2018 Honda Fit Gets Fresh: New Styling, New Sport Trim, Added Tech and More Refinement Bring New Attitude

2018 Honda Fit Gets Fresh: New Styling, New Sport Trim, Added Tech and More Refinement Bring New Attitude

By Scott Green

July 5, 2017

  • 2018 model features more youthful and emotional character
  • Fun-to-drive Fit adds new Sport trim with extra dose of style
  • Honda Sensing now available on Fit offered on all trims
  • Available new Display Audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay  compatibility 

The 2018 model year brings significant updates to the third generation of the versatile 5-door subcompact Honda Fit including fresh sportier styling, a more dynamic and refined driving experience, new Sport trim, and substantially upgraded technology and premium features. In a first for Fit, the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver assistive technologies including Collision Mitigation Braking (CMBS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) is available on all Fit models and standard on EX and above trims. This makes Fit the most affordable car in America with such a robust offering of safety and driver-assistive features and the only vehicle within its segment to do so.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Exterior and Interior 
The 2018 Honda Fit features updated and sportier styling, including a lower and wider appearance thanks to new front and rear fascia, a more sophisticated two-piece chrome and piano black grille, and new wheel finishes. Overall length of the 2018 Fit increases to 161.4 inches (+1.4) for LX, EX and EX-L models while Sport’s unique aero kit adds an additional 0.4 inches (161.8).

For 2018, the Fit offers an expanded exterior color palette with two exciting new options Helios Yellow and Orange Fury. Carryover colors include White Orchid Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Milano Red and Aegean Blue Metallic. EX and above trims also feature a new two-tone finish on the 16-inch alloy wheels with machined spokes and gloss-black inserts.  

The new Fit Sport trim features an even more aggressive and sporty look with aero form features at the front, sides and rear, integrated fog lights, and a low and sharp front splitter highlighted in bright orange. An exclusive gloss-black finish on the 16-inch alloy wheels further adds to the sporty look. 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.

On the inside, the Fit Sport distinguishes itself with a black interior with unique cross-hatched fabric for 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.           

Features and Technology
For 2018, the Fit is offered in LX, EX, and EX-L trims, along with a new Sport trim positioned between LX and EX each generously equipped. Standard features on all Fit models include rearview camera, tailgate spoiler, auto on-off headlights, LED brake lights, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and a center storage console with armrest. All 2018 Fits feature a redesigned driver’s meter with a large analog speedometer and digital tachometer. Models equipped with HondaSensing receive a 4.2-inch Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) Driver Information Interface (DII) color display offering additional selectable information including available turn-by-turn directions.

The Fit Sport builds off the LX with exclusive interior trim featuring black cross-hatched fabric and orange accent stitching, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters on CVT models. In addition, the Sport model gains premium features found on EX trims including Honda’s 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a 180-watt six-speaker audio system.

The Fit EX includes Honda Sensing standard on both CVT and 6MT models. This marks the first application of Honda’s suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features to a model equipped with a manual transmission. The Fit EX also gains Honda LaneWatch, XM Radio, variable intermittent wipers, Push Button Start, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, a one-touch power moonroof, and new sliding sunvisors.

The top trim Fit EX-L also includes Honda Sensing as well as leather-trimmed seats with 2-level heating for the front, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and available navigation with HD Traffic and HD Radio.

EXTERIOR FEATURES LX Sport EX EX-L
2-Speed/Intermittent Windshield Wipers    
Body-Colored, Power Side Mirrors Heated 
Roof-Mounted Antenna
Security System with Remote Entry
Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlights w/ Auto-On/Off
One-Touch Turn Indicators
Body-Colored Rear Roofline Spoiler
LED Brake Lights
Intermittent Rear Window Wiper/Washer
Body-Colored Door Handles
Fog Lights  
Front Underbody Spoiler with Orange Trim      
Rear Diffuser with Orange Trim      
Side Underbody Spoilers      
Chrome Exhaust Finisher      
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature    
Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock    
Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers    
Side Mirrors with Integrated Turn Indicators      

 

INTERIOR FEATURES LX Sport EX EX-L
Air Conditioning w/ Air-Filtration System
Power Windows w/ Auto-Up/Down Driver’s Window
Power Door Locks
Illuminated Driver’s Window & Door Lock Controls
Cruise Control
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
Center Console with Armrest
Beverage Holders
Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Vanity Mirrors
Map Lights
12-Volt Power Outlets (front/center console)
Passenger-Side Seatback Pocket
Remote Fuel Filler Door Release
Rear Window Defroster
Cargo Area Light
Door-Pocket Storage Bins (front/rear)
Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls
Drivers Meter with Multi Information Display    
Drivers Meter with 4.2-inch TFT Color Display Available (CVT model) Available (CVT model)
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel and Shift Knob    
Push Button Start    
Sliding Sunvisors    
Cargo Area Tie-Down Anchors    
Floor Mats    

Powertrain and Chassis 
The 2018 Fit continues to offer a lively and responsive engine mated to either a slick-shifting 6-speed manual, offering an engaging driving experience on LX, Sport and EX trims; or an efficient Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with G-Shift Control, available on all trims. The Fit’s 1.5L DOHC direct-injected 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine with Variable Cam Timing (VTC) delivers up to 130 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm and 114 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm (both SAE net). Through optimized emission control and a modified catalytic converter design, the 2018 Fit with CVT achieves the stringent SULEV-30 emission standards1 (6MT achieves ULEV125) while still delivering the fun and efficient output for which Fit is well known.

