Compare Honda Civic to Honda Fit: Which Hatchback is Right for You?

Honda Civic and Honda Fit are both small cars big on dependability, both as weekly urban runabouts and weekend road-trippers. Honda Civic comes in a trio of body styles, one of which is a versatile compact hatchback, while Honda Fit is a dedicated and no-less-well-rounded subcompact hatchback. Each has a reputation for being comfortable, tech-savvy, safe, and above all, a lot of fun to drive.

With so much in common, it can be tough to decide which car is best for you. Not to worry. Our experts here at Sullivan Honda have made it easy to compare the two. You can check them both out here at our dealership in Torrington CT!

Interior

Honda Civic Hatchback seats five comfortably for a Waterbury CT trip in a cabin offering anywhere from 94.8 to 97.2 cubic feet of space for passengers. Automatic Climate Control comes standard in its LX and Sport trims, and the step up to Sport also brings with it a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Rise to EX or later, and you can get both heated seats up front and dual-zone auto climate control, with a power driver's seat joining the outfit in EX. EX-L adds leather appoints, and both a power front-passenger seat and heated seats in the rear outboard position come standard at the top of the line, in Sport Touring. Finally, there are a respectable 46.2 cubic feet of space available for cargo.

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Honda Fit interior 
Honda Civic Hatchback command center 

Honda Fit also seats five, and in a 93.8-to-95.7-cubic-foot cabin with filtered air and air conditioning, which comes standard in the LX trim and later. You can get a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter in Sport, and leather-trimmed seats, heated in front, come standard in EX-L. There are 52.7 cubic feet of room for cargo thanks to a second-row Magic Seat that split-folds 60/40.

Your takeaway: both cars are spacious and comfortable, and invitingly so. Honda Civic Hatchback has more options, while Honda Fit offers more and better flexibility when taking on luggage.

Technology

Honda Civic Hatchback is a command center for any Bristol CT excursion. A 5-inch color LCD and 160-watt, four-speaker audio come standard in the LX trim. Graduate to Sport, and you can get 7-Inch Display Audio infotainment Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 180-watt sound system with eight speakers. SiriusXM and HD Radio come standard with a step up to EX. Finally, go for Sport Touring, and you go fully loaded: it incorporates Honda satellite-linked navigation, voice recognition, Honda HD Digital Traffic update support, and a 540-watt, 12-speaker premium audio system, which includes a subwoofer.

Honda Fit is comparably equipped. Its 5-inch LCD Screen and four-speaker, 160-Watt sound System becomes a 7-Inch Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 180-watt, six-speaker sound, and SiriusXM in Sport and later. Honda satellite-linked navigation, voice recognition, Honda HD Digital Traffic, and an HD Radio are available at the top of the line, in EX-L.

Our conclusion: both models keep you well-connected and entertained. Audio options abound, and sooner, in Honda Civic, while Honda Fit delivers solid tech without the need for frills.

Safety

Honda Civic Hatchback provides excellent drive-time security as you navigate the streets and highways in and around Farmington. Honda Sensing, a suite of smart driver aids, comes standard on every trim. It features systems for collision and road departure mitigation, an adaptive cruise control system with low-speed follow, lane-keeping assistance, and both forward collision and lane departure warning systems. Auto high beams come standard across the lineup, while Honda LaneWatch, a right-passenger-side vehicle-sensing system, comes standard in EX and later.

Honda Fit backup and Honda Sensing features 

Honda Fit is just as committed to your travel safety. Honda Sensing is available in base trims, coming standard in EX and EX-L, sans the low-speed follow feature, along with auto high-beam headlighting and Honda LaneWatch.

Your judgment: Both hatchbacks offer comprehensive protection in traffic, and therefore, peace of mind. Honda Civic Hatchback delivers it earlier, and standard, but both models can standardize it electively, no matter the trim.

Performance

Honda Civic Hatchback offers a choice of two engines. LX, EX, and EX-L trims feature a turbocharged 174-horsepower, 1.5-liter model, capable of producing 162 pound-feet of torque and paired with a smooth-operating continuously variable transmission. Sport and Sport Touring have a turbocharged 1.5-liter with a power bump, to 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet, and it's mated to an engaging six-speed manual.

Honda Fit also makes two engines available. There's a 130-horsepower, 1.5-liter I4 with a six-speed manual that delivers 114 pound-feet of torque in LX, Sport, and EX, and a 128-horsepower, 1.5-liter I4 with a Sport Mode-equipped CVT in EX-L. It can produce 113 pound-feet.

Our read: both have the pep that makes any drive enjoyable. Honda Civic Hatchback offers a more powerful and hands-on option, while Honda Fit prioritizes ease of use.

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An all-inclusive comparison on paper between new Honda hatchbacks is one thing. The firsthand experience is quite another. Luckily, you can check out both Honda Civic Hatchback and Honda Fit right here at 45 Migeon Ave. Stop by for a visit, and we'll take you for a test drive!