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Honda Fit v. Hyundai Accent



  • goodegggoodegg Posts: 905
    Every car line has rattles in some of its cars.

    Oh but wait! Not Hyundai. They don't cause you definitely said that they don't.

    I'm glad that's settled.
  • kagedudekagedude Posts: 407
    Dude, I only speak for my cars and ownership experience and I thought that was specific. I'm not trying to convince you to buy a Hyundai as I just bought a Honda Fit. I think you are just biased against Hyundai that you can't believe a car company that used to have a bad track record can redeem themselves by actually paying attention in making rattle free cars.

    I did not comment on Honda as I have no recent experience with their model line. I do comment on the Acura TSX and Nissan Maxima, check their forums and the creaks/rattles speak for themselves.
  • hungarian83hungarian83 Posts: 678
    We have a 2002 Civic coupé that has some rattling in the dashboard. I can say with 225 miles on my Fit so far that I have not heard a single rattle (and I have gone on some very bumpy roads). I have always had Hondas, and even those had some sort of odd noise, but nothing with the Fit yet. Knock on wood!
  • wonderwallwonderwall Posts: 126
    but i own a 2005 Hyundai Elantra and there is nothing close to a rattle in it. The Mazda Protege 5 I had before it was rattle free for the 2 1/2 years I had it before it was totalled. My wife's Civic has had plenty of rattles almost from day one, but it is a very good car otherwise.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,560
    rubbery shifter in the Accent and loose handling. They give the Rio5 better marks with handling at least.

    The Honda Fit wins in a landslide with them. It does the handling thing right and has lots of available storage. I don't like it's looks though I don't hate it's looks. I just dislike them enough to avoid buying a Fit, so I guess that counts.

    In this segment it's the Toyota Yaris sedan and the Kia Rio LX and Kia Rio5 for me as the winners. The competition is causing some great new cars to be available to us here in the States.

    I think that the Yaris sedan sways me with it's neat looks and legenday Toyota quality, though, anymore, Kia is right up there with them. Stay tuned.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • ramoramo Posts: 66
    This is a very entertaining forum. Wish I could chip in my 2 cents about a Hyundai, but I haven't driven one since 2000; that Accent was inferior to the other cars we test drove. (Protege, Echo). My husband works around heavy machinery, so wanted a quiet car. Then, the Accent was deafening. However, Phil Edmonston, who writes Lemon Aid, my bible to buying used. loves the steadily improving Hyundais, great used buys. His bias is towards safe, cheap and reliable transportation. By the way, he loves the Echo as a best used buy, can't wait until he reviews the Fit- magic seats and all.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,922
    I drove the 2006 Accent GLS and it felt like a very solid car, no rattles or squeaks, and it was very quiet for a small car. But if like some people here (won't name names) you think I might be biased for Hyundai because I have owned some, read the reviews of the Accent and you will see they agree it is a solid, quiet car.

    As for long-term, my 5-1/2 year old Elantra, which is a six-year-old design, is as solid and rattle-free as when I bought it. The only noise is there is a cold-weather buzz in the dash that pops up sometimes and has defied multiple attempts to find it.

    In contrast, when I drove a new '05 Accord EX, there was a rattle in the passenger-side B pillar area. Also, when I drove in a co-worker's nearly-new '01 Civic a few years ago, there were multiple rattles. I have driven some new Civics myself over the past two generations and they did not rattle. Haven't driven the Fit yet but I expect it will be a very solid car since it is a proven design (lots of time to work out any issues) and made in Japan.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,922
    I have driven both. The Hyundai is well, it feels a lot like the Mazda and the Focus and a couple of others. A nice car. But all of them are like micro Buicks.

