Fight between Two Japanese Hatchbacks

June 4, 2012 at 15:55

There is one very nice saying about cars: “Better than a Japanese can be only a new Japanese!” That is a great saying as most of it is true. Japanese cars are famous for the lean manufacturing, for high standards and also full packaging, when it comes to the comparison with leading German marquees. Therefore now we clash Toyota Matrix with Honda Fit, both 2012 year model.

Honda Fit 2012 Photo

Honda Fit 2012 Photo

The first great advantage of those two four-door hatchback models is their relative affordability. Honda starts from $15,325 and the Toyota, giving a credit to new manufacturing system, asks for a little more – $18,845. Among the available engines, the Honda Fit got the 117-horsepower 1.5-Liter I-4 one, while Toyota has couple of more ponies in the sleeve, getting the 132-horsepower 1.8-Liter I-4. Both engines are regular gas ones. But with Toyota you also have the option to choose the 158-horsepower 2.4-Liter I-4 regular gas engine. Therefore for more diversity, Toyota for sure has a star here. In terms of transmission system, both models offer quite a variety, but the standard is 5-spd manual w/OD for Honda and 4-spd automatic w/OD for Toyota. However, both have the option of other types, therefore they both deserve some points on that. Therefore the last point that decides it all is the fuel economy. Honda can give you 27/34 of mpg, while Toyota only 23/29 of mpg city/highway.

Toyota Matrix 2012 Photo

Toyota Matrix 2012 Photo

In such a way meet the winner – Honda Fit 2012.