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2021 Honda Fit Review: Expected Release Date, Prices, MPG, And Performance

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist

July 11, 2020 at 04:04 AM

The subcompact hatchback segment is dying a slow death. With people willing to spend more and more cash on cars and low gas prices, the Honda Fit has struggled in the States. However, with the 2021 Honda Fit, it might all change. The Fit will sport an all-new design with updated interiors and underpinnings.

The fourth generation of the Honda Fit was unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Auto Show and it received a mixed bag of criticism and love. For years, the FIt has been the definition of “space utilization” in the American market as it offers a ton of space inside the cabin with a considerably small exterior footprint. When it comes to value per Dollar, the Honda Fit has always been one of the best. There is no denying the fact that the Fit over years and years has served its customers to the best of its abilities throughout the globe. Let’s find out when and what to expect from the 2021 Honda Fit.

2021 Honda Fit "Ness" Trim. (Japenese Spec)

What's New:

  • The 2021 Honda Fit will expectedly begin the new generation of the Fit

What to expect in under the 2021 Honda Fit's hood?

Even with the decrease in sales figures, Honda hasn’t stopped innovating. The 2021 Honda Fit is expected to offer both- gasoline and a hybrid powertrain. With the latter focusing on fuel efficiency than performance. This will also help Honda Achieve the required emission standards. If the rumors are to be believed, the Hybrid powertrain will consist of a 1.5L inline 4 i-VTEC motor paired to a couple of electric motors and a CVT transmission. As for the gasoline version, it will sport a 1.3L inline-4. Compared to the current generation of the Fit, the new powertrain will deliver much more. However, it is yet to be seen if this powertrain will make it to the US or not.

Honda's 1.5L Hybrid I-4 motor

The new CVT transmission will feature 7 simulated gear ratios and is supposedly smoother than the outgoing version. In addition to that, Honda will also be using an updated starter motor which will result in a much smoother and fuel-efficient startup. The new starter motor can also play a role in the "hybrid" part of the drivetrain. In a lot of configurations and mild-hybrid setups, the batteries assist the starter motor while cranking the engine. In such cases, the starter motor also works as a generator to turn the Kinetic energy into electrical and charge the batteries.

Models

2021 Honda Fit Hatchback (Expected)

2020 Kia Rio Hatchback

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Base MSRP

$17,000 - $19,000

$16,690

$17,750

$19,420

Engine

1.5-liter I4 Hybrid / 1.3L I4 Basic

1.6-liter I4 regular

1.5-liter I4 regular

1.4-liter I4 regular

Transmission

7 Speed CVT

2-speed CVT w/OD

6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Horsepower

128+ hp

120 hp @ 6,300 rpm

106 hp @ 6,000 rpm

138 hp @ 4,900 rpm

Torque

113+ lb.-ft.

112 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

103 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

148 lb.-ft. @ 1,850 rpm

The 2021 Honda Fit is expected to be at par with the 2020 Chevy Sonic in terms of the pricing. As far as power is concerned, the Jap was already more powerful than most of its competition and with the new powertrain, it will probably match the Sonic in terms of power figures as well. Honda is yet to announce the exact numbers of the 2021 Fit. The Hybrid powertrain will also help with the instant torque that will, in turn, result in way better acceleration off the line.

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Honda Fit deliver?

While the exact fuel economy numbers are yet to be released by Honda, we can safely assume that they’re going to be better than the outgoing version. This can be determined by the fact that one of the engine options is a hybrid and the other one has been downsized by a considerable margin.

The 2020 Honda Fit offers 33/40/36 for city, highway, and combined driving respectively. As for the range, based on the 2021 figures, the 2021 Honda Fit is expected to go more than 350 miles at city speeds before needing to fill up again and 424 miles at highway speeds. The 10.6 gallon tank that is offered with the Fit might not be the biggest in the segment, however, the frugal economy helps. 

Model

2021 Honda Fit Hatchback (Expected)

2020 Kia Rio Hatchback

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2020 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

*2020 Figures used for reference

The outgoing model is already on par with the competition in terms of the fuel economy. The Chevy Sonic comes last in this race mainly due to its higher power output. So, in terms of fuel economy, the Fit can only be expected to perform even better. In addition to that, if Honda decides to bring the hybrid model to the States, the numbers are expected to rise even further.

What to expect from the 2021 Honda Fit’s interior?

