2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2019 Honda Fit

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Safety

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The Corolla Hatchback has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Fit doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback weighs 412 to 538 pounds more than the Honda Fit. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars 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 Corolla Hatchback is safer than the Fit:

Corolla Hatchback

Fit

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head injury index

203

651

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

25 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

.54/.46

.82/.51

Tibia forces R/L

1.6/2 kN

2.7/2.1 kN

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Corolla Hatchback the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fit was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Honda is ranked 15th.

Engine

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The Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 40 more horsepower (168 vs. 128) and 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 113) than the Fit Auto’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (168 vs. 130) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 114) than the Fit’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is faster than the Honda Fit (130 HP engine) (manual transmissions tested):

Corolla Hatchback

Fit

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.1 sec

23.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

119 MPH

118 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is faster than the Honda Fit (130 HP engine) (automatics tested):

Corolla Hatchback

Fit

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

10 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

84 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Corolla Hatchback XSE CVT gets better fuel mileage than the Fit Auto EX/EX-L/Sport CVT 1.5 4 cyl. (128 HP) (30 city/38 hwy vs. 31 city/36 hwy).

The Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The Fit doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Corolla Hatchback’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Fit:

Corolla Hatchback

Fit

Front Rotors

11.5 inches

10.3 inches

Rear Rotors

10.5 inches

7.9” drums

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback stops shorter than the Fit:

Corolla Hatchback

Fit

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

132 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Corolla Hatchback has larger standard tires than the Fit (205/55R16 vs. 185/60R15). The Corolla Hatchback XSE/Nightshade’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fit (225/40R18 vs. 185/60R15).

The Corolla Hatchback SE’s standard 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. The Corolla Hatchback XSE/Nightshade’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Fit Sport/EX/EX-L’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corolla Hatchback SE has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Fit. The Corolla Hatchback XSE/Nightshade’s 18-inch wheels are larger than the 16-inch wheels on the Fit Sport/EX/EX-L.

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the Fit (103.9 inches vs. 99.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Corolla Hatchback is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Fit.

The Corolla Hatchback’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.4% to 40.6%) than the Fit’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the Corolla Hatchback more stable handling and braking.

The Corolla Hatchback XSE handles at .82 G’s, while the Fit EX pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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The Corolla Hatchback has .6 inches more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Fit.

Cargo Capacity

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The Corolla Hatchback has a much larger trunk than the Fit with its rear seat up (17.8 vs. 16.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The engine computer on the Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback and the Fit have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback 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. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Fit can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Corolla Hatchback’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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Corolla Hatchback’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Fit’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Corolla Hatchback XSE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Fit doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Fit doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Corolla Hatchback XSE’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 Corolla Hatchback’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.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Fit offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Corolla Hatchback XSE has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Fit doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

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The Toyota Corolla comes in sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Honda Fit isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Corolla Hatchback is less expensive to operate than the Fit because typical repairs cost less on the Corolla Hatchback than the Fit, including $27 less for a water pump, $12 less for a fuel pump, $65 less for front struts and $142 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Corolla Hatchback and the Honda Fit, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Honda Fit by over 10 to one during the 2019 model year.

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