For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Fit are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The Fit has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Fit’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Fit’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.
Both the Fit and the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available crash mitigating brakes.
Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Fit 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than MINI covers the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 8 times as many Honda dealers as there are MINI dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fit’s warranty.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Fit’s reliability 21 points higher than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, MINI is ranked 18th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than MINI vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 4 places higher in reliability than MINI.
On the EPA test cycle the Fit LX Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door Auto turbo 3 cyl. (33 city/40 hwy vs. 27 city/36 hwy). The Fit EX/Sport Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door Auto turbo 3 cyl. (31 city/36 hwy vs. 27 city/36 hwy).
For better traction, the Fit has larger tires than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (185/60R15 vs. 175/65R15).
The Fit’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s standard 65 series tires.
For better maneuverability, the Fit’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door’s (35.1 feet vs. 36.2 feet).
The Honda Fit may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.
The Fit has 11.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door (95.7 vs. 84).
The Fit has 3.6 inches more front shoulder room, 7 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.
The Fit Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Fit has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Fit has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Cooper Hardtop 4 Door doesn’t offer rear vents.
Insurance will cost less for the Fit owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fit will cost $60 to $750 less than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door over a five-year period.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fit is less expensive to operate than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door because it costs $684 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fit than the Cooper Hardtop 4 Door, including $161 less for a water pump, $256 less for an alternator, $59 less for front brake pads, $133 less for a fuel pump, $452 less for a timing belt/chain and $421 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Fit will be $5439 to $6174 less than for the MINI Cooper Hardtop 4 Door.
Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda Fit, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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