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Difference Between Honda Accord and Honda Fit

Honda FitHonda Accord vs. Honda Fit

The Honda fleet of car models can be considered as achievers in their respective size classifications. Every Honda representative car, starting from the sub-compact to the large sedan category, is either holding court in its class, or is running on par with the segment leaders. This is quite an achievement in the automotive world, but what if we start comparing these models in-house? We start by comparing two of Honda’s solid performers in their respective categories, the mid-size Honda Accord and the sub-compact Honda Fit.

In all matters of fairness, we focus only on the entry level models for each car, starting with the Honda Accord LX. It has a 2.4L inline-4 engine, which produces 177 horsepower at 6,500rpm, and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. This thrifty engine has a fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon for city and highway driving. Prospective buyers can buy this model for only $21,765.

The Honda Fit, on the other hand, costs a whole lot less compared to its ‘big brother’, at only $14,900, which is like teenager car territory. However, for that amount, you get a 1.5L inline-4, 16 valve engine, with 5-speed manual transmission, which, quite surprisingly for a small car, delivers 117 hp at 6600 rpm, and goes for about 29 miles per gallon of gasoline.

As with almost all Asian cars, both of these cars offer front-wheel drive, and have standard 4-wheel ABS. Those are the only the similarities of the cars, aside from the badge, for if you look under the chassis, you’ll see ventilated disc brakes on all corners of the Accord, while the diminutive Fit has drum brakes on the rear, and discs up front. As well, in terms of curb weight, the Accord LX is naturally heavier at 3230 lbs., and is supported by 16-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in 215/60 All-Season tires. The Fit weighs 2489lbs., and is supported by 175/65 size tires, on 15-inch rims.

It must be noted though, that all these numbers are for the entry-level models only, for both car manufacturers. Things get a bit more upscale, more competitive and pricier as you go up the different trim levels.

The Accord offers three different trim levels, namely, the base LX, the upgraded EX, and the top of the line EX-L, which offers premium features, such as leather upholstery and an optional navigation system. Meanwhile, the Honda Fit is available in 6 trims, ranging from the 5-Spd MT, to the top of the line Sport 5-Spd AT, with a navigation system, which is the only one with an available automatic transmission.

Amenities and luxuries aside, both cars have respectable reputations in their own divisions, and buying either model for your garage, is driving off with peace of mind. Now this comparison may look like a lopsided win for the Accord, but, be that as it may, nothing can take away the fun-to-drive factor of the diminutive Fit. Take one for a test drive, and you’ll find yourself grinning from ear to ear!


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