Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Fit VS 2017 Toyota Corolla Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda Fit

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2017 Toyota Corolla

Safety Comparison

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 Corolla doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Fit and the Corolla have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and lane departure warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Fit is safer than the Toyota Corolla:

 

Fit

Corolla

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Stress

166 lbs.

362 lbs.

Neck Compression

18 lbs.

45 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

52/54 lbs.

314/513 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

29.9%

41%

Neck Compression

48 lbs.

78 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Fit is safer than the Toyota Corolla:

 

Fit

Corolla

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

391 lbs.

412 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

237

294

Hip Force

594 lbs.

765 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

13 inches

Hip Force

638 lbs.

868 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Fit is faster than the Toyota Corolla (manual transmissions tested):

 

Fit

Corolla

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8 sec

8.5 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.5 sec

14.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

23.2 sec

24.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

85 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Fit is faster than the Corolla LE Eco (automatics tested):

 

Fit

Corolla

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

14.8 sec

15.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4.3 sec

4.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.2 MPH

82.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fit gets better fuel mileage than the Corolla:

 

 

Fit

Corolla

 

 

1.5 4 cyl./Manual

29 city/36 hwy

27 city/35 hwy

1.8 4 cyl./Manual

 

LX 1.5 4 cyl./Auto

33 city/40 hwy

30 city/40 hwy

Eco 1.8 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

29 city/38 hwy

Eco w/17” wheels/Auto

 

 

n/a

28 city/36 hwy

L/LE/SE 1.8 4 cyl./Auto

 

EX/Sport 1.5 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/36 hwy

28 city/35 hwy

XLE/XSE 1.8 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fit stops shorter than the Corolla:

 

Fit

Corolla

 

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Corolla L/LE Eco’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fit has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Corolla doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Fit EX handles at .82 G’s, while the Corolla LE Eco pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Fit may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 300 pounds less than the Toyota Corolla.

The Fit is 1 foot, 9.2 inches shorter than the Corolla L/LE/LXE, making the Fit easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fit has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more rear headroom and 1.2 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Fit’s rear seats recline. The Corolla’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Fit’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Corolla’s useful trunk space.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Corolla doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Fit has a standard rear wiper. The Corolla doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Fit EX/EX-L has standard extendable sun visors. The Corolla doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Fit’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Corolla’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fit owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fit will cost $1135 to $2210 less than the Corolla over a five-year period.

The Fit will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Fit will retain 49.26% to 50.59% of its original price after five years, while the Corolla only retains 46.66% to 47.64%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fit is less expensive to operate than the Corolla because it costs $72 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Fit than the Corolla, including $142 less for an alternator, $6 less for front brake pads, $93 less for fuel injection and $61 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Fit will be $3137 to $4000 less than for the Toyota Corolla.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda Fit and the Toyota Corolla, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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