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2018 Honda Fit

$16,190 - $21,520
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Honda Fit

2018 Honda Fit Review

by Roger Biermann

Few subcompacts can boast rear seating as capacious as the class-leading Honda Fit, which combines practicality and comfort in one all-inclusive package. Priced competitively between $16,190 and $21,520, four trims are offered, all with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. LX, Sport, and EX models can be equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, with the engine outputting 130 horsepower, while all four trims can be equipped with an economical CVT that drops engine outputs by 2 hp to 128 hp. With key safety features now standard on all CVT-equipped models including forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, and lane departure warning with road departure mitigation, the Fit is now safer than ever before. Honda pits the Fit against rivals like the Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Sonic, and Kia Rio.

2018 Honda Fit Changes: What’s the difference vs 2017 Fit?

For 2018, Honda has revised the Fit line-up with minor exterior design tweaks and refinement, along with minor interior styling tweaks. There's a wider range of standard safety features now, headlined by Honda Sensing which features automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist and comes equipped standard on the EX and EX-L trims, as well as CVT-equipped LX and Sport models. Honda also equips the 2018 lineup with a Sport model, boasting sportier interior and exterior trimmings, while all models now get a volume knob for the infotainment system. Two new exterior hues are available for 2018, with Helios Yellow Pearl and Orange Fury added to the color palette.

Pros and Cons

  • High-quality interior finishes
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Extremely versatile cargo area
  • High levels of safety
  • Impressively fuel-efficient with CVT transmission
  • Slow acceleration
  • CVT transmission drones and results in less power
  • Infotainment system still clunky
  • Not as fun to drive as a Ford Fiesta

Fit Exterior

The 2018 Honda Fit receives a mild facelift to mark the midway point of the second generation's life cycle. Honda has slightly reworked the front end styling, particularly the headlights and bumpers. The bumpers house front foglights on all but the entry-level LX model. The Sport model gets bespoke trimming with front side underbody spoilers with orange accents and a chrome exhaust. The Sport gets unique side underbody spoilers along with 16-inch black alloy wheels. The base LX trim gets 15-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, while the EX and EX-L get 16-inch machine finished alloys with black inserts. The EX and EX-L trims receive a power tilt-and-slide moonroof.

2018 Honda Fit Front View
2018 Honda Fit Rear View
2018 Honda Fit Rear View Door Opened
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Dimensions

It may look like a miniature MPV, but the Fit's dimensions still fit squarely in the subcompact hatch segment with a 161.4-inch length on a 99.6-inch wheelbase. It measures 67 inches wide, while at 60-inches tall it's taller than some subcompacts, which aids the spaciousness of the interior. It's also a relative lightweight in the segment with a curb weight averaging around 2,650 lbs.

Exterior Colors

Like the 2017 year model Fit, the 2018 model boasts an exterior color palette of eight hues, with six carrying over from last year. The carry-over colors include Aegean Blue Metallic, Milano Red, White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, and Crystal Black Pearl. Mystic Yellow Pearl and Passion Berry Pearl have been cut from last year's palette, replaced by Helios Yellow Pearl and Orange Fury. All colors are available across the full range of trims and at no extra cost.

  • White Orchid Pearl
  • Lunar Silver Metallic
  • Modern Steel Metallic
  • Crystal Black Pearl
  • Aegean Blue Metallic
  • Milano Red
  • Orange Fury
  • Helios Yellow Pearl

Fit Performance

The Honda Fit is no hot-hatch, even in Sport guise, but the Sport trim is the most performance-focused model, particularly when equipped with a manual gearbox, which sends 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels, marking an extra 2 hp and 1 lb-ft more than automatic-equipped models. With a firmer suspension setup than non-Sport models, it gets better grip off the line, resulting in an 8.5-second 0-60 mph sprint, making it quick but not exceptional in the segment. The responsiveness of the naturally aspirated engine is welcome, particularly around town where moderate speeds suit the Fit Sport's demeanor best.

2018 Honda Fit Front View
2018 Honda Fit In Motion
2018 Honda Fit 1.5L I4 Engine

Engine and Transmission

Honda offers the Fit with just a single engine and drivetrain combination, but two gearbox offerings make the cut for 2018. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder is naturally aspirated and can be mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox on LX, Sport, and EX trims, or a continuously variable transmission available on all trims and the only transmission available on the EX-L model. The power outputs are dependant on the transmission equipped, with the manual variant getting 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque, while CVT-equipped variants offer up 128 hp and 113 lb-ft. Regardless of gearbox choice, the 1.5-liter drives the front wheels exclusively.

