2018 Honda Fit review with video

The basics:

Starting price: $15,190 + tax (DX)
As tested: $19,890 + tax (LX w/ Honda Sensing)
Fuel economy over a week of testing: 7.4 L/100 kms (32 US MPG)
Competition: Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa Note, etc

Honda has refreshed its clever little hatch for 2018. And while this is still largely the same third generation Fit that was introduced back in 2014, it has some great new safety tech, improved infotainment system options and improved ride comfort for this year. We actually owned a Fit just before our son arrived but we opted to sell it because we thought it would be too small. But spending a week in this deceptively spacious test vehicle has us missing the old set of wheels. If you need a small, efficient and affordable ride, the latest reboot of the Honda Fit should most definitely be on your test driving list. See our full video review above and then scroll through our list of pros and cons below

Pros:

– While the base DX trim is pretty darn basic, the next level LX adds a 7 inch display with Apple Carplay and Android Auto (that’s new for 2018), heated seats, cruise control and Wifi tethering
– Also, say goodbye to the highly controversial touch screen volume control. A number of 2018 Honda vehicles are going back to the old school volume knob
– Outward visibility is excellent with no nasty blind spots to worry about
– And, new for 2018, all Fits sold in Canada with the continuously variable transmission also include the Honda Sensing package – that gives you Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise and forward collision mitigation braking
– Interior noise has also been reduced for 2018 – with more sound insulation and laminated glass piled into the cabin. Highway cruising isn’t as noisy as it once was in this car
– And improved body reinforcements and steering rigidity have made a car that was already kind of fun in the corners – even more lively
– The seats have a surprising amount of bolstering and the foam is firm and supportive
– The really amazing thing about the Fit, though, is what’s behind the driver’s seat. Honda’s Magic Seat system is truly a miracle of engineering – giving you all kinds of cargo configuration. And as a 6’2 adult, I can set my driver’s seat to my liking and still have legroom in the second row for full grown adults (headroom is limited, however)
– But when it comes to kids… rather amazingly, there is room for rear facing car seats. And somehow, it still affords front passengers more leg room than many SUVs
– 470 litres of trunk space behind the second row is crazy good for this segment and means that you have room for a family dog or our full compliment of gear in our standardized trunk test
– Or put the second row down and you get just shy of 1500 litres of cargo space with a totally flat load floor – almost making this like a mini pick-up truck

Cons:
– The Fit’s 4 cylinder engine puts out 130 horsepower when you have the 6 speed manual or 128 horsepower when you have the CVT and has to work really hard for highway cruising or for driving on hilly roads
– Automatic climate control, satellite radio and nav are only on the highest EX-L Navi trim – which also brings leather seating surfaces into the mix
– But I’d almost be inclined to splash out on the EX-L because unfortunately, these cloth seats continue to be made of some mystery magnetic material that just holds onto dirt and dog hair like nothing else!
– The interior in general does feel quite cheap. Hard plastics, really uncomfortable elbow rests in the doors… even the carpets feel cheap
– The limiting factor for second row comfort is headroom. Taller adults will be touching the roof

Family Wheels report card:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 3.5/5 (64 dB at 100 kms/h)
Family Wheels performance score: 3/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 4/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 4/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 3/5
Family Wheels value score: 3.5/5

Family Wheels overall score: 35.5/50= 71%

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