. Jon Appleton

    April 18, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    I don’t want to pay $3000. more and I am very happy with my Honda Fit 2015.
    Dump your hype!