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Old 03-14-2010, 11:32 AM   #1
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Question Civic SI vs. Honda Fit Sport

I searched, found an '08 Civic vs. Fit thread but it wasn't specifically SI and I figure since then more people have had opportunity to compare the two.

I'm seriously considering selling my IS250 and getting into something a little more practical. (Everything considered, gas mileage, premium vs. reg gas, maintenance, repair costs etc.)

At first, I was set on the new SI coupes. Love the look, decent HP, 6sp manual etc. but the more I was looking into them the more I read people saying Fits are just as, if not more, fun to drive and much more practical / economical.

Lack of HP is a minor concern of mine as I have a few hills to negotiate on my daily commute. My old 1.6EL kind of sucked going up these hills and I'd usually turn off the AC going up them because I could really feel the difference in torque.

For me, here are the pros and cons in comparison of each other:

Civic pros - styling, HP, 6sp manual
cons - premium gas, gas mileage, higher insurance

Fit pros - reg gas, gas mileage, storage (hockey gear), less insurance
cons - lack of HP, need mods asap (to be more "me")

Of course I plan to test drive both before making a decision but want to know if anyone on RS has any input or experience with both.

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Have you considered the CIvic SI Sedans?
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Si all the way


FIT = gutless, whether u need the power or not. 110hp is 110hp
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nooo... don't sell your IS250...
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i would go with the si
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if you want something economical & practical, have you considered those other choices: mazda 3, kia koupe, golf gti, .............
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I have a 08 FG2 and it's surprisingly practical. Managed to fit a 46 inch LCD TV into the back on one occasion, and also managed to fit 3 ppl + ski /snowboard gear on another occasion...so i think it should be no problem for you if you are looking to fit in your hockey gear.

not getting good gas mileage on mine, however...getting around 12L/100km these days (mostly city), with spirited driving once in a while...insurance wise i am paying just over $1700 with 43% discount.

it's definitely a fun car to drive if you don't mind shifting at 3.5k-4k rpm (my car is completely stock and you'll want to shift at least 3.5k anyways--as the car feels really slow if you shift anywhere below that)
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Have you considered the CIvic SI Sedans?
Yes, if I found a sedan that was a better purchase, (less kms, no acc, 1 owner, better shape etc) I would take it.

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if you want something economical & practical, have you considered those other choices: mazda 3, kia koupe, golf gti, .............
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FIT = gutless, whether u need the power or not. 110hp is 110hp
Have you driven one? I've heard they're surprisingly quick and fun to drive for the HP.
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I have a 08 FG2 and it's surprisingly practical. Managed to fit a 46 inch LCD TV into the back on one occasion, and also managed to fit 3 ppl + ski /snowboard gear on another occasion...so i think it should be no problem for you if you are looking to fit in your hockey gear.

not getting good gas mileage on mine, however...getting around 12L/100km these days (mostly city), with spirited driving once in a while...insurance wise i am paying just over $1700 with 43% discount.

it's definitely a fun car to drive if you don't mind shifting at 3.5k-4k rpm (my car is completely stock and you'll want to shift at least 3.5k anyways--as the car feels really slow if you shift anywhere below that)
Should've been more specific, sometimes I drive others to hockey and have to borrow wifey's LR3. So the Fit would be good for hockey gear x 2.

I don't plan to shift below 3.5K.

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if you don't mind paying for the Si, do it up. i have nothing against the Fit, it's just a totally different platform to start with.

and don't worry about Mugen Evolution, he hates any civic/fit that doesn't have a k20a in it
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I'd go with the SI all the way, almost bought one myself a while ago. The 8000+ redline will be worth any extra costs you'd have to pay over the Fit.
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i own a 09 fit and the gas mileage on the car is great. I average. 6.5-7 L/100km city and highway. When i have 5 people in the car, they say its surprisingly roomy for a small car. Trunk is big too. For power, its alright. You don't have to turn off a/c or anything like that when going up hills.
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you really, REALLY need to test drive a Fit first. these people who say that Fits are amazing to drive and handle awesome are speaking about it compared to the rest of the market segment. they may very well blow the competition out of the water. but the Si is a whole other story. even if you were to throw money into a K20 swap or go FI, swap in racing seats, the driving position, steering feel, shifting feel, all of that as a driving experience package is totally different.

honestly you'd have to be pretty undiscerning to be able to test drive them back to back and not really notice much of a difference. the only way you'd find out if you're that jaded to driving experience is to go try them back to back.
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I test drove both fit and the si and I like the fit more fits my purpose but the problem is I figured I need to spend a lot of money to make the fit where I want it but still no where close to the si price.

I say fit, just cause it's fun little car, and a civic si is a civic. (Not that it's bad but there's so many)
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you really, REALLY need to test drive a Fit first. these people who say that Fits are amazing to drive and handle awesome are speaking about it compared to the rest of the market segment. they may very well blow the competition out of the water. but the Si is a whole other story. even if you were to throw money into a K20 swap or go FI, swap in racing seats, the driving position, steering feel, shifting feel, all of that as a driving experience package is totally different.

honestly you'd have to be pretty undiscerning to be able to test drive them back to back and not really notice much of a difference. the only way you'd find out if you're that jaded to driving experience is to go try them back to back.
^ Not entirely true. I've been reading people changing their minds about civics and going Fit after comparing the two. I understand what you're saying, but the examples I was referring to were in comparison of another.

I definitely plan to drive both back to back. Don't get me wrong, I'm not expecting the Fit to be an SI on the road, just seeing if anyone else has gone through the same situation and seeking input.
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dont see how 110hp can be anywhere NEAR quick
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I say SI...
but how much are you selling IS250 for??
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i have an SI and my gf has a fit, si all the way
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hey, that's 18 more hp than my EF's d15b7
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hey, that's 18 more hp than my EF's d15b7
Fit's got more power but it's much heavier & runs a drive by wire setup which I really hated. U really can't compare those two coz they simply came from two different generation.

I'm a 07 fit owner myself. I had the same question in my mind before I got the fit. I wanted the si sedan badly however, not even available in the market back then. I had to sell my previous car so I bought a fit.

Anyway, if you can afford a si sedan, go for it. If it's a little hard for you to pay it off/insurance is too much for you, then go with the fit.
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sometimes I wonder if people use peppy and fast interchangably, and why?

I can see the Fit being peppy for city driving, but not fast in the sense of highway driving?
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if you don't plan to shift below 3.5k RPM, get the SI, the fuel economy on the fit is not going to be "great" if u shift at 4K RPM every time. You're probably looking at around 7.5-8.5 L per 100km.

The fit is gutless because of its tiny engine. But if you drive manual, it is fun and pretty quick. Just downshift more often.
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driven all three. Older fit is funner to drive.

SI is nice to own, other else than it wont be as practical as the hatchback of a Fit.

Mileage on both cars should be similar too assuming you arent lead footed.
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