2020 Toyota Yaris vs. 2020 Honda Fit

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Safety

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Compared to metal, the Yaris’ 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.

Both the Yaris 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 and rearview cameras.

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 Yaris Sedan is safer than the Fit:

Yaris

Fit

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head injury index

124

651

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

n/a

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.45/.39

.82/.51

Tibia forces R/L

.45/.39 kN

2.7/2.1 kN

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 Yaris the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 201 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 Yaris 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 Yaris’ warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Yaris has a standard 356-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.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Yaris Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Fit with its standard engine (30 city/39 hwy vs. 29 city/36 hwy).

The Yaris has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Fit (11.6 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Yaris has a standard up-shift light to indicate when to shift, based on a value pre-entered by the driver. The Fit doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Yaris’ wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Fit (101.2 inches vs. 99.6 inches).

The Yaris Sedan handles at .83 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 Yaris L Sedan’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Fit’s (30.8 feet vs. 35.1 feet). The Yaris’ turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Fit’s (32.2 feet vs. 35.1 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Yaris has .5 inches more front legroom and 4.4 inches more rear hip room than the Fit.

Ergonomics

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The engine computer on the Yaris 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 Yaris L/LE’s standard 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. The Yaris XLE’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Fit EX/EX-L’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

The Yaris XLE’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 Yaris comes in sedan and four-door hatchback bodystyles; the Honda Fit isn’t available as a sedan.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Yaris is less expensive to operate than the Fit because typical repairs cost much less on the Yaris than the Fit, including $47 less for a water pump, $6 less for a muffler, $13 less for front brake pads, $55 less for fuel injection, $293 less for a fuel pump, $112 less for front struts and $7 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Yaris first among small cars 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.

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