2015 Honda Fit vs. Its Competition

2015 Honda Fit
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The subcompact hatchback field looked like it was dying off a few years ago, but now Honda's hatchback looks like the strong entry, as other models see sales surging for hatchbacks over sedans in models this size.

With the new version of the Fit feeling a little more detached, the Ford Fiesta looks more clearly like the choice for those prioritizing sportiness or fun-to-drive qualities.

But the Fiesta is near the bottom for versatility and cargo space, and its instrument-panel layout is frustrating.

The Chevrolet Sonic also has an odd, gimmicky control layout, but it rides and handles well.

Unfortunately, it's also not very great for cargo versatility.

The Toyota Yaris and Kia Rio are both models that are more pleasant-driving than you might expect, and we like the styling of both; but in both cases they're not all that impressive for comfort or interior space.

The Nissan Versa Note is well packaged, space-efficient, and relatively quiet, but with cheap cabin trim, a sluggish-to-respond CVT, and clumsy handling, it's one of the most unpleasant vehicles we've been in from the driver's seat.

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8.2
The 2015 Honda Fit might not up the ante in sportiness, but it offers up exactly what urban small-car shoppers want in safety and convenience features—and it's still as good as some utility vehicles or vans with its wondrous, unmatched Magic Seat setup.
7.6
The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is comfortable, stylish, safe, and drives well, and almost completely blots out our memory of a much worse Chevy Aveo from the past.
7.6
The 2015 Fiesta lineup is proof that small cars don't have to be feature free, and you can even have a bit of fun while saving fuel.
7.4
The 2015 Kia Rio is at least competitive among small cars if not the class leader, offering attractive design, plenty of features, and decent value.
6.8
The 2015 Toyota Yaris gets an eye-catching new face, spruced-up interior trims, and a somewhat quieter interior, but it lags behind the current crop of U.S.-market subcompacts in many ways.
MSRP From     
$15,650$14,245$14,455$13,990$14,180$14,845
Gas Mileage     
29 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Station WagonSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
5-Door HB Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S5-Door HB Manual LX5-Door HB Manual 1.6 S3-Door Liftback Manual L (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackSedanSedanHatchbackHatchbackLiftback
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD