2018 Honda Fit Hatchback

City mpg:
29
Highway mpg:
36

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Honda Fit Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the Honda Fit LX include 1.5L I-4 130hp engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), SmartVent side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 15" steel wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, VSA electronic stability.

2018 Honda
Fit Hatchback

Starting at: $16,190

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 130hp @ 6,600RPM
  • Engine torque - 114 lb.-ft. @ 4,600RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 73.0mm x 89.5mm (2.87" x 3.52")
  • Compression ratio - 11.50 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,100mm (161.4")
  • Exterior body width - 1,702mm (67.0")
  • Exterior height - 1,524mm (60.0")
  • Wheelbase - 2,530mm (99.6")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.5')
  • Front legroom - 1,052mm (41.4")
  • Rear legroom - 998mm (39.3")
  • Front headroom - 1,003mm (39.5")
  • Rear headroom - 953mm (37.5")
  • Front hiproom - 1,308mm (51.5")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,146mm (45.1")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,392mm (54.8")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,336mm (52.6")
  • Passenger volume - 2,710L (95.7 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 470 L (17 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,492 L (53 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.5
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 130hp @ 6,600RPM
  • Torque - 114 lb.-ft. @ 4,600RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 31mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 10.6gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 29mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 36mpg
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Front tires - 185/60TR15.0
  • Rear tires - 185/60TR15.0
  • Wheel size - 15"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LX 2018 Honda Fit Hatchback LX Search New $16,190   130-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  29 / 36  
LX 2018 Honda Fit Hatchback LX Search New $16,990   128-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  33 / 40  
Sport 2018 Honda Fit Hatchback Sport Search New $17,500   130-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  29 / 36  
LX w/Honda Sensing 2018 Honda Fit Hatchback LX w/Honda Sensing Search New $17,990   128-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  33 / 40  
EX 2018 Honda Fit Hatchback EX Search New $18,160   130-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  29 / 36  
Sport 2018 Honda Fit Hatchback Sport Search New $18,300   128-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 36  
EX 2018 Honda Fit Hatchback EX Search New $18,960   128-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 36  
Sport w/Honda Sensing 2018 Honda Fit Hatchback Sport w/Honda Sensing Search New $19,300   128-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 36  
EX-L 2018 Honda Fit Hatchback EX-L Search New $20,520   128-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 36  
EX-L w/Navi 2018 Honda Fit Hatchback EX-L w/Navi Search New $21,520   128-hp 1.5L 4-cyl  continuously variable auto  31 / 36  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The 1.5-liter engine is peaky, reaching its maximum torque of 115 pound-feet at 4600 rpm, while its sweet spot for zip is about 4000 rpm. That’s the far other end of some small-displacement turbocharged engines, that have their torque down low. Those engines are more relaxing to drive because they’re responsive even if you’re lazy with the throttle.

Redline for the engine is 6800 rpm, making the powerband challenging. Fortunately the paddle-shifting 7-speed CVT is a well-matched transmission that makes downshifting for torque quick and easy. The CVT has a sport mode that quickens throttle response, as well.

The CVT doesn’t feel like a big rubber band like so many others; it’s way better than the Nissan unit. Honda is trying to make their CVTs indistinguishable from a smooth automatic .

The CVT gets four more miles per gallon than the six-speed manual, 36 mpg vs 32 mpg, an indication of its efficiency.

Meanwhile the standard 6-speed manual transmission is precise and shifts sweet, about the best we’ve experienced in a subcompact. If you can find one, and if you want to pay 4 mpg for the fun you might have with the manual.

The brake pedal is precise and easy to modulate.

The current Honda Fit is fun to drive, but not as sporty as the first-generation version because it leans more in corners and dives more under braking. Its suspension (front struts, rear torsion beam) is designed for a solid and controlled ride, which it delivers despite its short wheelbase.

Walk Around

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The Honda Fit is five inches taller than the Honda Civic sedan, and has a long roofline with ample glass, so it looks more like a boxy wagon with a wedge-shaped nose, than a squat hatchback.

At 60 inches to the roof, it’s one of the tallest subcompacts on the market.

The Fit is not sleek like the Ford Fiesta, but it’s attractive and eye-catching (especially in white) in its angular way. The windshield is nearly as steep as the short nose. A sharp character crease low on the sides exaggerates the length. The rear end hints Volvo, with long vertical taillamps that drop from the liftgate to the bumper. A big chrome bar runs across the back, in contrast to the otherwise cohesive styling.

Interior Overview

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The look and feel of the interior may not be impressive, but the space and flexibility are unrivaled.

The rear seatback drops down and the rear seats flip up, to create relatively vast cargo space, from an event called Magic Seat, with four cargo/seating arrangements. A Refresh mode tilts the rear seatbacks like a lounge chair. The front passenger seat in Long mode also can fold flat, wonderful for sports equipment or construction materials. A whole bicycle or small kayak can fit in the cargo area, something that’s not possible with many crossovers. A small tree or living room lamp can stand behind the passenger seat.

The front seats are only adequate, with thin cushions that aren’t so magic. Long-legged drivers might not fit because the seat doesn’t slide back so far. The passenger footwell has an odd shape that cants the seating position.

The rear seat has great legroom and headroom, although the Magic Seat cushion is a bit thin. The tall door openings make entry and exit easy for a subcompact.

The interior materials are durable enough, but not at all luxurious. The carpeting and headliner don’t exude quality. The ambitious and busy dashboard feels haphazard, with many angles, shapes, bits and pieces. The small crossover Honda HR-V, based on the Fit, is simpler and more relaxing to the eye and brain.

The Fit is one of the quieter cars in its class, however there’s wind noise on the highway coming from around the large sideview mirrors. And there’s engine noise at full throttle, suggesting thin sound insulation.

Summary

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The engine is a bit peaky, but the 7-step CVT with paddle shifters deals with it. The Fit is in a class of its own among subcompact hatchbacks, a winner in style, interior room, versatility, reliability, ride, and fuel mileage.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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The 2018 Honda Fit comes in three models. Fit LX ($16,190), available with CVT ($16,990), comes with air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, rearview camera. Fit EX adds 16-inch alloy wheels, pushbutton start, upgraded infotainment, and Honda’s LaneWatch view in the sideview mirror, which provides a wide rear view using a camera, and is available with manual ($18,160) or CVT ($18,960). Fit EX-L adds leather ($20,525); Fit EX-LN adds navigation ($21,520).

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