2020 Honda Fit

2020 MODEL
$16,190 - $20,620
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2020 Honda Fit Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: March 17, 2020
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Aaron Smith

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Being smart, compact and an economic ride that can easily scoop away from the traffic is what every city dweller wants their car to be. If there is anything that fits this description, it is the 2020 Honda Fit Hatchback. This car comes in the line of some of the top subcompact cars that serve the city dwellers.

The Honda Fit Hatchback comes with a starting price of $17,000 and comes with two types of transmissions. One is the 6-speed manual transmission and the other is the CVT. It is equipped with a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder engine that delivers a horsepower of 130 hp and a torque of 114lb-ft. There are minor changes and alterations to last year's model, barring which, the car appears unchanged.

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Pros

All variants offer decent value for money

Easy-going driving dynamics

Excellent fuel economy

Spacious cabin

Huge boot space

Cons

Cabin quality is unimpressive

Infotainment unit is dated

Lethargic power and performance

What's New?

No major changes for the year 2020


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Honda Fit in Orange Fury color  2020 Honda Fit in Modern Steel Metallic color  2020 Honda Fit in Milano Red color  2020 Honda Fit in Lunar Silver Metallic color
Orange Fury

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine And Performance

5.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

5.0

Safety

7.0

Final Verdict

5.8

5.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Honda Fit LX

LX

power
128 hp @ 6600rpm
fuel
Gasoline
mpg
31 combined

$16,190 - $16,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $16,190 MSRP (33/36/40) 128 hp @ 6.600 rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, Gasoline
6 Speed Manual front wheel drive 5
LX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $16,990 MSRP (29/31/36) 128 hp @ 6600rpm, 1.5 L, Inline 4, Gasoline
Continuously Variable Transmission front wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Fit Sport

Sport

power
130 hp @ 6600
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$17,600 - $18,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $17,600 MSRP (29/31/36) 130 hp @ 6600, 1.5 L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
6 Speed Manual front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $18,400 MSRP (29/31/36) 128 hp @ 6600, 1.5 L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
Continuously Variable Transmission front wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Fit EX

EX

power
128 hp @ 6600
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$19,060


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $19,060 MSRP (29/31/36) 128 hp @ 6600, 1.5 L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
continuously Variable Transmission front wheel drive 5

 2020 Honda Fit EX-L

EX-L

power
128 hp @ 6600
fuel
Regular Unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$20,620


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
EX-L 4dr Hatchback (1.5L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,620 MSRP (29/31/36) 128 hp @ 6600, 1.5 L, Inline 4, Regular Unleaded
Continuously Variable Transmission front wheel drive 5

Expert Review

5.8

Overall Rating


Honda is back with a mid-gen upgrade. Fit’s new sporty design proves that a hatchback can be so much more. Honda Fit starts at $17,145 and has 4 trim levels to offer, which go up to $ 21,000.

A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard throughout the trims which produce 128 hp when equipped with the CVT automatic transmission and 130 with the Manual. It may not be the most powerful engine, but it definitely is one of the most fuel-efficient, giving a highway mileage of almost 40 mpg.

2020 Honda Fit Hatchback Front View
2020 Honda Fit Hatchback Rear View

5.0/10
Features

 

5.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

5.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 

5.8/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Honda Fit Features

5.0/10

There are 4 trim levels available for Honda Fit. The standard setup has a 1.5-liter inline-4 engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The Ex and  EX-L trims come with a CVT, while it is optional on all other trim levels.

Even the base trims come packed with features like 2nd-row magic seats,  Honda Sensing, and a multi-angle rearview camera. And the features just keep getting better as you climb up the trim tree.