Like most subcompacts, the Fit feels most at home in the city, with the 1.5-liter delivering peppy responses that get it up to moderate speeds without much delay. But it's slower out on the open road and struggles getting up to highway speeds. The manual gearbox gives you more control and slightly better acceleration too and is preferable to the CVT which suffers from the typical rubber-band acceleration and drones incessantly at high speeds.

  • Engine
    1.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Fit has always provided buyers with one of the most playful chasses in the subcompact segment, and the 2018 revisions keep that true. The front-wheel drive chassis is light on its feet with precise steering and sharp handling dynamics.

The suspension, sharpened for 2018, rides a little firmer than before but doesn't compromise on giving occupants a pliant ride. Over rapidly changing surfaces the Fit absorbs most surface changes easily, while mid-corner bumps fail to upset the Fit. Optional HFP performance shocks are stiffer and offer better performance and handling dynamics with better absorption of secondary jitters.

Overall, the steering is light but weights up naturally. It's devoid of feel, but that's nothing unseen in this segment as most offer electronically power-assisted numb steering. Where the Fit falters is in its braking, with a brake pedal that feels a little softer than it should, despite braking performance still being decent.

A crucial upgrade for 2018 which has made a world of difference is the higher levels of insulation equipped to the doors, wheel arches, and underbody. The earlier model years of this generation allowed too much noise into the cabin, while the updated model now offers vastly improved cabin noise insulation.

Fit Gas Mileage

Yet another aspect in which the Fit is champion of its class is in the gas mileage and fuel economy stakes. All models are equipped with a 10.6-gallon gas tank, and the base manual-equipped models achieve economy estimates of 29/36/31 mpg on the city/highway/combined driving cycles. These are good for the segment, but the CVT is exceptional, with EPA-rated estimates of 33/40/36 mpg on the base LX model. Higher trim lines lose some efficiency with the CVT transmission, with still-exemplary estimates of 31/36/33 mpg. The Hyundai Accent averages a combined 31 mpg, while the Ford Fiesta achieves a claimed 30 mpg on the combined cycle.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    10.6 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 29/36 mpg
* 2018 Honda Fit LX Manual

Fit Interior

The Honda Fit offers one of the airiest, most spacious cabins in its class, boasting upright seating comfortable for long journeys and offering immense versatility with its second-row 60/40 split Magic Seat enabling comfortable seating that can easily be transformed into class-leading storage. The driving position is agreeable and visibility impressive, while the rear of the cabin is one of the only subcompacts that can accommodate all but the tallest adults with relative ease. The rear seats also house full sets of LATCH anchors on the outboard seats. Cabin quality is impressive, with all panels feeling solidly assembled and soft to the touch. Leather upholstery is only available on the top EX-L trim, which also equips heated front seats.

2018 Honda Fit Dashboard
2018 Honda Fit Dashboard
2018 Honda Fit Driver Seat
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Seating and Interior Space

Five people can be seated within the Honda Fit in what is one of the largest, most comfortable cabins amongst its peers. Tall door openings and an upright seating position make ingress and egress simple, while supportive seats are good for long and short distance journeys alike. Headroom is found in abundance, while legroom up front is generous as well. Due to the upright nature of the seating and some clever packaging from Honda, the rear of the cabin offers suitable legroom for most adults - the same cannot be said for most other subcompact vehicles. The versatile Magic Seats allow for numerous variations to seating arrangements, and the front passenger seat can be folded completely flat to enable a rear passenger to stretch out and relax.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Four trims are complemented by four interior upholstery choices, each linked to its own trim. The base LX model gets thinner, scratchier black fabric that ventilates well but feels cheap, while the Sport model gets black fabric with orange stitching - a trait that carries through to the leather-clad steering and shift lever. The EX boasts the same black fabric as the Sport but does without the orange contrast stitching. Only the EX-L offers leather upholstery, and it's available in just one color - black. Regardless of which trim and upholstery option you get, the dash and doors are clad in black with metallic surrounds to air vents and accents throughout, while door inlays are gloss black panels.

Fit Trunk and Cargo Space

No rival can compete with the Honda Fit when it comes to the versatility and practicality with which it can accommodate cargo. Standard behind the second-row seating, the Fit boasts 16.6 cubic feet of cargo volume, with that figure swelling to 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats stowed away - they do so in a standard 60/40 split. But the front passenger seat can also fold flat, enabling longer items like ladders to be easily stored. The second-row Magic Seat also boasts flip-up functionality, allowing the seat base to fold up for tall standing items to be loaded at floor level, making the Fit incredibly versatile.

Throughout the rest of the cabin, there's an abundance of storage, from large door pockets to dash-mounted cupholders capable of housing large cups. And there are numerous storage bins throughout. Water bottles can be stored in all door pockets, too.

2018 Honda Fit Trunk Space with Seat Folded
2018 Honda Fit Trunk Space with Seat Folded
2018 Honda Fit Maximum Cargo Space
  • Maximum Cargo Space
    52.7 ft³

Fit Infotainment and Features

Features

The Fit is one of the better-equipped subcompacts around, with interior features including standard air conditioning, power windows with auto up/down driver's window, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, center console armrest, cargo area tie-down anchors, and on EX and EX-L trims, sliding sun visor extensions. The latter may seem like a minor item, but in the long run, it's a feature you'll be happy with.

Height adjustable front seats are standard on all models, upholstered in cloth by default, but only the top EX-L gets leather upholstery, along with heated front seats. All trims but the base LX are also equipped with an onboard multi-information display, while the EX-L can be optioned to feature a compass and turn-by-turn directions on the display.

A multi-angle rearview camera is standard across all trims, as is a power tilt-and-slide sunroof.

Infotainment

Honda's infotainment has been a thing of frustration in recent years, but thankfully for the 2018 Fit, Honda has seen fit to reintroduce the volume knob. The rest of the infotainment is still a little clunky and isn't the most intuitive.

The base LX model features four speakers and a five-inch color LCD screen, equipped with Bluetooth and a single USB port. All other trims get an upgraded seven-inch touchscreen display with six-speakers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, HondaLink, and Pandora Compatibility. The EX and EX-L trims get SiriusXM functionality, while the EX-L gets available satellite-linked navigation with voice recognition and HD radio.

Fit Problems and Reliability

Honda has a reputation for reliability, but in the case of the Honda Fit, it seems no more reliable than the rest of the segment. J.D. Power gave the Fit a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five, which is average for the subcompact segment, albeit marginally better than the industry average. This second generation has overall been more reliable than the first, but older versions of the second-gen model have had reported issues with electrical faults.

Fit Safety

Government ratings agencies have scored the Honda fit highly, the NHTSA giving the subcompact a five out of five stars overall score, while the IIHS gave it best available scores of Good in most metrics, highlighting the high level of available safety features.

Key Safety Features

Honda offers the Fit with six airbags: dual front airbags, side airbags, and side curtain airbags, along with a host of innovative safety features available from the base model when equipped with a CVT. Honda Sensing comprises forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, and road departure mitigation, while the EX and EX-L trims feature Lane Watch to mitigate blind spots on the passenger side.

Verdict: Is the 2018 Honda Fit a good car?

Other rivals in this segment might provide a slightly more engaging drive and a little more power, along with more intuitive infotainment, but that's the only way in which the Honda Fit can be bested. In all other aspects, the Fit is just about unbeatable. Solid build quality, high levels of safety, and great value for money are all key drawcards, but the Fit's frugality and keen driving dynamics are real high points. More than that, it's comfortable, can house five people, and is extremely versatile. The multi-way configurable interior gives best in class practicality, while even rear passengers will be comfortable on the long haul. Add to all that extra refinement and tauter suspension, and there's little to fault about the Honda Fit. If you're looking for the benchmark subcompact, this is it.

What's the Price of the 2018 Honda Fit?

Honda offers the 2018 Fit in four trims with prices ranging from $16,190 to $21,520 with a span of $5,330.

The LX is the cheapest model at $16,190 before taxes, destination charges, and licensing. The next rung up is the new-for-2018 Sport trim with a sticker price of $17,500 followed by the EX model with a base MSRP of $18,160. The EX-L tops the line-up with a base price of $20,520.

