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2018 Honda Fit Review

The 2018 Honda Fit offers roomy seating, a relatively spacious cargo area, great fuel economy, and terrific safety scores, helping to make it one of the highest-rated subcompact cars in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Snappy, agile handling
  • Roomy seating and cargo space
  • Great fuel economy
  • Good safety scores
  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Noisy interior

New for 2018

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available
  • Honda Sensing package introduced

Rankings & Awards

The 2018 Honda Fit's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Subcompact Cars category. It was the winner of our 2018 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award. Currently the Honda Fit has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 38 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.8
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2018 Honda Fit Overview

Is the 2018 Honda Fit a Good Used Car?

The 2018 Fit is a very good option if you’re shopping for a used subcompact car. The Fit hatchback has lots of space and offers a variety of active safety features.

The 2018 Fit has many highlights:

  • Versatile, spacious cargo area
  • Magic Seat that folds up or down to accommodate awkward-sized cargo
  • Fun to drive
  • Good fuel economy
  • Quality cabin materials
  • User-friendly infotainment controls
  • Available Honda Sensing suite of active safety features like forward collision warning with brake assist
  • Low five-year projected ownership costs

It does have a few drawbacks though:

  • Slow acceleration
  • Wind and engine noise infiltrate the cabin when driving on the highway

Give the 2018 Toyota Yaris iA sedan a look if you’d prefer a car with a quieter cabin and ritzier materials. Or consider the 2018 Ford Fiesta if you want zippier engine performance.

Compare the Fit, Yaris iA, and Fiesta »

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We’ve analyzed 38 Honda Fit reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

How Much Is the 2018 Honda Fit?

Based on listings for the 2018 Honda Fit on our site, the average price is $17,800, which is above average for the class. Prices range from $14,900 to $20,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Honda Fit Cost to Own?

The Fit’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $20,100, or $4,020 per year. That’s much lower than average for a subcompact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Fit?

The price of a 2019 Honda Fit starts at around $16,200. You can save money by shopping for a used 2018 model while still finding the same engine performance, driving dynamics, and tech features. The Fit only saw minor updates for 2019.

Read about the new Honda Fit »

You can save even more money by shopping for a used 2015, 2016, or 2017 Fit. These models are part of the Fit’s third generation. They are mechanically similar, but they don’t offer as many tech or safety features. Only the 2018-and-newer Fit models are available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features.

Compare the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Fit »

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Honda Fit?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Honda Fit a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2018 Honda Fit Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Honda Fit.

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Which Used Honda Fit Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Honda Fit is available in four trim levels: LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L. The entry-level LX trim is a fine pick for shoppers on a tight budget, because it’s pretty well-equipped. That said, you’ll need to opt for a higher trim if your must-have items include a touch screen, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto.

  • Honda Fit LX: The base model LX comes standard with a 5-inch display, a CD player, four speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, power windows, cruise control, air conditioning, cloth seats, a moonroof, and 15-inch steel wheels.
  • Honda Fit Sport: The midrange Fit Sport includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six speakers, an extra USB port, fog lights, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
  • Honda Fit EX: The EX trim comes with satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a blind spot camera system, and the Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. This includes lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning with brake assist, and adaptive cruise control. Honda Sensing is available on the LX and Sport trims.
  • Honda Fit EX-L: The EX-L features leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors. A navigation system is available.

See 2018 Honda Fit trims and specs »

What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2014 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2018 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Fit?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Fit an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The Fit received five stars in the frontal crash and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Fit a top rating of Good in four tests. Models equipped with Honda Sensing received a Superior rating for front crash prevention. Its headlights received the lowest rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • passenger-side blind spot camera (Honda LaneWatch)
  • forward collision warning with brake assist
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist

See Fit safety scores »

2018 Honda Fit Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Honda Fit or 2018 Honda Civic?

The 2018 Honda Civic is an excellent compact car. It’s available as a coupe, sedan, or hatchback, and it offers all the same tech and safety features as the Fit. The Civic outshines the smaller Fit with a smoother ride quality and stronger engine performance. Some Civic models even return better fuel economy (up to 32/42 mpg). However, the Fit offers a larger and more flexible cargo area than the Civic hatchback. Test-drive both cars to see which you prefer.

