Refreshed Honda Fit Hits the Streets with New Trim and Features
Torrance, Calif. – The new 2018 Honda Fit is now hitting U.S. dealerships. The updated five-door subcompact car received a new look, updated technology, available safety features and an all new Sport trim.
With the new trim, the Honda Fit is now available in four trims. The starting MSRP for the new 2018 Honda Fit LX is $16,190. That’s only $200 more than the 2017 Honda Fit LX.
The Honda Fit is one of the highest rated subcompact cars in the U.S. Honda is hoping the new features, especially the safety additions, will make it even more popular.
Some of the updated styling on the new third-generation Honda Fit include an aggressive aero-form front spoiler and rear diffuser. There’s bright orange pin-striping, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels with gloss-black finish, and chrome exhaust-pipe finisher and side sill garnishes.
Honda also added two new exterior colors, Helios Yellow and Orange Fury. On the inside, the Sport trim features a black interior with orange contrast stitching.
The Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver assist features leads the list of new available items. It comes standard on EX and above trims, but is also optional on the LX and Sport trims.
The assortment of features includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System and Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning.
If you want Honda Sensing suite, it’ll add about $1,800 to the LX. However, with the top of the line EX and EX-L, you get all these safety features for about an extra $250 compared to the 2017 model.
On all trims aside from the base LX, there’s a new 7-inch display audio touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Under the Hood
Honda didn’t update the powertrain on the 2018 Fit. There’s only one option available across trims, a 1.5-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine capable of 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque. That’s on par with other subcompacts like the Hyundai Accent.
On the LX, Sport and EX trims that engine can be mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. You can only get an automatic on the top-of-the-line EX-L.
For fuel efficiency, the EPA ratings vary across trims and transmissions for the new Fit. But most versions average 36 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg scooting around town. If you’re using the manual transmission, city mpg drops to 29.