2018 Honda Fit

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MSRP: $16,190 - 21,520

2018 Honda Fit Review

The high-ranking 2018 Honda Fit has a roomy, versatile cabin with configurable rear seats that make loading cargo a breeze. It has agile handling, but its lethargic 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?

Yes, the Honda Fit is a good car. It ranks among the best models in our subcompact car class, thanks to its predictable handling, excellent cabin space, abundance of available features, and high safety scores. With the best combination of overall quality and value in the class, the Fit earns our 2018 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award.

Honda has made a few updates to the Fit for 2018 that make this already delightful little car an even better vehicle. These updates include a volume control knob on the center stack and the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Among its performance enhancements are an improved suspension and further insulation for a quieter ride. More advanced safety features are also available, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and a collision mitigation braking system.

Should I Buy the Honda Fit?

The Honda Fit is a great choice in the subcompact car class. It has above-average predicted reliability and outstanding safety scores. The base model is a great value, but if you have more leeway in your budget, you can get an even better deal with one of the upper trim levels. They come with a larger 7-inch touch screen that gives you access to many familiar smartphone apps and allows you to unlock, lock, and start your car without removing the keys from your pocket.

Still, the Fit has an above-average starting price, so you might want to consider a few cheaper alternatives. The Ford Fiesta costs around $2,000 less than the Fit; it is a joy to drive and has a more upscale interior than the Honda. Moreover, the Chevrolet Sonic doesn't have as many features as the Honda, but it does have a slightly lower ticket price.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Honda Fit?

The Fit's current generation began in 2015, and the model was largely unchanged until 2018. The 2018 Fit adds smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a physical volume knob on the center stack. The Fit also now offers advanced safety technologies that weren't previously available, such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Improvements to the suspension result in better handling, and the car is also better insulated for a quieter ride. The new Honda Fit Sport model, a midrange trim level, debuts for 2018 as well. It features sporty exterior styling, bright orange paint, and black alloy wheels. 

If these changes aren't important to you, you may want to consider shopping for a used model from this generation to save money. To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Honda Fit. If you decide an older model is right for you, you can review our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 38 Reviews Analyzed

To create our comprehensive Honda Fit review, we analyzed professional evaluations from 38 sources and added information such as safety features, crash test ratings, fuel economy specs, and much more. This 2018 Honda Fit review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans 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. The standard LX trim has a $16,190 base price, and it comes with fewer tech amenities than entry-level models of the cheaper Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Sonic. 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 user-friendly standard infotainment system is well-equipped with a large touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and smartphone integration. Yet, few advanced driver assistance features are available, and the base trim lacks typically standard niceties like power windows and cruise control. The Fit is a better value, thanks to its additional standard features and high-tech safety options.

Which Is Better: Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris?

Another small hatchback to consider is the Toyota Yaris (not to be confused with the Yaris iA sedan). If you're looking for an affordable, practical small car with good predicted reliability, the Yaris will suit your needs. It also comes with more standard active safety features than the Fit, including lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and pre-collision braking. The Fit, however, has more passenger and cargo space, as well as superior handling. The Fit is the better vehicle overall.

Which Is Better: Honda Fit or Ford Fiesta?

The Ford Fiesta is another good alternative to the Honda Fit – especially if you're on a budget. It has both a user-friendly infotainment system and premium materials, but its back row is cramped, and its cargo area is limited in both sedan and hatchback models. By comparison, the Fit has plenty of space for rear-seat passengers, and you'll be able to fit a lot more cargo in the Honda. The Fit is the winner here. 

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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?

The 2018 Honda Fit has a 3.5 out of five predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power. This is above average for all cars, but about average for the subcompact car class.

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 perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the highest rating of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash 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

The entry-level Fit LX's suggested retail price is $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.

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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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