Honda is dishing out the details on its new 2018 Fit.
Honda has announced full details for its updated 2018 Fit hatchback. The 2018 model year brings along new styling and updated tech for the popular five-door.
On the styling front, the 2018 Fit features a new front end design that brings it in closer alignment with the rest of the Honda lineup. The 2018 Fit also sports a re-worked rear fascia.
As a result of its new styling, the 2018 Fit is actually longer than last year's model. For Fit LX, EX and EX-L models, overall length is up 1.4-inches to 161.4-inches overall. The new-for-2018 Sport model is 0.4-inches longer than the 2017 Fit.
The new Sport model — which slots between the LX and EX models — features a more aggressive-looking aero kit that includes new pieces for the car's front, sides and rear. The Fit Sport also gets exclusive gloss-black 16-inch wheels, a chrome exhaust finisher and Sport badging.
Interior styling of the Fit largely carries over, but all model receive a revised driver's meter for 2018 with an analog speedometer and digital tachometer. Fit models equipped with Honda Sensing also gain a 4.2-inch TFT color display in the main gauge cluster. Fit Sport and above models use a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Perhaps the biggest improvement for the 2018 Fit is the addition of Honda Sensing to EX and EX-L models. Honda's safety suite is an available option for Fit LX and Sport models equipped with a CVT (it's standard on EX and EX-L model regardless of transmission).
The Honda Sensing system includes advanced safety features like Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control. EX and EX-L model also get the Honda LaneWatch blind spot monitor.
Power for all Fit models is provided by a 1.5L direct-injected four-cylinder engine. Models equipped with a manual transmission are rated at 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque; opting for the CVT drops those figures to 128 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque.
The Fit LX with the CVT is the fuel economy champ of the bunch, returning EPA estimates of 33/40/36mpg city/highway/combined. All other CVT models are rated at 31/36/33. Models with the six-speed manual are rated at 29/36/31.
Honda promises better ride and handling from the 2018 Fit thanks to a re-tuned suspension, a more rigid steering system and additional body reinforcements. New mounting hardware for the transmission and steering system, along with an acoustic glass windshield and added sound deadening, should also make for a quieter ride.
Honda has not announced an on-sale date or pricing information for the 2018 Fit, but those details should be revealed within the next few months.