2020 Toyota C-HR vs. 2020 Honda Fit

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota C-HR have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Fit doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

To help make backing safer, the C-HR XLE/Limited’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Fit doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The C-HR’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Fit doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the C-HR’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 C-HR has standard Safety Connect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 C-HR and the Fit have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

The Toyota C-HR weighs 652 to 778 pounds more than the Honda Fit. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Toyota C-HR is safer than the Fit:

C-HR

Fit

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head injury index

229

651

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.37/.41

.82/.51

Tibia forces R/L

2.1/1.4 kN

2.7/2.1 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota C-HR is safer than the Honda Fit:

C-HR

Fit

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

80

206

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

126 G’s

217 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

81 G’s

Hip Force

508 lbs.

594 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

243

305

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the C-HR the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 169 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fit was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the C-HR for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Fit.

There are over 18 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the C-HR’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the C-HR has a standard 520-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 Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 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 Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Honda is ranked 12th.

Engine

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The C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 16 more horsepower (144 vs. 128) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (139 vs. 113) than the Fit Auto’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 14 more horsepower (144 vs. 130) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (139 vs. 114) than the Fit’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The C-HR has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Fit (13.2 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Toyota C-HR comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Fit.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the C-HR’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Fit:

C-HR

Fit

Front Rotors

11.7 inches

10.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.1 inches

7.9” drums

The Toyota C-HR has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Fit. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The C-HR stops shorter than the Fit:

C-HR

Fit

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

131 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the C-HR has larger standard tires than the Fit (215/60R17 vs. 185/60R15). The C-HR XLE/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fit (225/50R18 vs. 185/60R15).

The C-HR XLE/Limited’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Fit Sport/EX/EX-L’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the C-HR LE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Fit LX. The C-HR XLE/Limited’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 16-inch wheels on the Fit Sport/EX/EX-L.

The Toyota C-HR’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Honda Fit only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Toyota C-HR has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Honda Fit has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The C-HR has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the C-HR flat and controlled during cornering. The Fit’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the C-HR’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the Fit (103.9 inches vs. 99.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the C-HR is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Fit.

The C-HR Limited handles at .81 G’s, while the Fit EX pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the C-HR’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Fit’s (34.2 feet vs. 35.1 feet).

Passenger Space

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The C-HR has 2.1 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 2.9 inches more rear hip room than the Fit.

Cargo Capacity

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The C-HR has a much larger cargo volume than the Fit with its rear seat up (19.1 vs. 16.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The engine computer on the C-HR XLE Premium automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Fit’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The C-HR’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Fit has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The power windows standard on both the C-HR and the Fit have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the C-HR 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 C-HR’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Fit’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the C-HR the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Fit can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The C-HR’s power window, power lock and power mirror switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Fit’s power window (except driver window) switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The C-HR’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 LX/Sport’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Consumer Reports rated the C-HR’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Fit’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the C-HR Limited has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Fit doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The C-HR’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Fit EX-L.

The C-HR’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Fit doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The C-HR’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Fit doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The C-HR’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Fit doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Economic Advantages

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The C-HR will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the C-HR will retain 57.63% to 57.78% of its original price after five years, while the Fit only retains 54.12% to 57.31%.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota C-HR and the Honda Fit, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the C-HR second among small SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Fit isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Toyota C-HR outsold the Honda Fit by 67% during the 2019 model year.

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