A stylish subcompact with a sporty attitude.
Looking to add some excitement into your morning commute? The Honda Fit has the super-sporty style and fun-to-drive personality that you might be missing in your daily life. And when the weekend rolls around, this smart subcompact rises to any occasion, boasting smart utility and incredible versatility to help you transport your friends, family, and gear around town. The Fit is useful any way you use it, proving that great things do come in small packages.
In this 2019 Honda Fit review, we'll cover:
Key Specs & Features
- All 2019 Fit trims come standard with a 1.5L four-cylinder and front-wheel drive.
- 2019 Fit LX, Sport, and EX trims come standard with a six-speed manual transmission or an available continuously variable transmission (CVT).
- The 2019 EX-L trim only comes with a CVT.
- With the manual transmission, the engine makes 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque on 2019 models or 128 horsepower and 113 lb.-ft. of torque with the CVT.
- A multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines comes standard on all 2019 Fit models.
- A standard second-row Magic Seat® on all 2019 trims provides superior cargo versatility.
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5 Reasons to Buy
1. FUN-TO-DRIVE PERSONALITY
The Honda Fit is a great little car to boot around town in, especially in cities where space is at a premium. Zipping in and out of tight parking garages can feel effortless with the 2019 Fit's agile design and 35-cubic foot curb-to-curb turning diameter. Its responsive driving dynamics and tight handling complement a peppy 1.5L four-cylinder on all 2019 models, plus it's one of the few subcompacts that offers a manual transmission (LX, Sport, and EX trims), so you can engage with each climbing rev. With the six-speed manual transmission, the 2019 Fit's 1.5L four-cylinder makes 130 horsepower and 114 lb.-ft. of torque, giving it the right amount of get-up-and-go.
2. GREAT FUEL ECONOMY
Looking for a vehicle that sips gas? The Honda Fit's mpg ratings are where it's at. The 2019 LX trim with the 1.5L four-cylinder and CVT delivers an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway.1 A Honda Eco Assist™ System also comes standard at every 2019 trim level—the system is designed to act like a coach to let you know how your driving affects fuel consumption. Whether commuting to the office or tackling your weekend to-do list, the 2019 Fit lets you go about your business in confidence.
3. INTERIOR VERSATILITY
The Honda Fit is proof that good things come in small packages. This subcompact is spacious with a surprising amount of interior room to carry up to five passengers and their belongings. All 2019 models include 39.3 inches of adult-friendly rear-seat legroom with 16.6 cubic feet of trunk space. But where the Fit excels is versatility. By folding the second-row Magic Seat, you can fill the 2019 model with 52.7 cubic feet of cargo–that's enough room to transport a bicycle. Taking your paddleboard to the beach? Just fold the front passenger seat backward and the right rear seat forward and you have seven feet of room at your disposal (all 2019 models). Green thumbs can bring tall plants home from the greenhouse, too, by folding up the cushion of the Magic Seat to reveal almost four feet of standing space (all 2019 models).
4. SPORTY GOOD LOOKS
If you want a subcompact that looks as good as it drives, the Fit Sport is a stylish choice. This 2019 trim wears exclusive equipment that ups the exterior's ante, including sleek front and side underbody spoilers and a rear diffuser with orange pinstriping. A chrome exhaust finisher also comes standard on the 2019 Sport, along with slick 16-inch glossy-black alloy wheels. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with orange stitching add to the 2019 Sport's race car appeal, while fog lights complement the subcompact's aggressive stance.
5. TOP-SHELF TECH
Don't be fooled by the 2019 Honda Fit's entry-level status, this subcompact includes some amazing technology. All 2019 trims come standard with a multi-angle rearview camera to simplify stressful parking moves, while Honda Sensing® driver-assist features are standard on all 2019 CVT models, including a Collision Mitigation Braking System™, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping and road departure mitigation systems. Sport and higher 2019 trims boast a seven-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ for seamless smartphone integration, while a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition is optional on 2019 EX-L trims. That's a lot of high-tech frills in one smart subcompact!
