2017 Kia Forte5 vs Honda Fit
You may have decided you need a midsize car or you may have your heart set on a compact, but if your decision is based on the amount of interior space you may need to look in a little more detail than just the exterior dimensions. For a very similar budget you can have either a 2017 Kia Forte 5 or a Honda Fit, so let's see which one is the better buy.
2017 Kia Forte5 vs Honda Fit
The Kia Forte5 is a five-door hatchback that joins the regular Kia Forte sedan and the Koup for this model year, looking a lot like a miniaturized version of the stunning Kia Optima midsize, which has to be a good thing. The sedan is a good-looking car, but the hatch is even sportier and represents a great halfway point between the sedan and the Koup.
Although the current generation of the Honda Fit is more stylish than its predecessors, it's still not an obviously attractive car. It's definitely interesting with lots of angles and edges, but it looks like more of a tall wagon than a conventional hatchback, although it looks less like a scaled down minivan than it used to. The styling round definitely goes to the Kia.
The exterior styling and a 201 horsepower engine promises a great deal, but the Kia Forte 5 isn't perhaps the thrill-a-minute car you might imagine it would be looking at it from afar. But if you fall into the 99 percent of buyers who are more concerned with comfort, practicality, and capability than 0-60 mph and quarter-mile times, this is a car that's very easy to fall for.
By way of contrast, the Honda Fit doesn't look fast and fun-packed from the outside, which is fair because it isn't. The only engine is a 1.5-liter inline-four that develops a very modest 130 horsepower, and it's actually not as zippy as the model it replaced in 2015. Once again though, it does do what most will want in this class, but the extra power and a choice of engines gives the Kia the advantage.
Once you get beyond the base LX version of the 2017 Kia Forte 5, the levels of standard features become very impressive. From the S model onwards, standard features include: the UVO eServices infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; Bluetooth; Sport cloth seats; cruise control; auto headlights; and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob.
There's not as much choice in the Honda Fit lineup, but base models are very well-equipped with power windows and locks, air conditioning, keyless entry, a rearview camera, a USB port, cruise control, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and a height-adjustable driver's seat. Beyond the entry level, though, the Kia options are more impressive.
SInce it's a larger car than the Honda Fit, you might expect that the Kia Forte 5 would be considerably worse on gas, but the figures are actually very good. With the 2.0-liter MPI engine, the Kia Forte 5 gets EPA ratings as good as 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
The Honda Fit prioritizes fuel economy, so even the LX or EX models with the manual transmission are rated at 29 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined. Go for an LX with the CVT transmission though, and those numbers jump to an impressive 33/41/36 mpg. The Honda is therefore the fuel-economy champion between these two.
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Though the Honda Fit has been wildly popular elsewhere in the world, America hasn't taken to it as well. The Fit isn't a bad little car by any means and there's an incredible amount of interior space. But when you're competing against rivals like the 2017 Kia Forte 5, you're going to struggle. The Forte5 is the clear choice here, with better styling, performance, and standard features, it's the clear choice here over the Honda.