2018 Fit Powertrain Details
Trims LX, EX, Sport LX, EX, Sport, EX-L
Engine 1.5L DOHC direct-injected 4-cylinder i-VTEC and VTC 1.5L DOHC direct-injected 4-cylinder i-VTEC and VTC
Transmission 6-speed manual (6MT) CVT w/ G-Shift Control
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) 130 @ 6600 128 @ 6600
Torque @ rpm (lb.-ft., SAE net) 114 @ 4600 113 @ 4600
Recommended fuel Regular Unleaded Regular Unleaded
CARB emissions rating1 ULEV-125 SULEV-30
Tune-up interval No scheduled tune-ups required for 100,000 +/- miles No scheduled tune-ups required for 100,000 +/- miles

Taking Fit’s top-of-segment premium driving feel one-step further, ride comfort and handling characteristics have been improved for 2018 thanks to retuned suspension dampers, a more rigid steering system and additional body reinforcements. In addition to comfort and dynamic improvements, Fit offers a quieter cabin rivaling the best in its class, with adjustments made to transmission and steering system mounting hardware, combined with the addition of acoustic glass windshield and improved insulation throughout the vehicle.

The Fit’s rigid body structure is paired with a sophisticated chassis to deliver sporty handling with a steering linearity that gives the driver a sense of oneness with the vehicle unmatched in the subcompact segment.

Fuel Economy
The 2018 Fit retains its outstanding EPA fuel-economy rating2 of 29/36/31 (city/highway/combined) for the manual transmission models, 33/40/36 for the LX trim with CVT and 31/36/33 for the EX, EX-L and Sport trim with CVT. The 6MT optimizes close individual ratios to aid performance while offering a wide overall range to improve fuel efficiency. The CVT enhances engine responsiveness, providing quick and smooth acceleration while improving fuel efficiency with a wide ratio range and low internal friction.

Packaging
Inside the 2018 Honda Fit continues to wow with a rear hatch providing access to a remarkably spacious and accommodating cargo area. With a low load floor, four dedicated seat modes and dozens of configurations, the Fit is the epitome of functionality and utility. Fold the 2nd-row Magic Seat forward and the Fit provides an enormous 52.7 cubic feet of cargo spacemore than any of its key hatchback competitors. Other configurations accommodate long and tall items, or allow two people to relax with their feet up when the Fit is parked.

The 2018 Fit offers exceptional utility via its 60/40 (right/left), split 2nd-row Magic Seat, enabling multiple-configurable seating and cargo-carrying options. In the standard seatback-up/seat bottom-down position, there is ample room for three passengers to sit comfortably. As the seatback is split 60/40, one or two passengers can still be accommodated while extending the cargo-carrying capacity by folding down one side or the other. And since the Fit’s rear seat offers exceptional legroom, the rear passenger area can also accommodate a good-sized pet kennel or crate. The Magic Seat can easily be folded into any of its positions with levers accessible from the rear of the car or the rear doors.

INTERIOR MEASUREMENTS  LX, Sport EX, EX-L
Headroom (front/rear) 39.5 in / 37.5 in 38.0 in / 37.6 in
Legroom (front/rear) 41.4 in / 39.3 in 41.4 in / 39.3 in
Shoulder Room (front/rear) 54.8 in / 52.6 in 54.8 in / 52.6 in
Hiproom (front/rear) 51.5 in / 45.1 in 51.5 in / 45.1 in
Cargo Volume (seat up/down) 16.6 cu ft / 52.7 cu ft 16.6 cu ft / 52.7 cu ft
Passenger Volume 95.7 cu ft 93.8 cu ft
Seating Capacity 5 5

Safety Performance and Driver Assist Features

Honda Sensing, Honda’s suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features, is available on Fit LX and Sport (equipped CVT) and standard on all EX and EX-L trims. The Honda Sensing suite includes: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) incorporating Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

The 2018 Honda Fit also features a long list of standard active and passive safety features, including Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, driver and passenger front and side airbags, side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. The Fit is designed to achieve a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). All models feature a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, while EX and higher trims have Honda LaneWatch as standard equipment.

SAFETY & DRIVER ASSIST FEATURES LX Sport EX EX-L
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
Brake Assist
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) (HS) Available (CVT model) Available (CVT model)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) (HS) Available (CVT model) Available (CVT model)
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) (HS) Available (CVT model) Available (CVT model)
Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) (HS) Available (CVT model) Available (CVT model)
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) (HS) Available (CVT model) Available (CVT model)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (HS) Available (CVT model) Available (CVT model)
Honda LaneWatch    
SAFETY & DRIVER ASSIST FEATURES (cont.) LX Sport EX EX-L
Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
Advanced Front Airbags
SmartVent Front Side Airbags
Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
Front 3-Point Seat Belts w/ Automatic Tensioning System
Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row Outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All)
Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Seat-Belt Reminder
Child-Proof Rear Door Locks

HS = Honda Sensing            

Consumer information is available at www.automobiles.honda.com/fit. To join the Accord community on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/hondafit

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.
Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

# # #

[1]  CVT models are LEV3-SULEV30-rated in California and states that have adopted California vehicle emission regulations. CVT models in non-CARB states and 6MT models in all 50 states are LEV3-ULEV125-rated.                                                                                          
[2]  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.  

Source and Images: Honda North America

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *