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2018 Honda Fit vs Toyota Yaris SE


  

SLEEK, SPORTY STYLING

Fit's just-right proportions, short overhangs, and clean lines conceal a hidden truth: Beneath all the simple elegance lies an extremely practical, versatile vehicle boasting best-in-class space. The Yaris gets the dimensions right, but it looks decidedly less sporty, and its tapered roofline limits passenger room. 
 
 


CLEAN, CONSERVATIVE FRONT END

Design often comes down to personal preference, but it's hard to argue with the Fit's low-profile, sweptback face, with its sufficiently compact and horizontal grille and headlights combining to emphasize the vehicle's width. The Yaris certainly captures its fair share of attention with its aggressively styled front end, but it's bound to put off buyers who want something less ostentatious. 
 
 


EXPOSED EXHAUST OUTLET

Fit Sport's chrome exhaust finisher protrudes proudly and prominently from beneath the rear diffuser, adding a sporty touch that echoes elements found at the front end, such as the aggressive front lower spoiler. By comparison, Yaris's tailpipe is barely visible, and is concealed in an almost ashamed manner, as if the vehicle is tucking its tail between its legs.
 


LARGER HATCH OPENING

When Fit's liftgate is raised, a very wide, tall opening is revealed, allowing customers to easily reach into the cargo area to access items located within. While Yaris's liftgate raises to a similar height, the opening to the cargo hold is much smaller, leaving far less room for customers to maneouvre into position the stuff they hope to store inside.  
 
 


MORE PEP 

While the Fit and Yaris engines displace the same 1.5 litres, Fit's Earth Dreamsi-VTEC® 4-cylinder has a notable edge in terms of output, dishing out 128 hp and 113 lb.-ft. of torque to the Yaris's meager 106 hp and 103 lb.-ft. And, while Yaris enjoys a slight weight advantage over Fit, the fact that its available automatic transmission only has four forward gears means its engine must strain more to get the vehicle moving.  
 
 


SUPERIOR FUEL EFFICIENCY 

While Yaris is certainly fuel-efficient in its own right, Fit still takes the crown at the pump, achieving up to 7.6 L/100 km city, 6.5 L/100 km highway, and 7.0 L/100 km combined. Despite being down on power, the best Yaris can manage is 7.9 L/100 km city, 6.8 L/100 km highway, and 7.4 L/100 km combined.  
 
 


6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION 

Fit Sport comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission featuring optimized gear ratios and a shorter shift-lever throw with less resistance. As a result, drivers enjoy a smooth, connected feel between them and the vehicle. Yaris's standard 5-speed manual transmission lacks a forward gear, and its shift action is somewhat rubbery compared to Fit.  
 
 


PADDLE SHIFTERS 

Fit Sport CVT models feature wheel-mounted paddle shifters. While the CVT itself provides a near-infinite number of gear ratios and features G-Design Shift Logic for more immediate acceleration response than a conventional automatic, the paddles give the driver more complete control over gear selection. Yaris may project an outwardly sporty appearance, but it fails to offer anything comparable.  
 
 


ECON MODE BUTTON 

Found on CVT-equipped Fit models, the ECON mode button helps conserve fuel by adjusting engine and throttle response. When used in conjunction with Fit's standard Eco Assistsystem, which helps encourage fuel-efficient driving practices, drivers can achieve maximum fuel economy. Yaris features an eco driving indicator light, but it merely illuminates a small "Eco" light in the dash if you're accelerating in a fuel-efficient manner.  
 
 


INTERIOR DESIGN

Fit's simple, uncluttered cabin is airy and welcoming without feeling inexpensive. In fact, the quality of its interior materials belies its affordable price tag, with a level of fit and finish that wouldn't seem out of place in a car costing thousands more. The Yaris's interior, by contrast, has a much more utilitarian feel, and its excessive use of blank black buttons leaves a downmarket impression.  
 
  



DISPLAY AUDIO SYSTEM

Fit Sport's large 7-inch multi-touch screen features an improved interface with a physical volume knob for improved usability, plus Apple CarPlay®/Android Autocompatibility for seamless control of key smartphone functionality. Yaris's infotainment system sports a smaller 6.1-inch screen that looks dated by comparison, and it lacks Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality.

 
 


APPLE CARPLAY®/ANDROID AUTOCOMPATIBILITY

With Fit Sport's Apple CarPlay®/Android Autocompatibility, customers enjoy seamless control of key smartphone functionality, including hands-free calling, music streaming, turn-by-turn directions, and much more. Yaris's Display Audio system features several embedded apps, but none offers such streamlined smartphone connectivity. 
 
 


CUBBIES GALORE

Fit's interior was designed to fit life's necessities. Its centre console with storage compartment offers room for stashing smaller items, and it includes a 12V power outlet and USB port. In front of the shift lever, you'll find two large front cupholders, plus one to the left of the steering wheel that can hold even large cups. Yaris doesn't even offer a centre console, and the only cupholder that fits large cups is located at the rear of centre console.  
 
 
 


MULTI-STAGE HEATED FRONT SEATS

Fit Sport's heated front seats offer dedicated high and low settings, giving customers more options to get comfortable. And, the switches are located in clear view of the front passengers. Yaris's front seats only have a single, fixed heat setting, and the controls are awkwardly located under the large parking brake lever, making them hard to see and reach. 

 
 


TILT AND TELESCOPIC STEERING COLUMN

Fit owners have an easier time finding a comfortable seating position, thanks to the standard tilt and telescopic steering column. Yaris owners, on the other hand, are restricted to a simple tilt steering column featuring an extremely limited range of motion. 
 
 


SUPERIOR SPACIOUSNESS 

From head- and legroom to shoulder and hip room to overall passenger volume, Fit has Yaris beat in virtually every interior dimension. And it's not just the measuring tape that tells the tale: Anyone who sits in both vehicles will doubtless find Fit's interior much airier, with more room to stretch out and get comfortable.  
 
 


MORE STORAGE ROOM 

Thanks to ingenious interior packaging on the part of Honda's engineers, Fit offers a positively cavernous 470 L of cargo volume with the rear seat up that extends to 1,492 L with it folded. Toyota doesn't publish Yaris's spec with the rear seat folded, but with it up, it comes up short of Fit, offering 442 L behind the rear seat. Combined with the added flexibility offered by Fit's Magic Seat, it's easy to see how Honda comes out on top.  
 
 


2ND-ROW 60/40 SPLIT-FOLDING MAGIC SEAT® 

The Honda-exclusive Magic Seat allows customers to configure the rear in one of three ways: Tall Mode for storing tall items like potted plants vertically; Long Mode for storing long items like skis horizontally; and Utility Mode for maximum storage potential. This flexibility gives customers far more options when it comes to hauling their favourite gear, and Yaris offers nothing like it.  
 
  


MULTI-ANGLE REARVIEW CAMERA 

Customers who appreciate multiple viewing angles are sure to love the three distinct angles that Fit Sport's Multi-Angle Rearview Camera provides, plus guidelines that approximate distance to objects behind the vehicle. Like all 2018 model-year vehicles sold in Canada, Yaris features a standard rearview camera. However, it lacks the multiple viewing angles found on Fit, and it's slightly harder to view on Yaris's smaller 6.1-inch screen.  
 
 


HONDA SENSING 

Fit's available suite of driver-assist technology includes Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Braking System(CMBS®), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). Yaris's standard Toyota Safety Sense-C lacks comparable features to ACC, LKAS, or RDM.