2018 Honda Fit Models

Honda offers the Fit in four trims: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L.

All models are equipped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder driving the front wheels, while all but the EX-L can be equipped with either a manual or CVT transmission.

The LX gets 15-inch steel wheels, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cruise control, driver's seat height adjustment, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Infotainment is a basic five-inch display screen with four speakers.

Next up is the new-for-2018 Fit Sport which features 16-inch alloy wheels, foglights, sporty bumpers and side skirts, and a chrome exhaust tip. Inside, there's a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with six speakers and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality.

The EX receives a sunroof, proximity key, push-button start, and extendable sun visors, and both the manual- and automatic-equipped models get the Honda Sensing safety suite, including LaneWatch.

The range-topping EX-L adds heated side mirrors, heated front seats, and leather upholstery, with navigation available as a standalone option.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LX
1.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$16,190
Sport
1.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$17,500
EX
1.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$18,160
EX-L
1.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$20,520
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Additional Packages

While many manufacturers provide additional options packages, Honda offers individual options for the Fit range. The lower three trims are standard with a manual gearbox, with the CVT transmission available for an extra $800 while coming standard on the EX-L. On LX and Sport models, the addition of the CVT also adds Honda Sensing - Honda's suite of advanced safety and accident prevention features, which come standard on the EX regardless of the gearbox.

A range of exterior accompaniments are available on all models, including body side moldings at $225, a tailgate spoiler at $299, and underbody side skirts at $349 for the set. The interior, meanwhile, can be optioned with an automatic-dimming rearview mirror for $432, an armrest storage compartment for $339, and center console illumination and door sill illumination, for $249 and $220 respectively.

From the Sport trim upwards a pair of 16-inch accessory wheels are available at $1,196 a set, as well as LED foglights at $250. Also available from the Sport trim is a Honda Factory Performance (HFP) package which adds a HFP sports suspension, side underbody spoilers, a tailgate spoiler, black alloy wheels, sports pedals, a titanium shift lever, and a range of HFP stickers and embellishments inside and out. The HFP Package is an additional $2,999 with the manual gearbox on the EX and $2,799 with the CVT on EX and EX-L models. The HFP package is a little cheaper on the Sport trim at $2,699 for the manual in lieu of the black wheels already being equipped, with the CVT model getting the package for $2,499.

Available on the Fit EX-L, Honda's satellite-linked navigation system is available for an extra $1,000.

What Honda Fit Model Should I Buy?

While the Fit Sport might seem like an enticing option, the best of the lot is the Fit EX. It comes in at under $20,000 and with the upgraded infotainment, standard safety features, and comfort features like keyless entry and a power sunroof, it offers all the comfort features you really need. The lack of onboard navigation is a non issue as the standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay enable navigation via smartphone. The EX also offers a benefit over the higher EX-L in that, should buyers wish to trade fuel economy for a little more control, a manual gearbox is still available.

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2018 Honda Fit vs Toyota Yaris Hatchback

The Fit is an exceptional subcompact hatchback, but Toyota's own Yaris is another viable small car with an enticing price tag and relatively decent practicality. The Yaris scores highly on predicted reliability and it comes with more standard safety features, including lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and pre-collision braking on all models. The Fit, however, pulls it back in overall practicality, with a much larger cabin and more versatile cargo area. The Honda is also more enjoyable to drive, has better suspension tuning with a more pliant ride, and it boasts superior handling. The finishing blow is the impressive gas mileage offered by the Honda Fit. Overall, the Yaris is a good buy, but we'd recommend the Fit.

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2018 Honda Fit vs Ford Fiesta Hatchback

If the budget plays a big role in your decision, then the Ford Fiesta is a cheaper alternative in the subcompact market. The Fiesta scores highly from a driving perspective with a wonderful chassis, keen driving dynamics, a lithe suspension setup, and wonderfully tactile steering. It also scores highly for its intuitive infotainment system. But it's an older model and the materials feel rougher, and it boasts one of the smallest cargo areas in this segment. Where the Fit decimates the Fiesta is the rear seating accommodation, which is cavernous in the Honda compared to being highly cramped in the case of the Ford Fiesta. The Fit is a far more premium offering, with better space utilization and higher specification levels.

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