Trim

LX

Sport

EX

EX-L

MSRP (MT)

$17,145 $18,555 $20,015 $21,575

MSRP (CVT)

$16,990

$17,920

$19,060

$20,620

Key features

ECO Assist system

Apple CarPlay

SiriusXM Radio

Same as EX

 

HandsFreeLink

HondaLink

Honda Sensing

Leather seats

 

Cruise control

Android Auto

Honda Lane Watch

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Hill-start assist

Underbody spoilers

One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature

Heated front seats

 

5-inch LCD screen

7-inch touchscreen

Pandora Compatibility

Heated, body-colored power side mirrors

 

4-speaker audio system

6-speaker audio system

1.5-Amp USB Smartphone/Audio interface

Smart Entry with Walk-Away auto lock

We recommend

The Honda Fit is a fun-to-drive, everyday commuter that delivers excellent efficiency with relative performance and comfort. In order to get the best out of your Honda Fit opt for the EX-L variant and get the additional Honda Factory Performance package that adds higher-performance suspension, external body parts, HFP stickers, sports pedals, a titanium shift lever, and blacked-out alloy wheels.

2020 Honda Fit Engine and Performance

5.0/10

The 2020 Honda Fit has been fitted with a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder inline engine that drives the front wheels. The powertrain is the same for all the trims, whereas the transmission varies from trim to trim. It is available in two optional variants i.e., the 6- speed manual speed transmission and a CVT. The engine provides Fit with 128 hp with CVT, and 130 hp when paired with a manual transmission.

2020 Hond Fit Hatchback has 128 Horsepower

The six-speed manual transmission is standard on the LX and Sport variants but they do allow to avail the other CVT assembly. On the other hand, the EX and EX-L variants come standard with the CVT  transmission.  Revving the engine might produce more noise than acceleration, but once you compare these numbers with some key competitors, it’s easy to see that Fit’s engine is comfortably ahead of the competition.

Models

Honda Fit Hatchback

Kia Rio Hatchback

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

MSRP

$16,990

$16,690

$17,750

$19,420

Engine

1.5-liter I4 regular

1.6-liter I4 regular

1.5-liter I4 regular

1.4-liter I4 regular

Transmission

2-speed CVT w/OD

2-speed CVT w/OD

6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Horsepower

128 hp @ 6.600 rpm

120 hp @ 6,300 rpm

106 hp @ 6,000 rpm

138 hp @ 4,900 rpm

Torque

113 lb.-ft. @ 4,600 rpm

112 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

103 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

148 lb.-ft. @ 1,850 rpm

When compared to the Toyota Yaris hatchback and Kia Rio, the Honda Fit emerges as the most powerful and takes the second spot. With  138 hp, the Chevy Sonic 1.4-liter engine is the most impressive in this lineup.

Acceleration

Thanks to Honda’s i-VTEC and VTC, Fit has one of the best acceleration in its class. It allows the engine to produce more power at high speeds, and at low speeds, it re-tunes for a greater fuel economy. If you opt for the CVT, you may hear a droning sound under heavy acceleration.

And if you think the noise would be accompanied by equally large increases in speed, you haven’t been paying attention. With that been said, Fit rewards those who can compromise with some noise (or are just hard of hearing!) with some of the best mileage ratings in its class.

Model

Honda Fit Hatchback

Kia Rio Hatchback

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

0-60 MPH

8.6

8.9

10.2

8.5

Quarter Mile

16.8

16.9

17.8

16.4

Engine

1.5L I4

1.6L I4

1.5L I4

1.4L I4

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

5.6

4.9

5.1

6.1

Chevrolet Sonic goes neck to neck with Fit when it comes to acceleration, and both display similar numbers in the 0 – 60 mph test and the quarter-mile test. The Kia Rion takes the second spot while Yaris

Braking Performance

The Honda Fit is one of the quickest to come to a stop, but it does well to stop under 180 feet when traveling at 70 MPH, thanks to the large 10.3-inch brakes in the front. It is equipped with a very firm braking system.

Model

Honda Fit Hatchback

Kia Rio Hatchback

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Brake front

(in.)

10.3

11.0

10.2

10.8

Brake Rear

(in.)

7.9

8.0

9.0

9.0

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

2568

2762

2396

2896

60-0 MPH (ft.)

126

119

N/A

124

The Kia Rio hatchback gets the best brakes in this business. It may not be a lightweight, but its brake does a phenomenal job shedding this hatch’s speed quicker than any other subcompact.

Ride and Handling 

As far as subcompact hatchbacks go, the 2020 Honda Fit does well in the steering department. The drive is fun, thanks to the precise steering and sharp handling. The ride does feel a bit too firm for some drivers’ taste, but the suspension does well to absorb any bumps that come its way.

