2020 Chevrolet Spark vs. 2019 Honda Fit

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Compared to metal, the Spark’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Honda Fit has a metal gas tank.

The Spark has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Fit doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Spark and the Fit 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Spark’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Fit’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Spark’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Spark has a standard 375-amp battery. The Fit’s 340-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Spark Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Fit with its standard engine (29 city/38 hwy vs. 29 city/36 hwy).

Transmission

To help the driver achieve optimum performance and fuel economy, the Spark has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift based on power needs and conditions. The Fit doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Tires and Wheels

The Spark’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Fit’s standard 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Spark’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Fit’s (33.8 feet vs. 35.1 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Spark may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 350 pounds less than the Honda Fit.

The Spark is 1 foot, 6.3 inches shorter than the Fit, making the Spark easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Spark has .3 inches more front legroom and 2.9 inches more rear hip room than the Fit.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Spark and the Fit have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Spark is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Fit prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Spark’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Fit’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Spark owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Spark with a number “3” insurance rate while the Fit is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Spark is less expensive to operate than the Fit because typical repairs cost much less on the Spark than the Fit, including $128 less for a starter, $112 less for fuel injection, $19 less for a fuel pump and $217 less for front struts.

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