2019 Honda Fit Review
The 2019 Honda Fit ranks near the top of the subcompact car class. Its cabin is upscale, roomy, and practical, and its configurable rear seat makes it easy to load cargo. The Fit also has agile handling and offers more advanced safety features than many rivals.
Upscale, spacious interior
Versatile, roomy cargo area
Impressive amount of tech and safety features available
Excellent fuel economy
Yes, the Honda Fit is a good car. It ranks among the best models in the subcompact car class, thanks to its predictable handling, practical cabin, and abundance of available features. When equipped with an automatic transmission, the Fit also returns some of the highest fuel economy ratings in its class. On the downside, the Fit's automatic transmission can be loud, and acceleration is slow.
The Fit seats five on standard cloth upholstery. A split-folding rear seat is also standard. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are available, as are leather upholstery and heated front seats. The front seats are comfortable, and seat height adjustments and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel make it easy to find a good driving position. The rear seats offer plenty of legroom, even for tall adults – though, like many subcompacts, two adults would fare better in the back than three.
Fit and Car Seats
The 2019 Fit comes with a full set of LATCH car-seat connectors on both outboard rear seats and a tether anchor for the middle seat. The rear seats are spacious enough for you to clip in a rear-facing child seat without moving the front seats too far forward.
Fit Interior Quality
With premium materials and lots of soft touch points, the Fit feels more upscale than its sticker price suggests.
Fit Cargo Space
The Fit has a spacious 16.6-cubic-foot cargo hold. That’s more cargo space than many subcompact sedans have, including the Kia Rio and Toyota Yaris, though it’s less than some hatchbacks such as the Chevrolet Sonic. Laying down the second-row seat creates 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is enough room for a bicycle. The Fit also comes standard with Honda's Magic Seat – a rear seat that does more than just fold with a 60/40 split. With the front-passenger seat also folded, you can haul extra-long items, like a surfboard. Or fold the front seat flat, and recline the rear seat to create a naptime space with lots of legroom. For tall cargo, the seat cushions fold up.
Fit Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
Every Fit comes with a 5-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, a USB port, four speakers, and a rearview camera. Available features include push-button start, a proximity key, a moonroof, a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, Pandora compatibility, satellite radio, six speakers, and HondaLink, which lets you interface with several vehicle systems from your smartphone.
The infotainment system has a clean look and a few handy knobs and buttons, although critics offer mixed opinions on how straightforward the system itself is.
Fit Engine: Fit for the City
The Fit comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that puts out 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. If your daily commute keeps you within city limits, you'll probably be content with the Fit. Hit the open road, however, and you'll find it is slow to accelerate, both when merging onto the highway and overtaking other cars. The standard six-speed manual transmission gives you better control over the engine’s power, while the available continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) tends to drone at highway speeds and makes the car feel more timid.
Fit Gas Mileage: More Savings, More Noise
When outfitted with the CVT, the Fit has one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the subcompact car class. This setup gets 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Gas mileage with the manual transmission is 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. For comparison, the Toyota Yaris hatchback gets 30/35 mpg with its automatic transmission, while the Chevrolet Sonic gets 25/34 mpg.