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2018 Honda Fit

2018 Honda Fit

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$12,402 — $19,314 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
31-33 MPG
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2018 Honda Fit Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Brian Wong

CARS.COM — Our staff has much affection for the Honda Fit. We bought one when it was fully redesigned back in 2015, and it experienced quite a bit in our year of ownership, from having its wheels stolen to Ikea trips and even a camping trip in a rainstorm. On the whole, we liked it a lot; in his review of the Honda Fit, Senior Editor Kelsey Mays said, “With the 2016 Fit, Honda has concocted an elixir of most things small-car shoppers want, and the results are mighty desirable.”

Related: 2018 Honda Fit Is On Sale Now With New Tech, Sport Trim

This doesn’t mean that there weren’t annoyances to go along with Fit ownership, most of which revolved around its touchscreen interface, but there were also complaints about a noisy cabin and poor highway manners.

These issues seen to be addressed directly with the refreshed 2018 Fit, but the big news is the addition of Honda Sensing, which gives the Honda Fit the most comprehensive set of active-safety features in its class. There is also a new trim level, the Fit Sport, which slots in between the base Fit LX and the more luxurious EX and EX-L trims.

Styling Updates

There are slight styling changes, including new bumpers that Honda says are designed to make the Honda Fit appear wider and lower (aka sportier). The new Sport model is the most visually interesting of the three trim levels, adding a front lip spoiler and a rear diffuser (both with orange accents), side skirts, a chrome exhaust tip and — most noti...

CARS.COM — Our staff has much affection for the Honda Fit. We bought one when it was fully redesigned back in 2015, and it experienced quite a bit in our year of ownership, from having its wheels stolen to Ikea trips and even a camping trip in a rainstorm. On the whole, we liked it a lot; in his review of the Honda Fit, Senior Editor Kelsey Mays said, “With the 2016 Fit, Honda has concocted an elixir of most things small-car shoppers want, and the results are mighty desirable.”

Related: 2018 Honda Fit Is On Sale Now With New Tech, Sport Trim

This doesn’t mean that there weren’t annoyances to go along with Fit ownership, most of which revolved around its touchscreen interface, but there were also complaints about a noisy cabin and poor highway manners.

These issues seen to be addressed directly with the refreshed 2018 Fit, but the big news is the addition of Honda Sensing, which gives the Honda Fit the most comprehensive set of active-safety features in its class. There is also a new trim level, the Fit Sport, which slots in between the base Fit LX and the more luxurious EX and EX-L trims.

Styling Updates

There are slight styling changes, including new bumpers that Honda says are designed to make the Honda Fit appear wider and lower (aka sportier). The new Sport model is the most visually interesting of the three trim levels, adding a front lip spoiler and a rear diffuser (both with orange accents), side skirts, a chrome exhaust tip and — most noticeably — 16-inch black alloy wheels. Inside, the Sport also has contrast stitching and a unique cloth pattern on the seats that matches the orange accents found outside.

Do the changes work? They certainly do on the Sport, though the updates will be hard to pick out on the other trim levels. Black wheels make a statement and give the Honda Fit a tuner-type look that upped the appeal to my eyes, but they definitely won’t be for everyone.

Is It Fit for Fun?

The powertrain options are the same, a 130-horsepower, 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a 128-hp four-cylinder mated to a continuously variable automatic. Among the updates for 2018 are improved handling thanks to added chassis reinforcement to make the car more rigid, different damping rates in the shock absorbers and a new part added to the steering column to make it feel more solid.

I didn’t notice a large difference in the Honda Fit’s handling prowess or ride, neither of which were pain points in the last version. Both lean toward the better end of this class — much of the competition isn’t exactly spritely or fun to drive.

What limits the Honda Fit’s fun is the engine, especially with the CVT — it’s slow to accelerate and doesn’t seem to pull the car with much urgency even at high engine revs. The manual transmission improves things a bit, but the car remains sluggish from a start. Passing maneuvers need to be meticulously planned with either transmission, and short merges onto highways may be pucker-inducing.

But what really bothered me about the CVT was something else — the noise.

Let’s Get Loud

To reduce wind and tire noise, Honda added more noise insulation, underbody panels and thicker glass for the windshield and front corner windows. It was hard to tell if they succeeded, however, due to the rancor coming from the engine bay. I drove two versions back-to-back, a top-of-the-line EX-L trim with the CVT and a Sport model with the manual, and in addition to being more fun, the manual is quieter and feels a bit quicker.

The CVT is prone to that droning noise, especially at highway speeds and during acceleration. It would be more acceptable if the noise were accompanied by large increases in speed, but that’s not the case, either.

Not all is great about the manual. The shifter sits almost awkwardly low in the center console and there is no armrest to rest your shifting hand on, so it ends up kind of hanging limply and awkwardly in a weird space. The clutch is also a bit light, so finding the engagement point takes some getting used to. I still prefer the manual by a big margin.

Interior Updates

Inside, the big change is the addition of a new 7-inch touchscreen (standard on the Sport and above) that adds new technology like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Pandora compatibility. But the biggest addition to the audio system is a mechanical feature, not a technological one: a volume knob. It would have been nice to see the 2018 Fit get both volume and tuning knobs like the 2018 Accord did in its redesign, but I was very happy to see at least a volume knob return.

The rest of the cabin stands pat, and that’s more than fine. The flexible interior, with its multiple backseat configurations and copious headroom for all occupants, is a favorite of mine in this segment. The Fit is one of the few with a backseat I’d feel comfortable asking adults to sit in for an extended period.

Safety Upgrade

The biggest change for 2018 is the availability of Honda Sensing in CVT-equipped Fits as a $1,000 option on Fit LX and Fit Sport, and standard on EX and EX-L. Honda Sensing includes a comprehensive set of driver aids and active-safety features including forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and road departure mitigation.

These are features that aren’t even offered on many other members of this segment. The closest competitor would be the 2018 Toyota Yaris, which does offer automatic emergency braking and lane departure warnings (no steering assist) but is missing the other two features.

Conclusion

The Honda Fit retains what we liked about the old version of the car: its roominess, cargo flexibility and value. Not all of the promised changes for 2018 move the needle — it’s still very noisy at speed and rides busily on the highway — but the added technology and safety features hit the mark.

There was a slight increase in price for 2018. The Fit LX and EX both rise between $100 and $200. But the EX and EX-L more than justify that cost with a better audio/multimedia system (and a volume knob!), and that’s before you even start to think about those added safety features.

So yes, it might be noisy and at times poky, but the Honda Fit pretty much kills at everything else and at this price, that’s more than enough. The Honda Fit was my preferred choice in this subcompact class, and these additions just put more distance between it and the rest of the pack.

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
90 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

From subways to car owner

by Clemintine from Phoenix on April 16, 2020

After using the subway in NYC for 25 years, I moved back to Arizona, where a car is necessary. Doing much research, I purchased the 2018 Honda Fit. The drivers seat could use more room, as I'm six ... Read full review

(5.0)

I’ve owned one before excellent car

by Clyde from Marietta Georgia on March 17, 2020

This car is versatile in every sense of the word Lots of luggage room Great gas mileage My 2010 I put 173k on it before I was hit and they totaled it It had the original clutch Never had any issues ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Honda Fit currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Honda Fit LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles; HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles; HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    182-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Fit received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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