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Honda Fit vs. Honda Civic

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Honda Fit

$362
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda Civic

$365
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda Fit Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 15th out of 21 for subcompact cars. The average annual repair cost is $362 which means it has excellent ownership costs. Repairs are less severe than average, and the frequency of these issues is average, so major repairs are not common for the Fit.
5
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Honda Civic Reliability Rating is 5.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 1st out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $365 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are both much lower than other vehicles, so the Civic is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$362
inexpensive
expensive
$365
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.51
not often
very often
0.27
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(6)
4
(7)
3
(2)
2
(1)
1
(0)
The Honda Fit ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in body.
“I was very impressed with my Fit until the head on crash test results were aired on TV. I have had no problems except the battery would not hold a charge very long. It is true that I don't drive ...”
“I was very impressed with my Fit until the head on crash test results were aired on TV. I have h...”
5
(22)
4
(74)
3
(15)
2
(8)
1
(1)
The Honda Civic ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in brakes.
“Our Honda Civic 2005 LX had only 80,000 miles on it, and had been kept in perfect condition (upkeep - new timing best, oil changes, etc.) Without warning, the guide pin for the cam gear broke off...”
“Our Honda Civic 2005 LX had only 80,000 miles on it, and had been kept in perfect condition (upk...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Honda Fit and the Honda Civic are the carmaker’s subcompact and compact sedans. They both share Honda’s reputation for engineering excellence, smart design and great dependability.

The subcompact Fit packs a lot of interior space into a very trim package. If you need maximum utility with the smallest possible footprint at the lowest price, then the Fit should be at the top of your list. The Fit comes in a single body style, a funky five-door hatchback with the versatility of a second-row seat that folds flat. The Fit is fun to drive and is a breeze to park.

The Civic comes in a wide range of compact vehicles. You can get it as a two-door coupe, a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. A variety of trim levels lets you make it as fancy or sporty as you please. The choice of engines includes several new turbocharged four-cylinders that can really move.

The choice between the Honda Fit and the Honda Civic comes down to what your needs, wants and budget dictate. If a smaller car is right for you, the Fit is a fit; if you’re looking for a little bit more in terms of size or style, there’s a Civic out there you’ll like.

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