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

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2018 Honda Fit

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2018 Toyota Yaris

Safety Comparison

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 Toyota Yaris doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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

Both the Fit and the Yaris 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, 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 Yaris:

 

Fit

Yaris

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

27.8%

31%

Neck Stress

166 lbs.

341 lbs.

Neck Compression

18 lbs.

53 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

52/54 lbs.

413/434 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

267

268

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29.9%

46%

Neck Stress

191 lbs.

227 lbs.

Neck Compression

48 lbs.

52 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

326/375 lbs.

541/337 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Fit is safer than the Yaris 5dr Liftback:

 

Fit

Yaris

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

17 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1.16%/.59%

Lower Leg Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.82/.51

1.16/.59

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 Yaris:

 

Fit

Yaris

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

1 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

217 G’s

257 G’s

Hip Force

391 lbs.

440 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

237

450

Spine Acceleration

81 G’s

81 G’s

Hip Force

594 lbs.

824 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

14 inches

HIC

305

353

Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

638 lbs.

943 lbs.

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

Engine Comparison

The Fit Auto’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 22 more horsepower (128 vs. 106) and 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (113 vs. 103) than the Yaris’ 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Fit’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 24 more horsepower (130 vs. 106) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (114 vs. 103) than the Yaris’ 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Fit is faster than the Toyota Yaris (manual transmissions tested):

 

Fit

Yaris

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

17 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

80.1 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda Fit is faster than the Toyota Yaris (automatics tested):

 

Fit

Yaris

Zero to 60 MPH

10 sec

10.8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

6.3 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

17.7 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84 MPH

76.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fit LX Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Yaris Auto (33 city/40 hwy vs. 30 city/35 hwy). The Fit EX/Sport Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Yaris Auto (31 city/36 hwy vs. 30 city/35 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Fit’s standard brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the Yaris:

 

Fit

Yaris

Front Rotors

10.3 inches

10 inches

Rear Drums

7.9 inches

7.87 inches

The Fit stops shorter than the Yaris:

 

Fit

Yaris

 

70 to 0 MPH

178 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fit has larger tires than the Yaris (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 Yaris L/LE’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fit EX handles at .82 G’s, while the Yaris SE 5dr Liftback pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fit has 11.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Yaris 3dr Liftback (95.7 vs. 84.4).

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fit has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Yaris 5dr Liftback with its rear seat up (16.6 vs. 15.6 cubic feet). The Fit has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Yaris 5dr Liftback with its rear seat folded (52.7 vs. 30 cubic feet).

The Fit has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Yaris 3dr Liftback with its rear seat up (16.6 vs. 15.3 cubic feet). The Fit has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Yaris 3dr Liftback with its rear seat folded (52.7 vs. 30 cubic feet).

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 Yaris doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Fit has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Yaris doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Fit’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and tollbooths. The Yaris’ power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Yaris’ standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Fit’s standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

The Smart Entry System standard on the Fit EX/EX-L allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Yaris doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Fit EX/EX-L’s standard wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Yaris’ fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting.

The Fit has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Yaris doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Fit has standard power remote mirrors. The Yaris L doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Fit EX-L’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Yaris doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

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

The Fit EX-L has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Yaris.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Fit offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Yaris doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard HondaLink for the Fit Sport/EX/EX-L allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Yaris doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fit owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fit will cost $255 to $1505 less than the Yaris 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 Yaris only retains 42.95% to 47.87%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fit is less expensive to operate than the Yaris because it costs $9 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Fit than the Yaris, including $3 less for an alternator and $6 less for fuel injection.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Fit will be $397 to $752 less than for the Toyota Yaris.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Honda Fit outsold the Toyota Yaris by 59% during the 2016 model year.

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