Honda Fit Vs. Toyota Yaris Liftback

By Justin Cupler | April 8th, 2019

Have your cake and eat it too with a subcompact hatchback thanks to their impressive fuel economy, small footprints, and roomy cabins. The 2019 Honda Fit and 2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback offer all this and more to our Rochester area buyers. Which one is best for you? Find out below.

Exterior

The 2019 Honda Fit has an interesting look with its unimpeded wedge-like design that flows from front to back. This design works well on the Fit, especially the sportier looking Sport trim that adds black wheels, ground effects, and orange accents.

The 2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback has a similar wedge-like design, but there is more of a distinct transition from the hood to the window. The Yaris also boasts a more complex front-end design pulled from older Toyota models. While this doesn’t look too outdated, its age is evident when you head to a Toyota dealer and see it on the lot with all the new models.

The 2019 Honda Fit is significantly larger than the 2018 Yaris, which works out well when it comes to interior space, but we will get to that later.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Fit 2018 Toyota Yaris Difference
Length 161.4 inches 155.5 inches +5.9 inches
Width 67 inches 66.7 inches +0.3 inches
Height 60 inches 59.4 inches +0.6 inches
Wheelbase 99.6 inches 98.8 inches +0.8 inches
Ground Clearance
5.5 inches
Curb weight 2,577 to 2,648 pounds 2.315 pounds to 2,335 pounds +262 to +313 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Fit

  • Sporty wedge-shaped design
  • Orange-accented Sport trim

Advantage: 2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback

  • Busy but stylish front end
  • Smaller and easier to manage

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Honda Fit has a more modern cabin than the 2018 Toyota Yaris with its haptic infotainment buttons, shapelier dash, and more color variety in its backlighting. The Fit also shows off its moderness with its available Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and adaptive cruise control.

The 2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback has a stylish cabin, but its abundance of red backlit buttons and knobs is dated. On the tech side, though, thej 2018 Yaris has a better-equipped standard cabins that includes a 6.1-inch touchscreen and USB 2.0 port. Plus, you can feel safer with its standard automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Inside, the 2019 Honda Fit has more room in all but two measurements, rear headroom and rear hiproom. Where the 2019 Honda Fit really shines is in its front shoulder room and rear legroom.

 

Measurement 2019 Honda Fit 2018 Toyota Yaris Difference
Front headroom 39.5 inches 39.3 inches +0.6 inches
Front legroom 41.4 inches 40.6 inches +0.8 inches
Front shoulder room 54.8 inches 52.5 inches +2.3 inches
Front hip room 51.5 inches 50 inches +1.5 inches
Rear headroom 37.5 inches 37.6 inches -0.1 inches
Rear legroom 39.3 inches 33.3 inches +6 inches
Rear shoulder room 52.6 inches 51.8 inches +0.8 inches
Rear hip room 45.1 inches 50.1 inches -5  inches
Cargo capacity (behind second row) 16.6 cubic feet 15.3 to 15.6 cubic feet +1 to +1.6 cubic feet
Cargo capacity (second row folded) 52.7 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Fit

  • More model-looking cabin
  • Tons of optional safety features
  • Lots more seating room
  • Huge cargo area

Advantage: 2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback

  • More rear hip room
  • Longer list of standard tech
  • Big on standard safety

Performance

The 2019 Honda Fit and 2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback have one key item in common: neither is a performance model. The 2019 Fit hits showrooms with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 128 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. This routes through a standard six-speed manual of optional CVT for an 8.2-second jog to 60 mph.

The 2018 Toyota Yaris is even weaker with its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. This power routes through one of two ancient transmission options: a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic. This tallies up to a sluggish 10.2-second 0-to-60 sprint time.

What these models excel in is fuel economy. The 2019 Fit gets up to 33 mpg city, 40 highway, and 36 combined. The Yaris is right behind it at 30 mpg city, 36 highway, and 33 combined.

 

2019 Honda Fit 2018 Toyota Yaris Difference
Engine 1.5-liter 4-cylinder 1.5-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 128 to 130 hp at 6,600 rpm 106 hp at 6,350 rpm +22 hp
Torque 113 to 114 lb-ft at 4,600 rpm 103 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm +10 lb ft
Standard transmission 6-spd manual 5-spd manual
Optional transmission CVT 4-spd automatic
Driveline FWD FWD
0-60 time 8.2 seconds 10.2 seconds -2 seconds
MPG City 29 to 33 mpg 30 mpg -1 to +3 mpg
MPG Highway 36 to 40 mpg 35 to 36 mpg +1 to +4 mpg
MPG Combined 31 to 36 mpg 32 to 33 mpg +1 to +3 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Honda Fit

  • Better fuel economy
  • Big power advantage
  • Modern transmissionoptions
  • Quicker  to 60 mph

Advantage: 2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback

  • Sport-tuned suspension in SE trim

Pricing and Features

There are four trims that make up the 2019 Honda Fit lineup: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L. Their starting prices range from $16,190 to $20,520.

