The Honda Fit is a five-door subcompact vehicle produced and marketed by Honda since 2001.
It’s also known as Honda Jazz or Honda Life in some regions, and is currently in its fourth generation.
Admittedly, the Honda Fit has quite the global buzz around it. But what is its actual performance like?
In this article, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at Honda Fit’s efficiency with emphasis on figures and verifiable statistics.
How Many Honda Fits Have Been Sold Per Year in the U.S.?
In its first year in the U.S., the Honda Fit received a total sales of 27,934, marking a strong debut.
The second-year was even more impressive, with total year-end sales of 56,432, which was more than double the previous year’s tally.
Sales grew exponentially and sometimes beyond Honda’s estimations into the 2010s decade. The table below details the sales figure for each year:
The table shows yearly five-figure sales consistent with the Fit’s highest yearly sales in 2008.
The yearly figures from 2006 to 2020 make it 769,273 Fits sold since 2006 and a yearly average of 51,285 (approx.) in the U.S.
Please also read our article about the Honda Fit and lights.
What Year Did Honda Start the Fit Models?
Honda began the production and sales of Honda Fit models in 2001 and the vehicle is in its fourth generation.
It launched the hybrid models in Japan in 2010 and later released them in Europe in early 2011.
The Honda Fit didn’t land in the U.S. until 2006 and has been sold every year since. Honda launched an electric version known as the Fit EV at the Los Angeles show in late 2011.
How Is the Fuel Economy on the Honda Fit?
Fuel economy is one of the major determinants of a vehicle’s efficiency and even more so when it’s a subcompact.
Here is a tabular comparison of the Fit’s fuel economy with that of its peers below:
|Model||City MPG||Highway MPG||Average|
|Honda Fit (variable gear ratios)||33||40||36|
|Honda Fit (AV-S7)||31||36||33|
|Honda Fit (Manual 6-speed)||29||36||31|
For this table, we included the different models of the Honda Fit and compared them with other subcompacts.
The table shows that the Honda Fit maintains the same MPG as some of its peers while it has a higher MPG than others.
This simply means, in terms of fuel efficiency, the Honda Fit ranks very high amongst other subcompact vehicles.
Make sure to also read our article about how long the Honda Fit lasts.
How Quickly Do Honda Fit Depreciate?
When you buy a car at a certain amount, it’s normal to want to know how much that car will go for in a number of years. While depreciation is certain, some cars lose their value faster than others.
According to CarEdge, a Honda Fit will likely depreciate by 51% after five years. So, if you get one for $18,012, you can expect it to lose about $9,186 in value after five years.
AutoPadre, on the other hand, suggests that a 2020 Honda Fit could depreciate by 37% after five years. This means if you get a 2020 Honda Fit at an MSRP of $18,012, the value could drop to about $11,348 in five years.
It might interest you to know that the Honda Fit topped Investopedia’s 2019 list of cars that depreciate the least.
Did Honda Recall Any of the Fit Models?
Honda has recalled different models of the Honda Fit through the years. The table below shows the number of recalls for each model year.
|Model Year||Number of Recalls|
The table above shows every Fit model has been recalled so far, except the 2014, 2017 and 2018 models.
The 2007, 2009 and 2011 models have the most recalls so far with eleven each. Meanwhile, the 2016 and 2019 models have the least recalls with just two so far.
The latest Honda Fit recall by Honda was on 25th March 2021 for the 2019 model.
Also read our article about the Honda Fit in snow and winter driving.
How Much Do the Honda Fit Pollute?
If you are considering the Honda Fit, the vehicle’s pollution statistics might interest you. One way to determine that is through greenhouse gas emissions numbers.
Honda Fit models with a variable gear transmission emit 264 grams of gasoline per mile and they have an energy impact score of 9.2 barrels.
Models with an AV-S7 engine emit 267 grams of gas per mile with an energy impact score of 10.0 barrels.
The manual 6-speed models emit 286 grams per mile with an energy impact score of 10.6 barrels.
These models emit 3.7, 4.0, and 4.3 metric tons of CO2 per year respectively, and pollute less than their contemporaries.
How Much Can the Fit Models Tow?
The latest Honda Fit models weigh about 2,600lbs. It can tow up to 2,000lbs with the right hitching equipment.
How Reliable Is Honda Fit?
J.D. Power gives the Fit a reliability score of 80 out of 100, meaning it delivered a satisfactory performance for most car owners.
RepairPal gives the Fit an average reliability rating of 4.5 out of a possible 5 and ranked it 4th on its list of subcompact vehicles.
This is not surprising, considering that Honda is a byword for reliability.
How Safe Is a Honda Fit?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Honda Fit a five-star overall rating, making it a certifiably safe subcompact.
It also got a five-star rating for the frontal crash and side crash categories while it got four stars for rollovers.
However, the Fit was left out of the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety’s Top Safety Picks and was rated “good” in most categories. U.S. News and World Report, based on its assessment, gives the Honda Fit an overall safety rating of 9.2 out of 10.
These reports indicate mostly satisfactory safety performances and below are the features responsible for such stellar ratings:
- Airbag(Driver, Passenger, Front Head, Rear Head, Front Side)
- Anti-Lock Braking System
- Front Disc Brakes
- Brake Assist
- Electronic Stability Control
- Daytime Running Lights
- Traction Control
- Child Safety Locks
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Seatbelt Pre-tensioners
What Is The Typical Buyer Demographic For this Model?
While we have no recent figures, a 2014 report by J.D. Power revealed that Fit buyers have an average household income of $70,000.
The same report showed that about 64% of fit buyers graduate college.
A report by TorqueNews in late 2017 also revealed that most Fit owners are between 16-80 years of age and are women. The car’s cheap price and low operating costs suggest it is a favorite of students and low-income retirees.
Honda Fit Theft Numbers
The Honda Fit does not feature on any recent list of the most stolen vehicles.
Meanwhile, three Honda models (Honda Civic, Honda CR-V and Honda Accord) made the NICB’s Hot Wheels list of the most stolen vehicles in the U.S.
Given its absence on any lists, we can safely assume the Honda Fit is not a favorite of car thieves.