Best Small Car for Roadtrips
When taking a road trip across Montana, there are many factors to consider when choosing a car. From fuel economy to horsepower to valuable cargo space, we compare four of the most popular subcompact hatchbacks on the road and ask: which one is the best small car to take on a road trip? Read on to learn why one of these hatchbacks makes the best companion on any journey. (Hint: it’s rated #1 in its class by U.S. News and World Report).
- 2019 Honda Fit LX CVT
- 2018 Toyota Yaris L 5-Door 4AT
- 2019 Chevrolet Spark
- 2019 Nissan Versa Note S
Getting a good fuel economy is essential to many drivers, and when on a road trip, it means having to make less frequent stops to fill up the tank. With up to 40 mpg on the highway*, drivers of the Honda Fit can drive for longer, uninterrupted stretches on the open road.
- 2019 Honda Fit LX CVT – 33 city / 40 highway / 36 combined mpg*
- 2018 Toyota Yaris L 5-Door 4AT – 30 city / 35 highway / 32 combined mpg
- 2019 Chevrolet Spark – 30 city / 38 highway / 33 combined mpg
- 2019 Nissan Versa Note S – 31 city / 39 highway / 34 combined mpg
Horsepower is an important factor when going through mountain passes on your road trip through Montana. With substantially more horsepower than the others, the Honda Fit can climb steeper roads more easily, which makes the driver feel more at ease and confident behind the wheel.
- 2019 Honda Fit LX CVT – 128 hp
- 2018 Toyota Yaris L 5-Door 4AT – 106 hp
- 2019 Chevrolet Spark – 98 hp
- 2019 Nissan Versa Note S – 109 hp
With any road trip comes cargo. The versatile rear seat of the Honda Fit makes it easy to expand the cargo area to measure up to a maximum volume of 52.7 cubic feet. With that cargo hold, the Honda Fit has no real competitor, as the other options will have a significantly smaller maximum cargo space, which would mean you’d have to pack lighter, I guess?
- 2019 Honda Fit LX CVT – 52.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume / 95.7 cubic feet of passenger volume
- 2018 Toyota Yaris L 5-Door 4AT – N/A maximum cargo volume / 85.1 cubic feet of passenger volume
- 2019 Chevrolet Spark – 27.2 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume / 83.0 cubic feet of passenger volume
- 2019 Nissan Versa Note S – 38.3 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume / 94.1 cubic feet of passenger volume
Though the Fit is in the middle of the comparable price range of these subcompact options, it offers a better overall value with more features inside that are missing on the other models including standard automatic headlights, remote keyless access system, underseat storage cruise control, power windows, and more.
- 2019 Honda Fit LX CVT – $17,910 MSRP*
- 2018 Toyota Yaris L 5-Door 4AT – $17,690 MSRP
- 2019 Chevrolet Spark – $18,095 MSRP
- 2019 Nissan Versa Note S – $16.545 MSRP
Test Drive Today
The Honda Fit beats the competition in regards to power, MPG, cargo space, and overall value. Find out more information on the 2019 Honda Fit by contacting us or visiting your nearest Montana Honda Dealer. Explore current offers and experience the Honda Fit firsthand with a test drive today.
*Based on 2019 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.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $920.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.