2018 Kia Soul vs 2018 Honda Fit Comparison
Specs at a Glance
2018 Kia Soul vs 2018 Honda Fit
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Perfect for densely packed areas, miserly on gas, and easy on the wallet at purchase time, small cars appeal to budget-oriented customers or downtown dwellers. The Kia Soul and the Honda Fit dominate this segment with not just impressive fuel economy numbers, but also spacious and comfortable interiors. For 2018, the Soul remains the same as the previous year, while the Fit receives a major facelift as it continues its third production cycle. Although Honda’s small car makes some impressive updates, it still falls short of the much younger Kia vehicle in the following areas:
Both the 2018 Kia Soul and 2018 Honda Fit come with two rows of seats to accommodate up to five people. However, that’s where the similarities end. The Soul is designed and classified as a compact vehicle – with a peak passenger volume of 101 cubic feet and a cargo space that is set at 18.8 cubic feet but can be maximized at 61.3 cubic feet. The amount of interior space that the Soul provides is often cited as one of its main strengths. On the Fit – which is designed and classified as a smaller, subcompact vehicle – passenger volume peaks at 95.7 cubic feet. Standard cargo volume is measured 16.6 cubic feet, with the option of expanding it to 52.7 cubic feet
With its small 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine, the 2018 Honda Fit is often described as anemic when it comes to acceleration. Even a slight boost from 128 to 130 horsepower when swapping the continuously variable transmission with a 6-speed manual transmission does little to rectify such a shortcoming. The 2018 Kia Soul does not have that same problem. You can go with the mid-tier Plus model for a 2.0-liter I4 that provides up to 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. And on the top-level Exclaim trim, the Soul is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter I4 that pumps out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Regarding safety, the 2018 Kia Soul is leagues above the 2018 Honda Fit. It is regarded as a “Top Safety Pick Plus” vehicle by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)**. That’s the highest honor awarded by the organization, and it is earned because the Soul got the top-level “Good” rating in all five IIHS crashworthiness test categories and in the effectiveness of its headlight illumination, as well as the top-tier “Superior” rating in front crash prevention ability. By comparison, the 2018 Honda Fit is not singled out for exceptional safety. It was not tested for frontal crashes, and it got a “Poor” rating for its headlights.
Ready to check out the 2018 Kia Soul for yourself, rather than the 2018 Honda Fit? Come visit us at our Kia dealership, where we enjoy a sterling reputation for customer satisfaction and a healthy collection of vehicles to choose from. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our sales specialists. You can take the Soul for a spin or two and choose one with your preferred features and options.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).