Car manufacturers have the buyers in mind when designing and planning car models in different categories. Honda is no different, as they do try to cater to different needs and tastes by offering cars that fit in different categories, but also abide by rules and regulations and as a result, that is why we have cars like the Honda Fit Hybrid and Honda Vezel Hybrid.
You might have asked yourself questions like ‘How much difference is there between the Honda Fit Hybrid and the Honda Vezel Hybrid? Which one is a better option for you? And so forth. Please read on to find out.
Honda Fit Hybrid vs Honda Vezel Hybrid Side-By-Side Comparison
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricing as of May 2021)
Honda Fit Hybrid Honda Vezel Hybrid
Generations 2 1
Production Year 2013 - Present 2013 - Present
Performance 136 HP 152 HP
Fuel Consumption 22.2 KM/L - 31.4 KM/L KM/L
Drivetrain 2WD and 4WD 2WD and 4WD
Key Features Airbag, A/C, Power Steering, Power Windows, ABS,
Keyless Entry, Back Camera, Push Start,
Airbag, A/C, Power Steering, ABS, Power windows,
Alloy wheels, Push Start, DVD, Keyless Entry,
Fog Lights, Back Camera
Seating Capacity 5 Passengers 5 Passengers
BE FORWARD price US$ 970 - US$ 18,950 US$ 7960 - US$ 26,000
Honda Fit Hybrid
Step inside the Fit and you will be welcomed by a very spacious and bright interior. Honda’s clever engineering placed the petrol tank under the front seats, reduced the transmission tunnel, and elongated the windscreen. All these moves created lots of interior space at the back and front, but also enabled lots of natural light into the cabin. There are loads of space at both the front and rear enough to fit three adults at the back comfortably.
The legroom at the rear is the best in its class, with the perfect height of the seats providing a very comfortable sitting position. Some models come with Honda’s ‘Magic Seat’ which features rear seat bottoms that fold upwards providing space for loading bulky and pretty high cargo behind the front seats. The seats do also have the 60/40 split-folding mechanism that creates a flat cargo floor.
The Fit has a 304L boot that can be extended to 1205L with seats folded flat. The rear tailgate opens wide and the loading floor is low enough making it easy to load heavy and/or bulky cargo. Other storage facilities include two cup holders on the center console, door pockets with bottle holders, a glove box, a tray at the front of the central console that can handle phones, and a deep bin under the front armrest.
The Fit’s steering wheel is modern with audio and cruise control features. The gear stick is also modern, with its design reminiscent of some higher-end European cars.
The easy-to-read instrument panel has one large analog central speedometer flanked by two small digital displays that display information such as the amount of fuel left, battery power/charge, coolant temperature, consumption, mileage, and gear selection.
The Fit features an MPV-like design which results in a spacious interior. This spaciousness is a trait that’s become the key to Fit’s success, and Honda has stuck with it. The Fit has a tall roofline, vertical boot, and short bonnet.
The latest Honda Fit features distinctive LED lights and chunky bumpers at the rear and front. At the front, the Fit has a simple but nice grille flanked by two large halogen lights on either side. Atop the rear, the Fit is fitted with a spoiler, with the rear lights running from the spoiler to the bumper.
The Fit has several times been tested by the Euro NCAP and has received a high safety rating consistently on all four categories which are adult protection, child protection, pedestrian safety, and its safety systems.
The Fit is fitted with active safety features which include lane departure warnings, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot warnings, adaptive cruise control, and a cross-traffic monitor.
Honda Vezel Hybrid
The Vezel seats five and has five doors. Depending on the trim level you get cloth upholstery or leather seats as standard. The front seats are comfortable, and the rear seat is spacious enough even for tall passengers.
The Vezel has a leather-stitched tilt/telescopic steering wheel with modern audio and cruise control features. The binnacle has one large analog central speedometer with two small digital displays on either side which display car information such as the fuel gauge, battery power/charge, outdoor temperature, mileage/trip meter, and gear selection.
Standard interior features on the Vezel include a four-speaker stereo system, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a pair of USB ports, a 12V outlet, audio streaming, dual-zone automatic climate control, and rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
The Vezel has several storage compartments such as the decently-sized glovebox, a two-level console storage shelf, door pockets, bottle holders, cup holders, a tray in front of the gear lever that can handle items such as phones, and front-seat jackets pockets.
The Vezel has borrowed the ‘Magic Seat’ from the Fit, whereby the rear seat bottoms can be raised to create a long, narrow space between them enough to accommodate slim and tall objects such as small wardrobes, small refrigerators, or bicycles. But the seats can also be folded flat in the 60/40 configuration creating an extended flat surface for carrying cargo. The front passenger seat can also be folded flat creating more room for much longer items to be pushed from the boot to the dashboard.
The Vezel is adorned with a chrome-plated grille with large crystal/LED headlights on its sides. The presence of the LED daytime running lights and the fog lights with chrome touch on the extreme ends of the bumper can’t go unnoticed as they complete the front facial.
The Vezel comes fitted with 15-inch steel or 16-inch alloy wheels. Atop the roof at the rear, there is a shark fin antenna, while at the top of the rear tailgate there’s a spoiler fitted to improve the aerodynamics of the car. The rear LED lights are well designed giving the rear looks some catchy looks.
The NHTSA gave the 2014 Honda Vezel 5 out of 5 stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and 4 stars in the rollover test. The IIHS rated the 2014 Vezel as Good (the highest rating) in the moderate overlap front, side, and roof-strength tests. Active safety features of the Vezel include Automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane-departure, ABS, Airbags, curtain airbags, forward-collision warning systems, high beam assist, and road-sign recognition.
Engine and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
Honda Fit Hybrid
The 1st generation Fit Hybrid comes fitted with a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine that produces 136 hp. The engine power gets a boost from the electric motor that provides instant torque delivery at any RPM. This combination helps to reduce fuel consumption, and the built-in lithium-ion batteries are very light, but also provide more range in EV mode. These batteries are charged using a regenerative braking system. The engine is mated with a 7-speed DCT transmission. The Honda Fit Hybrid has an average fuel consumption of 31.4 km/l.
The 2nd generation Fit Hybrid comes fitted with a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine and dual motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) e-HEV hybrid with a combined out power of 108 hp. This setup doesn’t use a conventional gearbox, but in practice, it has a CVT feel. The 2nd generation Fit hybrid has an average fuel consumption of 22.2 km/l
Honda Vezel Hybrid
The Vezel hybrid comes fitted with a sport hybrid i-DCD system that combines 130 hp produced by the 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with a 30 hp from the electric motor. This FHEV hybrid has an average fuel consumption of 27.0 km/l. The engine is mated with a 7-speed DCT transmission.
The two are all very nice cars, but unless you’re so eager for an all-wheel-drive with good ground clearance, the Fit is very much a better fit for people looking for a car of this size and class. The Vezel is a bit taller, but it doesn’t offer much extra in terms of space. The legroom or cargo space with seats-down is not better than the Fit, and yet the Fit has a much better fuel economy and its prices a bit low.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya