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2018 Honda Fit OVERVIEW

The 2018 Honda Fit gets a soft facelift. The changes aren't extensive but will ensure that the popular hatchback doesn't fall behind the competition.

What's new for 2018

Honda is issuing a mild design update alongside a reworked chassis, adding a new Sport trim level, and is introducing the excellent Sensing safety suite to the 2018 Fit.

Honda Fit

Choosing Your Honda Fit

The 2018 Honda Fit continues with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 130 horsepower when coupled with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox and 128 horsepower with the CVT automatic transmission.

The manual variant returns 29 miles per gallon in city driving, 36 on the highway, and 31 mpg combined. Meanwhile, the automatic variants return 33 miles per gallon in city driving, 40 on the highway, and 36 mpg combined.

There are four trim levels — LX, Sport, EX and EX-L.


The Fit LX starts at $17,065 (including an $875 destination charge) and is equipped with keyless entry, automatic headlights, LED taillights, 15-inch wheels, a rear-view camera, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift-knob, hill-start assist and a 5.0-inch LCD screen. The seats are, unsurprisingly, cloth.

The Honda Sensing safety system is available for $1,000, and it's well worth the cost of entry. It includes automatic emergency braking with front collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and a 4.2-inch driver display to provide the virtual warnings – some of these features, like adaptive cruise control, are extremely rare on a vehicle this affordable. But there is a catch – Honda Sensing is only available with the $800 CVT gearbox. So really, plan on spending $1,800 to get the safest Fit LX.


The new Sport trim starts at $18,375 and marks the revival of a variant not offered since the first-generation Fit.

Like that car, there's an aerodynamic bodykit that provides a front splitter, rear-diffuser, chrome exhaust-tips, side-skirts and 16-inch wheels. Inside, there's a seven-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Inside, paddle shifters and snazzy black cloth upholstery are the Fit Sport's biggest giveaways.

The Honda Sensing package and the CVT transmission remain optional, with prices carried over from the Fit LX.


The Fit EX is priced at $19,035 and adds a sunroof, push-button start, and SiriusXM satellite radio as standard. If you opt for the CVT, Honda Sensing is included for no charge – you're still out of luck if you want to row your own gears, though.


The range-topping EX-L, at $21,395, is a bit pricey but is a significant step-up from the Fit EX. It gets all the components of the lower trims along with the CVT and paddle-shifters, heated side-mirrors, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. The infotainment system is also enhanced, with satellite-based navigation system offered for $1,000 (although with standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, we'd recommend saving your pennies).

CarsDirect Tip

Honda Sensing is one of the best and most comprehensive safety suites on the market and its availability at such a reasonable price point shouldn't be ignored. In terms of trims, the Fit LX is the best bang for the buck, despite being at the bottom of the range. As for the Fit Sport, its predecessor was the most enjoyable Fit to drive – there's no reason to expect anything different here.

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