Honda gave the Fit a minor facelift for the 2018 model year. Updates include some more aggressive styling, a more dynamic and refined driving experience, new Sport trim, and substantially upgraded technology and premium features. In a first for the Fit, Honda Sensing driver assistance suite with features including Collision Mitigation Braking and Road Departure Mitigation is available on all Fit models. The suite is standard on EX and EX-L trims. The subcompact hatchback Fit is available in four levels of trim: the base LX, Sport, EX and EX-L.
The Sport version returns for this year. Honda has added a ground effects body kit, rear liftgate spoiler and larger 16-inch alloy wheels. The 2018 Honda Fit is 1.4 inches longer than the previous model, while the Sport version’s unique aero kit adds an additional 0.4 inches onto that, for a total length of 161.8 inches.
The new Fit Sport trim features a sportier look with aero form features on the front, sides and rear, integrated fog lights, and a front splitter highlighted in bright orange. An exclusive gloss-black finish on the 16-inch alloy wheels further adds to an athletic appearance. At the rear, a three-strake diffuser with bright orange upper trim line, chrome exhaust finisher and Sport badge complete the Fit Sport’s distinct exterior styling.
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
Inside the cabin, the 2018 Honda Fit Sport sports a black cloth interior with a distinctive pattern on the seats and door trim. The exterior’s orange accent theme continues inside with bright orange stitching on the seats, console-mounted armrest, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The interior is capable of accommodating up to 52.7 cubic feet of cargo. It also has flat-folding seats, which make the most of that usable space.
A 180-watt stereo with six speakers comes standard on Sport and higher trim levels. Remote entry and cruise control are also integrated into the Sport model’s well-finished interior. Connectivity features include a 7.0-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
Apart from the remarkable practicality, the 2018 Honda Fit is straightforward to use as well. There aren’t any complicated climate or steering wheel controls here. However, taller drivers may find the front seats a bit cramped, as they don’t move as far back as you may expect. However, in exchange for that, rear seat passengers have more legroom at 39.3 inches than in the Ford Fiesta (31.2 inches) or the Kia Rio (33.5 inches).
All trims, including the 2018 Honda Fit Sport, pack a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The six-speed manual version puts out 130 horsepower and 114-lb-ft of torque. If you opt for the CVT, however, those figures go down slightly to 128 horsepower and 113 lb-ft. The transversely-mounted front engine drives the front wheels. The engine is noticeably buzzy when prodded with gusto.
The 2018 Honda Fit Sport may well be enough vehicle for many consumers, but it’s certainly no rocket ship. However, its diminutive size, sporty handling characteristics, and reasonable acceleration make the car fun to toss around. It also offers pleasing fuel economy – 29 MPG city and 36 highway – all for just under $19,000. Steering is positive and highly responsive.
The base price of my Lunar Silver Metallic Fit Sport started at $17,500. The final sticker totaled $18,390 after destination charges. If you’re looking to add a bit more sport to your Sport, there is the option of the Honda Factory Performance (HFP) package. The $2,699 package adds sport suspension, a large tailgate spoiler, new wheels, and HFP badges, floor mats, sport pedals, and titanium shift knob.
The 2018 Honda Fit Sport offers a small, practical, fun ride for under $20,000. Quality, function and fun live on the updated model, proving that yes, good things really do come in small packages.
SPECIFICATIONS: 2018 Honda Fit Sport
|Price as Tested:
|Engine:||1.5-liter naturally aspirated I-4|
|Drivetrain (Layout):||Transversely mounted front engine, front-wheel drive|
|Horsepower:||130 hp @ 6,600 rpm (128 w/CVT)|
|Torque:||114 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm (113 w/CVT)|
|Suspension:||Front: MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar
Rear: Torsion beam
|Brakes:||Front: 10.3-inch ventilated front discs
Rear: 7.9-inch drums
|Tires:||Firestone FR740 P185/55 R16 83H|
|Fuel capacity:||10.6 gallons|
|Fuel economy (EPA):||29 City / 36 Highway MPG|
|Turning Circle:||35.07 feet|
|Curb Weight:||2,522 pounds|