2012 Honda Fit vs. Its Competition

2012 Honda Fit 5dr HB Auto Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Honda Fit used to be a no-brainer within this class, but competition has become much tighter over the past year or two.

Last year the Ford Fiesta arrived, aiming at the same crowd that desires a smaller car that's a little sportier in feel.

The Fiesta arguably looks better than the Fit, and it has responsive six-speed dual-clutch gearbox available, but its interior isn't nearly as roomy or versatile as that of the Fit.

In hatchback form, the Nissan Versa carries over to 2012 relatively unchanged; it rides and handles like a larger, heavier car, lacking the Fit's nimble feel.

The all-new Chevrolet Sonic offers impressive interior refinement and comfort, but it lacks the Fit's packaging magic and nimble feel.

Meanwhile, the Toyota Yaris is all-new this year, and Hyundai edges more strongly into this segment with its new Accent, which gets a direct-injection engine good for up to 40 mpg on the highway.

2012 Honda Fit 5dr HB Auto Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Fit
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic2012 Chevrolet Sonic
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2011 Ford Fiesta 4-door HB SES Angular Front Exterior View2012 Ford Fiesta
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2012 Hyundai Accent2012 Hyundai Accent
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2012 Nissan Versa 4-door Sedan CVT 1.6 SV Angular Front Exterior View2012 Nissan Versa
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2012 Toyota Yaris 5dr LB Auto LE (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota Yaris
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Honda Fit is peppy and fun to drive, and its interior is incredibly space-efficient; but some might be turned off by its rather utilitarian look.
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces.
You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance.
Do Americans want small cars with more room and great gas mileage? The 2012 Hyundai Accent is betting they do--and so are we.
The 2012 Nissan Versa is a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car for used-car money—but if you're a stickler for the details it can feel as cheap as it is.
The 2012 Toyota Yaris is fuel-efficient in the city without hybrid hardware, and it has an nicely appointed interior that feels cheerful but not cheapskate; but its weak performance and highway refinement aren't up to current class standards.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Small Station WagonCompact CarsSubcompactCompact CarsCompactSubcompact
Style Name     
5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan LS 1LS4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S3-Door Liftback Manual L (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
5 Door Hatchback4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan3 Door Hatchback
Detailed Spec Comparison
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