    If you think the Mazda3 or even the Focus drives like a Buick, you either have no idea what a Buick drives like, your sense of perception is way off, or you are lying about having driven these cars. There is no way that the Mazda3 and Focus feel anything like a Buick. Both cars are widely regarded by automotive experts as two of the best-handling small cars, period. You are entitled to your opinion but IMO you are way, way, way off on this point. Here is an idea: some afternoon go drive, back-to-back-to-back, a Buick (your choice), a Mazda3, and a Focus. Maybe throw in the Accent since you think that drives like a Buick also. I think you will agree these are not comparable cars in driving quality. Either that, or Buick has done a marvelous job in recent years in improving their ride and handling so they are comparable with sharp-handling cars like the Mazda3 and Focus.
  • kagedudekagedude Posts: 407
    I believe Plekto can not get past the fact that cars are beyond just "handling" superiority. Its kind of nice he compares it to the Mini which is very flattering for the Fit although aside from handling, I don't see where else it compares - definitely not the accessories dept. My brother has a Mini and it is a go-kart to the T. I test drove the Fit and it "kinda" feels like a go-kart due to its short wheelbase. Handling is good but I was concentrating more on the radio and the dash. Haah. I do wonder too, if the Fit handles so well, why does it bounce a bit more? Driving my Mazda 3i after the Fit test drive, I felt that my Mazda is tighter and more in control.

    Plekto, have you driven a Buick before? I don't see many Buicks here so I'm not sure what car/model you are talking about.
  • tsgeiseltsgeisel Posts: 352
    Am I the only one who doesn't care about the Hyundai warranty being cut in half when sold because I don't plan on selling it within the warranty period?

    Am I the only one who plans on keeping his car for the entire life of the financing, and in fact, for as long as possible, so doesn't have to worry about depreciation?

    And, frankly, while size-wise and style-wise the comparison is between the Accent and the Fit, it seems like the Elantra and the Fit is a more accurate price comparison. And the Spectra5 versus the Fit in terms of price on the Kia/Hatch side.

    The Rio impressed me most in its price; way less than what the fit is going for now.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,922
    No, you are not the only one. One of the reasons I am attracted to Hyundais is that I am in the midst of a cycle where I want to buy 3 long-term cars (10-11 years at least) that I will hand off to each of my 3 kids for school after I drive them for a few years. So the long warranty is a big plus, and I don't care diddly about resale (even though I unexpectedly sold my '01 Elantra and got a good price for it).

    I agree with you on the price-wise comparisons, but I think most of the world tends to compare the Accent to the Fit instead of larger cars like the Elantra, based on size of car. Price-wise, the Elantra will be moving up the scale with the '07 model, and we may lose the hatchback for awhile. And the Rio5 is actually fairly close to the Fit, e.g. nearly $16k for a loaded automatic, so I think that is a pretty good comparo to the Fit.
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    Note I said "micro Buick" :)

    That is, it's cushy, adequate, and quiet enough - but it is also like comparing an Accord to a LaCrosse. One is just a bit better put together and haldels a bit better as well. The thing is - Hyundai IS a good car. But it's just not as good as the Fit overall, and the manual gearbox and better suspension, plus the rear seats - those are huge plusses for the Fit. I'd take those three over leather seats or half of the nonsense on most cars these days.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,922
    OK, but you also said the Mazda3 and Focus are "micro Buicks." Try that in the Mazda3 discussion and they will be looking for a rope for you--or if you are lucky they will figure you have taken leave of your senses.

    Better stick, better handling, better cargo versatility--all big plusses of the Fit over the Accent. The Accent doesn't have leather seats, but that 8-way adjustable driver's seat is worth a lot of points in my book. I don't want to drive a car for 5-6 years if I'm not comfortable in the driver's seat, I don't care how well the thing handles and how many ways the rear seats fold.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    Fit's a great car, no question about it - so is the Accent (wait for the SE, which no doubt, would, be on par in the handling category, at least). I am surprised, though, for your comments crediting Hyundai - kudos for moving away from bashing.

