Review: 2017 Honda Fit vs 2017 Ford Fiesta

Review: 2017 Honda Fit vs 2017 Ford Fiesta

Being on a budget doesn’t mean settling for the bare minimum. We want Richmond drivers to get the most for their money, even if that means recommending a competing brand, so if you’re looking for a subcompact that’s both safe and spacious, read on.

The 2017 Honda Fit and the 2017 Ford Fiesta are two subcompact cars that offer a surprisingly fun drive and high-tech features. Here, we’ll see how they stack up when it comes to safety and interior space: 

Safety

Honda Fit

Safety hasn’t always been a strong point for smaller vehicles, but the Fit is breaking that misconception. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Honda Fit a 5-Star Overall Rating, earning best-possible scores in all categories except rollover, where it earned four stars*. Also, the 2017 Honda Fit received best-possible marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in all areas for which it was evaluated, including moderate front overlap impact, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength.

The 2017 Fit comes standard with a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, an Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, and multi-reflector halogen headlights.

Ford Fiesta

Meanwhile, the NHTSA gave the 2017 Fiesta a 4-Star Overall Rating, as it lost points in tests for frontal crash and rollover. The IIHS gave the Ford subcompact good scores in all tests except small overlap front impact, where it earned a Marginal rating.

The Fiesta has AdvanceTrac electronic stability control and SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft Engine Immobilizer, and is available with a rearview camera.

Interior

Honda Fit

Both the Fit and the Fiesta seat five passengers and are available as either a hatchback or sedan, but the Honda offers so much more thanks to some space-saving features. The Fit’s Magic Seat and fully reclining front seats offer unmatched configurability. Fold the rear Magic Seat up to stow tall items like plants or lamps, or fold it down to fit your bike or camping equipment. Recline both front seats for a dual relaxation station, or just the passenger seat to haul long items like skis or lumber.

The 2017 Fit has a maximum cargo capacity of 53.7 cubic feet, and 16.6 cubes with all seats upright. Additionally, it has nearly 96 cubic feet of passenger volume.

Ford Fiesta

While the Fiesta does offer a split-folding rear seat, it’s not available with anything equivalent to the Magic Seat. With the rear seat folded, it has 25.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and when all seats are upright it has 14.9 cubes of stowage. It also has about 10 cubes less of passenger volume when compared to the Fit, making the cabin a bit cramped, even for a subcompact.

Pricing

Honda Fit

Starting at $16,090**

Ford Fiesta

Starting at $13,660 MSRP


*Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program  (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). 2017 Honda Fit with Honda Sensing ™ and specific headlights.

**Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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