The third generation of Honda's versatile subcompact receives updated front and rear fascias and a new Sport trim. More importantly, the brand's suite of advanced active safety features will be standard on EX and EX-L models and available as an option on the LX and Sport trim levels when it goes on-sale in July.
2018 Honda Fit
Up front, an all-new fascia comes with a re-shaped lower air intake bracketed by new fog light housings. Both the lower chrome trim and piano black bar of the grille are narrower, while Honda has added a honeycomb mesh between them, as well as a wider horizontal chrome bar at the top.
In back, Honda notes the taillight lenses are different, although the changes are so subtle it's hard to tell from the photo. Moving lower, last year's outboard bumper pods have been eighty-sixed in favor of a single piano black strip that extends across the lower fascia.
2018 will also see the addition of a Sport model that will sit between the entry-level LX and mid-trim EX. Differentiating it from other models, the Sport will feature lower front fascia and body side sill aero bits, black-finished alloy wheels, a more aggressive three-strake rear diffuser, and a chrome exhaust tip. In addition, a piano black trim strip below the rear window replaces the chrome finish bar found on other models.
Two new shades – a pearl yellow (replacing a non-metallic yellow) and an orange – are added for the 2018 model year joining last year's pearl white, pearl black, silver metallic, blue metallic, and red exterior colors.
2018 Honda Fit safety features
The big news for 2018, however, is the addition of Honda's Safety Sense suite of advanced active safety features to the Fit lineup.
Adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, and road departure warning systems are now standard on EX and EX-L models, and optional on LX and Sport trims. According to Honda, "This makes Fit the most affordable car in America with such a robust suite of available advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies and the only vehicle within its segment to do so."
2018 Honda Fit prices, availability, and information
More information, including pricing and additional new features for the 2018 model, "will be provided in the near future" before it reaches dealer showrooms in July.