2011 Honda
Fit Sport
vs. 2011 Toyota
Matrix

2011 Honda Fit Sport

9.8

starting from

$17,630
"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 Sport

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Power windows
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Power locks
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Keyless entry
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Cruise control
Standard
2011 Toyota Matrix

9.2

Runner-up

Toyota Matrix

starting from

$19,605

Reasons to buy the Toyota Matrix

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Ample cargo space
61.5 ft3
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OK brakes
Disc
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Average number of airbags
5
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Poor range on the highway
422 miles
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2011 Honda Fit Sport Winner: Fit Sport
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  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.2
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
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  • Room for around 3x more stuff, 61.5 ft3 vs 20.6 ft3
  • A single tank lasts more than 20% longer, 422 miles vs 350 miles
  • Almost the same, 52.0 ft3 vs 50.9 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Toyota Matrix Winner: Matrix
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  • Disc brakes on the Matrix can provide better stopping action
  • The Matrix has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Entertainment System 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Honda Fit Sport Winner: Fit Sport
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  • The Fit Sport has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Performance 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Honda Fit Sport Winner: Fit Sport
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  • Almost the same, 34.4 ft vs 36.0 ft
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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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.2 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2011 Honda Fit Sport Honda
Fit Sport
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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 Sport; not available on the Matrix
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Practicality

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2011 Honda Fit Sport Honda
Fit Sport
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 422 miles vs 350 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 61.5 ft3 vs 20.6 ft3 The Matrix has lots of cargo room, and the Fit Sport is OK, too
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front seats 52.0 ft3 vs 50.9 ft3 The Matrix has average-sized front seats, while the Fit Sport 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 8 vs 10 Both have an absurd number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2011 Honda Fit Sport Honda
Fit Sport
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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 5 vs 4 The Matrix has an OK number of airbags while the Fit Sport has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Matrix 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

Entertainment System

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2011 Honda Fit Sport Honda
Fit Sport
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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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

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2011 Honda Fit Sport Honda
Fit Sport
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Horsepower 132 HP @ 6,000 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 21.7 lb/hp vs 21.5 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 36.0 ft vs 34.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2011 Honda Fit Sport Honda
Fit Sport
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MSRP $19,605 vs $17,630 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 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

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2011 Honda Fit Sport Honda
Fit Sport
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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 Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Toyota
Matrix
2011 Toyota Matrix
2011 Honda Fit Sport Honda
Fit Sport
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0-60 mph 10.1 seconds vs 9.2 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 136 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 17.7 s s @ 79.0 mph mph vs 17.0 s s @ 82.0 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 115 mph 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 2011 Toyota Corolla Fit vs Corolla
2011 Honda Fit 2011 Kia Soul Fit vs Soul
2011 Toyota Matrix S 2011 Toyota Corolla S Matrix S vs Corolla S
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota Yaris Matrix vs Yaris
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Nissan Versa SL Matrix vs Versa SL
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Matrix vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota Matrix 2011 Toyota Camry XLE Matrix vs Camry XLE

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