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G&M News: 2018 Honda Fit vs. Toyota Yaris

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Old 05-13-2018, 11:48 AM
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G&M News: 2018 Honda Fit vs. Toyota Yaris

Faceoff: Honda Fit vs. Toyota Yaris


There’s a good and a bad story when it comes to Honda’s technology in the Fit. Let’s get the bad out of the way: its rinky-dink five-inch HondaLink touch screen. It’s understandable that consumers shouldn’t expect a giant screen from such a small car, but Honda must put more effort into graphics and style if they hope to lure younger crowds into dealerships. Adding the volume knob back on the screen just doesn’t do the trick.

As for the good, starting at the second-tier LX trim, the Fit comes with heated front seats and is loaded with safety technology as part of its Honda Sensing Suite that’s sure to make every parent feel content. For CVT versions (not sure why manual buyers get the short straw), the Fit provides adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, collision-mitigation braking system, road-departure mitigation, hill-start assist, vehicle-stability assist and a rear-view camera...

In the end, personal preference and comfort assist many buying decisions, but the biggest factor of all typically comes down to price. When comparing apples to apples in five-door hatchbacks, the Fit starts at $16,872 but only with a manual transmission. The Yaris’s manual transmission model is similarly priced at $16,800, but the more popular CVT starts at $16,470 and this is where the Yaris gets those extra sales, as the cheapest-priced Fit CVT rings in at $20,372. At that price, consumers can already opt for a Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 or get close to its larger Civic sibling.

If you’re a stick shifter, the Fit has the upper hand over the Yaris, but for the majority of automatic buyers, they’re left to weigh price versus performance and cargo – a tougher decision than it would first appear.
Overall a fair assessment, apart from the comment the Fit has "its fair share of body roll". As compared to other sub-compacts and compacts, with the exception of the Mazda3, I disagree with this.
 
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Old 05-13-2018, 12:04 PM
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It is interesting, for me the utility and how compact the Fit is made it an easy choice in a urban environment. If I lived in the burbs, or even a more rural environment the upsides aren’t quite as much.
 
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Body roll? No.

I've driven the Yaris hatch, and there's no comparison:the Fit is light years better.

To me the more interesting comparison is to what is now the Yaris sedan. I helped my friend buy a Scion iA and it's a remarkably sophisticated little car. Sadly, the grille...oh my God, the grille...but otherwise very nice if much less feature rich than an EX.
 
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