The Japanese automaker has enjoyed a lot of success in the American market with its subcompact Fit hatchback. With such amazingly reliable and fuel-efficient engines, a welcoming cabin, and lots of ambitious features, the new 2021 Honda Fit declares to be a dependable choice for everyone looking in the subcompact car segment.

Usually, a car name is made of irregular or alphanumeric mixtures. Though, the Honda Fit has demonstrated itself as a strict literalism. A very unusual thing is its versatile, roomy interior that can contain a lot of stuff inside comfortably. Most of the Honda Fit buyer who is into the car, like it the way it is - they want a more advanced, up-to-date variant that seems new and packs all the latest gizmos.

2021 Honda Fit

So, Honda doesn't wish to tweak the car that much. It is speculated that you will see a crossover based model on offer. There is not much left for the Fit to do, but it will appear with a refreshed look to keep everything up to date in its fourth-generation.

What’s New in the 2021 Honda Fit?

There are no major changes in the Honda Fit, but few revisions which are:

  • New headlight and tail-light
  • Redesigned A-Pillars and roof
  • Refreshed front fascia
  • Inclusion of advanced safety tech
  • Improved infotainment system

When the 2021 Honda Fit will be released?

The 2021 Honda Fit will make its debut in the US in the second half of 2020 as it is already been released in Japan. 

What will be the price of 2021 Honda Fit?

As there are no significant revisions to the Honda Fit, pricing should remain pretty much identical to last year's model. The prices according to the trims are listed below.

  • LX 6MT- $15,525
  • LX CVT- $16,325
  • EX 6MT- $17,435
  • EX CVT- $18,235
  • EX-L CVT- $19,800
  • EX-L Navi CVT- $20,800

Although, the hybrid and all-electric models will certainly fetch a bigger amount. A crossover styled Honda Fit is also in the cards.

 What engine is on offer with the 2021 Honda Fit?

The B-segment is a money-yielding section and be it American, Europen or Japanese, everyone wants to snatch the biggest piece of the pie. The 2021 Honda Fit or Jazz(Asia and Europe) will be electrified entirely for the European market.

Sharing its powertrain with Insight, the Fit uses a standard 1.5 litres DOHC i-VTEC combustion engine, electric motors, a lithium-ion battery. Mated to a CVT transmission and accessible in three driving modes, the consolidated powertrain produces 109 ps and 253 Nm of torque.

2021 Honda Fit Powertrain

For 2021 the Honda Fit will have a 100-horsepower 1.3-litre or a peppier 128-horsepower 1.5-litre. Both of which can be matched with either a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission. The North American market Fit gets the larger engine, but you can still choose the transmission option. The LX and EX come with A six-speed manual transmission while CVT is optional. The EX-L and Navi will come with a standard CVT transmission.

Models

2021 Honda Fit Hatchback (Expected)

2020 Kia Rio Hatchback

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Base MSRP

$17,000 - $19,000

$16,690

$17,750

$19,420

Engine

1.5-liter I4 Hybrid / 1.3L I4 Basic

1.6-litre I4 regular

1.5-litre I4 regular

1.4-litre I4 regular

Transmission

7 Speed CVT

2-speed CVT w/OD

6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual

Horsepower

128+ hp

120 hp @ 6,300 rpm

106 hp @ 6,000 rpm

138 hp @ 4,900 rpm

Torque

113+ lb.-ft.

112 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

103 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

148 lb.-ft. @ 1,850 rpm

Honda fit appears well with its handling characteristics. The suspension too is soft to manage on rough ground. The CVT.on the other hand is fit for everyday commuting, but the manual is excellent when it comes to driving on the highway. It is very easy to manoeuvre around cities, which the driver eventually expected.

2021 Honda Fit

The combined Hybrid engine turns into an acceleration time of 0 to 60 in 9.4 seconds and reaching 108 mpg of top speed. It is yet to be known how much the modes will affect the Fit but for now, it takes 8.5 seconds to reach 60 mph and can attain a top speed of 115 mph.

Honda fit appears well with the handling and driving characteristics. The suspension too is soft to manage on rough ground. The CVT. On the other hand, it is fit for everyday commuting, but the manual is excellent when it comes to driving on highways.

What are the MPG ratings of 2021 Honda Fit?

The 2021 Honda Fit will carry the fuel-economy ratings of the previous model. However, this is not something to be worried about as most of the rivals lag behind the Fit in terms of fuel consumption.