    Anyway, like I said, I'd wait for the SE version of the Accent, a hatchback. Likely one of the best handling cars in the class, I look forward to comparing the Accent SE vs. the Fit, and others (since comparing the Fit to the current Accent GLS - sedan isn't exactly fair, wouldn't you say??)
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    Q: can someone from Mexico look up the cost of a replacement driver's seat? That's a sure-fire way to get the height adjuster. :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,922
    That is a good idea. While they are at it, maybe they could look up the price of a:

    * locking gas cap or fuel filler door
    * Remote locking (if you have a base Fit)
    * Driver's armrest
    * Floor mats
    * Alloys (if you have a base Fit)
    * Side moldings

    Interesting thing is, in the Fit discussions there are folks looking around for these things. I guess the sharp handling, slick shifter, and origami rear seats aren't quite enough. ;)
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    Wheels are a cinch. Any 14 inch Civic wheel will work.
    Side moldings - get from Europe/U.K.
    Seat - Mexico or Europe
    Locking gas cap - NAPA Auto Parts. $8
    Armrest - aftermarket. Possibly available soon from Honda as well)
    Floor mats - hardly an issue. Honda sells some nice all-season rubberized ones that work great.

    The others - you'll have to live with. OTOH, the same could be said about the Mini. Thre are somethings that the convertable gets you that the base model doesn't. Same with the Fit - though cruise control and a better radio aren't a huge deal to most people.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,922
    Yes, it's a cinch. It's only money.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 14,250
    I would guess the Accent is a terribly un-fun car to drive

    You would guess wrong, the wifes daily drive is a 2002 Accent and the thing is pretty fun to drive. Its nimble and can take turns faster than I really expected. I would suggest test driving one.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2015 Honda CTX700D

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,922
    And that's a car design that debuted in 1999! The new Accent is even better.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 14,250
    And it just doesn't wear well or handle kids or hauling stuff as well as other cars. Not for long-term use.

    I am going to have to disagree with you on that. I have a 2000 Elantra wagon that I use as a work horse. I am always using it to haul stuff, dirt, bricks, firewood, furniture, you name it. Been doing that for the last 5 and a half years (which includes 5 midwest winters) and well over 130K miles and it has held up very well. It definitely has been used hard and for the long term and has held up great.

    And every person that I have known who owned one - they used that warranty every other month.

    Every person you ever know that has owned a fit used their warranty every other month? wow that leaves the Fit off my list.

    Now my wifes Accent at 85K miles has never needed any warranty work, nor has my daughters Elantra at (I think) 95K miles. The first thing I needed done on my Elantra was an exhaust manifold replaced at 131K miles. Guess what? Hyundai replaced it for free.

    Yep Hyundai has proven themselves to me. And FWIW my SIL that was a die hard Honda fan is seriously looking at a Hyundai for his next car. Gotta love it.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2015 Honda CTX700D

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 14,250
    1-Don't let the small size of the package deceive you: the car is Very spacious inside: plenty of headroom and legroom both in front and back,

    How is the shoulder room on it. I have a large frame and while i do find many small cars having adequate head and leg room they sadly lack in shoulder room.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2015 Honda CTX700D

  • hungarian83hungarian83 Posts: 678
    "Every person you ever know that has owned a fit used their warranty every other month? wow that leaves the Fit off my list."

    Sorry to sneak into the conversation, but I don't think he was referring to the Fit. It hasn't even been in the US long enough to justify that...what? 2 weeks?
  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    Nice attempt at turning it around/a bit of sarcasm. :)

    But honestly, you need that warranty once it gets more than about 3-4 years old. All the little stuff that annoys you. Kind of like GM and Ford cars - the engines are bulletproof, but the interior literally falls apart as you drive it.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,922
    Oh right. The interior of my nearly six year old Hyundai looks like the day I bought it, except for a worn spot on the driver's floot mat. Try owning a Hyundai for a few years, then comment on how the interior "falls apart as you drive it."
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 14,250
    I know it was refering to the structure of his writing, since he was talking about the Fit then started with that without changing the subject matter.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2015 Honda CTX700D

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 14,250
    As I said my wagon has been a work horse carrying stuff around and the interior looks great for a car with 135K on it.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2015 Honda CTX700D

  • kagedudekagedude Posts: 407
    Kind of like GM and Ford cars - the engines are bulletproof, but the interior literally falls apart as you drive it.

    GM and Ford engines are bulletproof? Plekto, you are losing me here. Hahah. From Buick and your misunderstanding of Hyundais. Cmon, I'm starting to agree with you with the base Mini/Fit comparison but above should be "literally everything falls apart with GM and Ford cars".

    Growing up, we've owned GMs (Caprice Classic, Monte Carlo, Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire) and they all had something in common. There was always something wrong with the car from overheating to engine stalling to knocking to transmission to CEL. Whatever issues you do not come across owning a Japanese car. I'm not even gonna start with Ford.

    The Hyundai Accent/Elantra is not going to beat the Honda Fit in a drag race but for daily purposes, its quieter, has a better convenience package, as reliable and has a better warranty.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 14,250
    Growing up, we've owned GMs (Caprice Classic, Monte Carlo, Cavalier and Pontiac Sunfire) and they all had something in common. There was always something wrong with the car from overheating to engine stalling to knocking to transmission to CEL. Whatever issues you do not come across owning a Japanese car. I'm not even gonna start with Ford.

    Growing up we had Fords and my parents put 250K on a 59 Ford. All the GM's I have had performed perfectly upto and beyond 100K.

    The Hyundai Accent/Elantra is not going to beat the Honda Fit in a drag race

    Are you sure? The HP torque and weight numbers are almost the same on both cars. Anyway if Hyundai ever starts selling the Accent SR there will be no question on that.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2015 Honda CTX700D

  • plektoplekto Posts: 3,738
    My father and my uncles and myself... We've owned 13 or 14 GM cars in the last 30 years. One was a dud - a mid 90's Century my uncle owned. The rest were fine, though. Now, they've mostly moved on to imports, because they are older and have more money. They are going for the small to midsize luxury aspect, since Caddys are boats and GM makes nothing small and truly luxurious currently.

    1977 Olds Cutlass Supreme - Neat car - crazy powerful. Had the optional 350 V8. Still driving around Los Angeles today. Hard to miss, since the paintshop repainted it the wrong color - came out bright dayglow turquoise. See it every so often driving around.
    1981 Buick Regal - total piece of junk power-wise, but made it to 150K before it was sold. Ran for another 5 years after that.
    1984 Buick Regal - Checked DMV a while back - still registered. Something like 250K miles and climbing.
    1987 Buick Lesabre - 175K miles when it was sold 3 months ago.
    1988 Park Ave - my sister still drives 60 miles a day round trip to work and back. Has over 200K on it and still averages 25mpg, combined.
    1998 Park Ave Ultra - Still running. A huge boat, but has fewer problems than my uncle's 4 year old Camry.
    2002 LeSabre - very nice car, if bigger than my mother wants. Maintainence on it is virtually nothing.

    Of coruse my mother wants something smaller and easier to park as she's retired now and smaller cars are easier to drive. She's got her eye on a 2-3 year old IS300 and I can't fault her for the choice. She also likes the smaller Accuras :)

    Me? I got tired of plastic and went retro old school. Driving a 1967 Mercedes and loving it. Nothing to break, nothing to get in the way of the driving experience, no plastic, no computers, no smog checks...

    I've spent a total of $30 for one oil change(long story - requires a special tool and only the dealer knew how to do it(doesn't screw in like newer ones)) in the last six months. But I have my eye on a Lucerne V8 in 2-3 years when you can get one for about 12-15K. Fine automobile. Drives like a Caddy but at thousands less.

    GM engines(most but not all, though) are fine. Sensors and such aren't the same as having to have the thing rebuilt. Talk to my friend who owned several Fords about that sort of nonsense. Then again, I have a friend who had to have his early 90's 4-Runner's engine rebuilt three times in the last ten years., so even Toyotas aren't free from problems.

    Getting back to the original topic, though...
    The Fit is faster 0-60 than the Accent. By a decent margin. 8.9 seconds and handles like a base Mini. It's definately not underpowered.
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