Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda Fit VS 2016 Toyota Prius Near Tucker, GA

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2017 Honda Fit

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2017 Honda Fit

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2016 Toyota Prius

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

Both the Fit and the Prius c 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 and daytime running lights.

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 Prius c:

 

Fit

Prius c

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

251

359

Neck Injury Risk

27.8%

37%

Neck Stress

166 lbs.

401 lbs.

Neck Compression

18 lbs.

262 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

52/54 lbs.

316/452 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

267

292

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

29.9%

38%

Neck Stress

191 lbs.

270 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

326/375 lbs.

373/348 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 Prius c:

 

Fit

Prius c

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

206

216

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

217 G’s

276 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

237

374

Spine Acceleration

81 G’s

90 G’s

Hip Force

594 lbs.

991 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

10 inches

15 inches

Spine Acceleration

37 G’s

49 G’s

Hip Force

638 lbs.

922 lbs.

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

Engine Comparison

The Fit’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 31 more horsepower (130 vs. 99) than the Prius c’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Fit is faster than the Toyota Prius c (automatics tested):

 

Fit

Prius c

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

10.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

14.8 sec

19.6 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4.3 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.2 MPH

76.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Fit has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Prius c (10.6 vs. 9.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Fit’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Prius c:

 

Fit

Prius c

Front Rotors

10.3 inches

10 inches

The Fit stops shorter than the Prius c:

 

Fit

Prius c

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fit has larger tires than the Prius c (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 Prius c’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 Prius c doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fit has 8.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Prius c (95.7 vs. 87.4).

The Fit has .9 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 4.3 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Prius c.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fit’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Prius c One’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

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 Prius c doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Fit has standard lighted power door lock, power window, power mirror and cruise control switches so that they are easily found at night. The Prius c doesn’t have lighted switches.

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 Prius c doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fit owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fit will cost $535 to $1745 less than the Prius c 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 54.37% to 58.6% of its original price after five years, while the Prius c only retains 52.68% to 53.93%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fit is less expensive to operate than the Prius c because it costs $81 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Fit than the Prius c, including $336 less for a water pump, $29 less for an alternator and $46 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 $2098 to $2140 less than for the Toyota Prius c.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Fit has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Fit

Prius c

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

IntelliChoice

Best Overall Value

n/a

The Fit was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 7 of the last 10 years. The Prius hasn’t been picked since 2004.

The Fit was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 8 years. The Prius c has never been an “All Star.”

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