Model

2021 Honda Fit Hatchback (Expected)

2020 Kia Rio Hatchback

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

MPG (city)

33

33

32

26

MPG (highway)

40

41

40

34

MPG (combined)

36

36

35

29

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

10.6

11.9

11.6

12.2

Range (city/highway) (miles)

350/424

393/488

371/464

317/415

According to Honda, the fuel economy ratings stand at 29/38/32 mpg for the manual-equipped Fit, and 32/38/35 mpg for the CVT-equipped version. The entry-level LX leads the pack with its impressive 33/41/36 mpg.

What are the changes in the interior?

The interior of the 2021 Jazz had come a long way as compared to the previous iterations. There’s a new form of the dashboard, which now highlights a floating tablet-like central infotainment screen. The instrument cluster is now fully digital, unusual for a low-end car. The Fit has large volume knobs, and climate control still works on beautiful looking knobs. Mechanical controls remain, as per the demand of the buyers.

2021 Honda Fit Interior

With precise packaging of “Magic Seats” and putting the fuel tank under the front seats, in the centre of the chassis. Honda tried to juice a little more space for cargo with the rear seats in an upright state and with them folded down.

Model

2021 Honda Fit Hatchback (Expected)

2020 Kia Rio Hatchback

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.5/54.8/41.4

38.9/54.1/42.1

38.2/53.2/41.9

41.8/53.4/41.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.5/52.6/39.3

38.0/53.3/33.5

37.2/50.0/33.4

38.1/53.0/34.6

It will apparently look-alike to the cabin setup of the new Honda Insight, a bit scaled-down and presumably starring some cheaper stuff for panels and trim bits. The seats are comfortable and there is an ample amount of space. The rear legroom will be increased by 4.8 inches, which will eventually increase the cargo space after the seats are folded down.

2021 Honda Fit Cargo 

You get a 5.0-inch infotainment screen as standard in the Fit which a 7.0-inch screen is optional. Coming to the responsiveness, time for the most regularly-used controls is decreased by 58% matched with the former model.The new Jazz is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible, and for the first time, the model offers a Wi-Fi hotspot.

What are the changes in the Exterior?

The Honda Fit was completely redesigned for 2020, so it will retail a familiar shape for the upcoming year. It still has that “June Bug” looking attitude and now has gone much wider and lower to the ground. The A-pillar is half the breadth to the one used before, as a way to enhance forward visibility. The alteration was made possible because of the revised torsional rigidity of the frame.

2021 Honda Fit

In the front, you will see a huge triangular light with LED accents and a projector lamp too. At the rear, taillights have shifted from a vertical layout that was very distinctive, to a horizontal design that stretches till hatch.

Model

2021 Honda Fit Hatchback (Expected)

2020 Kia Rio Hatchback

2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2568

2762

2396

2896

Length (in.)

161.4

160.0

161.6

159.8

Width (in.)

67.0

67.9

66.7

68.3

Height (in.)

60.0

57.1

58.9

59.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

5.5

5.5

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

99.6

101.6

101.2

99.4

Track Width (in.) F/R

58.3/58.0

59.8/60.0

58.8/58.4

59.4/59.4

 The front is now a little wider and headlights farther set apart. The height is also increased that offers spacious head-and legroom.

How safe is the 2021 Honda Fit?

The Honda Fit has never had an issue when it comes to the safety of occupants. Also, for the first time in this vehicle’s history, the 2021 Fit comes with adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. Honda Sensing Suite of safety technology is present.

Also, the number of airbags has been raised to ten, with the bonus of a new front centre airbag. Even the base variant is well equipped with all the essential safety features. The features include:

  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps with auto on/off
  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure
  • Security system with remote entry
  • Fog lights
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • Honda Lane Watch

Both IIHS and NHTSA have tested the 2020 Honda Fit and have given it good ratings in their tests.

Should you buy the Honda Fit?

The Honda Fit is a great buy for budget-friendly people who need most of the features for what price they pay. However, if Honda does succeed to make the Fit/Jazz more compelling to watch at and infuse some additional play into its driving dynamics, it could be more appealing to other buyers.

Honda Fit FAQs

Is Honda discontinuing the fit?

No, it doesn't seem like that as the Fit is arriving with electric and Hybrid variant as well for 2021.

Is Honda Fit a good car?

The Honda Fit is a fabulous subcompact car. Appending to the Fit's charm is its upscale interior and a long list of available safety features.

Is Honda Fit and Jazz the same?

Usually, Honda Fit is sold in Asian countries with the name Jazz.

Also, read

2020 Honda Fit Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

2020 Kia Rio Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide