2018 Fit New Car Test Drive
The five-door Honda Fit, last redesigned for 2015, is an exceptional hatchback, for its performance, packaging, cargo/interior capacity, looks, and fuel efficiency.
Tall in height, short in length, the subcompact Fit is a benchmark of versatility and space efficiency. It's roomier inside than many midsize sedans, with 39.3 inches of rear legroom.
Fit is unchanged for 2018, except for some upgrades to available safety equipment.
The Fit is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection, making 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. A smooth 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, but a seven-step continuously variable transmission (CVT) with paddle shifters comes on most models.
With that transmission it gets 36 Combined miles per gallon, according to the EPA. (The manual transmission in the Fit LX and Fit EX gets 32 mpg.) It has excellent scores in the NHTSA and IIHS crash tests.
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).