It might seem pretty small from the outside. However, once you step inside the cabin, The 2020 Honda Fit is surprisingly spacious. With the Fit, Honda has shown how efficient Japanese engineering is and nothing less can be expected from the new Fit. Even the 2020 model was pretty decent when it came to interior space and room. However, when it came to the quality of the material used, the older model suffered a bit. That is expected to change with the brand new 2021 Honda Fit.

The interior layout has been kept clean and simple with no cluttering of buttons or knobs.

They have retained the fuel tank’s location- under the front seats. This leads to a much more spacious cabin and flat floor. Even in terms of interior quality, the upcoming model will feature much nicer material and tech. As of now, not a lot can be said about the exact interior dimensions but Honda being Honda, they’re definitely gonna make it work! From what is visible in the pictures of the Japenese spec Honda Fit, the interior looks better than ever with comfortable and spacious seats.

Model

2021 Honda Fit Hatchback (Expected)

2020 Kia Rio Hatchback

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2020 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

*2020 Figures used for reference

The 2020 Honda Fit offers more overall space than any of the competitors. It especially shines in the rear seat department since “Superminis” as they’re called on the other side of the pond are not exactly known for rear seat spacing. The rest of the competition really struggles when it comes to the rear-seat room. People have complained about the Yaris again and again for having a nearly impractical rear seat. 

2021 Honda Fit: Infotainment and Connectivity

The 2020 base Honda Fit offers a 5-inch non-touch LCD screen. As you go up the trims, from the Sport variant onwards, will get you a 7-inch touchscreen display, giving the Fit a more modern feel. However, it still feels and looks a bit outdated. With the 2021 update, Honda is equipping the Fit with a standard 7-inch horizontal infotainment screen. They have also emphasized on reducing the number of buttons in the cabin in order to give it a more modern and minimalist look.

The 2021 Honda FIt will feature a 2 spoke steering wheel. (Japanese Spec) 

Having said that, not everyone likes the reduced buttons. People still prefer old school buttons and knobs for certain features such as volume control and Air Conditioning. The new model will also feature an updated safety system with a wide-angle camera on offer and 8 sonar sensors all around the car. It is still unknown if the American Fit will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto or not but going by the trend, it must.

What exterior changes have been made to the 2021 Honda Fit?

Yes, the 2021 Honda Fit has tons of changes on the outside when compared to the 2020 model. It features LED lights all around and a much more futuristic look. The front fascia has been refreshed and now looks like a robot’s face. The headlight design with its rounded DRLs look a bit like the concept urban vehicle Honda displayed a few years ago. The front grille also features a more futuristic look with most of it being covered with a plastic piece. Moving towards the lower bumper, the black trim makes it look like the car is smiling. There’s a big real vent in the middle, flanked by two fake vents on either side. The vents might be fake but they fit the Fit pretty well.

Updated rear end (Japanese Spec)

The side and rear follow a similar principle to the previous model- simple and sweet. There are no unnecessary lines or curves and the rear with its tailgate and the bumper actually make it look a bit like the 2020 Fit. The Honda Fit has always been a funky looking sharp hatchback with a clean design language and the designers at Honda have kept that for the 2021 model as well. It looks and does the part really well.

Model

2021 Honda Fit Hatchback (Expected)

2020 Kia Rio Hatchback

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2020 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

*2020 Figures used for reference

The 2020 Honda Fit has the shortest wheelbase in the segment and yet it manages to offer more space than the competition. The Rio has the longest wheelbase in the group, however, it is shorter in length when compared to the Fit and Yaris

Will the 2021 Honda Fit be worth it?

The 2021 Honda Fit will make you wait for a while. Honda North America has still not confirmed if and when we will get to see the 2021 model. However, if you are in the market for a subcompact hatchback, then yes, the 2021 Honda Fit will be worth your money and wait. It is the perfect blend of interior space with a small exterior footprint making it easier to maneuver around towns. In addition to that, the Fit also offers the amazing Honda reliability and fuel economy. All in all, if you can wait for it, the 2021 Fit might just fit all your needs.

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How much will the 2021 Honda Fit cost?

Honda hasn't revealed the pricing structure of the 2021 Honda Fit yet. However, based on the market trend and the competition, the 2021 Honda Fit will start somewhere between $17,000 and $19,000. Anything over this price range will make the car too expensive for the category.

Will the 2021 Honda Fit Hybrid be any good?

Yes, in the countries where the Fit Hybrids have been delivered, they have proved themselves to be reliable, efficient, and fun to drive. However, it is yet to be seen if the 2021 Honda Fit Hybrid will reach the Stateside or not.

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