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2018 Honda Fit Review

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.

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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

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2018 Honda Fit Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LX
1.5L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$16,190
Sport
1.5L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$17,500
EX
1.5L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$18,160
EX-L
1.5L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$20,520
See All 2018 Honda Fit Trims and Specs

2018 Fit Exterior

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

  • Length 161.4 in
  • Wheelbase 99.6 in
  • Height 60.0 in
  • Max Width 67.0 in
  • Front Width 58.3 in
  • Rear Width 58.0 in
  • Curb Weight 2,522.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

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

2018 Fit Performance

2018 Honda Fit Front View 1 Honda
2018 Honda Fit In Motion Honda
2018 Honda Fit 1.5L I4 Engine Honda

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    1.5L 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.

2018 Fit Interior

2018 Honda Fit Dashboard Honda
2018 Honda Fit Dashboard 1 Honda
2018 Honda Fit Driver Seat Honda
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.4 in
  • Front Head Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 39.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.5 in

2018 Fit Trunk and Cargo Space

2018 Honda Fit Trunk Space with Seat Folded Honda
2018 Honda Fit Trunk Space with Seat Folded 1 Honda
2018 Honda Fit Maximum Cargo Space Honda
  • Maximum Cargo Space
    52.7 ft³

2018 Fit Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

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.

2018 Honda Fit Comparisons

Toyota Yaris Hatchback Toyota
Ford Fiesta Hatchback Ford
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Honda Fit130 hp29/36 mpg$16,190
Toyota Yaris Hatchback 106 hp32/40 mpg$17,750
Ford Fiesta Hatchback 120 hp27/35 mpg$15,790

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.

See Toyota Yaris Hatchback Review

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.

See Ford Fiesta Hatchback Review
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