Honda is getting the Fit ready for 2018 with a facelift, new Sport trim and more technology. All of it designed to breathe a little excitement back into the subcompact which is the fifth best-selling subcompact car this year as of the first quarter of 2017.
Honda redesigned the third-generation Fit for 2015 and in doing so made it less sporty. But that changes in 2018. Honda is bringing back some of the subcompact’s sporty factor with a more aggressive look. Two new chrome bars on the piano black grille help out with that and also make the “H” bigger and more prominent. The front now has a full-width splinter, angular for lights, and more slanting headlamps for more aggressive speedy lines. The rear gets a redesigned bumper and new taillights.
New Sport Trim
A new Sport trim adds exclusive black finishing on its 16-inch wheels. It also gives you chrome exhausts, a rear diffuser, and a special front fascia. Both the front and rear are highlighted with bright orange accents. Orange seems to be Honda’s color of the moment. Honda is also offering a new Orange Fury paint option. A bright Helios Yellow Pearl replaces last year’s Mystic Yellow Pearl. The rest of the paint options continue from last year.
New safety features on the 2018 Honda Fit are Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Departure Warning, and Road Departure Mitigation and Warning. These come standard starting on EX trim and are available with the Honda Sensing suite on the LX and Sport.
No pricing or engine details yet. But we don’t expect to differ much from the current model’s budget-friendly $16,965 starting price. The 4-cylinder engine will likely remain the same because of the current model’s 33-city/40-highway mpg with continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Look for the new 2018 model at dealerships next month. Click here to find a Certified Car Pro Honda Dealer Near You.