2018 Honda Fit: New Face, More Tech
For its third year of its third generation Honda is upgrading the 2018 Fit with new styling, safety features, and options for the value-minded customer.
Though when Honda says 'more aggressive styling' it's more like a subtle touchup than a new design altogether. What they've done is the automotive equivalent of switching out its neck tie. Its front grille, for example, now has a second chrome strip on the upper side running over the H logo. Its fog light housing has been elongated. And what used to be a black bar on the lower bumper is now a body colored splitter. In the back, its two fake bumper vents has morphed into what Honda calls 'a full-width character line in piano black and a splitter-shaped lower section'. At a glance, it's hard to notice any of these changes but if you put them side by side you'll definitely prefer the new look.
Joining the Fit team is the Sport trim (Pictured in orange). Designed to sit in between the base LX and what used to be the middle-of-the-pack EX, the Sport trim offers additional aesthetic measures for a distinguished look. Namely, red lines running along the bottom of the front and rear bumper giving the car a nice illusion of performance. Also thrown in with the Sport deal are black 16" alloy wheels, chrome exhaust tips, and a Sport badge to show off your $17,000 (est.) baller status. If you're feeling cheeky, you can order the Honda Fit in two new colors: Helios Yellow Pearl and Orange Fury.
Finally, the Fit can now be ordered with the Honda Sensing safety suite which includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure assist, and road departure warning. Honda says this makes the 2018 Fit both the lowest priced and only subcompact car to offer these features. Most cars in this price range only allow choice of navigation at its most equipped level. All the more reason to choose the Fit as the most practical and livable car for under $20,000.
All Fit cars are powered by a 130 hp 1.5-liter inline-4 engine connected to a 6-speed manual on LX, Sport, and EX models with CVT optional. EX-L models receive CVT as standard. Honda Sensing is optional on LX and Sport, and standard on EX and EX-L. Honda Sensing must be ordered with a CVT transmission.
Exact pricing and release date to be announced.