2020 Honda Fit Hatchback Rear View

There is not much feel from the steering, although that is expected from cars this size. The CVT is good for everyday drives, but the manual is more fun. The clutch pedal could use a little work, as it lacks a decent uptake feel. And it’s not just the driving, parking the Fit is a bliss thanks to tiny overhangs and a rear-view camera.

The Sport, EX, and EX-L models come equipped with 16-inch wheels and low profile tires that make the ride even better. On rough patches, though, the Fit struggles due to its short wheelbase.

2020 Honda Fit Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Now, this is where the Fit shines the brighter than a supernova on steroids. the 2020 Honda Fit provides an unmatched fuel economy for its class. It travels 33 miles for every gallon in the city and 40 miles on the highway. Pairing its efficient engine with CVT takes highway mileage even further to 40.

Model

Honda Fit Hatchback

Kia Rio Hatchback

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

MPG (city)

33

33

32

26

MPG (highway)

40

41

40

34

MPG (combined)

36

36

35

29

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

10.6

11.9

11.6

12.2

Range (city/highway) (miles)

350/424

393/488

371/464

317/415

The IVTEC allows the engine to produce more power at high speeds, and at low speeds, it re-tunes for a better fuel economy. Where Chevrolet Sonic had the best performance, it has got the lowest numbers when it comes to fuel economy. 

2020 Honda Fit Interior

6.0/10

The materials used for car seats in the new Fit struggles with the same problem its predecessors did. The interiors feel a little cheap. The padding on the armrest is not soft enough, and the armrest on the door side almost starts to hurt after a little while. The plastic used for the interiors feels cheap, and the seats seem to be made of the most dust and dirt prone material (except for the leather interiors in EX-L trim).

2020 Honda Fit Hatchback Front Seats

Honda Fit’s seating is quite spacious, with a shoulder room of 54.8 inches in the front and 52.6 inches in the back. It also has a height of 39.5 inches in the front and 37.5 inches in the back along with a legroom of 41.4 inches in the front and 39.3 inches in the back. It’s also made quite customizable to fit all your situations and its necessities with ease. All its seats except the driver’s seat can be adjusted easily according to your comforts.

Model

Honda Fit Hatchback

Kia Rio Hatchback

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.5/54.8/41.4

38.9/54.1/42.1

38.2/53.2/41.9

41.8/53.4/41.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.5/52.6/39.3

38.0/53.3/33.5

37.2/50.0/33.4

38.1/53.0/34.6

Although the front seats offer enough space for tall passengers, the back seats have slightly less headroom. Legroom would never be a problem in the Fit, but taller passengers may want to stick to the front seats.

Interior Features

Cabin's build quality might not be that upscale on the Honda Fit, but it doesn’t shy away from offering relevant features to improve comfort. These features include:

  • 60/40 split 2nd-row magic seats
  • Eco Assist system
  • Cruise control
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps w/ auto on/off
  • Air conditioning
  • 4/6 speaker sound system
  • 5 Amp USB smartphone/audio interface
  • One-touch power moonroof
  • Push-button start
  • Heated front seats

Infotainment System

The base trim is, well, pretty basic. It includes a 5-inch display screen and four speakers. All higher trims have a 7-inch touch screen that has better connectivity through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Pandora compatibility, and HondaLink (for additional smartphone integration). All trims except the base trim have 6 speakers. The several features aboard the 2020 Honda Fit are:

2020 Honda Fit Hatchback has 7-inch  Infotainment Screen 
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • Pandora compatibility
  • SiriusXM radio

A great sigh of relief for many is the return of the volume knob. Handling a touchscreen while driving is a big problem as it forces you to take your eyes off the road, which is never a good idea unless you’re looking to put Honda’s safety features to a test. The volume knob is a bit too tiny for some people’s liking, but it does its job.

Cargo Capacity

The Fit is a hit in storing your cargo. The name ‘Fit’ suits it perfectly due to its ability to provide maximum cargo space in its compact body. The normal cargo space behind the second row is 16.6 cubic feet, which isn’t that bad. But wait till the spell of Honda’s magic takes effect, and you get a whopping 52.7 cubic feet of storage capacity.

2020 Honda Fit Hatchback has 16.6  (ft.3) of Cargo Volume

Model

Honda Fit Hatchback

Kia Rio Hatchback

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

16.6

17.4

15.9

19.0

Honda’s Magic Seat allows either of the 60/40 split rear seat-backs to fold down flat in one easy step. There is no need to remove the head restraints, either. Another amazing feature that Fit has is the tall cargo mode, which allows either or both of the rear seat cushions to be folded upward and locked into place, providing room for tall items.

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2020 Honda Fit Exterior

5.0/10

The new Honda Fit has shed its slabby look for a leaner, more muscular design. Where the past Fits used to remind people of a small minivan, the new Fit impresses everyone with its chiseled shape. The body-lines and contours flow brilliantly into the headlights, which further merge with the grille and badging. This gives Fit an aerodynamic look.

In the back, its rooftop spoiler and intricate taillights give it a sporty new look. The upper trims get fog lights, alloy wheels, and an extra strip of chrome on the grille and liftgate. The Sport trim further adds black wheels, a front spoiler, rear diffuser,  and a chrome-tipped exhaust.

Model

Honda Fit Hatchback

Kia Rio Hatchback

Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2568

2762

2396

2896

Length (in.)

161.4

160.0

161.6

159.8

Width (in.)

67.0

67.9

66.7

68.3

Height (in.)

60.0

57.1

58.9

59.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

5.5

5.5

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

99.6

101.6

101.2

99.4

Track Width (in.) F/R

58.3/58.0

59.8/60.0

58.8/58.4

59.4/59.4

The Honda Fit is small even for a subcompact. It has the shortest wheelbase in this segment. Yet it boasts the most spacious cabin and a trunk that offers more storage than most.

Exterior Features

The most striking exterior features of the 2020 Honda Fit are:

  • Halogen headlamps
  • 16-inch black alloy wheels
  • Body-colored power side mirrors
  • Underbody spoilers
  • Chrome exhaust finisher
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2020 Honda Fit Safety

7.0/10

The rear-view camera is standard on every trim. Honda also made its Honda Sensing package standard on all higher trims, but available as an option even in entry-level trim. The package includes

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System Forward Collision
  • VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Keeping Assist System Lane Departure Warning
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Honda LaneWatch Right Side Camera
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning

In the EX trim, Honda has added

Lane Watch, which is a camera under the door mirror on the passenger side to keep a watch on the upcoming traffic. As soon as you turn on the right turn indicator, the center screen shows the view on the right for better turns or merging.

2020 Honda Fit Competition

Honda Fit Hatchback vs. Kia Rio Hatchback

The most useful thing about the Honda fit is that it can attract all types of customers. Being cheaper, new and young customers will certainly get attracted to its design ethics and excellent visibility.  The car is capable of accommodating all the picnic snacks or even bicycles. 

2020 Kia Rio Hatchback

The Kia Rio seems and feels a lot more premium than the Fit. To top it all off, it offers the same level of efficiency as that Honda too. The Fit’s only upsides are its bigger fuel tank and more accommodating cabin.

Honda Fit Hatchback vs. Toyota Yaris Hatchback

The Toyota Yaris is one of the most reliable small hatchbacks you can buy. It is compact, affordable, and comes with the reliability Toyota is famous for. In driving, it feels more dynamic than Honda Fit. Yaris also puts a lot of attention on safety, by adding features like pre-collision braking, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams standard on all trims.

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

But the Fit takes back its lead when you go inside the vehicle. The seats are more spacious and comfortable in the Fit. And the cargo options available in Honda Fit is way more advanced than Yaris.

2020 Honda Fit Final Verdict

5.8/10

The Honda Fit is a great car that can cater to all your daily needs. It does cost a little more than other subcompact cars, but it has so much more to offer. From roomy seats to unmatched cargo space, from great fuel economy to reassuring safety features, the Fit is, well, fit in all the categories.

Cars like the Nissan Versa seem tempting due to their low price and reasonably powerful engine, but in the long run, Honda Fit covers its extra cost by giving a great mileage. The added features like Honda Sensing, Honda Magic Seats, which puts the cargo volume of compact SUVs to shame, a great design, and sharp handling make Honda a clear winner.