The Honda Fit has always been an appealing urban runabout, with its tidy size, voluminous interior, amazing versatility, and good fuel economy. Fortunately, the redesigned third-generation Fit carries on these qualities, while adding a lot more creature comforts, better crash-test performance, and a new engine and transmission to improve fuel economy.
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There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Honda Fit owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"During a rainy week, water began leaking in from the rear driver's side door, damaging the speaker and causing water to pool in the floor of the backseat."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"DOOR AND WINDOW SEALS ARE BARELY ADEQUATE AND CONTRIBUTE TO NOISE PROBLEM, OFTEN HAVE TO CHECK THAT WINDOW IS CLOSED DUE TO NOISE"

Duane H., OR (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Noise in the Control Panel close to the driving wheel"

Edmundo M., TX (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The body squeaks from the rough roads and construction. The seat squeaks"

Linda F., FL (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Liftgate rattles"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Possibly a problem with the sway bar links. Not confirmed"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Spark plug"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"CAR HAS NO SOUNDPROOFING, ABOVE 50MPH ROAD/WIND NOISE IS VERY NOTICEABLE ABOVE 65 IT IS UNPLEASANT"

Duane H., OR (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Can hear wind and road noise through windows"

Linda F., FL (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is noisy above 60 mph. Combination of road and wind noise make using entertainment system (radio/disc play) nearly impossible. I run all weather tires which are slightly less noisy than the original equipment Firestones but there is basically no noise?wind proofing on car. This is true of most economy sized Japanese cars as we noticed the same problem on our Prius."

Duane H., OR (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I can hear the wind noise around the small windows. I can hear much road noise."

Linda F., FL (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"You have to turn the radio higher the wind noise is so bad from the edges of windows."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It's hard tp have so much noise"

Anonymous, KS (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Road debris caused a hole in the compressor. Air conditioning would not work."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Honda Fit 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Is it the compressor? I don't know what keeps this car from getting cool when the a/c's turned on. It's the worst performance from an air conditioner I've ever had (except for my last Honda Fit), and the dial must be turned on full blast to experience any cooling effect at all. This, of course, sucks up another huge measure of gas."

Joan L., FL (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"A/C compressor failed and contaminated the entire system. The dealer replaced every component of the A/C system and provided me with a loaner car and not cost to me"

Roy P., CA (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"compressor line leak"

Anonymous, (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

"Heater and A/C are slow to work and A/ seems weak"

R F., MD (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"part was defective--had to take the dash off to get to it--had to keep car for two days to complete work."

Anonymous, AL (2016 Honda Fit 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Evaporator

"Evaporator was replaced when the A/C compressor failed and contaminated the system"

Roy P., CA (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"Noticed the A/C wasn't very cold. Took to dealer and they recharged it. Said warranty covers 1 recharge only. Working OK last 6,000 miles."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Was blowing warm in the summer. Fixed under warranty."

Anonymous, CO (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"O rings leaked the refreigerant. Unsure why this happened. Had a 2008 Honda Fit that problems with the A/C throughout entire period of ownership. Wondering if the A/C system is a design weakness with Honda Fits"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Slowly lost refrigerant. Leak. Fixed under warranty"

Philip W., CO (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Whatever the problem was the coverage we'd bought completely covered it. We didn't drop a dime and they gave us a loaner car."

Anonymous, (2016 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"The headlights are ineffective as to penetration into darkness. I purchased after market bulbs and this did not improve the light penetration. I feel very unsafe driving at night."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlights do not penetrate far enough out onto the road. They look like they even cutoff in front of the vehicle. I would deem the headlights on a Honda Fit unsafe because you cannot see past certain footage. I asked the dealer if I could put in better after market lights and they said it not be a good idea. The headlights on a Fit are a safety hazard.;"

William K., BC (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"It is the headlight design for low beams. They do not illuminate very far from the car and at a very low height setting for illuminating the road. Brights are fine."

