It almost over a decade Honda has sold its subcompact the Fit hatchback. It’s been a favorite since day one, thanks to impressive frugal fuel, prominent utility and spaciousness. And in 2018, the Fit received a number of improvements that made it a more attractive option.
Inside, there’s an enhanced infotainment interface that now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Honda also added new safety technologies that include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention. Under the hood, the 2018 Honda Fit is largely unchanged, but gets more sound insulation and improves suspension and steering for faster responses. That means Fit is a better daily vehicle and a comfortable place to spend time, where it has already outdone its many rivalries.
With a quieter, more technologically and maintain all other qualities, the Fit becomes a solid choice. The Magic Seat is still here, and it allows settings for more seating and storage. Parking remains easy, thanks to its small size, agile handling and short doors that allow entry and exit easier even in narrow spaces.
But the 2018 Honda Fit is not the only option for a small hatchback. The Kia Soul has more cargo space but it is also heavier and less efficient. There is also a new 2018 Kia Rio hatchback. The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA, which is surprisingly fun to drive but like a sedan, can not compete with the Fit practicality. You can also consider the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt, a commuter car or city its 238-mile range.
Tim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Honda Fit is a five-door subcompact hatchback comes in four trim levels: LX, Sport, EX and EX-L.
The base LX comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, remote entry, a rearview camera, cruise control, air-conditioning, driver-seat height adjustment, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear Magic Seat, a 5-inch display screen with Bluetooth and a four-speaker stereo. The CVT models also get you adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning with emergency automatic braking.
The new Sport trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, sporty styling highlights, foglights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a 7-inch touchscreen interface with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
The 2018 Honda Fit EX adds a sunroof, extendable sun visors, proximity entry with push-button start, Honda Sensing which includes LaneWatch, a camera mounted to the passenger-side mirror that gives a clear view of the adjoining lane when the right turn signal is activated.
The Fit EX-L adds heated side mirrors, leather upholstery and heated front seats. Navigation is a stand-alone option for this trim.
Also new is a Honda Factory Performance (HFP) kit for style and functional upgrades. This add-on includes a unique black wheel, spoiler, shift knob, floor mats, a unique suspension that improves handling without sacrifices ride comfort.
All the 2018 Honda Fits is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is optional on all except the EX-L trim, which only comes with the automatic. With the manual transmission, the engine produces 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. It drops slightly to 128 hp and 113 lb-ft with the CVT.
In performance testing, the 2018 Honda Fit with manual transmission accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 8.2 second, which is average for this car in this class. EPA estimated fuel economy ratings at 29 mpg city/36 mpg highway with the manual, 31/36 with the CVT in Sport, EX, and EX-L trims, and 33/40 with the base LX CVT.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Honda Fit has available now at US dealers. Official pricing starts at $17,065 for the base LX, an increase $100 more than last year. A CVT can be added for an extra $800.
The new model Sport trim prices start at $18,375 for the manual or $19,175 with the CVT. The EX trim priced from $19,035 with the manual and $19,835 with the CVT. The top of the lineup EX-L begins at $21,395. The Navi package brings that price to $22,395.