Review: 2018 Honda Fit

Review: 2018 Honda Fit

The subcompact segment has grown from bare-bones budget rides to fully equipped, surprisingly spacious vehicles for either students or the whole family, with the Fit leading the evolution.

The 2018 Honda Fit is the most powerful subcompact in its class and has style and features for days, which is why Staunton drivers love it. See for yourself and take one for a test drive, but first, read our review for full details: 

Performance

All models of the 2018 Fit - including the LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L - have a 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing, making 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. The engine is connected to an EarthDreams Technology Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission that ensures optimal efficiency, or a standard 6-speed manual transmission.

The Sport trim was designed with driving enthusiasts in mind, with a front underbody spoiler, rear diffuser, side underbody spoilers, and a chrome exhaust finisher. Automatic models of the Sport trim and higher also come equipped with paddle shifters for full control and a dynamic driving experience.

Manual models get an EPA-estimated 29 MPG city and 36 MPG highway, while automatic versions get up to 33 MPG city and 40 MPG highway*. 

Comfort and Convenience

The Fit LX comes standard with a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, security system, cruise control, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls. Additionally, all models of the Fit feature Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and Streaming Audio, USB audio interface, and a 4-speaker audio system. The Sport trim adds a 6-speaker audio system, 7-inch Display Audio with high-res touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Upper trims have a one-touch power moonroof, push-button start, Sirius XM Radio, heated front seats, and the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition.

One of the most convenient features included in all models of the 2018 Fit is the 60/40 split second-row Magic Seat. It folds down to expand trunk space into the rear or folds up to give you vertical space for tall items or pets. Additionally, you can fold the passenger seat flat to store long items like skis, surfboards, or even lumber.

Safety and Tech

The 2018 Fit received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration+. It also comes equipped with active safety features that you'd expect in a luxury car.

Each model of the new Fit comes available with the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technology, including Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, and Road Departure Mitigation. The EX trim and higher also include Honda LaneWatch, and advanced blind spot monitoring system. Other safety features include hill start assist, daytime running lights, fog lights, and six airbags.

Pricing

Starting at $16,190 MSRP**

*29 city / 36 highway / 31 combined MPG rating for LX, Sport and EX 6MT models. 33 city / 40 highway / 36 combined MPG rating for LX CVT model. 31 city / 36 highway / 33 combined MPG rating for Sport CVT, EX CVT and EX-L models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

 +Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

 **MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $890.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.