2011 Honda
Fit
vs. 2012 Honda
Civic DX

2011 Honda Fit

10.0

Winner

Honda Fit

starting from

$15,870
"Its efficient four-cylinder engine means you don't have to buy a hybrid in order to cut down on gas consumption."
edmunds.com | talking about the Fit's performance
"The 2011 Honda Fit adds a welcome dose of driving pleasure to the daily commute."
edmunds.com | talking about the Fit's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Honda Fit

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Front air conditioning
Standard
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Power locks
Standard
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CD player
Standard
2012 Honda Civic DX

8.6

Runner-up

Honda Civic DX

starting from

$16,375
"The 2011 Honda Civic is a perfectly enjoyable way to travel."
kbb.com | talking about the Civic's ride quality
"The Civic's two-tier execution seems to make all the sense in the world."
kbb.com | talking about the Civic's controls

Reasons to buy the Honda Civic DX

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Better suspension
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Average range on the highway
475 miles
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Average range in the city
370 miles
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Average number of airbags
5
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2011 Honda Fit Winner: Fit
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  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Honda Fit Winner: Fit
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  • Almost the same
  • The Fit has 8 more cupholders, 10 vs 2
  • Room for around 80% more stuff, 20.6 ft3 vs 11.7 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Honda Fit Winner: Fit
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  • Almost the same
Performance 9.6 vs 10.0
2012 Honda Civic DX Winner: Civic DX
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  • The Civic DX's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.5 lb/hp vs 21.3 lb/hp
  • Around 20% more powerful, 140 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 117 HP @ 6,600 RPM
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both very efficient in the city
  • Inexpensive
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 10.0 vs 8.6

Luxury Features

Honda
Fit
2011 Honda Fit
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Fit ; not available on the Civic DX
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

Honda
Fit
2011 Honda Fit
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 350 miles vs 475 miles The Civic DX has OK highway range, but the Fit is very limited
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Cargo space 20.6 ft3 vs 11.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 50.9 ft3 vs 51.3 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 10 vs 2 The Fit has an absurd number of cupholders, 4 extra in front and 4 extra in rear
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Civic DX, but the Fit will get you around in comfort

Safety Features

Honda
Fit
2011 Honda Fit
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 5 The Civic DX has an OK number of airbags while the Fit has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Drum Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Fit ; optional upgrade on the Civic DX
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

Honda
Fit
2011 Honda Fit
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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Horsepower 117 HP @ 6,600 RPM vs 140 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.3 lb/hp vs 18.5 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.4 ft vs 35.5 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Honda
Fit
2011 Honda Fit
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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MSRP $15,870 vs $16,375 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 27 mpg vs 28 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Fit
2011 Honda Fit
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Honda
Fit
2011 Honda Fit
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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0-60 mph 11.0 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 126 ft The Civic DX's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fit is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.9 s s @ 75.7 mph mph vs 16.8 s s @ 82.1 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs 0.81 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Entertainment System

Honda
Fit
2011 Honda Fit
2012 Honda Civic DX Honda
Civic DX
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Number of speakers 4 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Fit 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Civic DX does not
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the Fit ; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Civic DX
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The Fit can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda Fit 2011 Toyota Yaris Fit vs Yaris
2011 Honda Fit Sport 2011 Toyota Prius Three Fit Sport vs Prius Three
2011 Honda Fit Sport 2011 Toyota Matrix Fit Sport vs Matrix
2011 Honda Fit 2011 Toyota Corolla Fit vs Corolla
2011 Honda Fit 2011 Kia Soul Fit vs Soul
2012 Honda Civic Hybrid 2011 Honda Insight Civic Hybrid vs Insight
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Honda CR-V Civic Si vs CR-V
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 MINI Cooper Civic Si vs Cooper
2012 Honda Civic DX 2011 Nissan Versa SL Civic DX vs Versa SL
2012 Honda Civic Si 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX Civic Si vs Impreza WRX

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