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The #1 Subcompact Car just got better, and it’s arriving July 2017.
“Small in size and big in attitude, the redesigned 2018 Fit is the right mix of modern sport styling and aerodynamic efficiency.” – Honda
You don’t want to miss the first updates to the best subcompact hatchback out there. Nothing was broken in the three-year-old Fit, Honda just likes to make what’s already great even greater.
Already a top seller for its space, practicality, fuel efficiency, and affordability, Honda has worked hard to make its prized hatchback even more appealing. Read on to discover five ways Honda has improved on the Honda Fit.
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#1 – The 2018 Honda Fit is Safer
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the ‘17 Fit the highest crashworthy ratings possible, but Honda took this minicar’s safety to the next level by adding its very own “Honda Sensing” safety super-pack. The Fit is the first in its segment to have these state-of-the-art features:
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Visit Honda’s official website to see helpful videos illustrating each feature.
Honda boasts that the ‘18 Fit will be the most affordable car in America to offer such advanced driver-assistive equipment.
Not only will Honda Sensing help you avoid costly collisions while driving, but it will save you money as it sits in the driveway.
Most car insurance companies drop the policy price for such added safety features. Esurance, for example, awards Honda Sensing with as much as 33 percent off top protection plans.
#2 – The 2018 Honda Fit is Sleeker
The ‘18 Fit has the addition of Helios Yellow Pearl and Orange Fury to make a collection of 8 vibrant, attractive paint colors, but an extended color pallet is nothing compared to the Fit’ changes in detail.
“The 2018 Honda Fit ups the ante with new styling and sophistication not typically found in the subcompact segment.” – Jeff Conrad, Honda VP.
The Fit has a redesigned grille, which Honda says “flows into the headlights in a more cohesive manner,” new front and rear bumpers, reshaped fog, headlights and taillights, a more prominent “H” emblem, new seat trim, a shorter shifter, and more that are all part of what Honda calls a “sporty look.”
#3 – The 2018 Honda Fit is Sportier
The new Fit undoubtedly has a sportier appearance, but Honda did more than a simple redesign. They created a whole new model in a trim above the LX that extends this hatchback’s capabilities.
A more aggressive aerodynamic design, exclusive black finished 16-inch alloy wheels, three-strake rear diffuser, chrome exhaust, sport badges, low front splitter, and bright orange highlights make this sportster cool to its four cylinder core.
This new addition is the fittest of the Fit family and is destined to be the most affordable, advanced-sport model on the U.S. market in ‘17.
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#4 – The 2018 Honda Fit is Sensible
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), put the ‘17 Fit up to an unbelievable rate of 40 miles per gallon on highways with the use of the Econ setting. Honda hasn’t revealed changes to the powertrain, but it doesn’t get much more fuel efficient than that.
“Fit has always represented a great value for subcompact customers and the addition of available Honda Sensing to its fun-to-drive performance and unmatched versatility will keep the Honda Fit as the industry’s benchmark subcompact.” – Honda VP, Conrad
It’s expected that the Fit will use the same small but mighty 1.5 liter engine that can hit 60 mph in under 9 seconds — making it the fastest in its segment.
The pricing is yet to be announced, but it’s estimated the an increase wouldn’t exceed $7,000, which isn’t bad considering all of the upgrades and the current low starting price of only $16,090.
#5 – The 2018 Honda Fit is Spacious
The smallest member of the Honda family has some impressive capabilities. One of the many Fit favorites is that with the help of what Honda coined “Magic Seats,” it offers a shocking 52.7 square feet of cabin space.
This minicar’s SUV-like cabin capacity well exceeds that of many midsize sedans on the market today, and Honda likes to brag about it.
Watch one of the many “It’ll Fit” Honda commercials here, where Honda shows everything from a man’s bike to a Stanley Cup fitting inside the car that’s promised to be “a great fit for you.”
Did Honda Listen?
Everything from cotton balls to carving knives get good, bad, and ugly reviews these days. When it comes to cars, such critiques can be a useful asset to buyers and manufacturers alike. Fit users are hoping Honda heeded public feedback as their little car-wonder got its makeover.
One of the biggest complaints about the Fit was the new touch screen. Users hit the web with fury posting wherever they had an audience: “Where’s my volume knob!” Established car blogger, William Clavey, wrote:
“…they transformed a system that was originally designed to avoid driver distraction into one of the most frustrating and counter-intuitive infotainment systems offered in today’s automotive industry.”
After the touch screens, the Fit’s noisy cabin, rough suspension, and uncomfortable seats were the next biggest complaints. Consumer Reports called it “a stiff ride…making the Fit unfit for long drives.” Hopefully Honda listened.
In a Fit Shell
It’s smart, safe, sleek, sporty, attractive, sensible, efficient, affordable, spacious, and on its way to being another top-seller. The new 2018 Fit really seems it will be the full (yet compact) package.
“Here we are with a sub twenty thousand dollar subcompact that has more engineering pumped into it than most high-end sports cars.” – Clavey
Watch out world, because the new and improved 2018 Fit is bound to make some (mini) waves.