 

The 2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback comes in three trim levels: 3-Door L, 5-Door L, 3-Door LE, 5-door LE, and 5-Door SE. Their starting prices range from $15,635 to $18,260.

2019 Honda Fit Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $16,190

  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Eco-Assist System
  • Hill-start assist
  • Electric power steering
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Brake assist
  • 15-inch steel wheels with hub caps
  • Two-speed intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body-color side-view mirrors
  • Security system with remote keyless entry
  • Halogen headlights with auto-on/off
  • Body-color roofline spoiler
  • LED brake lights
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Body-color door handles
  • Power windows with auto-up/down driver’s side
  • Power door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Center-console armrest with storage
  • Front and center 12-volt power outlets
  • Cargo-area light
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • 60/40 split-folding Magic Seat second row
  • 160-watt, four-speaker audio system
  • 5-inch color LCD screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • 1.0-amp USB audio interface
  • Multi-angle rearview camera

 

Sport: $17,500

  • All LX features, plus
  • 16-inch black alloy wheels
  • Fog lights
  • Front underbody spoiler and rear diffuser with orange accents
  • Side underbody spoilers
  • Chrome exhaust tip
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • 1.5-amp front USB port
  • 180-watt, six-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • Pandora
  • SMS text message function

 

EX: $18,160

  • All LX features, plus
  • 16-inch machine-finished alloy wheels with black inserts
  • Fog lights
  • Moonroof
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Keyless ignition
  • Cargo-area tie-down anchors
  • Floor mats
  • 1.5-amp front USB port
  • 180-watt, six-speaker audio system
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • Pandora radio
  • SMS text messaging
  • SiriusXM
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam, headlights
  • Blind-spot camera

 

EX-L: $20,520

  • All EX features, plus
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Heated mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter
  • Leather seating
  • Heated front seats

2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback Key Features and Pricing by Trim

3-Door L: $15,635

  • Three-door body
  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Sport-tuned electric power steering
  • Front disc and rear drum brakes
  • 15-inch styled-steel wheels
  • Multireflector halogen headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Chrome-accented fascia and grille
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Body-color outside door handles
  • Intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Air conditioning
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Power windows with one-touch driver-side down
  • Power door locks
  • Cargo area light
  • One 12-volt power outlet
  • Cargo cover
  • Entune Audio infotainment system
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system
  • 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • USB 2.0 port
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Rearview camera
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-departure alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

 

5-Door L: $16,760

  • All 3-Door L features, plus
  • Four-speed automatic transmission

 

3-Door LE: $17,285

  • All 3-Door L features, plus
  • 15-inch machined-alloy wheels
  • Power mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Metallic interior accents
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Remote keyless entry

 

5-Door LE: $17,660

  • All 3-Door LE features, plus
  • Five-door body

 

5-Door SE: $18,260

  • All 5-Door LE features, plus
  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Projector-beam headlights with black trim and LED accent bars
  • Fog lights with chrome surround
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Sport front fascia with piano-black mesh grille insert with chrome accent
  • Rear spoiler
  • 15-inch machined alloy wheels with dark accents
  • Sport fabric seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Sport gauges
  • Entune Audio Plus infotainment system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Scout GPS Link
  • SiriusXM

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Fit?

Need more space in your compact hatchback? The 2019 Honda Fit is the better buy for you. Plus, as an added benefit, you will enjoy additional power and better fuel economy.

Who Should Buy the 2018 Toyota Yaris Liftback?

Tired of trying to stuff your car into tight spaces in parking garage or fitting through tight traffic? The 2018 Toyota Yaris’ tiny footprint is a great option for you.

 

Come check out the 2019 Honda Fit and its roomy cabin at Garber Honda in Rochester, New York. If you can’t make it to our Pittsford area showroom today, you can check out our online inventory and see our in-stock 2019 Fit models available in the Fairport area. Once you choose the 2019 Fit that suits your needs, you can schedule to test drive one at our Rochester area dealer.

 

*29 city / 36 highway / 31 combined MPG rating for LX, Sport and EX 6MT trims. 33 city / 40 highway / 36 combined MPG rating for LX CVT trim 31 city / 36 highway / 33 combined MPG rating for Sport CVT, EX CVT and EX-L trims. Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

 

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $920.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.