2020 Fit New Car Test Drive
The Honda Fit is a spacious small hatchback that's thrifty, affordable, and safe. In Sport trim with black wheels and accents it looks almost racy. It's unchanged for 2020.
The only engine is a 1.5-liter inline-4, with either a fun 6-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters and a sport mode. It's front-wheel drive, with no available all-wheel drive. Acceleration is modest, as 60 mph comes in about 10 seconds. The ride is comfortable in normal driving.
What most makes the Fit exceptional is its interior room: cargo and passenger space are superb for a subcompact. Four adults will fit comfortably, while the Fit boasts some of the most clever folding seats fitted to any vehicle. With all the seats stowed away, the cargo space is relatively massive.
The base Fit with the 6-speed manual gets 29 mpg city, 36 highway, 31 combined, while optional CVT increases that rating significantly, to 33/40/36 mpg. EX and EX-L models with the CVT drop slightly to 31/36/33 mpg, presumably because they're heavier. The Fit takes regular fuel.
The 2020 Honda Fit earns excellent crash test scores. The IIHS has rated the Fit 'Good'? in nearly every crash category. However the headlights only got 'Marginal'? and 'Poor'? ratings.
The NHTSA gives it five stars overall, with four stars only in rollover.
Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and active lane control are standard on the EX and EX-L trim, and available on the LX and Sport for $1,000, a price that's life-savingly affordable, especially when prorated over payments. However only the CVT can get these features. Because these safety features are electronic, they need to be linked to an automatic..
The Fit comes in LX, Sport, EX and EX-L trims, ranging from about $17,000 to $22,000.
LX models get a 6-speed manual transmission, power windows, and a 5.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and USB connections.
The Sport gets racy black wheels and trim, unique interior styling, a bigger touchscreen with infotainment that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the option for active safety features as long as it doesn't have the manual transmission.
EX models get those active safety features as standard equipment, along with keyless entry, a power moonroof, and more. The EX-L gets options including heated front seats and leather upholstery..