The 2018 Honda fit is more of a mid-year refresh than a completely new model. Now in its 4th year of production Honda decided to spice things up a bit by adding a Sport model into the Mix. Sadly it’s really just aesthetics and with no mechanical changes can the little Fit can still compete with other sub-compacts, read on and find out.
The Sport trim comes with some nice trim pieces, the front bumper has been redesigned with a lower splitter that resembles the newest Civic Type-R. The little red accents gives the car a sporty flair but the red might clash a bit, if the wrong colour was picked. In white, it’s perfect.
Inside receives minimum changes, but the one and only change that really matters is the addition of a volume knob which stretches across the entire lineup. No longer would you have to fumble with the touchscreen, a physical knob to change the volume is an amazing addition and we thank Honda for listening to the feedback and adjusting.
The rest of the infotainment system remains largely unchanged, but now with Apple Carplay and Android Auto Support, it’s now more connected than ever before and best of all, easy to use.
Also easy to use is rather large dials for the car’s heating and ventilation controls. On the Touring model, an automatic climate control with a touch screen is offered.
Seats are also slightly changed, with contrasting orange stitching it definitely stands out. A plus is the front seats are available with two-stage heating elements which can be incredibly useful in Canadian winters.
Thanks to clever engineering, by moving the gas tank the fit’s rear load floor is surprisingly low. Even with a compact tire underneath, there’s even more space under the load floor. No other subcompact comes close to the levels of praticallitly available from the Fit.
Driving the Fit is quite a pleasing experience. It’s not some incredibly fast car but it is zippy and nippy. The throttle is touchy but is easy to manage all of the car’s 130hp and it’s very useful in city traffic. Turns come easy thanks to a surprisingly light but linear steering. And even when trying your hardest to get to your destination on time, the Fit will return with some thrifty fuel mileage. During one city drive, the fit managed to squeeze out 5.3L/100km, beating the rated 8.1 City and 6.6 highway by a huge margin.
Our tester came with Honda’s excellent 6-speed manual rather then the CVT offered. The shifter is smooth and precise, however, the clutch was rather light and lifeless.
Overall the Fit is a very practical vehicle. However, in no way does the Sport badging add to the overall sportiness, it’s far from blazing and handling isn’t any better than the other trims. That being said, it’s never meant to be a sports car. It sips fuel with its little 4 cylinder and it has plenty of room inside for 4 adults and all their things. Fold the rear seats down and it’s essentially a small pickup and this is where the Fit shines. Unlike other subcompacts that only think small, the Fit does small with the minds of some very brilliant engineers. And that is what makes the Fit so special.