Comparing the 2020 Honda Fit vs 2020 Honda Civic

July 10th, 2020 by

A grey 2020 Honda Fit EX-L, which is popular among Honda models, is driving on a city street near Duluth, GA.

If you have been thinking about purchasing one of our available Honda models, then we have two great ones for you to choose between. Take a look at the differences between the 2020 Honda Fit and the 2020 Honda Civic. While both are petite rides that work well for city driving, the Fit is a hatchback, and the Civic is available as a coupe, sedan, and hatchback. The variations don’t just stop there either, but today, we will just focus on the Honda Civic Hatchback and the Honda Fi.

Space and Seating

While both vehicles can carry five people, the cargo space is where things change. Since these vehicles are both hatchbacks, they are technically a five-door model. The cargo area behind the back seat of the Honda Fit is measured at 16.6 cubic feet, which is a lot for a small vehicle. Meanwhile, the Civic Hatchback offers 25.7 cubic feet of cargo room in the back. So, with all five seats in use, the Civic has more space for groceries, luggage, and other items. However, once you fold the back down flat, the story changes. The Honda Fit offers 52.7 cubic feet of space, and the Civic Hatchback provides 46.2 cubic feet.

The Takeaway: The Civic Hatchback is more practical for small families due to its extra space behind the back row of seating. However, the Fit offers more cubic feet with the seats folded down, which could be a benefit for traveling artists, musicians, or people with dogs.

Now, let’s pop the hoods and see what’s underneath!

A grey 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring is driving on a city street at night.

Power and Performance

Powered by a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Honda Fit generates 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission on the LX and Sport trims. As for the higher trim level like the EX and EX-L, the powertrain gets an upgraded continuously variable transmission (CVT). This pulls the performance down to 128 hp and 113 lb-ft of torque. The average estimated fuel economy sits at about 31 MPG combined (29 city/36 highway), which is very good for a non-hybrid vehicle.*

Similarly, the 2020 Honda Civic Hatchback has two powertrain options that depend on the trim level as well. The base LX model comes standard with a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Together with a CVT and FWD, this powertrain produces 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. On the Sport trim, the same engine is equipped. However, this one gives off 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque with a 6-speed manual transmission. The average estimated fuel economy for the Honda Civic Hatchback is 34 MPG combined (31 city/40 highway).**

Base Trims

It’s important to note that the Honda Fit is available in four trims, and the Civic Hatchback comes in five trims. Kicking things off, the LX model is the base trim for both vehicles.

The Fit LX rides on 15-inch wheels and features a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, and Magic Seats. These are fully reclining rear seats that are also 60/40 split-folding, providing you with the ultimate configuration options. Also included in this model is a four-speaker sound system. For infotainment, you can enjoy Bluetooth connectivity and a 5-inch touchscreen.

Meanwhile, the Civic Hatchback LX comes with automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, emergency braking, and Bluetooth connectivity. Riding on 16-inch wheels, this model also features a rearview camera, a 4-speaker stereo system, and hill-start assist.

Second-Level Trims

Riding on 16-inch black alloy wheels, the Fit Sport features underbody spoilers, foglights, automatic high beams, and chrome exhaust finishers on the outside for a sleeker look. Compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have also been added for optimized smartphone integration. Other features include a 7-inch touchscreen display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather on the shift knob as well.

Rolling on 18-inch alloy wheels, the Civic Hatchback Sport comes with underbody spoilers, fog lights, center-mounted dual-outlet exhaust, push-button start, and the aforementioned safety features included in the Honda Sensing package. The stronger engine has been added as well as sport pedals and a system known as Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto-Lock. The infotainment interface also gets the upgraded 7-inch touchscreen, and leather wrappings have been applied to the shift knob and steering wheel.

Mid-Level Trims

Finally, the Fit gets the Honda Sensing safety package added to the mid-level EX model. This version also gets Honda LaneWatch, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto-Lock, a one-touch power moonroof, satellite radio, a 6-speaker sound system, and push-button start technology.

Meanwhile, the Civic EX adds heated seats, a one-touch power moonroof, Honda LaneWatch, dual-zone climate control, remote engine start, HD radio, satellite radio, and an 8-speaker sound system to the expansive list of features. On the outside, power-adjustable, heated side mirrors have also been included.

Premium Trims

The black interior of a 2020 Honda Fit EX-L is shown.

The top-tier Fit EX-L model comes with heated leather seats. It also features power-adjustable heated side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators.

As for the Civic Hatchback EX-L, it gets heated, leather seats too. Another top-tier feature that comes on this model is an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Keep in mind that the EX-L is not the top-tier trim for the Civic Hatchback. The top-of-the-line Civic trim level is the Sport Touring. This version comes with LED headlights and rain-sensing wipers on the outside. Inside the cabin, you will find a 12-speaker sound system with a subwoofer, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, voice recognition technology, a navigation system, HD traffic updates, and heated seats throughout the cabin.

While the two EX-L models are on-par with each other, the Civic Sport Touring blows every other trim out of the water. It comes with everything you could possibly want on a petite ride.

Paint Colors

Both vehicles are available in shade paint colors, but the color options are not all the same. The Honda Fit comes in Crystal Black Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Aegean Blue Metallic, Milano Red, and Orange Fury. The Honda Civic Hatchback is offered in Crystal Black Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl, Platinum White Pearl, Aegean Blue Metallic, and Rally Red. While both vehicles are available with pearl and metallic finishes, the Fit offers a fun orange shade that the Civic does not.

Find the Honda Civic or Honda Fit at Gwinnett Place Honda

At Gwinnett Place Honda, we offer the full line of Honda models such as the 2020 Honda Civic and the 2020 Honda Fit. We love both of these models equally and really feel that it’s up to you to decide which one matches your lifestyle and needs. If you would like to learn more about these two models, or take on for a test drive, visit us at 3325 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth, GA, today!


*29 city/36 highway/31 combined mpg rating for 6MT trims. 33 city/40 highway/36 combined mpg rating for LX CVT trim. 31 city/36 highway/33 combined mpg rating for Sport, EX and EX-L CVT trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
**29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport/Sport Touring6MT trims. 29 city/35 highway/32 combined mpg rating for Sport/Sport Touring CVT trims. 31 city/40 highway/34 combined mpg rating for LX/EX/EX-L trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
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