Which Is Better: 2018 Honda Fit or 2018 Nissan Versa?

The 2018 Nissan Versa isn’t a great used car option. The Versa has cheap cabin materials, outdated tech features, few safety features, and far less cargo space than the Fit. The Versa’s four-cylinder engine is even weaker than the Fit’s. Worse still, the Versa rates poorly for predicted reliability. Stick with the Honda.

Which Is Better: 2018 Honda Fit or 2018 Chevrolet Spark?

The 2018 Chevrolet Spark is a decent option. It has upscale interior styling, a user-friendly infotainment system, and a number of available safety features. On average, it's often far less expensive to buy as well. Ultimately, though, the Spark isn’t as well-rounded as the Fit. It offers less rear-seat and cargo space, and it can only seat four passengers.

Compare the Fit, Versa, and Spark »

2018 Fit Performance

How Does the 2018 Honda Fit Drive?

The Honda Fit is at its best in the city. The Fit feels light and agile around turns, and its quick steering makes the car a breeze to park and maneuver in tight areas. Its suspension does a fine job of soaking up small bumps and dips in the road, though rougher pavement can jostle the car around a bit.

Overall, the Fit is most limited by its four-cylinder engine. It provides slow acceleration around town and struggles to get the car up to highway speeds, especially when paired with the continuously variable automatic transmission. The Fit also doesn’t offer much passing power once it’s up to speed. That said, the Fit’s manual transmission is slick and fun to shift, and it makes the best use of the limited engine power.

  • Base engine: 130-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Honda Fit Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Fit returns great fuel economy for a subcompact car.

  • With six-speed manual: 29/36 mpg city/highway
  • With CVT: 33/40 mpg

Read more about Fit performance »

2018 Fit Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Fit Seat?

The Honda Fit is a four-door hatchback with five seats. The front seats are soft and comfortable, and there’s ample headroom and legroom up front, even for taller drivers and passengers. The rear seats are similarly spacious. They can comfortably accommodate three kids or two adults, which few cars in this class can claim.

The Fit’s interior is trimmed with many soft-touch plastics, giving it a rather upscale look and feel. On the other hand, the cabin lets in a lot of road, wind, and engine noise – especially at highway speeds. This can be tiring on longer road trips.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats
  • Magic Seat (second-row seats that can flip up or fold down)

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Honda Fit?

The 2018 Fit has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system its second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. This setup is mostly user-friendly, though some of the anchors are too deep within the seat cushions for easy access.

2018 Honda Fit Features

The Fit offers two infotainment systems. The LX trim has a 5-inch display with buttons and knobs at either side of the screen. It looks a bit low-tech, but it’s simple to use when driving. All other trims have the HondaLink 7-inch touch screen, which is accompanied by a volume knob. This screen has a sleeker look, and it supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow users to integrate their iPhone and Android devices with the infotainment system.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 5-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, a CD player, and four speakers
  • Available infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, an extra USB port, six speakers, and a navigation system
  • Additional standard features: air conditioning, remote keyless entry, power windows, cruise control, and a moonroof
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry and push-button start

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Read more about Fit interior »

2018 Honda Fit Dimensions

Honda Fit Cargo Space

The Fit has 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 52.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That’s a lot of cargo room. It’s also a very flexible cargo area. The rear seat cushions can flip upright as well, which is helpful for loading tall items like a flat-screen TV. There are only a few hatchbacks that offer more cargo space, such as the 2018 Kia Soul, a compact car.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Honda Fit Length and Weight
  • Length: 13 feet, 6 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,522 to 2,648 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Honda Fit Built?

Honda built the 2018 Fit in Mexico.


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