2020 Toyota Corolla vs. 2020 Honda Fit

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Safety

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The Corolla 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’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’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 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 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.

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 is safer than the Fit:

Corolla

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 and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Corolla the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fit is not a “Top Pick.”

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla 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 17 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Honda dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Corolla’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Corolla second among compact cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Fit isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 Corolla’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 11 more horsepower (139 vs. 128) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (126 vs. 113) than the Fit Auto’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Corolla’s 1.8 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 9 more horsepower (139 vs. 130) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (126 vs. 114) than the Fit’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Corolla SE/XSE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 39 more horsepower (169 vs. 130) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 114) than the Fit’s standard 1.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Corolla SE/XSE 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder is faster than the Honda Fit (130 HP engine) (automatics tested):

Corolla

Fit

Zero to 60 MPH

8.2 sec

9.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.4 MPH

85.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Corolla SE/XSE XSE CVT 2.0 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Fit Auto EX/EX-L/Sport CVT 1.5 4 cyl. (128 HP) (31 city/38 hwy vs. 31 city/36 hwy).

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

The Toyota Corolla 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’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Fit:

Corolla

Fit

Front Rotors

10.8 inches

10.3 inches

Rear Rotors

10.2 inches

7.9” drums

The Toyota Corolla 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 stops much shorter than the Fit:

Corolla

Fit

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Corolla has larger standard tires than the Fit (195/65R15 vs. 185/60R15). The Corolla SE/XSE’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fit (225/40R18 vs. 185/60R15).

The Corolla SE/XSE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 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 Corolla SE/XSE has standard 18-inch wheels. The Fit’s largest wheels are only 16-inches.

The Toyota Corolla’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 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 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Corolla 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’s wheelbase is 6.7 inches longer than on the Fit (106.3 inches vs. 99.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Corolla 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 XSE handles at .83 G’s, while the Fit EX-L pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Corolla’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Fit’s (34.1 feet vs. 35.1 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Corolla has .9 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Fit.

Ergonomics

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The Corolla’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 and the Fit have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Corolla 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’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 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 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’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Fit’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Corolla XLE/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 LE/XLE/SE/XSE has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The Fit doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Corolla LE/XLE/SE/XSE’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.

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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Insurance will cost less for the Corolla owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Corolla 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 Corolla is less expensive to operate than the Fit because typical repairs cost much less on the Corolla than the Fit, including $1 less for a water pump, $210 less for front struts and $23 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Both are recommended, but Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Corolla as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Honda Fit by almost 9 to one during 2019.

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