What You Need to Know
2019 Honda Fit Trim Configurations
The 2019 Honda Fit's configurations include four trim levels:
LX – The LX trim comes standard with 15-inch wheels with full covers, black fabric seats, a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and streaming audio, a security system with remote entry, and more.
Sport – The Sport trim adds 16-inch gloss-black alloy wheels, a front underbody spoiler and rear diffuser with orange pinstriping, side underbody spoilers, fog lights, a seven-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrations, and more.
EX – The EX trim features 16-inch machine-finished alloy wheels, push-button start, a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, Honda LaneWatch™, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®, and more.
EX-L – The EX-L trim includes black leather-trimmed seats, heated side mirrors with integrated turn indicators, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition, and more.
2019 Honda Fit Interior
The Honda Fit is a subcompact hatchback with a surprisingly roomy interior. The 2019 model can fit five passengers comfortably with 41.4 inches of front-seat legroom and 39.3 inches in the rear row. With the second-row Magic Seat in place, the 2019 Fit offers 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space, but folding the seat provides a maximum of 52.7 cubic feet of volume.
2019 Honda Fit Available Colors
The 2019 Honda Fit is available in eight exterior colors, including:
- Aegean Blue Metallic
- Crystal Black Pearl
- Helios Yellow Pearl
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- Milano Red
- Modern Steel Metallic
- Orange Fury
- Platinum White Pearl
Like the Fit's practicality, but need a subcompact crossover offering more space? The Honda HR-V has the versatility and room you crave. All 2019 trim levels come standard with a 60/40-split-folding second-row Magic Seat that lets you carry long, tall, and big items by flipping up or lowering the seats. With room for five passengers, the 2019 HR-V can also hold up to 24.3 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats or a maximum of 55.9 cubic feet with the seats folded down. The 2019 HR-V's 102.8-inch wheelbase also affords an abundance of rear-seat legroom with 39.3 inches of stretch-out space—perfect for carpooling with coworkers.
For everyday cruising, the mid-range 2019 Civic Sedan EX is a great option with a turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder and CVT that returns an estimated 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.1 You also get some nice standard features on the 2019 EX, including a seven-inch touchscreen display and LaneWatch blind-spot camera for your convenience. A sunroof is a welcome addition on the 2019 Civic EX, along with dual-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats for your comfort. All this rides on a platform with MacPherson-strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension to deliver the dynamic handling that the 2019 Civic Sedan is well-known for.
The Toyota Yaris dishes up good value without compromising on-road fun. All 2019 trims work off a 1.5L four-cylinder that pumps out 106 horsepower and 103 lb.-ft. of torque for lively acceleration when boarding on-ramps or passing on the highway. The 2019 Yaris also boasts a standard six-speed manual transmission with a compact gearbox for lightning-fast gear shifts, but a six-speed automatic is available on all trims if that's your preference. Have a passion for performance? Just throw the 2019 Yaris into Sport Mode and you'll feel the sedan come alive with sharper throttle responses and more dynamic handling. This is a practical car that also makes for a fun daily driver.
Have a young driver in your family that's ready for their first set of wheels? The Kia Rio is a great first vehicle. The 2019 model is available as a sedan or a hatchback with two trim levels to keep things streamlined: LX (sedan) and S (sedan and hatchback). All 2019 Rio subcompacts run on a 1.6L four-cylinder producing 130 horsepower and 119 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic as the only transmission. The LX comes standard with a five-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth capabilities and a rearview monitor, but stepping up to the S gives your teen a few more inclusions, like a seven-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity (2019 models)
The Bottom Line
With the Fit's agile handling and versatile space, this subcompact is more than just a car to get you from A to B. Its five-passenger interior and spacious capacity means that you can tackle all things on your calendar—from carpooling and commuting to weekend road trips and visits to the home improvement store. The Fit really can fit your lifestyle!
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1 Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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