Anonymous, (2016 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"The heated seat on driver stopped working. The heating element was repaired under warranty."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"No one at the dealership can tell me how to operate the GPS., and Honda improved the system in the 2017 and up models, so they really do not care. The Keyless system failed to open the rear hatch and parts had to be ordered so that the hatch would work again. I no longer trust the keyless system on the hatch. Also the headlights do not penetrate far enough so as the vehicle speed outruns the safety of the headlights."

Anonymous, BC (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"At around 49,000 miles, the alarm system on my car started going off unexpectedly. Then there were times when I turned the car off and allnthe lights on the dashboard would flicker on and off and the alarm would go off and the only way to get it to stop was to disconnect the battery. I had taken it to the dealer several times and they could not determine the problem right away until they checked the electrical system and they told me that the keyless access unit was no good anymore and will need to be replaced at a cost of over 1200 dollars. So I went ahead with the repairs. I was very unhappy that I had to make such a costly repair when my car was not even at 50,000 miles and of course the problem occured after right after the electrical warranty expired which was also very inconvenient. I will most likely never buy a Honda vehicle again especially since their electronics fail too soon."

Anonymous, (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Keyless entry stopped working - replaced battery, still not working had to replace fob."

Anonymous, (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Remote engine starter

"aerator issues"

Anonymous, (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure indicator goes on even when I just changed a flat tire for a new one and secured all others. Had to recalibrate"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"yellow indicator light comes on indicating pressure needs adjusting"

Anonymous, (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"Oil light came on 3 times. Car had plenty of oil. After 3rd time, it did not happen again"

Judy S., SC (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"When paired with several different smart phones, when receiving or initiating a call the entire infotainment system would, on occasion, completely lock up. There was no way to reset or restart the system, so I would have to turn the car off and then back on to reset. I took it to the Honda dealer and they stated it must be an incompatibility between my phone and the system. I got a new phone, and the problem continued. I now don't pair my phone with my Fit as it was more hassle than it was worth, but I lose the safety and convenience benefits which is disappointing."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Infotainment system consistently fails to show information about the song playing on the connected device. Honda refuses to acknowledge the problem"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Never recognizes spoken names or phone numbers..."

R C., FL (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Related to the system lockup. My phone would pair, but when initiating or receiving a call, on occasion the entire infotainment system would lock up. Unpairing and trying to repair my my phone would not resolve the issue. Only resolved by turning the car off and then back on. Happened across multiple phones, and Honda unable to fix."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Problem not solved! Returned so dealer 2 years ago so "savvy" sells person fixed & told me has been problem since conception! Voice recognition when telling system to call person by their name! Functional for awhile then down again, haven't returned for inquiries! Felt ignored on initial request at dealer!!!!"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"For over a year, if the phone was connected via bluetooth rather than via USB, the sound of the music was so low that even if the volume were set a full, music could not be heard above 30 mph."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"Voice control is essentially useless due to its poor accuracy"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Phone "Call by Name" stopped by name. Service department referred me to salesman who wasn't in that day"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery failed twice. Had to be jumped. Eventually had to get a new battery after only six months"

R F., MD (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The AAA service person who temporarily charged the battery informed us that the size of the battery in the new cars is inadequate for the electrical demands. They have had many calls on them. We were able to replace the battery under warranty. We also purchased a trickle charger to maintain the battery when we are away for extended periods and to top it off occasionally."

R A., NY (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Car would not start 6 or 7 in last 2.years. Everytim they checked, the vehicles, they found nothing. Finnaly replaced battery, but it still would do the same thing."

Cosmo B., PA (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"After only one year of owning the vehicle the battery died and I had to have it replaced. Thankfully, it was still under warranty so it did not cost me anything at that time."

Anonymous, (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Sometimes it would work most all the time. Then it wouldn't. Gradually got worse and they replaced started."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Starter motor became unreliable. sometimes took several key turns before stater would spin"

Don M., NM (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"False indicator light came on within the first year. Couldn't resolve after several service visit to the dealer until corporate Honda agreed to change out the device. Works fine since."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light came on. I took it in for repair and was told it was the catalytic converter."

Anonymous, (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel injection system

"Caused vehicle to get lower MPG, was a $2000 fix by Honda before vehicle was even at 50K miles"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"I bought 2016 Honda fit new. It is 4 years old. I drive a lot of miles. I am an Uber driver. I have kept all maintenance up n car. They now are telling me I need to replace the injectors and the pipe and etc, they no longer use that system of fuel injectors. they want $1900. They said it is because of high mileage. I told them if the car was disposable at 100,000 miles they should have told me when I bought it. They knew I was driving for Uber. I owe $2400. It is worth $5000. I now have to buy another car. Every time I take it for repairs they say its because of mileage. I called Honda corporate office and got no satisfaction. This is my 6th Honda & I will never buy another one."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Car suddenly stalled and would not restart. Towed to mechanic who had to replace fuel pump. Waited for Honda fuel pump for several weeks and was never able to get one so had to replace with aftermarket pump."

Anonymous, (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Silver trim across the back below the window, loose, spotted, & rusted. part had to be ordered. Wrong part came in, again ordered & THEN it was replaced. A big hassel on a new car"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The plastic cover that protects the engine from the road below becomes disconnected an drags underneath the car. Apparently the clips that hold it in place become damaged when going over speed bumps or driving down steep driveways. Have had to use zip ties to try to secure the cover in place. Has happened numerous times. Dealership said it's a known issue."

Anonymous, (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Trim around roof and doors is fading and turning gray. I'd also like to mention The Big Problem with the car, which you won't ask about -- the blind spots around the front windows. BIG PROBLEM!"

Joan L., FL (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Have a yellow color car but paint is easily chipped from just regular traveling! Really disappointed in finish."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling off front bumper for no reason"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Front qtr. window, in front of psgr. door shattered for no apparent reason. Less than 1000 miles on car. Dealer replaced at no cost"

Bernie F., WA (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Hatch latch stuck - couldn't open hatch. Had same issue with my 2008 Fit."

John K., NY (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattles"

Anonymous, OR (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"One of my front struts was clunking and had to be replaced. The cost was paid for by my warranty."

Anonymous, (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"The real axle bent. The dealer replaced it at no cost."

Anonymous, OH (2016 Honda Fit Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Trouble lights came on at 75000 miles with code indicating problem with catalytic converter, were reset. Came on again at 83000. Had to replace converter."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"Recall by Honda, repaired by dealer"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"The engine started mis-firing. I took it into the Honda dealer who, after several attempts, was not able to fix the problem and had to bring in a company service technician who finally determined that the solution was to replace the cylinder head. That seems to have fixed the problem. All of this was fully covered by my warranty, so I had no personal costs. They even covered the cost of the rental car."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Honda Fit 1.5-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Dealer replaced oil. Two months later drain plug fell out. The engine seized up and had to be replaced It cost me $3,128.54"

Robert D., SC (2016 Honda Fit LX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Engine misses when idling in gear"

Philip W., CO (2016 Honda Fit EX-L 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Servicing for a trip brought the need for bake work to light"

Anonymous, NC (2016 Honda Fit 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"wouldn't go into gear, still working on fixing the problem."

Anonymous, NS (2016 Honda Fit EX 1.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS, STRUCTURE
Oct 23, 2015
If the side curtain air bags are punctured upon deployment, the outboard seat occupants may be at a higher risk of injury during a crash.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Fit LX-trim vehicles manufactured April 11, 2014, to July 02, 2015 and not equipped with a sunroof. In the affected vehicles, the rear grab handle brackets were not manufactured properly, and as a result, the brackets may puncture the side curtain air bags upon their deployment. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 214, "Side Impact Protection" and number 226, "Ejection Mitigation".
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear grab handle bracket, free of charge. The recall began on December 18, 2015. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is JV8.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V697000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 25367
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