If you were a fan of Honda’s earlier Fit models, ready yourself. All those who felt disappointed by glitchy tech or poor highway manners, lean in with an open mind. The 2018 Honda Fit has something for everyone with this year’s release of updates. The people spoke and it would appear the global automaker listened. Beyond addressing the outcries earlier models provoked, the Fit models released this year will host Honda Sense, the broadest active-safety set available in its class. It will also introduce the Sport trim level, sliding in between the necessity-based LX and the more inclusive premium EX and EX-L trims.
Stylistically not much has changed. The subcompact hatchback has had little negative feedback from buyers on its stature. The impressive cargo room and passenger comfortability was not lost in the technical upgrades 2018 wrought. A slight attempt at athleticizing the vehicle brought new bumpers, meant to visually lower and widen the car without tinkering heavily with the frame’s light weight, brisk acceleration, sharp steering capability and the nicely balanced suspension that brought acclaim to models before.
The nascent Sport Trim shows promise of continuation, with its aesthetic that will certainly hook a dedicated audience. It adds a front lip spoiler and a rear diffuser (both with orange accents), side skirts, a chrome exhaust tip, and 16-inch black alloy wheels. Seats inside have a unique cloth pattern of the same orange that accents the outside and contrast stitching throughout the car. The look is definitely not for everyone, but for those who love the tuner-type physicality, this trim will only up the vehicles appeal.
The powertrain options do not change in this re-up of the Honda hit. A 130-horspower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine pairs with the six-speed manual transmission, while the continuously variable automatic transmission, the part that your wallet will love so much, is bonded to a 128-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. The chassis reinforcement grants a more rigid feel to the car, improving handling. Different dampening rates in the shock absorbers and new part added to the steering column solidify the car’s overall impression. Its handling prowess remains toward the front-end of the class-curve.
The Honda Fit’s most drastic update this season is its comprehensive safety package, Honda Sense. Available as a mere $1000 upgrade on LX and Sport editions and standardized for the EX and EX-L, the set is comprised of the widest array of features in its class, many of which aren’t even available as options with its competitors. Collision warning helps in those splits seconds of diverted attention, especially with autonomous emergency braking included in the package. Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation all help to stabilize the car while in motion.