Honda Fit and Toyota Aqua (Prius C) are two well-built Subcompact cars offered to us by Honda and Toyota respectively, adding to a great list of Subcompact cars. Today we are going to review these two great cars by comparing Honda Fit vs Toyota Aqua by taking a look at their interior and exterior features, the engines, fuel economy, transmission, technology, and safety. We are doing all this to simplify and inform you of the pros and cons of each car.
Honda Fit vs Toyota Aqua Side-by-Side Comparison
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of December 2020.)
Honda Fit Toyota Aqua
Generations GD, GE, GK, GR) 1 (NHP 10)
Production Year 2001 - Present 2011 - Present
Engine Performance 78 HP - 130 HP 75 HP - 98 HP
Fuel Consumption 14 KM/L - 24.39 KM/L 35.4 KM/L - 37.0 KM/L
Drivetrain FWD and 4WD FWD
Key Features Power Window, Power Steering, CD Player,
Radio, Airbag, ABS, Keyless Entry
CD Player, Radio, A/C, Airbag, ABS, Power Steering,
Seating Capacity 5 Passengers 5 Passengers
BE FORWARD Price US$ 580 - US$ 23,040 US$ 1890 - US$ 21,700
One of the biggest selling points of the Honda Fit is its spacious cabin that offers incredible passenger and luggage space.
The Fit is indeed a good fit for most people as it offers enough legroom for front and rear passengers, though drivers with long legs may wish for more legroom and steering-wheel reach. The Fit also has a modern-looking dash with some good finishing.
The center console is flanked by two A/C vents at the top followed by a standard 5-inch color infotainment display (7-inch touchscreen included on the EX and EX-L models) with Bluetooth streaming audio and USB connectivity. To the right of the screen, you find the hazard lights button switch, followed by climate controls beneath. In front of the gear shift, there are two cup holders, and a storage tray under the front passenger seat. The instrument panel features a big analog speedometer at the center with a small analog tachometer to its left and a combination of digital trip meter, fuel gauge, and clock to the right. Other features include a height-adjustable and tilting telescopic steering column, active head restraints, and driver’s footrest.
The latest Fit rocks some squinting headlights with its distinctively shielded black grille. Body-colored side mirrors, with standard 15-inch steel wheels with plastic caps; the EX and EX-L are fitted with 16-inch alloy rims, and also have fog lights.
Some of the safety features found on the Fit are
- Electronic Brake Assistance (EBA)
- Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
- Dual front impact airbags
- Side-mounted driver and passenger side-impact airbags
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
The Aqua’s interior looks like a typical Toyota – it looks and feels sturdy and intelligently calculated.
The front and rear seats are comfortable with enough legroom and headroom. On the rear seats, there are two tether points specifically for child seats on the back of both rear seats.
The Aqua comes with a slender all-digital 4.2-inch (driver information screen with digital speedometer) instrument cluster at the top of the dash, followed by two center A/C vents, beneath them you find the 6.1-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation, and a solid reversing camera system. The climate control buttons and dials are located just below the infotainment system. On the steering wheel, you find the typical audio controls, but besides, you can adjust the temperature on the steering wheel as well.
When it comes to storage space, the Aqua has plenty, the boot capacity is around 260 liters which is great for a car of this size.
The glove box has a good enough size with an extra storage pocket just above it which is large enough to accommodate a compact umbrella. The Aqua has two huge cup holders in front of the gear shift (under the center stack area) and two bottle holders on each door of the front doors, while at the rear there is just one cup holder. Another storage tray is located in front of the steering wheel, it can accommodate small things such as smartphones and help you make use of your phone’s built-in navigation system.
The Aqua’s exterior was designed with elegance and attractiveness in mind.
Compared to its predecessor the Toyota Prius, the Toyota Aqua is by far a more compact design than its older sibling, with a length of 3,995mm long and a width of 1,695mm, although they do share some of their features such as the curvy lines on the roof. Overall, the Aqua sports a smooth-running yet sparkling body, with a spoiler to round things off at the rear.
The Aqua’s headlights are quite large and its indicators are hidden in the bumper to complement its compact design. At the rear, the Aqua has large tail and brake lights.
Its alloy wheels and roof rail boost its looks. The Aqua is offered in various body colors.
The Aqua is equipped with several safety technologies as listed below.
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- 7 Airbags
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Electronic Power Steering (EPS)
- Rearview camera
- Lane departure warning
- Automatic high-beam headlights
- Forward collision warning
- Automatic emergency braking
- Pedestrian detection
Engine and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
Earlier models of the Honda Fit came fitted with Honda’s L-series engines that use the eight-valve i-DSI (Intelligent Dual and Sequential) technology whereby each cylinder has two spark plugs to enable the engine to completely burn petrol and eventually succeed in significantly reducing fuel consumption and emission levels. But over the years some other new engines have been used on various Fit models as listed below.
- The 1.2-liter inline-4 produces 78 HP delivering average fuel consumption of 18.87 KM/L
- The 1.3-liter inline-4 produces 86 HP delivering average fuel consumption of 18.18 KM/L
- The 1.4-liter inline-4 i-VTEC produces 99 HP delivering average fuel consumption of 18.18 KM/L
- The 1.5-liter inline-4 produces 89 HP delivering average fuel consumption of 14.93 KM/L
- The 1.5-liter inline-4 i-VTEC produces 117 HP delivering average fuel consumption of 12.35 KM/L
These engines transfer power to the wheels via a 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, and or a CVT transmission.
The Toyota Aqua comes fitted with a petrol-electric hybrid system that combines a 1.5-liter (1NZ-1LM) four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 72 HP with a 60 HP electric motor, for a maximum combined power output of 99 HP. This combination is highly efficient in the real world.
According to the JC008 test cycle, the Toyota Aqua has a fuel efficiency of 37KM/L, while EPA assessment results arrived at just 21.7km/l. But some user feedback put it at an average of 26 KM/L. On long-distance travel, fuel consumption tends to rise, as the battery pack and regenerative brakes are rarely used hence the rise in fuel consumption.
The combined system transfers power to the wheels via a CVT or automatic transmission.
We have gone through the details of these two nice subcompact cars and now we are all going to agree that the Honda Fit and Toyota Aqua have all the qualities to qualify them as great subcompact cars, but we also arrive at another conclusion that each is far better than the other in a certain category.
And this is what we conclude; the Fit has more passenger and cargo space, while the Aqua is easier to maneuver in tight spaces hence great for urban use as it also has a great return when it comes to fuel economy in urban use. So if your daily activities include carrying cargo and passengers, then the Fit will be ideal for you, and if your activities involve moving around tight urban spaces, then the Aqua will be a great purchase.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya