2018 Honda Fit Sport Review: Excellent Bang for the Buck
Honda Fit Sport seems to be, on paper, one of the best cars in its segment. But how does it stack up in the real world?
The Honda Fit is the brand’s entry-level offering starting at just $16,190, and when you consider that the median new car transaction price hovers around the $36,000 mark, that seems like an incredible value. However, for the discerning enthusiast, you should look slightly higher to the Honda Fit Sport which, for a modest price bump, offers more goodies and more fun behind the wheel.
Indeed, this Fit Sport, with the six-speed manual transmission, costs just $17,500. What do you get for that extra $1,300 and change over the standard Fit? As it turns out, a fair amount of extras and add-ons. To be specific, the Fit Sport gets a big upgrade in the aesthetics department, with front, side, and rear lip spoilers, with slick red trimming, and black 16-inch wheels. That aforementioned red trimming continues on the inside, with black cloth bucket seats also garnished with red piping. Additionally, a seven-inch touch screen is part of the equation, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.
The Fit Sport also gets a cute, little chrome exhaust tip, though the 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four cylinder engine is unchanged from the standard car. That i-VTEC four pot is good for 130 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque, when paired with the six-speed manual, and 128 horses with 113 lb-ft of twist with the optional CVT automatic. The direct fuel-injected, 16-valve DOHC four revs out to 6,800 RPM.
Honda threw me the keys to this Orange Fury Fit Sport for a week and said to go have fun, so I did.
I really like brightly-colored cars, especially funky sub-compacts. Buying a Fit in silver should be considered a crime when colors like Orange Fury or Helios Yellow exist. I wasn’t sure about the red Fit Sport trim against orange, but all of the contrasting black bits help sort it out.
The overall exterior upgrades are worth the extra cash to jump from the standard car up to the Fit Sport. However, the 16-inch wheels are a miss for me. Like the color, not a fan of the design. Though, this being Honda-Tech, most people here would likely upgrade after buying, anyway.
Inside, the interior design and quality of the materials seems absolutely fantastic for having just a $17,500 price tag. The previously mentioned black cloth seats with red trim look excellent, and are quite comfortable. The theme continues around the car, with the arm rest, steering wheel, shift knob, and rear seats wearing matching black and red trim.
Speaking of those black and red thrones, the Fit Sport has enough room to very comfortably fit (no pun intended) four six-foot tall adults. Headroom, in particular, is incredibly ample due to the Fit’s unique shape. Being taller than it is wide does some with benefits in the practicality department.
Interestingly, however, the leather-wrapped dash panel, which is equally well-appointed, has black stitching instead. It doesn’t bother me when sitting in the car, so I’ll give it a pass.
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Indeed, the dash layout as a whole is excellent. The buttons and knobs all feel substantial to the touch, as does the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and baseball glove leather shift knob, and leather shift boot. The aluminum-colored plastics do a good job of offsetting the mostly black interior.
The interior love fest continues with the seven-inch touchscreen system, which has a slick appearance lifted from the current tenth-gen Civic. However, unlike pre-2019 Civics, the Fit uses more dials and knobs for the HVAC and volume controls. That system is paired to solid stereo, which, with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth compatibility, will play whatever music or audio that you like, from any device in any way that you would like.
The gauge cluster generally receives high marks, as well, except for one notable foible.
The instrumentation is clear, easy to read, and, at night, looks pretty slick, especially with the digital display on the right. My problem with this system is not with what is has, but what it lacks.
Does something seem missing to you?
At first glance, you may not catch it, but the Honda Fit does not have a temperature gauge. Instead, it uses a light to signify if the engine is hot or cold. This is annoying because in the event the car begins to overheat, you don’t know until it’s too late.
Also, the ‘cold’ light, which comes on during a cold start, isn’t particularly accurate. I timed it and, on average, that light stays on for just 17 seconds before turning off. Unless Honda has formulated a special coolant for the Fit Sport that incorporates pixie dust and magic, there is no way the car is getting up to temperature that quickly. That’s annoying.
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