2016 Honda Fit

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Honda Fit. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    32-35 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    130-hp, 1.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride quality and acceleration for the class
  • Visibility
  • Impressive maximum cargo room
  • Affordable multimedia technology
  • Crash-test scores
  • Generous standard features

The Bad

  • Backseat headroom for tall passengers
  • Capacitive stereo controls in EX, EX-L models
  • Wind noise
  • No stripped-down version for bargain shoppers
  • Less cargo room behind backseat than before

Notable Features of the 2016 Honda Fit

  • Carryover of 2015 redesign
  • Five-seat hatchback
  • Manual or automatic
  • Standard Bluetooth phone/audio, backup camera
  • Diverse seat-folding configurations

2016 Honda Fit Road Test

Kelsey Mays

With the 2016 model year Fit, Honda has concocted an elixir of most things small-car shoppers want, and the results are mighty desirable.

If you're shopping for an entry-level car, make sure to fit the Honda Fit onto your list. The 2016 Fit is not the quietest, quickest or most refined car in its class, but it plays a respectable hand in most areas while combining impressive fuel and space efficiency.

Honda redesigned the five-door Fit for 2015, and the car carries over with no changes for 2016 (compare them here). Trim levels include LX and EX, which can have manual or automatic transmissions, and the automatic-only EX-L. I drove a range of 2015 EX and EX-L cars, including Cars.com's long-term Fit EX, which you can read more about here. Go here to stack up all three trims.

Exterior & Styling
The bug-eyed styling that's characterized two generations of the 
Honda Fit hatchback has finally buzzed away. The Fit's creased expression draws comparisons to the Civic, which has rocked squinting headlights since the middle of the past decade. The Fit's shielded black grille is distinctive, though some may think it looks too much like the faux-grille areas on many electric vehicles, including the Fit EV, which is based on the prior-generation Fit. Body-colored mirrors and 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers are standard; the EX and EX-L add 16-inch alloys, fog lights and a bit more chrome trim.

How It Drives
Passing and merging maneuvers have ...

With the 2016 model year Fit, Honda has concocted an elixir of most things small-car shoppers want, and the results are mighty desirable.

If you're shopping for an entry-level car, make sure to fit the Honda Fit onto your list. The 2016 Fit is not the quietest, quickest or most refined car in its class, but it plays a respectable hand in most areas while combining impressive fuel and space efficiency.

Honda redesigned the five-door Fit for 2015, and the car carries over with no changes for 2016 (compare them here). Trim levels include LX and EX, which can have manual or automatic transmissions, and the automatic-only EX-L. I drove a range of 2015 EX and EX-L cars, including Cars.com's long-term Fit EX, which you can read more about here. Go here to stack up all three trims.

Exterior & Styling
The bug-eyed styling that's characterized two generations of the 
Honda Fit hatchback has finally buzzed away. The Fit's creased expression draws comparisons to the Civic, which has rocked squinting headlights since the middle of the past decade. The Fit's shielded black grille is distinctive, though some may think it looks too much like the faux-grille areas on many electric vehicles, including the Fit EV, which is based on the prior-generation Fit. Body-colored mirrors and 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers are standard; the EX and EX-L add 16-inch alloys, fog lights and a bit more chrome trim.

How It Drives
Passing and merging maneuvers have surprising oomph in the 2016 Fit. It's the sort you'd get from the larger four-cylinders in a Chevrolet Sonic or any larger member of the compact class. Such is the result of Honda's Earth Dreams initiative, which bestowed the Fit's 1.5-liter four-cylinder with direct injection to make 130 horsepower, up from 117 in the prior generation. More important, torque — that seat-of-the-pants feeling when a car pushes you ahead — is up 8 pound-feet t to 114.

A continuously variable automatic transmission is optional on the LX/EX and standard on the EX-L. It behaves well enough, revving with only some of the telltale CVT rubber-band feeling of disconnection between your right foot and the drive wheels. An Econ mode introduces a hint of accelerator lag from a start, plus a slower transition to higher revs. Below Drive, a sportier S mode defaults you to higher revs. (You can also throw the Fit into S mode and Econ mode at the same time. I did. S mode wins out. The universe did not explode.)

LX and EX cars also offer a six-speed manual transmission. It's a delight, with short, direct throws and close gearing, but the top gear could be a bit taller; the Fit hovers near 4,000 rpm in 6th gear at 80 mph. Honda clearly favored driving fun over efficiency, as demonstrated by the manual Fit's EPA-estimated mileage: It's improved, but still only so-so, at 32 mpg combined. Mileage with the CVT is 35 mpg combined in the EX and EX-L, or 36 mpg in the fuel-efficient, optimized LX. To gain that extra mileage, the LX adds aerodynamic underbody covering and deletes some weight in the form of noise insulation and the moonroof.

I haven't driven an LX, so it's unclear how that car's deleted insulation might affect noise. We found the EX and EX-L already exhibit plenty of wind and ambient noise. Those who want a quieter subcompact should consider the Sonic or Ford Fiesta. However, gas mileage for both Fit trims compares well to automatic 2016 versions of the Nissan Versa Note (35 mpg combined), 2016 Sonic (28 to 31 mpg), 2015 Ford Fiesta (31 to 32 mpg), 2016 Hyundai Accent (30 mpg) and 2016 Toyota Yaris (32 mpg).

