The new 2018 Honda Fit is yet again making some news headlines within the automotive landscape. For repeat buyers however, the new model is expected to return much the same way as it was the previous model year except for just some slight and maybe unnoticeable changes. Luckily for the Fit, it clearly has a lot going for it in almost every aspect and the minimal or lack of any upgrades isn’t expected to rub many of its enthusiasts the wrong way.
For starters, the Honda Fit is a subcompact hatchback that slots just below the Honda Civic and Honda Accord. For 2017, the Fit was available with three trim models comprising of the LX – the bare skin model, the EX, and the top-of-the-range EX-L model. Changes we should expect for the new model year (2018) should include an upgraded touchscreen interface that isn’t as frustrating as the one currently available, Android users should be provided with fewer smartphone integration options, and the brake performance should be improved.
Besides that, the new 2018 Honda Fit interior should get better materials and improved standard systems for the sake of keeping up with the ever-growing competition. That said, the Honda Fit still manages to remain competitive thanks to its excellent fuel economy, unmatched cargo versatility, unique rear seat design, and interior space. We do expect the new model to continue offering these winning traits besides adding just including latest technologies, and creature comforts.
Although nothing has officially been made public by any of its representatives thus far, rumor mills have it that the new model should be expected to return with the same engine as before. If that turns out to be the case then we should expect the new model to return with the same 1.5L four-cylinder engine that was offered on the previous 2017 model. With this engine buyers should expect to get an output rated at 130 hp and 114 lbs. ft. of torque. Top models – Fit EX-L and Fit EX-L with Navi trims get a CVT as the only available transmission system while the LX and the EX models will have to bear with the six-speed manual transmission system.
The new Honda Fit is well-revered for its safety. In government crash testing for instance, the 2017 Fit was able to earn a top five-star overall rating and the highest rating of Good in tests carried out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Although there’re other subcompact hatchbacks in its class, there’s nothing else quite like the Fit. It is the only vehicle within and without its segment that can manage to return 30 mpg for combined city and highway cruising for its most fuel-thirsty trim model. Again, it scores big on the ease of parking and maneuvering thanks to its diminutive footprint. Other core qualities the Honda Fit 2018 should give you include excellent visibility, nimble handling, and an intuitive smartphone integration feature.
2018 Honda Fit Interior & Exterior Changes: Are There Quite Any Changes?
As previously mentioned, the new model isn’t expected to come with any major changes relative to the outgoing model. In fact, trusted rumor sources have it that the new model is set to return with almost zilch. Having said that however, we do expect Honda to wrap with it a bit of mild enhancements that may include new additions to the color options, a better infotainment system, and more standard technologies. But besides those it’s so unlikely that we’ll get anything evolutionary this time round.
Standard equipment should include LED break lights, automatic headlights, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, full power accessories, a seven-inch touchscreen display, keyless entry and ignition, a sunroof, smartphone app integration by HondaLink.
The interior of the Honda Fit remains one of the best in its class. Given its small dimensions however, taller drivers may find the first row space to be a bit uncomfortable. More legroom and steering wheel extension should however solve this problem easily. The display is crisp and plays home to infotainment functions. Only a handful of gauges and dials are available meaning the space isn’t as cluttered as you might discover in some competitor’s.
At the back, the new 2018 Honda Fit is expected to continue offering the exceptional rear passenger room its predecessor offers. In fact, you get more space at the back of a Fit than you get even in an Accord. What this ample space means is obvious: comfortable space for your passengers, and easy rear-facing seat installation in case you’ve got kids.
Has Engine Performance Changed?
The performance of the new 2018 Honda Fit isn’t expected to compare any different with that of the current model. As such, buyers should expect the new model to return with the same 1.5L four-cylinder engine currently offered on the 2017 model. With such a mill, a power production of 130 horsepower should be expected, as well as a torque production of 114 lbs. ft. of torque.
With this output, the vehicle should be able to get you from naught to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds. The base model with the six-speed manual transmission should be able to return 36 mpg in combined city/highway cruising. Evidently, the Honda Fit is one of the most efficient vehicle that isn’t a hybrid.
2018 Honda Fit Price & Release Date
Pricing isn’t expected to change much given the absence of major changes. The Basic Fit should cost you around 17K, and the most loaded trim model around 20K. It’s too early to predict its release date given the opacity of the information available at the moment. Updates will however be made to this space as and when they occur.
The 2018 Honda Fit will continue to ride on the heritage that the model enjoys since it debuted in Japan in 2001. If there’re things the Honda Fit clearly excels in then in my case are its spacious passenger space, great fuel mileage, and cargo volume. The “Magic Seat” is also another great feature. Reviews for the Fit Sport and Fit Turbo are in the works so keep posted.
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