Chevy Spark vs. Ford Fiesta vs. Honda Fit

Chevy Spark vs. Ford Fiesta vs. Honda Fit
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Suggestion No. 3 – 2013 Honda Fit Manual Transmission

It’s an oldie but a goodie. The current-generation Honda Fit may be at the end of its lifecycle but the car is still a solid product, arguably the best in the B-Segment. Interestingly it’s set to be totally overhauled for the 2014 model year so it should get even better.

In any event the ‘13 version is still an excellent product. The most basic variant with a manual transmission stickers for $16,215, including $790 in destination fees, which makes it a whisker more than the base Fiesta and a few grand richer than the Spark LS manual.

The Fit features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 117 hp and 106 lb-ft of twist. It can be matched to a five-speed gearbox, either manual or automatic; we opted for the former in a bid to cut costs.

When it comes to fuel economy, this Honda is totally competitive, though according to the U.S. EPA it’s not as miserly as either of its rivals in this comparison. It stickers at 27 mpg city and 33 highway; combined it should deliver 29 mpg.

For your 16-grand investment Honda gives you things like air conditioning, power windows and locks, cruise control, a tilt and telescoping steering column as well as a four-speaker sound system. Additionally the car rides on 15-inch steel wheels and features a full complement of safety equipment.

What’s stability control, dual-stage airbags and all that other stuff worth? Well, the IIHS gives the Fit all “Good” scores, except in the small-overlap test where it’s rated “Poor.” You can’t win ‘em all.

In this trio of value-conscious small cars the Honda is probably the most space-efficient and versatile. It’s flipping and folding second-row “Magic Seat” is an ingenious piece of work. It offers a flat and low cargo floor plus room for both tall and long items. It’s clever to the tenth power.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Toyota Yaris vs. 2013 Honda Fit

Beyond all of this wholesome goodness, the car offers an engaging on-road experience. The Fit is fun to drive and built for the long haul thanks to Honda’s legendary reputation for quality. Aside from this the car also offers a whopping 10 beverage holders – that’s two drinks per passenger! Who’s ready to party?

As always, good luck in your quest for a new family vehicle, Carlos, and thanks again for taking the time to Ask AutoGuide.

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  • Rickers

    You guys should really get an AutoGuide Crown Vic!

  • J Mac

    There is only one right answer: the Honda Fit

  • Shifty

    If he’s looking for cheap… how about the Mitsubishi Mirage?

  • ErnieD

    Rented a 2013 Spark last summer, and did some research on them enough to invest in a ’14 at the end of the year. That was before all of the great safety ratings started coming in. Put 4,500M on it and am averaging 35MPG overall. No issues of any kind so far, and the only difference I notice is the CVT transmission is smoother, gets better mileage and is a little less noisy than the previous model’s 4 Speed AT. The CVT’s only true drawback is when you first take it out on the road to start the day, it takes a while to set itself, and then zips along just fine. As far as highway trips go, I felt more intimidated riding in the Ford Escorts we previously owned. It feels similar to one of the early model Toyota Yaris I rented in FLA. Only 6 inches shorter!