The subcompact Honda Fit hatchback has remained virtually unchanged since the current flavor launched in 2015. Honda has decided it is time to fit the Fit to today’s market, so the company has announced a few changes for the 2018 car. The changes include a host of new active safety features and a refreshed design.
Gone from the Fit is its odd plastic grille design in favor of a new face that fits it in with the rest of the Honda family. The added chrome touches and slightly more aggressive lower fascia design certainly go a long way at modernizing the car’s appearance, while restyled taillights and rear fascia finish off the new appearance.
The bigger news for the 2018 Fit is what you can’t see, though. Honda is now offering Honda Sensing for the first time on the Fit. Sensing includes goodies such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and automatic braking. Honda is offering the package as standard fare in the EX and higher trim levels, while it is all still optional on lower trim levels. The suite of safety features makes the Fit the only subcompact car in the class to feature all of those features, whereas competitors only offer one or two of said safety features.
Rounding out the changes is a return of the Fit’s Sport package. For 2018 the Sport offering adds black-finish 16-inch wheels, orange trim inside, a chrome exhaust tip and, of course, a Sport badge on the back.
Honda hasn’t confirmed which powertrain will make its way into the 2018 Fit, but by all accounts it will remain unchanged from the 2017 model. This means a 130 horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder will likely still be propelling the Fit.