When it comes to fuel economy, the new 2018 Honda Fit undeniably spaces out from the rest of the crowd. It is a cheap alternative for people who don’t have much money to burn on acquitting new wheels. For 2018, buyers should expect changes such as – additional premium features, substantially upgraded technology, a new Sport trim model, a fresh sportier styling, and a more refined and dynamic driving experience.
Furthermore, to keep passengers even safer than before, the new model has incorporated a fresh suite of driver assisting technologies. For a first, the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver assisting technologies now includes Road Departure Mitigation and Collision Mitigation Braking.
And the changes don’t stop there, the interior and exterior too have their own share of the spoil. The updated 2018 Honda Fit redesign now includes new wheel finishes, a piano grille with two piece chrome, and has grown wider and sits lower than before. According to Honda, the new 2018 Honda Fit dimensions are as follows: length – 161 inches, width – 67 inches, height – 60 inches, and wheelbase – 99 inches.
As can be seen, the new model has grown in size a tad bit than the outgoing model. According to Honda, the overall length has grown by an additional 1.4 inches for the Fit EX, Fit LX, and for the Fit EX-L models. Although debuting as a new trim model, the Fit Sport model can also be specified with the optional aero kit that should add an additional 0.4 inches to its length dimensions.
The exterior also sees additional color options. The color palette choice now includes an additional two exciting options – Orange Fury and Helios Yellow. Existing color options include Aegean Blue, Milano Red, Modern Steel Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Chrystal Black Pearl, and Lunar Silver Metallic. Also, trims above the Fit EX have, in addition to gloss-black inserts and machined spokes, a new two-tone-finished sixteen-inch alloy wheels.
2018 Honda Fit Review
- interior changes
- trim models
- exterior design
- engine specs
- fuel economy
- price & release date
2018 Honda Fit Interior Changes & New Redesigns
The interior of the new 2018 Fit makes itself unique thanks to the new black interior theme that features distinctive cross-hatched fabric for the door trim and seats. What however hasn’t changed from before is the orange accent theme that is highlighted on the shift knob, the leather steering wheel, console-mounted armrest, and on the seats.
Unlike before, the new model is now available with an additional trim – the Fit Sport – that now brings the total number of trim models offered to four. In terms of features offered, it is safe to say that it is positioned between the base Fit LX and the Fit EX. Honda says all trim models for 2018 are generously equipped.
2018 Honda Fit LX
This is the base model and is equipped with the following features. Automatic on-off headlights, a tailgate spoiler, a rearview camera, a center storage console with armrest, Bluetooth HandsfreeLink, and LED brake lights. In addition, Honda says unlike before, all models will be available with a digital tachometer, and a large analogue speedometer.
The HondaSensing package is an optional package and with it is packaged a 4.2” TFT screen that offers unique features such as turn-by-turn directions. As per the information provided by Honda, the new 2018 Honda Fit LX price starts at an MSRP of $17,000 with the six-speed manual transmission system.
2018 Honda Fit Sport
Building off of what the Fit LX offers is the new 2018 Fit Sport model. Features available include steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a leather steering wheel, orange accent stitching, a shift knob, and a black cross-hatched fabric.
Moreover, it shares the some of the premium features offered with the Fit Ex model such as a 180-watt six-speaker audio system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility available on the seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface.
Honda says the 2018 Fit Sport price starts from an MSRP of $18,500 including the destination charge.
2018 Honda Fit EX
Climbing a step higher the trim ladder is the Fit EX model. Since it is available on both the 6MT and CVT models, it therefore becomes the first model ever to be equipped with the Honda Sensing package. No other vehicle with a manual transmission in the Honda stablemate has ever been equipped with the package.
Additionally, the 2018 Fit EX also gains push button start, variable intermittent wipers, XM Radio, new sliding sun visors, a one touch power moonroof, Smart Entry with Walk Away Automatic Locking system, and Honda LaneWatch.
The 2018 Honda Fit EX price starts from an MSRP of $19,000. This price is for the manual-equipped model and includes the destination charge.
2018 Honda Fit EX-L
This is the top-of-the-range model and is also available with the Honda Sensing package. Furthermore, it is also available with HD Radio, HD Traffic, two-leveling heating, navigation system, and heated side mirrors with turn signals integration.
The Honda Fit EX-L price starts from $20,520.
The new model has a cohesive, attractive and polished look. The new entrant – the 2018 Fit Sport features an aggressive and sporty look. It features a sharp front splitter, integrated fog lights, and bold aerodynamic elements on the front, side and rear profiles.
Around back, it makes a distinction from the rest thanks to unique features such as a Sport badge, chrome exhaust finisher, and a three-strake diffuser.
Optional standalone exterior features include Body Side Molding - $225, door edge film – $39, door visors - $140, Door Edge Guards - $84, Splash Guard Set - $104, and Rear Bumper Applique - $62.
2018 Honda Fit Specs For Engine
Standard on all trims for 2018 is the efficient Continuous Variable Transmission with G-Shift Control. Like before, the engine is responsive and lively and comes paired with the 6-speed slick-shifting manual transmission system.
Equipped beneath the hood is a direct-injected 1.5L DOHC four-cylinder engine rated at 130 horsepower and 114 pounds of torque. Reinforcing the improved handling characteristics and ride comfort are features such as additional body reinforcements, a more rigid steering wheel system, and retuned suspension dampers.
Besides those impressive qualities, the new Honda Fit 2018 also offers a weirdly serene cabin thanks to additional use of acoustic glass and adjustments to the steering and transmission system mounting hardware.
Drivers will also appreciate the new model’s steering and handling linearity that has been achieved through the sophisticated chassis designing.
Fuel Economy - New Honda Fit
According to the EPA, the new 2018 Honda Fit fuel economy rating stands at 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway for models with a manual transmission system. As for those with the CVT, buyers should expect the Fit LX to return 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, and 31 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway for the CVT-equipped Fit EX, Fit EX-L, and the Fit Sport models.
2018 Honda Fit Price & Release Date
According to Honda, the new model is already on sale. As already told, the price for the entire range start from a low of $17,000 for the base Honda Fit EX to a high of $20,520 for the Honda Fit EX-L model.
When it comes to competition, the new Honda Fit 2018 finds itself in an already crowded space that features other similarly capable vehicles. One such key competitor giving the Fit a run for its money is the Yaris from Toyota.
The Yaris can be a formidable choice for buyers looking for an easy-to-park kind of a car that won’t break the bank. Other than those, this entry-level vehicle from Toyota also offers an appealing roster of standard safety and convenience features, and a surprisingly generous rear legroom. Pricing for the Yaris starts from an MSRP of $17,214.
Next in line in the competitor list is the Kia Soul. It is distinctive in style and color, and a sizeable number of buyers would fall for its quick handling, speed and performance, and impressive utility. Pricing for the Soul starts from an MSRP of $16,995.
Last but not the least in the rival roster is the Fiesta from Ford. With its price starting from $15,630, the Fiesta is a good option for buyers looking for a nicely trimmed cabin, nimble handling, and better engine performance.
All in all, we still find the Honda Fit 2018 to be a fine choice in this segment of cars especially for young buyers looking for good value for their buck. One thing that rather makes it an easier sell than the rest of its rivals is its fine balance between affordability, available feature set, and versatility.