2011 Honda
Fit
vs. 2011 Kia
Soul

2011 Honda Fit

9.7

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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Power mirrors
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Keyless entry
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Cruise control
Standard
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Plenty of cupholders
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2011 Kia Soul

9.2

Runner-up

Kia Soul

starting from

$13,995
"Feels nimble and well-planted in high-speed turns."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's performance
"A cinch to maneuver around tight city confines in relative comfort."
edmunds.com | talking about the Soul's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Soul

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OK brakes
Disc
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Ample cargo space
53.4 ft3
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2011 Honda Fit Winner: Fit
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
[details]
  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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  • Room for more than 2.5x more stuff, 53.4 ft3 vs 20.6 ft3
  • Passengers in front seats enjoy around 10% more room, 54.1 ft3 vs 50.9 ft3
  • A single tank lasts more than 10% longer, 394 miles vs 350 miles
Entertainment System 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Honda Fit Winner: Fit
[details]
  • The Fit 's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Kia Soul Winner: Soul
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Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
  • Limited number of airbags
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
Missing information
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 9.2 vs 9.7

Luxury Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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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 Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Fit ; not available on the Soul
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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MSRP $13,995 vs $15,870 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 27 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Fit 's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 3 year The Soul 's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Fit 's warranty is very limited

Practicality

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 394 miles vs 350 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 53.4 ft3 vs 20.6 ft3 The Soul has lots of cargo room, and the Fit is OK, too
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front seats 54.1 ft3 vs 50.9 ft3 The Soul has average-sized front seats, while the Fit is very cramped
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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 6 vs 10 Both have a good number of cupholders but the Fit is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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Number of speakers 4 vs 4 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Fit 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Soul does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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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 Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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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

Performance

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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Horsepower 122 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 117 HP @ 6,600 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 21.0 lb/hp vs 21.3 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 34.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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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 4 Limited number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Soul has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Road Tests

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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0-60 mph 9.8 seconds vs 11.0 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs 134 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 17.6 s s @ 79.0 mph mph vs 17.9 s s @ 75.7 mph mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.77 g
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Top speed 114 mph vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Kia
Soul
2011 Kia Soul
2011 Honda Fit Honda
Fit
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

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 2012 Honda Civic DX Fit vs Civic DX
2011 Honda Fit Sport 2011 Toyota Matrix Fit Sport vs Matrix
2011 Honda Fit 2011 Toyota Corolla Fit vs Corolla
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Nissan cube Soul vs cube
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Honda CR-V Soul vs CR-V
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Kia Rio LX Soul vs Rio LX
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Nissan Versa SL Soul vs Versa SL
2011 Kia Soul 2011 Kia Sportage EX Soul vs Sportage EX

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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SDC (7:51 PM, October 29, 2014)
Whoever wrote this is highly uninformed or intentionally misleading by selecting a base model vehicle to review. Many things marked "Not Available" are very much so Available.. The Soul is definitely available w/ not only a moon roof but a full panoramic one at that. It is available with Heated and Cooled leather seating, advanced Android powered Navigation, back-up camera, power heated side-view mirrors, roof rails- and more.....it is also a 5 star safety rated vehicle and a top safety pick by the IIHS..