Honda’s Best Small Cars for Detroit Drivers

  • 2016 Honda Civic

    We think Honda makes some of the best small cars available to Detroit drivers: the Civic and the Fit. These two cars offer a wide variety of features and upgrades while remaining affordable, efficient, and good-looking.

2016 Honda Civic

Available in both sedan and coupe builds, the 2016 Honda Civic gives drivers one of the widest ranges of options of any small car, including five trims and two engines that are both powerful and efficient. Add in the high-tech safety features, and we think it’s clear that the Civic is one of the best small cars on the road.


Whether you decide on the 2016 Honda Civic Sedan or Coupe, you have five trim levels to choose from:


Honda Civic LX

Civic LX

Honda Civic EX

Civic EX Sedan (pictured) / Civic LX-P Coupe

Honda Civic EX-T

Civic EX-T

Honda Civic EX-L

Civic EX-L

Honda Civic Touring

Civic Touring


From the basic LX all the way to the Touring, the Civic is loaded with standard and available connectivity and safety features—drivers seeking the new turbocharged engine will want to shop the EX-T and higher trims.

Standard Features

Honda has added to their stellar reputation by giving drivers access to one of the best packages of standard features on the market. Entry-level Civic LX models include amenities like these without requiring any upgrades:


Honda Civic

Bluetooth HandsFreeLink: Sync up your smartphone with your Civic to stream audio wirelessly and make hands-free phone calls.

Honda Civic

LCD Display Screen: In the dash of each Civic is a 5-inch LCD screen giving you access to relevant vehicle and technology controls.

Honda Civic

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: Shift into reverse and the Civic’s standard rearview camera brings up on the LCD display a crystal clear look at what’s behind you for peace of mind when backing up.


The 2016 Civic can be had with one of two engines:

  • 2.0L 4-Cylinder: The standard engine of the Civic delivers 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque, and 2016 Civic Sedan LX models with CVT earn an EPA-estimated 41 highway and 31 city mpg.*
  • 1.5L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder: EX-T and higher models have Honda’s first turbocharged engine on the North American market, rated at 174 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. 2016 Civic EX-T Sedan models are rated at an EPA-estimated 42 highway and 31 city mpg.*

This combination of power and efficiency is virtually unheard of on small cars, especially among competing models like the 2016 Ford Focus or 2016 Kia Forte.


We’ve already mentioned the standard multi-angle rearview camera, but it’s far from the only safety feature of the Civic. In addition to standards like a suite of airbags and five three-point seat belts, the Civic has Honda Sensing safety features available at every trim, adding on accident prevention features like:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Lane Keeping Assist

While competing cars like the 2016 Toyota Corolla and 2016 Subaru Impreza might have some comparable safety features available, drivers won’t find them included until the highest trims.

Honda Civic


In addition to standards like Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and the built-in LCD screen, Honda offers a wide range of tech upgrades available, including:

  • 7-inch Display Audio Touchscreen: Adding a 7-inch touchscreen to the Civic’s infotainment system gives you added control over media and tech features with just a few taps on the screen.
  • Android Auto / Apple CarPlay: These smartphone technologies come paired with the Display Audio touchscreen and offer seamless smartphone connectivity with familiar apps in your dash.
  • Navigation: The available satellite-linked navigation offers turn-by-turn directions and congestion re-routing for some of the quickest routes, even during high traffic.

2016 Honda Fit

The 2016 Honda Fit is technically a subcompact, but we rank it among the best small cars due to its versatility and spacious interior. With three trim levels and a wide range of tech options, the Fit is the right combination of affordable, well-appointed, and efficient.


Drivers have three main trim level options on the 2016 Fit:


Honda Fit LX

Fit LX

Honda Fit EX

Fit EX

Honda FIt EX-L

Fit EX-L


The 2016 Honda Fit EX-L is available with satellite-linked navigation as well.

Standard Features

As with the Civic, the 2016 Honda Fit has one of the best varieties of standard features; in addition to the Civic’s amenities we listed above, you’ll find these features:

  • Honda Magic Seat: This Honda-exclusive feature lets you quickly and easily switch from cargo carrying to people moving. Fold down part or all of the rear seat for increased cargo space or fold the seat up for tall cargo on the rear floor.
  • ECON Button: Fit CVT models have a button you can push to optimize the engine for fuel economy, getting the most out of the peppy 4-cylinder.

We highlighted both of these features for a reason: You won’t find the Magic Seat or the ECON button on competing vehicles like the Kia Rio or Chevy Spark.

Honda Fit Econ


When the Fit received an upgrade for its current generation, the engine received quite a bit of tweaking. We think you’ll be surprised by just what this 1.5L 4-cylinder is capable of:

  • Power: The Fit’s engine kicks out 130 hp while competing vehicles like the Spark don’t even hit 100 hp (it maxes out at 98 hp).
  • Fuel Economy: 2016 Fit LX CVT models earn an EPA-estimated 41 highway and 33 city mpg,* giving it an edge over competitors like the 2016 Chevy Sonic and 2016 Ford Fiesta.


Honda Sensing has yet to make its way to the 2016 Honda Fit, but it has a long list of impressive safety features that helped it earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),** including:

  • Dual-stage Multi-threshold Front Airbags
  • SmartVent Front Side Airbags
  • Side Curtain Airbags (with Rollover Sensor)
  • Three-point Seat Belts

The multi-angle rearview camera and available Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera help to make the Fit one of the safest small car options.

Honda Fit Safety


You’ll find the following available technology upgrades on the Fit, in addition to the standard Bluetooth connectivity:

  • 7-inch Display Audio Touchscreen
  • SMS Text Messaging Capabilities
  • Smart Entry and Push-Button Ignition
  • HondaLink Next Generation Telematics
  • Satellite-linked Navigation

Whether driving the LX, the top-of-the-line EX-L, or the mid-range EX, the Fit has one of the best selections of tech features in the subcompact car class.

Find the Best Small Car for You

We think that between the Civic Sedan, the Civic Coupe, and the Honda Fit, we have the best small car for the average Detroit driver. Let us show you with a test drive; stop by a Detroit Honda Dealer near you today to experience these two impressive Honda vehicles for yourself.

*Based on 2016 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.
**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

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