After getting a major upgrade last year including sportier suspension tuning and Active Cruise Control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, little has changed with this subcompact hatchback. However, the 2019 Honda Fit remains a benchmark for other affordable subcompacts such as the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, Nissan Versa Note, Kia Rio 5-Door and Hyundai Accent. Exceptional flexibility is the Fit’s main appeal, which is packed with active personalities and sold in four trim levels: LX, Sport, EX and EX-L. All are equipped with Honda’s Magic Seat, which can be folded in different ways to accommodate cargo of various sizes and shapes. With its compact size, spacious cabin, and large cargo capacity, the 2019 Honda Fit appeal buyers who want space and fuel efficiency. At the same time, this hatchback is fun to drive, especially in a crowded city environment.
The 2019 Honda Fit is available in four trim levels: LX, Sport, EX and EX-L. Standard features include automatic headlights, LED taillights, a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, cruise control, air conditioning, a one-touch up/down driver’s window and a 5-inch touchscreen. Also standard is a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, the Magic Seat, a trip computer, audio controls on the steering wheel, Bluetooth, and a 160-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with a USB port. Side-curtain airbags, stability and traction control are standard too. Leather-trimmed seats are standard on the EX-L trim only.
All 2019 Honda Fit is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional on all but the EX-L trim, which only comes with the CVT. With the CVT automatic the engine producing 128 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers increase slightly to 130 hp and 114 lb-ft with manual transmission.
Unlike many engines that fall a bit flat at high rpm, the Fit engine with its variable valve timing and control makes excellent power at 6,800-rpm and gives this compact Honda a feisty nature. At the same time, the Fit efficient in daily driving; with the CVT model returns EPA fuel economy at 33 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. In track testing, the 2019 Honda Fit EX-L did 0-60 mph in a decent 8.8 seconds.
130 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm (manual)
114 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm (manual)
128 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm (automatic)
113 lb-ft of torque @ 4,600 rpm (automatic)
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 33/40 mpg (CVT LX), 31/36 mpg (CVT Sport, EX and EX-L) and 29/36 mpg (manual)
The 2019 Honda Fit is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base LX model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $17,085 (all prices include the $895 destination fee). Adding CVT is an extra $800 and only $1,000 for Honda Sensing. Moving up, the Fit Sport starts at $18,395 and the EX trim lists for $19,055. The CVT only EX-L trim costs $21,415.