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Honda Fit vs Honda Civic - READ ONLY
Last post on Oct 29, 2008 at 3:15 PM
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Honda Fit, Honda Civic, Hatchback, Sedan
#31 of 237 Re: Mid-week driving impressions [reddroverr]
Apr 28, 2006 (10:56 am)
"I think a lot of comfort has to do with previous experience, and expectations."
I totally agree - I was surprised when a couple of people mentioned sitting higher in their Fit. My first impression was how low it was to the ground - but I haven't driven anything but a Wrangler in several years so anything lower than a fairly tall SUV feels low!
#32 of 237 I finally saw the Fit...
Apr 28, 2006 (1:15 pm)
...at the dealership the other day. While the car has some impressive attributes, it's pricing just doesn't seem to correspond with the Fit itself, or with competing models. For example, the two trim levels I looked at were a base model and the other had the sport package. The base model had a sticker of $14.4K. The base model is VERY base and plain looking and it strikes me more as a $10K car than a $14K car. Moving up to the model with the sport package gives a nicer looking, stylish car, but it was priced at almost $16K. He11, for another $2K I could get a MUCH NICER Civic LX that also gets better fuel economy than the Fit. I know a lot of people are ranting and raving about the new FIT, but I think Honda has totally missed the mark with this new model.
#33 of 237 Re: I finally saw the Fit... [bottgers]
Apr 28, 2006 (2:09 pm)
for another $2K I could get a MUCH NICER Civic LX that also gets better fuel economy than the Fit. I know a lot of people are ranting and raving about the new FIT, but I think Honda has totally missed the mark with this new model.
I'm not sure how the Civic LX can even compare to the Fit. It may get 1 mpg more and have a little more hp, but the Fit delivers a far more usable package with fun sporty performance and handling than the civic, but buy what makes you happy. The Civic sedan and coupe are people movers and nothing more. The Fit is a people, lama, and cargo mover. It will be a far better choice for many than the Civic.
The Civic Si is a different story, but can't certainly be compared to the Fit.
There's a reason the Fit is the most popular car in the world, and people develop special relationships with them. The regular Civic is just....well a Civic, and there's nothing wrong with that, but it certainly doesn't evoke enthusiasm. The Fit does.
#34 of 237 Re: I finally saw the Fit... [gearhead1]
Apr 28, 2006 (2:33 pm)
Well, just for argument sake, I'm not sure the Fit would exactly "evoke enthusiasm". It has been a popular car in other markets because of their preference for small, efficient people movers. It may proof popular in NA. But popular does not necessarily mean enthusiasm. The Corolla is supposed to be, what, one of the most popular models of all time? Do you get enthusiastic over it? Cars in the price ranges of the Fit, Civic, Corolla rarely generate "enthusiasm" in the sense that you're implying.
#35 of 237 Re: I finally saw the Fit... [bottgers]
Apr 28, 2006 (2:39 pm)
>>Civic LX that also gets better fuel economy than the Fit.
real world numbers for the civic seem to be all over the place. Some sedan owners getting well into the twenties. A very wide range depending on driver and conditions, very few at 40. The civic wieghs more with more power. It's a dumb sedan that is, well, boring.
#36 of 237 Re: I finally saw the Fit... [bottgers]
Apr 28, 2006 (4:37 pm)
I am choosing between the Fit Sport and the Civic EX Sedan. The Civic LX has more power but otherwise is missing a lot of things. I would only get the manual in either model so the Civic and Fit get the same on the highway, and the Fit get 3 better in the city.
The Fit Sport has a better stereo, auxillary input, alloy wheels, far more headroom, and far more cargo room.
The Civic has a little more legroom, a nicer interior, and more power.
The Civic EX has the options the Fit Sport has and more, but it also runs about $2500-3000 more. No wonder.
Civic EX > Fit Sport> Civic LX in my opinion.
#37 of 237 Re: I finally saw the Fit... [bamacar]
Apr 28, 2006 (4:53 pm)
Does the LX really come up short against the Sport? Aside from cargo capacity, what does the Sport have the the LX doesn't? 200W stereo, aux input, and of course the magic seat. That's about it, isn't it? But the LX would compensate with telescoping steering wheel, seat height adjuster, centre console/arm rest, dual vanity mirrors, 16" alloys, variable wipers, locking glove box and fuel door, auto up/down driver window, heated mirrors (Canadian model), map lights, more hp.
#38 of 237 Re: I finally saw the Fit... [bodble2]
Apr 28, 2006 (5:38 pm)
Maybe in Canada, but the Civic LX has no alloys, only 4 speakers, no foglights, and no variable intermittent wipers in the US. The LX also has no split rear seat which makes one passenger and a long item impossible with a sedan. As I said there is give and take on both sides with the FIT being cheaper. For my money, the FIT Sport has better options than the Civic LX. I like the additional headroom and cargo space, too.
#39 of 237 Re: I finally saw the Fit... [bamacar]
Apr 28, 2006 (6:15 pm)
> The Civic has a little more legroom, a nicer interior, and more power.
"more power" comparisons can be misleading, if it's just numbers on paper... because power isn't just a matter of horsepower, but weight, gearing, etc. So if by "more power" you expect it to feel peppier, you really need to drive them to see. Sometimes even comparing 0-60 doesn't tell you what "feels" quicker.
#40 of 237 Re: I finally saw the Fit... [anotherscott]
Apr 28, 2006 (6:18 pm)
I did drive both models back to back, and the Fit MT was peppy and fun. The Civic MT was plain fast just like my 2003 Accord MT 4 cylinder.