2018 Honda Fit Gets Honda Sensing Standard

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, Automotive Editor - July 19, 2017

The trickle down of safety technology has finally reached the entry level over at Honda, making the 2018 Fit the small car to get if safety is high on your priority list.

For 2018, Honda has given its least expensive model, the subcompact Fit hatchback, a host of new tech in the form of the Honda Sensing package. Similar to other Honda models with the package, various sensors and cameras are able to provide adaptive cruise control, road-departure mitigation, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking to keep the shiny side up. The arrival of auto emergency braking is a big deal, bringing the most advanced version of this critically acclaimed active safety technology to one of the physically smallest segments in the industry.

Like other Honda products with Honda Sensing, the Fit can bring itself to a stop at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. Aside from the much pricier Mini Cooper, it's the only vehicle in this size class with that kind of capability. The larger Toyota Yaris iA's AEB system can stop it at speeds up to 12 miles per hour, according to testing from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but most other vehicles in this segment only offer forward collision warning, at best.

Honda Sensing is standard on the CVT-equipped Fit EX, which starts at $19,835 (including an $895 destination charge) and EX-L models, which begin at $21,395. It's a $1,000 option – and a worthwhile one, in our mind – on CVT variants of the the LX and Sport models, which start from $17,865 and $19,175, respectively. That makes the Fit one of the least expensive new cars on the market with these technologies. That's good news for the Fit, which has always been popular among young drivers and their traditionally higher rates of crashes, something that may weigh on the minds of parents looking at new cars for their teen driver.

The 2018 Fit is on sale now.

Honda Fit

, Automotive Editor

Zac Estrada is an automotive journalist and contributing writer who hails from Santa Barbara, CA. Zac attended Northeastern University's School of Journalism in Boston and currently runs the automotive blog Confessions of an Autoholic. 

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