The economy is having a hard time, which makes things hard for consumers, especially if they are looking for a new car. Today, we’re going to compare three cars that can be great for buyers at a pretty good price.
The compact 2016 Honda Fit and the compact 2016 Volkswagen Golf will go up against the midsize 2016 Hyundai Elantra.
Even though the Elantra is the largest of the three, its weight almost doesn’t matter when comparing its fuel economy to that of the other two. In its base Sedan Manual SE trim, the Elantra gets about 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. This puts it in the middle of the pack.
The Honda Fit, which is the smallest of the three cars, gets the best fuel economy rating. It uses about 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
On the other hand, the Volkswagen Golf doesn’t get as good of gas mileage in the city as its competitors, but not by much. In the city, the compact gets about 25 mpg, but on the highway, it gets about 37 mpg and can keep up with the other two.
Even though it gets less miles per gallon, the Golf makes up for it with its performance. The Golf wins on this spec because it has a 1.8-liter intercooled turbo regular unleaded I-4 engine that can make 170 horsepower and 184 torque.
The Elantra is once again the middle man. Its 1.8-liter Regular Unleaded I-4 engine can make 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. Last but not least, the Honda Fit is the slowest of the bunch. Its 1.5-liter Regular Unleaded I-4 engine can make 130 horsepower and 114 torque.
The Honda Fit’s real advantage over other cars doesn’t come from its engine. It has to do with how safe and roomy the Fit is. The IIHS chose the Fit as a Top Safety Pick because it got good marks in almost all of the categories they looked at. There are many things about the Fit that helped it get good ratings, but two in particular stand out. The Honda Vehicle Stability Assist, which, according to Honda.com, “helps adjust brake pressure and engine power in the event of oversteer or understeer,” and the ACETM Body Structure, which helps protect occupants by spreading the force of a frontal crash more evenly.
Most of its advantage when it comes to space is because of Honda’s “Magic Seat.” Honda says that when the Magic Seat is folded down, the back of the Fit can fit a bike or even a small couch.
The difference between the Elantra and the other two cars in this comparison is that the Elantra has the best of both worlds when it comes to fuel economy and performance. The difference between the Golf and the other two cars is clear from the first glance.
Customers can choose from a wide range of powertrains and trims when they buy a Volkswagen compact. Customers can choose from six different types of Golf, including the Golf SEL, which is only available by special order.
Prices for these three cars stay pretty close to each other. The starting price for a 2016 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Manual SE is $17,250, while the starting price for an Elantra Sedan Automatic PZEV Limited is $21,700.
The 2016 Honda Fit HB Manual LX is the least expensive of the three. It starts at $15,890 for the Honda Fit. The 2016 Honda Fit HB CVT w/Navi EX-L, which starts at $21,165, is its most expensive trim.
The 2016 Volkswagen Golf HB Manual TSI is the most expensive trim to start with. It costs $18,495 to buy. The HB Automatic TSI SEL, which starts at $27,425 and is the most expensive Golf, costs the most.