Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 Honda Fit Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 Honda Fit

Safety Comparison

Compared to metal, the Fiesta’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 Fiesta (except S) offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions 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 Fiesta 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 and available rearview cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Honda Fit:

 

Fiesta

Fit

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

148

251

Neck Injury Risk

25%

27.8%

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Honda Fit:

 

Fiesta

Fit

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

130

206

Abdominal Force

210 G’s

217 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

180

305

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Fiesta has a standard 500-amp battery. The Fit’s 340-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Fiesta’s optional 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (125 vs. 114) than the Fit’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Fit Manual (31 city/41 hwy vs. 29 city/36 hwy).

The Fiesta has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Fit (12.4 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Fit doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Fit:

 

Fiesta

Fit

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Fiesta’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fit (195/50R16 vs. 185/60R15).

The Fiesta’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Fit EX/EX-L’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Fit doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback handles at .81 G’s, while the Fit EX pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Fit EX-L (28 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Fiesta’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Fit’s (34.4 feet vs. 35.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback is quieter than the Fit EX (75 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Fit is rated a Small Station Wagon.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Fiesta 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 power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Fit have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fiesta 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Fit doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Fiesta’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 fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Fiesta’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Fit’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Fiesta Titanium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Fit doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Fiesta (except S)’s optional 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Fiesta with a number “1” insurance rate while the Fit is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Fit because typical repairs cost much less on the Fiesta than the Fit, including $16 less for front brake pads, $177 less for a starter, $113 less for fuel injection, $220 less for front struts, $199 less for a timing belt/chain and $238 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third 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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