The 2013 Honda Fit isn't quite the highest-rated subcompact for safety, but it remains one of the better picks in its class and includes a respectable roster of safety features.
The Fir's list of safety features is impressive--including front seat side airbags, full-length side-curtain bags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes.
And relative to most other small cars, the lower beltline of the 2013 Fit helps with outward visibility and parking ease.
Results in federal NCAP crash-testing haven't been quite as great, with the Fit earning four stars (out of five) in most categories--although reading in more depth reveals a few lower scores, like three stars for driver side protection, and only two stars in the side pole rating.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, the Honda Fit has earned top 'good' ratings across the board in frontal, side, and rear impact testing, along with in the roof strength test.
As a footnote to the model year—as the 2013 Fit has remained on sale quite late in the absence of a 2014 model (it's all-new for 2015—the Fit achieved a worrisome 'poor' rating in the IIHS small overlap frontal test. That was enough of a blemish for that group to retract its Top Safety Pick designation for the Fit.