SONS Automotive Group Compares 2017 Honda Fit VS 2017 Hyundai Elantra Near Duluth, GA

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2017 Honda Fit

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2017 Honda Fit

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2017 Hyundai Elantra

Safety Comparison

The Fit has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Fit and the Elantra Sedan 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 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 Hyundai Elantra Sedan:

 

Fit

Elantra Sedan

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 73 percent more Honda dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fit’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Fit is faster than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Fit

Elantra Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.2 MPH

84.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Fit

Elantra Sedan

 

 

1.5 4 cyl./Manual

29 city/36 hwy

26 city/36 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual

 

1.5 4 cyl./Auto

33 city/40 hwy

29 city/38 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

EX 1.5 4 cyl./Auto

32 city/37 hwy

28 city/37 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

n/a

32 city/40 hwy

1.4 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

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 Elantra Sedan SE’s standard 65 series tires.

The Fit has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Elantra Sedan, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Fit may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Hyundai Elantra Sedan.

The Fit is 1 foot, 7.9 inches shorter than the Elantra Sedan, making the Fit easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fit has .7 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more rear headroom and 3.6 inches more rear legroom than the Elantra Sedan.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Fit’s rear seats recline. The Elantra Sedan’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. The Elantra Sedan’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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 Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 toll booths. The Elantra Sedan’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

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

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 Elantra Sedan only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Fit, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Elantra Sedan.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fit is less expensive to operate than the Elantra Sedan because it costs $504 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Fit than the Elantra Sedan, including $122 less for an alternator and $3 less for front brake pads.

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Fit

Elantra Sedan

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

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 Elantra Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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

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