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 the 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.
Honda Fit vs. Toyota Aqua Side-by-Side Comparison
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricing as of August 2023.)
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
The 2022 Honda Fit comes fitted with a 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC, naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder petrol engine with 119 hp and 107 lb-ft of torque. This new 1.5-liter engine is more powerful and efficient than its predecessor, with a fuel consumption rating of 18 km/L. The available Fit hybrid (eHEV) pairs the 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine with two compact, powerful electric motors powered by a lithium-ion battery. This hybrid system has a combined output of 107 hp and 186 lb-ft of electric propulsion torque enough to accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.4 sec and on to a max speed of 180km/h. The result is a smooth and comfortable ride, whether cruising in urban areas or traveling at high speeds on highways. This system’s fuel efficiency is rated at 27 km/L with 88g/km CO2 emissions which guarantees eligibility for CO2 tax exemptions for the FIT Hybrid model in many markets.
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The 2022 Honda Fit has a 3996 mm length, 1694 mm width, 1524 mm height, 135 mm ground clearance (unladen), 2530 mm wheelbase, and a 1095 kg weight. Notable exterior changes include the reduction of the A-pillar thickness by almost 50% from 116mm to 55mm, but also it has been moved backward a bit to improve the strength of the main structure. This, plus the now hidden windscreen wipers, improve the driver and front seat passenger’s outward visibility. Noise levels, drag coefficient, and aerodynamic efficiency due to wind turbulence have also been improved by sweeping A-pillars and smooth door-mirror styling. The overall height has been reduced by 13mm, altogether with a lift-up forward-leaning tailgate styling that creates an impression of a concise, harmonious cabin and a reassuringly tough stance. Other styling changes include a redesigned rear spoiler atop the roof and an elegant light cluster styling, that complements the bold FIT looks and maintains attractive exterior looks.
The fourth-generation Honda Fit/Jazz was unveiled in October 2019 at the 46th Tokyo Auto Show in Japan. In early 2022, the car received a mid-cycle upgrade with exterior changes including LED headlamps with rounded DRLs giving the car a modern look. The 2022 Honda Fit is available in Basic, Home, Luxe, Crosstar, and a recently introduced RS trim. On the European market, they are available in LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L trim. The Basic is available at US $10,090, the Home is available at US $18,610, and the RS is available at US $27,400 (Prices reflect average BE FORWARD pricing as of August 2023).
2020 Honda Fit For the American market, the 2020 Honda Fit was their final model as sales were poor, but was also a popular choice. This model is available in 4 trims: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L (named differently in other markets). The higher the trim the better the options. Compared to previous models, the 2020 Fit was the most reliable, refined, and modern. Its cabin is spacious, with configurable rear seats and several safety and infotainment features as standard. Most markets were served with the modest but reliable 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine paired with either a CVT or six-speed manual transmission. 2008 Honda Fit 2008 marked the end of the first generation and the beginning of the second. The first generation Fit ended with a roar. The 2008 Honda Fit was a popular model due to its versatility, its configurable magic seats, its nearly flat reclinable front seat into the “refresh mode” for a quick nap, its spacious cabin that can accommodate five adults comfortably, its cargo-carrying capabilities with a capacity to hold 1189 liters of cargo with rear seats folded flat, its efficient engines, and a five out of five-star safety rating.
<Interior Honda Fit 2023>
The ‘Yoo no bi’ design philosophy can be witnessed inside the Fits cabin, with a minimal and uncluttered interior that is practical and functional. The dashboard is covered by soft-touch and durable materials. Interior features include a flat dashboard top, a 7.0-inch instrument cluster, a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity, a soft-leather wrapped two-spoke steering wheel with controls, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, center and door armrests, door pockets, cup holders, and front seat jacket pockets. The Magic seat is retained, interior space is still enormous, and cargo capacity is stupendous. It can hold 309 liters of cargo with rear seats up and 1199 EV/1210 non-EV with seats flat.
A glance at the 2022 Honda Fit will let you know that its exterior is refreshingly new. Notable changes include new larger headlights with DRLs, new taillights, and a neat side profile with sizable A-pillar windows. Its height has decreased compared to the previous model and it features a new forward-leaning tailgate that gives it a compact and athletic look. Overall, the exterior looks of this Fit is captivating.
The 2022 Fit comes fitted with a suite of active and passive safety features as standard, They include dual front, side, and curtain SRS airbags, collision mitigation braking system, electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control, anti-lock brakes, lane keep assist, auto high beam, lane departure warning, and electronic brake-force distribution.
2022 Honda Fit The 2022 Honda Fit is powered by a hybrid system (eHEV) that pairs a 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine, with two compact, energy-dense electric motors, and a lithium-ion battery.
This system sends power to the wheels via an innovative fixed-gear transmission. There are three (EV Drive:electric-only mode, Hybrid Drive: Engine and Motor work together, and Engine Drive: Engine only mode) driving modes. Switching between these driving modes is seamless with minimal drag during transitions. In Hybrid Drive mode, excess power is harnessed from the petrol engine to recharge the battery, while in EV Drive mode, energy is harvested through regenerative braking. This e:HEV system produces 120 hp and 189 lb-ft of torque with a fuel economy of 22km/L.
