Sometimes no news is news indeed—that's the case with the 2017 Honda Fit. After some speculation that the Japanese automaker might juggle a few things around with its smallest car, which will have a new internal rival when the Civic Hatchback hits dealers, Honda is apparently content leaving things alone.
Fit's only change for 2017 is that last year's Alabaster Silver has been replaced by Lunar Silver. The subcompact hatchback remains priced at $15,990 to start including a mandatory destination charge. Subbing a CVT automatic for the standard 6-speed manual adds $800 to the bottom line. Going full hog for the automatic-only Fit EX-L and adding the only available option—navigation—tops the little car out at $21,265.
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Honda showrooms will have a new five-door soon when the Civic Hatchback returns. The Euro-oriented Civic Hatchback will debut next month at the Paris Motor Show, and while Honda hasn't detailed specifications or pricing, it has said that an entry-level LX variant will be on offer. The Civic LX sedan stickers for around $19,500 and is equipped about like the Fit EX ($17,900); that's less than a 10 percent difference, which is dangerously close to overlapping—although the Civic Hatchback will probably be a little more expensive than the sedan.
The Fit has been a hit with enthusiasts and is a decently strong seller in the subcompact segment. Around 4,500 Fits find buyers most months, which is a solid figure since Honda, unlike its rivals, doesn't sell cars directly to fleets. The Nissan Versa, by contrast, checks in at about $1,700 less for a similarly-equipped hatchback (called the Versa Note), but that model is especially popular with rental and corporate fleets that buy them at a hefty discount.
One thing the Fit continues to lack is an available automatic emergency braking system, something Toyota has vowed to make standard on its Yaris for 2017.