2017 Honda Fit vs 2016 Toyota Prius c
Bigger isn’t always better, and that can be seen when you’re cruising by the next gas station those bulky SUVs just can’t seem to resist. No, for those who are simply looking for a reliable and efficient vehicle for a long commute, smaller tends to be the smarter option. The only question, which subcompact vehicles is right for you. Those comparing the 2017 Honda Fit vs 2016 Toyota Prius c are likely considering things like fuel economy, starting price and cargo space. After all, just because you don’t need a lot of room for extra passengers, it doesn’t mean you don’t want to load up when you spot great finds at the farmer’s market or local thrift store. When it comes to practical, both vehicles offer a great blend for individuals who are looking for the most efficiency for the lowest starting price. The real debate is whether the hybrid Prius c is worth it, or if the gasoline-only Honda Fit can hold its own.
|2017 Honda Fit||vs||2016 Toyota Prius c|
|95.7 cu. ft.||Passenger Space||87.4 cu. ft.|
|16.6 cu. ft.||Cargo Volume||17.1 cu. ft.|
|1.5-liter DOHC 4-Cylinder||Powertrain||1.5-liter DOHC 4-Cylinder w/ 45kW electric motor|
Why might you pick the 2017 Honda Fit?
When it comes to fuel economy, of course you’ll find the 2016 Toyota Prius c is a more efficient model than the 2017 Honda Fit. The best figures you’ll find will be on an LX model with the CVT transmission, but even then you’re looking at 36 combined mpg rating*, compared to a 50 combined mpg rating for the Prius c. That said, why might you still opt for the 2017 Honda Fit?
One thing to consider is price. Each time you fill up at the pump, you’ll feel like you’re saving more money, but the fact that the Prius c is more than $3,000 above** what the base Honda Fit costs means it will take years to actually come out ahead. Consider this: if you drive 15,000 miles a year and spend an average of $3 per gallon, it would take 10 years to make up the initial cost. With current gas prices nowhere near that high, it could take even longer, and by that time you’d already be looking for a new car.
After you get past the pricing issue, it’s clear the 2017 Honda Fit has a lot going for it. You’ll find much more passenger space to comfortably seat five, and it offers much more horsepower than the 2016 Toyota Prius c. All that fuel savings comes at a steep price, and you’ll soon be questioning what that “c” stands for, anyway. The answer is “city,” and when it comes right down to it the Prius c isn’t a great choice if you do any highway driving at all. Acceleration is slow, and the small car doesn’t have enough noise cancellation to make it a quiet ride.
Not all hybrids are created equal, and we think you’ll find your preference leans toward the 2017 Honda Fit. Let us prove it to you when you stop by Cale Yarborough Honda to take this model for a test drive.
*29 city/36 highway/32 combined mpg rating for LX and EX 6MT models. 33 city/40 highway/36 combined mpg rating for LX CVT models. 32 city/37 highway/34 combined mpg rating for EX CVT and EX-L models. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $835.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.