The Honda Fit still rides on the firm side, but it dispatches manhole covers and other bumps with Fiesta- or Sonic-like richness. Both competitors ride better still, but the Fit has closed the gap versus its sometimes-choppy predecessor. The same goes for steering, which displays good highway composure — an improvement over the previous Fit, which occasionally wandered in crosswinds.

Wheel choices range from 15 to 16 inches, but a sport-tuned suspension is no longer available. Honda says the redesigned torsion-beam rear suspension — a budget setup common among subcompacts — has enough rigidity to get by without a stabilizer bar, which the prior Fit Sport had. The Fit corners well enough. Some body roll accompanies hard maneuvers, but the car's light, direct steering should satisfy casual drivers.

Interior
Modern shapes and an airy layout characterize the cabin, whose dashboard sacrifices a few of the previous Fit's storage nooks for a more grown-up look. The front seats are more supportive than their flat backsides would suggest, and EX-L models have a moonroof and heated leather seats. I'm 6 feet tall and needed the seat just one click ahead of all the way back; taller drivers may wish the seat adjusted farther back. Typical of Honda, the seats have firm bolsters. One editor found them uncomfortable overall, and another couldn't find a comfortable seat height.

It's also strange that Honda invested in padding for the dashboard and door inserts — both areas that few people touch — but left hard, cheap textures on the armrests and upper doors, where your elbows usually end up. This is a low-budget segment, but the Fiesta and Yaris both cushion their armrests.

Backseat knee clearance is generous, and the seat sits reasonably high off the floor, as entry-level cars go. That helps thigh support, but you pay for it in headroom, which tall adults will find marginal.

Cargo & Storage
Cargo room is a competitive 16.6 cubic feet, and the Fit boasts strong cargo versatility. The 60/40-split rear seat, which Honda calls a Magic Seat, has bottom cushions that fold up and lock in place to expose more than 4 feet of vertical storage space; a low floor hump maximizes storage potential. The seats still fold flat into the floor for 52.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo room, which leads the group. The Fiesta has less than half that much room. What's more, the Fit's low cargo floor makes using all that space a cinch.

Ergonomics & Electronics
Honda Fit LX models have a 5-inch display (not a touch-screen) with physical knobs and buttons, including radio presets. The four-speaker stereo has USB/iPod compatibility, Bluetooth phone/audio streaming and steering-wheel audio controls — generous features for a base trim in this class.

EX and EX-L models get six speakers, more stereo wattage and a second USB port. They also get a 7-inch touch-screen with 480-by-700 pixel resolution, HDMI inputs for video (when parked) and audio playback, and Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration (go here to learn more). Similar to the system in the 2015 Civic, the touch-screen ditches the mechanical tuning and volume knobs in favor of aggravating touch-sensitive buttons alongside the display. Our editors agree the button-less approach has to go.

Still, the system's capabilities are impressive. It facilitates HondaLink, which can play Pandora and Aha Internet radio off your smartphone. It can also read your Facebook wall or Twitter feed aloud, and $60 adds a navigation app complete with pinch-and-swipe capabilities. Switching between apps generally requires going back to a root menu and waiting a few seconds for HondaLink to reboot, however. The navigation app is also slower than the optional factory navigation on EX-L models, which pinches and swipes at near-smartphone speed and packs navigation-specific voice recognition, plus HD and satellite radio. Is that worth the extra $1,000? You decide.

Safety
In crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Fit earned good scores in all tests except the IIHS' small overlap frontal test, where the car earned an acceptable score (IIHS scores are good, acceptable, marginal and poor). Those are excellent scores in a segment where marginal or poor small-overlap scores are the norm. In fact, IIHS named the Fit a Top Safety Pick for 2015, one of just two cars in the segment (the other is the Sonic) to get the award.

Go here for a full list of safety features or here to see our Car Seat Check on the 2015 Fit. Standard features include a stability system and side curtain airbags. Forward collision and lane departure warning systems aren't available, but those are rare among subcompacts. A conventional blind spot warning system is also unavailable, but EX and EX-L models get Honda's LaneWatch blind spot camera system (see the photo).

Value in Its Class
The 
Honda Fit LX starts around $16,500, including a destination charge. That's hundreds more than many other entry-level hatchbacks, but it's a complete car at that price. Standard features include power windows and locks, keyless entry, cruise control, manual air conditioning, a backup camera and Bluetooth phone/audio. Add $800 for the CVT and the Fit nears Versa Note territory as the value choice for shoppers who want all the basic conveniences. Most competitors with similar features cost more — in some cases, a lot more. On the other end, a loaded Fit EX-L tops out around $22,000. That's with factory navigation, a moonroof, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated leather seats and a keyless access system with push-button start — short of automatic climate control, the full palette of options in today's subcompacts.

Automakers have spent the better part of a decade trying to crack the code on desirability in this class, and the results have paid dividends in driving refinement, cabin quality, safety features and must-have technology. By and large, today's subcompact is a decent car, and the redesigned Honda Fit is proof.

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
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(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Love my Honda Fit!

by DPVocci from Lake Shore, MD on July 11, 2018

This car may actually be one of the best values for the way it's engineered and the way it handles. Good road gription and comfortable for both short and long road trips. Would highly recommend to ... Read full review

(5.0)

Beautiful, comfortable, affordable

by Justin T. from Kinston, NC on July 10, 2018

This was my wife's dream car and so far it hasn't disappointed. It's a smooth drive. To be a smaller car, the interior is extremely spacious. You almost feel like you're in a mini van when you drive ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Honda Fit currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Honda Fit LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Restraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Small overlap front
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Honda

Program Benefits

Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Fit received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker