September 24, 2018
The Honda Fit burst onto the automotive scene in 2007 and almost immediately began building its trophy case. Ten years later, that trophy case is nearly full. The Fit has been awarded the prestigious “10 Best Cars” award by Car and Driver for seven years running. Similarly, its sales numbers have also catapulted upward and the Fit now ranks as the second best-selling subcompact car, with no signs of slowing down. So how does this award-winning car stack up to another increasingly popular model, the Kia Soul? Let’s take a look at the numbers.
The 2018 Fit and the 2018 Soul share nearly identical performance specs, including horsepower ratings and torque that are virtually indistinguishable. However, the more aerodynamic design of the Fit delivers a slight advantage on the road in terms of handling and performance. The 2018 Fit grips corner more tightly and move with more punch. While this is a close call, we give the slight edge to the Fit.
This contest isn’t so close. Because of its boxier design, the 2018 Soul lags significantly behind the 2018 Fit in terms of fuel economy. The Fit delivers 29/36 miles per gallon city highway while the Soul plods behind at 24/30. Considering the Soul has a slightly cheaper MSRP, the Fit makes up that price differently rather easily when factoring in gas considerations.
A boxy design does carry some advantages. The cubic design of the Soul may bog down its fuel economy, but it does offer significantly more room for its passengers and for cargo than the trimmer and sleeker Fit. If you’re a person who requires the extra space, the Soul provides you with an undeniable advantage.
Both cars are exceptionally well-priced with the 2018 Honda Fit coming in around $16,190 MSRP. The Soul runs ever-so-slightly cheaper, however, it loses its advantage when factoring in its losses on fuel economy. The Fit also seems to have higher resale value, partially due to its more easily digestible design.
The cube-like design of the Kia Soul was polarizing from the beginning. It’s one of those designs that some love and some hate – and the passion is fierce on both sides of the debate. However, when considering the secondhand market, it’s usually best to choose the less offensive option. And while the Fit may not win any beauty pageants, it won’t inspire any hatred either.
Which car wins? Buyers in the range of $15,000 to $17,000 stand more to gain from purchasing the Honda Fit instead of the Kia Soul. The Fit offers better performance, better gas mileage, and better resale value versus the Soul, whose only true advantage is its roomy interior. Call Dick Hannah Honda today to schedule your test drive and see the difference for yourself.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid only), and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.