2018 Honda Fit Gets Facelift, New Trims and Options
Honda Fit revised for 2018: Sport trim slots in between EX and LX.
Honda has announced a design refresh for the 2018 Fit. The subcompact not only gets some fresh looks, it will also receive a new Sport trim as well as an available Honda Sensing suite of driver aids.
The big design changes come on the front faschia. The 2018 Fit gets enlarged lower elements to the bumper cover with chevrons “pointing” to the middle of the lower grille. The upper grille also receives horizontal slats across the nose. It’s boring to type out the car’s new appearance; it looks slightly more aggressive from this mid-cycle refresh.
At the rear, Honda has added a splitter-shaped lower section to the bumper cover that looks a bit sportier. New taillight and headlight designs also make for sleeker shapes on both ends of the car.
The Fit Sport (above) slots in as a middle option between the EX and LX trims. Mostly, it alters the appearance of the car to a, well, sportier look. The black-finished 16-inch alloy wheels stand out more than other elements. At the front, a small splitter extension gives a race-like look to the nose while the rear bumper cover gets a similar treatment.
Honda Sensing comes standard on EX trim but will be available on both the LX and Sport trims. The Honda Sensing includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Brake Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Road Departure Warning (RDW). Got all those acronyms? There will be a test at the end.
In short, Honda becomes the first automaker to introduce this level of safety and driver-assisting features to a subcompact car. We expect more updates from Honda in the near future, but this would be the first major update to the Fit since its 2015 model-year launch.