- The 2019 Honda Fit is a subcompact hatchback and the 2019 Honda Civic is a compact available as a sedan, coupe, or hatchback.
- The cleverly packaged interior of the Honda Fit makes it extremely versatile and much roomier than you might expect.
- The Civic got a slight refresh for 2019 with a new trim, a revised look, and more standard safety tech.
Honda has been an industry leader in small cars for a long time and the compact Civic and the subcompact Fit live up to their brand’s stellar reputation. The Civic is an extremely well-rounded compact seamlessly blending performance, practicality, and value while the smaller Fit is a clear class leader for its extremely spacious and versatile interior, great fuel economy, and impressive tech.
Let’s take a look at what’s different and what’s similar between the Honda Fit and the Honda Civic.
The Fit and the Civic both wear a variation of Honda’s corporate face. They both look very modern and we think they’re among the best looking cars in their respective classes. The Fit is available exclusively as a hatchback, but the Civic is available as a sedan, coupe or 5-door hatchback.
The Civic has a new look for 2019, which keeps it fresh, but it hasn’t changed a whole lot. There’s a new Sport trim for the sedan and the coupe, which adds a cool appearance package that includes 18-in alloy wheels. See the 2019 Honda Civic models for sale near you
Since the Civic is a compact and the Fit is a subcompact, the Civic is obviously a bigger car. The Civic is wider and longer than the Fit, but the Fit is actually a little taller, which contributes to its considerable roominess on the inside. See the 2019 Honda Fit models for sale near you
The Honda Fit is cleverly packaged in such a way to maximize the space inside making it feel like a much bigger car than it really is. For example, the fuel tank is located under the front seats to make more room in the back seat and cargo area. The Fit has a "Magic Seat" system that allows for several different configurations to carry long items, tall items, wide items, or even turn into an extra long seat for lounging (but not while driving).
The Fit also has interior space among the best in its class, especially in the back seat. Normally the back seat of a car this size isn’t a very pleasant place to be, but the Fit has a ton of legroom for back seat passengers. In fact, the Fit even has a couple more inches of legroom in the back than the Civic does despite being a class smaller.
Although the Civic has less backseat legroom than the Fit, it’s still a roomy compact. It has an upscale, techy interior with a digital gauge cluster that’s easy to read. The Civic and the Fit both get a lot nicer than you might expect for small, affordable Hondas, especially in the higher trims.
The Honda Fit is available with one engine and the Honda Civic is available with two. We’re not including the Civic Si or the Civic Type R since they’re technically different models.
2019 Honda Fit Engine
- 1.5-liter inline-four; 130 horsepower, 114 lb-ft of torque; up to 33 miles per gallon in the city and 40 mpg on the highway
2019 Honda Civic Engines
- 2.0-liter inline-four; 158 hp, 138 lb-ft of torque; up to 31 mpg city/40 mpg hwy
- 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-four; 174 hp, 167 lb-ft of torque; 32 mpg city/42 mpg hwy
The sole engine in the Fit delivers performance that is adequate for a car of its size and it’s great on gas. However, the turbocharged engine in the Civic is even more efficient while delivering significantly stronger performance. The base engine in the Civic is also a nice blend of performance and fuel economy, but we recommend the turbocharged mill if it fits in your budget. The Civic and the Fit are both front-wheel drive and they’re both available with an automatic or manual transmission.
Features and Technology
Both of these Hondas might surprise you with how well appointed they can be for being small, affordable cars. The available Honda Sensing suite of safety technology makes these cars not only safer for you and your passengers, but just easier to drive. Honda Sensing comes with a collision mitigation braking system, a lane-keeping assist system, a road departure mitigation system, and adaptive cruise control, which keeps your distance from the car in front of you.
Honda Sensing is standard on the Fit EX and EX-L and an optional upgrade on the lower trims. However, Honda Sensing comes standard on every trim of the Civic, which is a new perk for the 2019 model. Both cars are also available with Honda LaneWatch, which integrates cameras into the side mirrors that display what’s in your blind spot on the infotainment screen.
The Display Audio system available on both the Civic and the Fit is a pretty good, user-friendly system. Display Audio integrates both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are excellent connectivity features. A big upgrade for the 2019 Civic is the introduction of a normal volume knob rather than the frustrating slider it previously had.
Being the smaller of the two, the 2019 Honda Fit is more affordable than the Honda Civic. The Fit starts at just $17,110 including destination charges. Getting extra options won’t cost you much more either as the range-topping EX-L model just barely gets into the low $20k range.
The Civic sedan has a starting price of $20,370 with the coupe and hatchback variants both being a little more expensive. Going all the way up to the surprisingly luxurious Touring trim, which includes leather seats, navigation and premium audio will get you in the high $20k range with three other trims in-between with varying levels of features.
For an affordable subcompact that can haul a lot of stuff, the Honda Fit is a fantastic choice. However, the Civic has several advantages like better performance, better fuel economy, and a few more available features like premium audio and heated back seats. The Civic makes for a good everyday commuter or small family car while the Fit is a great budget-friendly city car with surprising versatility. Find a Honda Civic for sale or Find a Honda Fit for sale