It is better to drive a compact vehicle than a massive one when you live in or near a bustling metropolitan area. Compact cars have maneuverability, responsive handling, and fuel-efficient engines that are ideal for commuting. Let's take a broad look at the best small cars in the Honda lineup below.

The 2022 Honda Civic


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The Honda Civic is one of the most recognized vehicles made by Honda. Its customizable features and option selections come in four trim levels: the LX, Sport, EX, and Touring. It has a smooth, rounded body featuring multi-lamp headlights, a black barred grille, 16-inch wheels, power side mirrors, and chrome window trim—a four-cylinder engine in two options powers the Civic. The first option is a 2.0-liter, 158 hp engine with 138 lb-ft of torque, and the second is a 1.5-liter, 164 hp turbocharged engine with 153 lb-ft of torque. Both machines have a single-speed continuously variable transmission. 

The 2022 Civic's entertainment system includes a voice-activated radio, a four-speaker sound system with a 160-watt amplifier, Bluetooth, speed-sensitive volume compensation programming, and a window grid antenna for greater signal fidelity. The infotainment system features a 5-inch touch screen.

The Civic's optional features are numerous and valuable. Entertainment options include a 10-speaker premium sound system with a 450-watt amplifier, a subwoofer, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.  Apple CarPlay, Android Auto smart device mirroring, a voice-activated satellite navigation system and a voice-activated radio come pre-packaged. Exterior options include an upgrade to 18-inch alloy wheels, Aero-Composite LED headlights with daytime running lights, a first-row sunroof with a sunshade, and speed-sensing rain-detecting windshield wipers. 

Leather upgrades for the shifter, steering wheel, and upholstery are available, as are a concealed storage bay and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. Every model of the 2022 Civic comes with a unified multi-link strut suspension system. This system allows for a more adaptive drive on roads with varying surface conditions. The 2022 Civic is a remarkably safe vehicle, earning five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) evaluation team.

The 2022 Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is a subcompact hatchback capable of navigating America's most crowded and obstacle-packed parking lots and city streets. The Fit comes in five trim levels for the 2022 model year: the DX, LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L NAVI. The same engine runs the Fit at every trim level: a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder version generating 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. Two transmissions are available for the Fit: an automatic continuously variable model and a six-speed manual version. 

The 2022 Fit comes with a four-speaker sound system with a 160-watt amplifier, Bluetooth, a radio with steering wheel controls, and a 5-inch touch screen infotainment system. Its interior features include a pair of 12-volt DC power outlets, an HVAC system with under-seat ducts, cloth upholstery, a urethane gear shifter, and cruise control with steering wheel controls. It has a tear-shaped body style, including double lamp headlights, a small, barred grille, and 15-inch wheels.

The options on the Fit are impressive for a vehicle of its size. The entertainment options include a high-resolution 7-inch touch screen WVGA infotainment system, Pandora programming compatibility, SiriusXM satellite radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay programming, and Bluetooth. Its interior options include leather seat upholstery, distance-pacing cruise control, heated bucket seats, and a proximity key with a push-button start. 

The 2022 Honda Fit comes with exterior options like machine-finished 16-inch wheels, heated side mirrors with built-in turn signals, Aero-Composite halogen headlights with daytime running lights, and an express-open and close first-row sunroof with a sunshade. Every model of the 2022 Fit comes with a unified torsion beam strut suspension system. This kind of system is exceptionally durable and easily adjustable. Fit also earned five safety stars from the NHTSA evaluation team.

The 2022 Honda Insight

The Honda Insight is a versatile vehicle with a gas or hybrid engine. It comes in three trim levels: LX, EX, and Touring. The gas-powered option comes with a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine providing 151 hp and 197 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid comes with the same engine alongside a lithium-ion battery pack with an electric-only range of 89 miles. The transmission is a single-speed continuous variable version with an overdrive gear regardless of trim level. 

Its entertainment system features a six-speaker sound system with a 160-watt amplifier, a 5-inch LCD infotainment center, Bluetooth, Pandora programming compatibility, speed-sensitive volume compensation, and voice-activated radio. This small sedan's comfort and convenience features include automatic air conditioning, a proximity key with a push-button start, and black cloth upholstery. The cruise control system includes steering wheel controls, distance-pacing programming, and stop-and-go programming. Additional Insight features include automatic high beam headlights, smooth body lines, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

The 2022 Honda Insight comes with chrome exterior accents, speed-sensitive rain-detecting windshield wipers, lightly tinted glass, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and fog lights. Its interior options include a powered trunk, a powered fuel access port, a compass, leather seats, a vinyl and metal-look instrument panel, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. 

An upgrade to a 10-speaker sound system with a 450-watt amplifier is available, a satellite-linked navigation system, Bluetooth, an 8-inch 720p infotainment system, Pandora programming compatibility, Sirius XM satellite radio, and a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. Every model of the 2022 Insight comes with a multi-link strut suspension system, like the one on the Civic above. Insight also got a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA evaluation team and made this list three out of three years. 

Honda has many impressive compact and subcompact vehicles to offer. Whether you prefer one of these or want to learn more about other Honda vehicles, the professional team at Apple Honda of York is at your service. Come in and see us; we'll fill you in on every detail. If you prefer to gather the information in a contact-free way online,  contact us, and we'll send you the information in a convenient form. No matter how your research, our seasoned Honda staff will gladly help you build the ideal compact vehicle to suit your needs.