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2018 Honda Fit Review

The 2018 Honda Fit is roomy and versatile, with an innovative back seat that lets you haul a wide variety of cargo. Its sharp handling adds enjoyment to the drive, though its sleepy engine is slow to accelerate. 

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale, spacious interior
  • Versatile, roomy cargo area
  • Impressive amount of tech and safety features available
  • Fuel-efficient with automatic transmission
  • Slow to accelerate
  • Automatic transmission is underpowered and drones

New for 2018

  • New Sport trim level
  • More advanced safety features available
  • Updated suspension for better handling


Is the Honda Fit a Good Car?

Outstanding cabin space, lots of available features, good crash test ratings, and predictable handling help the Honda Fit rank among the best models in our subcompact car class. The Fit is our 2018 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award winner because it has the best combination of overall quality and value in the class.

Some tweaks for 2018 improve this already splendid little car. These include enhanced smartphone integration (featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) for the upgraded infotainment system, an all-important volume knob added to the center stack, suspension improvements, and more insulation resulting in a quieter ride. A host of new advanced safety features are available for the 2018 model year, including forward collision warning, a collision mitigation braking system, and adaptive cruise control.

Should I Buy the Honda Fit?

If you're looking for a subcompact car, you should consider a Honda Fit. Its base trim represents a great value, and the current generation has received high safety and reliability scores (though the 2018 model year does not yet have a predicted reliability rating). The uplevel trims are an even better deal. These come with added conveniences that give you access to your favorite smartphone apps on the car's 7-inch touch screen and allow you to unlock, lock, and start the car without taking the keys out of your pocket.

If you can't afford the Fit's above-average price tag, there are a couple less-expensive small cars to consider instead. The Ford Fiesta is upscale and fun to drive, and its lower retail price can save you around $2,500. The Chevrolet Sonic also has a lower starting price than the Fit, though it doesn't have as many features as the Honda does.

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We Did the Research for You: 33 Reviews Analyzed

To create our comprehensive Honda Fit review, we analyzed professional evaluations from 33 sources and added information such as safety features, crash test ratings, fuel economy specs, and much more.

Honda last redesigned the Fit for the 2015 model year and has made only minor adjustments since. As a result, this overview includes applicable data and reviews from the 2015 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Honda Fit Cost?

You'll spend more to buy the Honda Fit than you will to purchase most other subcompact cars. Prices start at $16,190 for the base LX trim, which comes with fewer tech amenities than entry models of the Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Sonic (both of which cost less). Next is a new trim for 2018: the $17,500 Fit Sport. Advanced safety equipment is added to the Fit EX ($18,160), and the top-level Fit EX-L ($20,520) comes with posh upgrades like leather upholstery and heated front seats. For great savings at your local Honda dealer, check out our U.S. News Best Price Program. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

Honda Fit Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Honda Fit or Chevrolet Sonic?

The Chevrolet Sonic's impressive standard infotainment system includes a large touch screen, smartphone integration, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Unfortunately, the base trim lacks cruise control and power windows, and only a few advanced driver assistance features are available in higher trims. Of the two, the Fit is the better buy if you want high-tech safety features.

Which Is Better: Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris?

The Toyota Yaris is a small hatchback (not to be confused with the Yaris iA sedan), and it's expected to be one of the most reliable subcompact cars you can buy. It's a good option if you want an affordable, practical small car and put little weight on dynamic handling. It comes standard with a notable suite of safety features, including pre-collision braking, lane departure alert, and automatic high beams. When it comes to passenger seating and cargo space, the Yaris trails the Fit.

Which Is Better: Honda Fit or Ford Fiesta?

If you need to save money, the Ford Fiesta is a good alternative to the Honda Fit, and its premium materials and user-friendly infotainment system mean the car doesn't feel cheap. The Ford's rear seat is cramped, however, and both the sedan's trunk and the hatchback's cargo area are smaller than most in this class.

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Fit Interior

How Many People Does the Fit Seat?

The Fit has five seats and can comfortably accommodate four adults. It comes standard with cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a split-folding rear seat. The front seats are comfortable, and seat height adjustments and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel make it easy to find a good driving position. Adults have enough room in the rear-outboard seats to travel comfortably.

Fit and Car Seats

You can install two car seats in the back of a Fit, which comes with a full set of LATCH hardware on both outboard seats and a third tether anchor for the middle seat. There's enough room in the back seat for you to clip in a rear-facing child seat without having to move the front seats too far forward. The lower anchors are difficult to reach and use, however, and the middle seat's tether anchor blocks the rear view when it's in use.

Fit Interior Quality

With premium materials and lots of soft-touch points, the Fit feels more upscale than its sticker price suggests. For 2018, Honda added more insulation to create a quieter ride.

Fit Cargo Space

The Fit has a spacious 16.6-cubic foot cargo hold. It comes standard with Honda's Magic Seat – a rear seat that does more than just fold with a 60/40 split. With the front passenger seat also folded, you can haul extra-long items, like a ladder. Keep the rear seat in place, fold the front seat flat, and recline the rear seat to create a naptime space with lots of legroom. For tall cargo, the seat cushions fold up. You can also lay down the entire second row to unveil 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is enough room for a bicycle.

