In November 2020, the Nissan Note underwent a full model change, following the Honda Fit, which underwent a full model change in February 2020. These two cars have been in fierce sales competition for many years as best sellers in the compact car market. Which one will you buy?
Both are popular cars in the top 10 sales rankings
There is no clear definition of a compact car. In other words, it would be a car with a total length of about 4m and equipped with a small displacement engine or hybrid system. Looking at the new car sales rankings for March 2021 (excluding minicars and imported cars) announced by the Japan Automobile Dealers Association from such a perspective, Toyota Yaris is ranked 1st, followed by 2nd. Toyota Roomy in 4th place, Nissan Note in 4th place, Toyota Rise in 6th place, and Honda Fit in 10th place, half of which can be called compact cars.
In terms of sales volume, 28,466 units and Yaris seem to be the clear winner, but Yaris is the sum of Yaris + GR Yaris + Yaris Cross. Looking at the breakdown, Yaris has 14,330 units, Yaris Cross has 12,890 units, and GR Yaris has 1,246 units, narrowing the gap between Yaris and Note to about 1,000 units. This time, I tried driving the Nissan Note and Honda Fit, which are chasing the champion Toyota Yaris, and compared them. Really best buy! I will introduce a domestic compact car.
The next note is all cars “e-POWER”
Let’s start with the Nissan Note, which was the top new car sales in March 2021. The current third-generation notebook was announced in November 2020, and sales began in December. Based on the concept of “an advanced compact car packed with driving comfort and fun that exceeds the common sense of a compact car,” the platform, which is the framework of the car, has been newly designed.
In addition, the electric powertrain “e-POWER”, which made the second generation Note breakthrough into a big hit model, has evolved to the second generation, and has been refined for high quietness and smooth acceleration performance. The feature of the current notebook is that it is only equipped with “e-POWER”, which generates power with a 1.2L gasoline engine and drives the motor with that power. There are two types of drive systems: 2WD (FF) and 4WD, which uses a motor that generates an output of 50 kW for the rear wheels and is driven and controlled by independent front and rear motors.
The interior and exterior of a notebook that feels new
The body size of the current notebook is 4045mm long x 1695mm wide x 1520mm high. The exterior features thin headlamps that are integrated with the front grille and the new V-motion chrome that connects to them, creating a clean and dynamic design that creates a striking presence despite its compact size.
The interior is equipped with a meter integrated with the center display on the instrument panel, and expresses Nissan’s new interior design concept that combines a sense of innovation and ease of use suitable for electrification. The rear seats are equipped with a reclining function, and both knee room and head room are spacious.
A notebook with improved safety in all directions, such as the evolved ProPilot
Safety technology improves the safety of the car in all directions, and the first installation of “ProPILOT (with navigation link function)”. By adding a navigation system linkage function to ProPILOT, which supports driving operations when driving in the same lane on an expressway, this function enables switching of the set speed according to changes in the speed limit and changes in the size of curves. The system assists with appropriate deceleration and reduces the frequency of driver operations, realizing a safe and comfortable drive.
The grade structure of the Note is 5 grades, 3 grades for 2WD (FF) vehicles and 2 grades for 4WD vehicles.
Four comforts of fit that cannot be quantified
On the other hand, the current 4th generation Fit has been on sale since February 2020. The current model Fit inherits the excellent driving performance built up by the successive models, the overwhelmingly spacious interior space that does not seem like a compact car, and the functionality such as ease of use. In addition, we have created a user-friendly car that meets the diverse needs of users by realizing the four comforts that cannot be quantified: comfortable visibility, seating comfort, ride comfort, and ease of use. Tailored.
In addition, the current model Fit is not graded according to the difference in equipment, as in the past, but can be selected according to the user’s lifestyle and life stage, such as “Basic”, “Home”, “Ness” , “Kloster”, and “Lucs” are available in five different personalities.
The Fit is also equipped with the latest hybrid with two motors
There are two types of powertrains: a 1.3L in-line 4-cylinder engine and a hybrid system that combines two motors that drive and generate electricity with a 1.5L in-line 4-cylinder engine. The drive system can be selected from 2WD (FF) and 4WD for all grades.
The body rise of the current Fit is 3995mm in length x 1695mm in height x 1515mm in height (1540mm for 4WD vehicles) (Closter is 4090mm in length x 1725mm in width x 1545mm in height (1570mm for 4WD vehicles).
Familiar Fit look and interior
The exterior design pursues an expression that makes you feel the familiarity of a puppy. By eliminating the presence of the grille, the entire front gives a simple and calm impression, and on top of that, the headlights are designed to evoke a gentle gaze.
The interior features a meter that uses a visor-less 7-inch full-color liquid crystal panel. The upper part of the dashboard is flattened, and the A-pillar in front of the driver’s seat is made thinner.
The Fit does not skimp on safety equipment and connected services
As for safety equipment, Honda’s safe driving support system “Honda Sensing”, which is a package of 11 functions including collision mitigation braking, is standard equipment on all models. In addition, Honda Connect, a dedicated in-vehicle communication module, is installed for the first time, and it is possible to receive the connected service “Honda Total Care Premium”.
The price of the notebook jumps when you turn on the ProPilot
At first glance, the Fit looks more expensive, but there is a difference in the driving assistance system between the two cars. The Fit comes standard with adaptive cruise control, which allows follow-up driving on highways, etc., but the Note is an option and must be equipped with “ProPilot”. Moreover, only the X grade can be installed on the ProPilot, so the Note is practically the only choice for the X. In order to install ProPilot, it is necessary to install a package option of 442,200 yen. And a test car with various options such as LED headlights and aluminum wheels will cost more than 3 million yen.
The Fit also has a 9-inch navigation system as an option, but even if it is equipped with it, it will not exceed 3 million yen. Even though it is the same compact car, the Note is equipped with optional equipment such as ProPILOT, and it costs 3.3 million yen including tax. This total payment is completely in the price range above one class. In exchange for that, even if the Fit is highly estimated, there is a price difference of 2.8 million yen and 500,000 yen. Even though they have the same body size, it’s hard to call them rivals with such a price difference.
Fit is better for ride comfort and fuel efficiency
Even if you run it, the fit is very gentle and flat, and the feature is that there is little unnecessary movement. On the other hand, the Note is restless, probably due to the stiff rear suspension setting. I also test-drove a 4WD model of the Note, and although this restlessness has been largely eliminated, the deterioration in fuel efficiency is conspicuous because the vehicle weight is 120 kg heavier than the X grade.
There are no outstanding points, but the Fit makes me feel like I got a good car
Of course, the e-POWER’s motor-driven smooth acceleration and high quietness are attractive, but the e: HEV installed in the Fit also actively runs with a motor, so it is inferior to e-POWER. does not take In addition, the Fit allows for a variety of seat arrangements that take advantage of the center tank layout.
Personally, Coco is amazing! Although the outstanding point is not conspicuous, the Fit, which is designed with passengers first, such as ease of driving and a gentle ride, is recommended because it makes you feel that you have obtained a good car.
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