<The Trivia of HONDA FIT>
After thirteen (2007 – 2020) years in the US market, the Honda Fit will no longer be available locally for American buyers due to dwindling sales, with its place taken by its crossover sibling the HR-V. Meanwhile, the European, Asian, and African markets were treated with a new 2022 model. The 2022 Fit has completely been redesigned following the new ‘Yoo no bi‘ design philosophy that solidifies the Fits strengths of utility and comfort bettered by premium materials and interfaces. Exterior changes include a redesigned rear roof spoiler, a high-quality light pattern, thin spokes and rims that make wheels appear larger, and steel wheels that resemble premium alloy wheels giving the Fit an elegant and well-balanced exterior profile. The ‘Yoo no bi’ design philosophy continues in the cabin’s clean and minimalist interior. Some of its features include water-repellent upholstery, soft-touch dashboard materials, a slim instrument cluster with a 7.0-inch full TFT screen, a 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, easy-to-use features and controls, flat and wide height-adjustable center console armrest, and a unique two-spoke steering wheel. The 2022 Fit comes fitted with a 1.5-liter petrol hybrid that sends power to the front wheels via an eCVT transmission. This hybrid powertrain has a combined output of 95 hp and a tested average fuel consumption of 28 km/L.
The 2022 Honda Fit is an improvement of what was already a great hatchback. Its new looks, improved safety and efficiency, and new features make it a much better car. This like many hybrid cars is not a car for everyone, but a car for those who want less carbon footprint for a better planet, a car for those who want to spend less on fuel but more miles, and those who need a compact car that can accommodate five passengers comfortably or carry an astonishing amount of cargo. PROS Spacious and efficient. CONS Inferior power at the expense of efficiency.
The 2022 Toyota Aqua (Prius C) is powered by a hybrid system that pairs a 1.5-liter (M15A-FXE) Dynamic Force three-cylinder petrol engine with a bipolar nickel-hydrogen battery (a first in the automotive world) unlike the previously used nickel-hydrogen (nickel-metal hydride) battery. This battery pack has doubled the car’s output compared to the nickel-metal hydride. This powerplant sends power to the front wheels (FWD) or four wheels (E-Four 4WD) via an eCVT transmission. Other improvements include smoother acceleration, better response, and an extended all-electric range. Toyota quotes a combined fuel economy of 35.8km/L as tested by Japanese standard procedures, which is 20 percent better than the first-generation model.
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The 2022 Toyota Aqua falls in the second-generation (XP210) model that was released in mid-2021. This generation model is built on Toyota’s ‘TNGA-B’ (simply GA-B) architecture similar to that of its Yaris sibling with a similar model code. The 2022 Toyota Aqua has a length of 4050mm, a width of 1695mm, and a height of 1485mm, with a 2600mm wheelbase. With these dimensions, the 2022 Aqua’s height grew by 30mm and its wheelbase grew by 50mm compared to its predecessor, while its width remained the same so as to qualify it as a “compact car” by Japanese dimension regulation standards.
The 2022 Toyota Aqua is available in B, X, G, Z, and GR Sport trims. The MSRP of these models for the FWD and E-Four is as follows: US$13,832 and US$15,215 for B, US$14,600 and US$15,984 for X, US$15,579 and US$16,962 for G, US$16,766 and US$18,149 for Z, and US$18,800 for the GR Sport respectively. Be Forward prices for used 2022 Toyota Aqua range between US$10,800 and US$21,470 (Prices reflect average BE FORWARD pricing as of August 2023).
2021 Toyota Aqua In 2021 Toyota released the second generation Toyota Aqua. Notable new features on this model include growth in height and wheelbase, a new high-output bipolar nickel-hydrogen battery (the first in the automotive world according to Toyota) with twice the capacity of the previously used battery pack, an E-Four 4WD, and a Comfort Pedal technology whereby when the car is operated in Power+ Mode, once the driver lessens the pressure on the accelerator, regeneration of generative braking force kicks in while also slowing down the car. 2019 Toyota Aqua The 2019 Toyota Aqua is a good car. It is known for its unbeatable fuel economy for all cars excluding PHEV, its enormous cargo hold for a car of its size, its easy-to-use controls, well-distributed cubby holds, good safety rating, and its miniature size that is suitable for urban maneuvers.
2022 Toyota Aqua The 2022 Toyota Aqua comes fitted with a hybrid system that pairs a 1.5-liter engine (codename M15A-FXE) Dynamic Force three-cylinder petrol engine with a motor powered by a bipolar nickel-hydrogen battery. This system is paired with an eCVT transmission that sends 90 hp and 89 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels (FWD) or four wheels (E-Four 4WD). The high-performance bipolar nickel-hydrogen battery that offers twice the output of the previously used battery enables the car to operate in a battery-only mode for longer periods improving its fuel efficiency to 34 km/L.
The Toyota Aqua has proven to be the hybrid to beat for many good reasons, but by just taking a look at how the first-generation model sales were, it’s enough to say it was a success. But there is a saying that goes like “There is always room for improvement” and Toyota lived this, as they saw the need to improve the Aqua by releasing a second-generation model in 2019. With the introduction of the 2019 Aqua, Toyota made the car more modern, lessened the cabin noise, doubled battery autonomy that also smoothened acceleration at low speeds, boosted fuel efficiency, and made the car more usable under different conditions by introducing the E-Four 4WD. PROS An outstanding compact class-leading fuel efficiency of 35.8 km/L. CONS Not as powerful and fast as other cars.
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.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya