Chevy Sonic Vs. Honda Fit: Roomy Subcompact Hatchbacks Do Battle

By Justin Cupler | November 16th, 2018

Subcompact hatchbacks are not as popular as they once were, but they still have a lot to offer our buyers in the Midland, Michigan area. The 2019 Chevy Sonic and 2019 Honda Fit are both great options, but which one is better suited for new-car shoppers in the Freeland and Bay City, Michigan area? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

The Chevy Sonic and Honda Fit have both been through recent redesigns — the Sonic got its rework in 2017, and the Fit got its facelift in 2018 — but that’s about where their similarities end. The 2019 Chevy Sonic boasts a more youthful and sporty look to the Fit’s more timid and utilitarian shape. That’s not to say the Fit doesn’t have a dose of fun in its style, but it’s not on the same level as the 2019 Sonic.

The 2019 Chevy Sonic is 159.8 inches long, 68.3 inches wide, and 59.3 to 59.7 inches tall. This small body rides on an equally short wheelbase that measures 99.4 inches. The 2019 Honda Fit is larger than the Sonic in two measurements at 161.4 inches long and 60 inches tall. At 67 inches wide, the Fit is 1.3 inches narrower than the Sonic, giving the latter a wider base for a more stable footprint. The Fit’s wheelbase is also longer at 99.6 inches long.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Sonic

  • More youthful appearance
  • Wider for better grip in the corners

Advantage: 2019 Honda Fit

  • A body built for roominess

Interior

The 2019 Chevy Sonic has plenty of room up front with 38.7 inches of headroom, 41.8 inches of legroom, 53.4 inches of shoulder room, and 51.4 inches of hip room. The Fit beats the Sonic in three of four measurements with 39.5 inches of headroom, 54.8 inches of shoulder room, and 51.5 inches of hip room, but it lacks in legroom at 41.4 inches.

In the rear, the 2019 Sonic is plenty roomy for most buyers with 38.1 inches of headroom, 34.6 inches of legroom, 53 inches of shoulder room, and 51.6 inches of hip room. This beats the Fit’s headroom by 0.6 inches, shoulder room by 0.4 inches, and hip room by 6.5 inches. The only place the 2019 Fits wins is legroom, and it wins big as its 39.3 inches beats the Sonic by 4.7 inches.

The 2019 Honda Fit and 2019 Chevy Sonic both offer plenty of cargo room. The Sonic’s base cargo room with the seats up measures 19 cubic feet, which is a 2.3-cubic-foot advantage compared to the Fit, but the Honda comes back with 52.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo room, beating the 2019 Sonic by 5 cubes.

Despite being subcompact models, the 2019 Chevy Sonic and 2019 Honda Fit feature stylish cabins. They include plenty of contrasting accents, large infotainment screens, and premium materials. The Honda Fit gets a leg up with its authentic leather option to the Sonic’s leatherette, but the Sonic comes back with its standard 7-inch touchscreen.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Spark

  • Standard 7-inch touchscreen
  • More cargo room with seats upright
  • Wider rear seat

Advantage: 2019 Honda Fit

  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Massive max cargo room
  • More rear legroom

Performance

Neither of these small hatchbacks are powerful, but the 2019 Sonic’s standard 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers a spritely 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. This results in a 0-to-60 sprint in the low-eight-second range, which is very good for its class. The 2019 Chevy Sonic also has a handful of performance-enhancing options like a lowering suspension and performance exhaust.

The 2019 Honda Fit forgoes a turbocharged powerplant in favor of a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out up to 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard six-speed automatic transmission and has an available continuously variable transmission. The CVT results in an output penalty, dropping the 1.5-liter to 128 horsepower and 113 pound-feet of torque. Despite its major power disadvantage, the 2019 Fit hits 60 mph in the mid-eight-second range, almost keeping pace with the Sonic.

While performance isn’t a key in this segment, fuel economy is. The 2019 Chevy Sonic Hatchback is good at up to 28 mpg city, 37 highway, and 32 combined. The 2019 Honda Fit is a little better in the fuel-economy game at up to 33 mpg city, 40 highway, and 36 combined.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Sonic

  • More power
  • Quicker acceleration
  • Performance accessories
  • Traditional six-speed automatic transmission

Advantage: 2019 Honda Fit

  • Better fuel economy

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Sonic Hatch is available in four trims: LT Manual, LT Auto, Premier Manual, and Premier Auto. Prices range from $18,895 to $22,395.

The 2019 Honda Fit comes in four trims, but there are more distinct differences between them when compared to the Sonic’s trims. The trim levels include LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L. Prices range from $16,190 to $20,520.

2019 Chevy Sonic Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LT Manual: $18,895

  • 1.4-liter ECOTEC turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Hill-start assist
  • 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels
  • Sport body kit
  • Fog lights
  • Rocker moldings
  • Decklid-mounted spoiler
  • “RS” lettering
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Power mirrors with heat
  • Leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped sport shifter knob
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows
  • Driver information system
  • Keyless ignition
  • Tilt steering
  • Keyless entry
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • USB ports
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera

LT Auto: $20,295

  • All LT Manual features, plus
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Remote ignition

Premier Manual: $20,895

  • All LT Manual features, plus
  • Sport suspension
  • 17-inch black-painted wheels
  • Heated front seats
  • Six-way power front seats
  • Enhanced driver information system
  • Keyless open
  • Rear wiper with washer
  • Rear sport spoiler
  • Leatherette upholstery

Premier Auto: $20,395

  • All LT Auto features, plus
  • Sport suspension
  • Sport exhaust system
  • 17-inch black-painted wheels
  • Heated front seats
  • Six-way power front seats
  • Enhanced driver information system
  • Keyless open
  • Rear wiper with washer
  • Rear sport spoiler
  • Leatherette upholstery

2019 Honda Fit Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $16,190

  • 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Hill-start assist
  • 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers
  • Daytime running lights
  • Multi-angle rearview camera
  • Two-speed intermittent wipers
  • Power body-color mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • Auto-on/off halogen headlights
  • Rear spoiler
  • LED brake lights
  • Rear wiper with washer
  • Body-color door handles
  • Power windows
  • Power door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • 60/40 split-folding Magic Seat
  • 160-watt four-speaker audio system
  • 5-inch color touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • 1-amp front USB port

Sport: $17,500

  • All LX features, plus
  • Fog lights
  • Front underbody spoiler
  • Rear diffuser with orange accents
  • Side underbody spoilers
  • Chrome exhaust tip
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • 180-watt six-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch Display Audio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SMS text-messaging function
  • 1.5-amp front USB port

EX: $18,160

  • All LX features, plus
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Fog lights
  • Moonroof
  • Smart entry with walk-away auto lock
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Keyless ignition
  • Cargo tie-down anchors
  • Floor mats
  • SiriusXM radio
  • 1.5-amp front USB port

EX-L: $20,520

  • All EX features, plus
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Leather seats
  • Heated front seats

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Sonic?

The 2019 Chevy Sonic is great for buyers looking for a sportier subcompact hatchback with decent fuel economy. It caters toward the younger crowd.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Fit?

The 2019 Honda Fit is best for more established buyers who have a family and need the extra rear seat legroom. Its cargo area also puts it in a great place for buyers who tote around a lot of cargo.

Ready to test out the 2019 Chevy Spark through the street of Midland, Michigan? Stop by our new-car showroom serving Freeland and Bay City to test drive the 2019 Sonic. If you can’t make it in today, you can check out our online inventory to make sure we have a Sonic in stock that fits your needs.