2017 Honda Fit vs. 2016 Honda Civic

2017 honda fit

2016 Honda Fit

2016 Honda Civic

2016 Honda Civic


You’ve decided your next car should be a Honda, but that was the easy part. If you’re having a tough time deciding between the 2017 Honda Fit and 2016 Honda Civic, you’re not alone. Silko Honda gets drivers from Swansea, Taunton, Kingston, and Dartmouth asking us which is the right small Honda for them, so we compared a few of their key features to make your decision easier.

Power and Efficiency

Drivers looking for the most efficient small cars have come to the right place, as the 2017 Honda Fit and 2016 Honda Civic both feature engines that leave their competitors looking like gas guzzlers:

  • Fit 1.5L Four-Cylinder: With 130 hp and 114 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2017 Honda Fit’s engine offers plenty of pep for the hatchback. Fit LX CVT models remain efficient, however, with an EPA-estimated 40 mpg/highway.*

  • Civic 2.0L Four-Cylinder: The base 2016 Civic LX engine delivers 158 hp and 138 lb.-ft. of torque, and when paired with a CVT, it earns an EPA-estimated 41 mpg/highway.*

  • Civic Turbocharged Engine: Give the Civic a power boost with the new turbocharged four-cylinder’s 174 hp and 162 lb.-ft. of torque; the 2016 Civic EX-T is rated at an EPA-estimated 42 mpg/highway.*

The Civic leads just a bit on fuel economy and gives drivers more in the way of power, but the Fit remains one of the most efficient cars in its class. One or two points of fuel economy might be a worthy trade for the Swansea driver looking for a versatile hatchback.

People and Cargo

Both of these Honda models feature five-passenger seating, and while the Fit is a subcompact and the Civic a small car, they are some of the most spacious models in their classes (Fit LX models have 95.7 cubic feet of passenger space while the Civic LX Sedan has 97.8 cubic feet).

While they compare similarly on passenger space, the Fit has one of the most versatile interiors, besting the Civic on cargo space:

  • Fit Cargo: Each 2017 Fit has a 16.6 cubic foot cargo area that expands to as much as 52.7 cubic feet.

  • Civic Cargo: The Civic’s trunk has 15.1 cubic feet of cargo space, allowing room for friends’ luggage or the kids’ backpacks.

Safety Features

Every new Honda is built with safety in mind, but drivers seeking the latest in state-of-the-art safety features should look first to the 2016 Honda Civic. In addition to the standard safety features found on the Civic, it has the new Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance and accident prevention features available on every trim level, including:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking

  • Forward Collision Warning

  • Adaptive Cruise Control

  • Road Departure Mitigation

  • Lane Departure Warning

  • Lane Keeping Assist

Drivers can rest easy knowing that both the Civic and the Fit come standard with a wide range of safety features, including a multi-angle rearview camera, Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure, and an array of airbags.

Which Model is Right for You?

If you’re on the fence between the 2017 Honda Fit and 2016 Honda Civic, we suggest you test drive them both, but here’s a quick rundown to help you decide:

  • The Fit: Spacious and efficient, the 2017 Fit has the Honda Magic Seat for a customizable interior that’s great for hauling gear or helping a friend move.

  • The Civic: Powerful and efficient, the 2016 Civic comfortably seats up to five passengers and is available with the new Honda Sensing suite of safety features.

When it comes to price, the 2017 Fit LX 6MT is just $15,990 (MSRP)** while the 2016 Civic LX 6MT Sedan is $18,640 (MSRP).** Most drivers can easily afford either, but if your budget is tight, look to the Fit.

Test Drive the 2017 Honda Fit or the 2016 Honda Civic

If you have any questions about the 2017 Honda Fit or the 2016 Honda Civic, don’t hesitate to contact Silko Honda online or call us at 508-880-5500. And remember, if you’re shopping for a new small car near Kingston, Dartmouth, Swansea, or Taunton, stop by Silko Honda in Raynham, at 1580 New State Highway.

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $835.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.