Fit Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Every Fit comes with Bluetooth, a USB port, and a multiview rearview camera. Move up to any other trim, and you gain the ability to connect your phone to the car in a variety of ways. With Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, you can use the car's 7-inch touch screen to link with many of your favorite smartphone apps. The system is also compatible with Pandora and includes HondaLink, which lets you interface with several vehicle systems from your smartphone. These features come standard in all but the base trim. The EX and EX-L trims also come with a clever proximity key that automatically locks the doors when you walk away from the vehicle.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Fit Performance

Fit Engine: Best for City Driving

If your daily commute keeps you within city limits, you'll probably be content with the Fit. Its four-cylinder engine supplies a decent amount of power for urban scenarios. Hit the open road, however, and you'll find it is slow to accelerate, both when merging onto the highway and overtaking other cars. The standard six-speed manual transmission gives you better control over power production, while the available continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is more timid and tends to drone at highway speeds.

Fit Gas Mileage: Excellent With the CVT

When outfitted with the CVT, the Fit has one of the highest fuel economy ratings in our subcompact car ranking. This setup gets 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Gas mileage with the manual transmission is 29 mpg city/36 mpg highway.

Fit Ride and Handling: Playful and Agile

For a subcompact hatchback, the front-wheel-drive Fit is fun to drive, thanks to its precise steering and sharp handling. The suspension does a good job of absorbing bumps (though the ride is a little firm), and added insulation for 2018 means the cabin is now even quieter.

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Fit Reliability

Is the Honda Fit Reliable?

J.D. Power has not yet released its reliability prediction for the 2018 Fit. Other model years within this generation have an above-average rating.

Honda Fit Warranty

Honda covers the Fit with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

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Fit Safety

Fit Crash Test Results

The 2018 Fit has a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn't yet tested the current model, but the 2017 Fit scored Good ratings (the best possible) in all IIHS tests.

Fit Safety Features

A multiview rearview camera comes in every Fit. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a collision mitigation braking system, a road departure mitigation system, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and Honda LaneWatch are available. The car automatically engages LaneWatch when you use the right-hand turn signal, displaying a camera image of your blind spot on the infotainment screen and making it safer to change lanes.

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Which Honda Fit Model Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Honda Fit comes in four trim levels. The standard setup includes a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard in the EX-L trim and available as an upgrade in all other trims. There are few other options available for each trim level (beyond a navigation system available in the EX-L and a package of safety systems), so pick the version that comes equipped with the amenities you want.

If you can afford to spend a little more than the base starting price, we recommend the Fit EX. This trim gets a suite of advanced safety systems and convenient tech (including a feature that locks the door automatically when you walk away). Its upgraded infotainment system offers several ways to connect your smartphone for an enhanced user experience.

Honda Fit LX

Pricing for the entry-level Fit LX starts at $16,190. Standard features for this hatchback include cloth upholstery, a multiview rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a 5-inch display screen, four speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, and Honda’s Magic Seat (which offers multiple configurations and has a 60/40 split).

Honda Fit Sport

The Fit Sport ($17,500) is a new trim for 2018. It comes with six speakers, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Pandora compatibility, and HondaLink (a system that connects your vehicle to your smartphone).

Honda Fit EX

The most notable upgrades in the Fit EX ($18,160) are its extra safety systems. A number of advanced technologies come standard – including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a collision mitigation braking system, a road departure mitigation system, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and Honda LaneWatch. The EX also has push-button start, satellite radio, a moonroof, and a proximity key with walk-away auto lock.

Honda Fit EX-L

The Fit EX-L adds standard leather upholstery, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors. Pricing starts at $20,520.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Honda dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Honda deals page.

See 2018 Honda Fit specs and trims »

The Final Call

The Honda Fit may cost a little more than most subcompact cars, but numerous first-class traits make the higher price worth it. Its interior feels swanky, and travelers have more room to stretch out than in many similarly sized vehicles, especially in the back seat. The cargo area is also larger than most, coupled with a versatile back seat that can be arranged in various (and unusual) ways. You certainly won't win any races with the Fit, but this car feels frisky, with sharp steering and predictable handling. You can also outfit it with an outstanding array of advanced safety features.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  •  +"Improved with a retuned suspension, a quieter interior and new safety and in-cabin technology -- including available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto -- the 2018 Honda Fit is a fun, fuel-efficient and affordable subcompact with class-leading versatility. Honda calls it the 5-door car with attitude. We call it the yardstick against which all other subcompacts are measured, including the Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta, Nissan Versa and Chevy Sonic. Four trim levels are offered, LX, Sport, EX and EX-L. Each is equipped with the Fit's famous so-called Magic Seat, which maximized cargo space but allows for a generous rear seat." -- Kelley Blue Book
  •  +"For city living, it's tough to beat a 2018 Honda Fit. The epitome of an automotive Swiss Army Knife thanks to its rear Magic Seat that flips up, folds down, and does the splits, the Fit zips through traffic and whips into parking spaces while providing plenty of space for four adults and up to 52.7 cu.-ft. of cargo space." -- New York Daily News
  • "The 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. … So yes, it might be noisy and at times poky, but the Fit pretty much kills at everything else and at this price, that's more than enough. The Fit was my preferred choice in this class, and these additions just put more distance between it and the rest of the pack." -- Cars.com


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