What is it: The 2018 Honda Fit Sport gets the same 130-hp, 114-lb-ft I4 as the base LX trim and the same stellar six-speed manual transmission. A CVT is an $800 option.
Key Competitors: Toyota Yaris, Chevrolet Sonic RS, Ford Fiesta ST
Base Price: $18,275 As-Tested Price: $18,375
Full Review: 2018 Honda Fit
Highlights: The Fit Sport gets an aggressive front spoiler and rear diffuser, bright orange pinstriping, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels with gloss-black finish, chrome exhaust-pipe finisher and side sill garnishes. Inside, the Sport features a black interior with orange contrast stitching.
Our Opinion: For 2018, Honda reshaped its Fit to help it look more attractive on lots despite dropping fuel prices (and a damn fine Civic to compete with). The reworked body panels look sharp, with this Sport model looking perfectly racerboy. The Sport also comes with some performance upgrades, notably a shifter that looks like it was ripped from a performance parts catalog and a cool looking hatch spoiler.
The downside is that the fun-but-slow 1.5-liter doesn’t live up to the aggressive styling. Like our beloved long-term Honda Fit, this engine and transmission combo isn’t bad, with its only real weak point being its highway performance. However, it’s sporty-styling would have buyers looking beyond the used Fiesta ST sitting on the Ford store’s lot across the street only to be disappointed by the not-so-hot performance.
The price, for me, makes this upscale Fit a hard sell. Its size is perfect for city use, but you’re just a few dollars shy of Honda’s 10th-generation Civic. Sure, you’re going to end up with a very lightly optioned Civic, but it’ll feel like a rocket compared to the Fit.
Pricing and styling aside, the Fit continues to do what it’s always done well — be a great little car. The visibility is unmatched, with a moderately high seating position and glass everywhere. The interior is better than it should be and though the audio system isn’t hi-fi, it still sounds good. The Sport mode’s red floor mats are a nice high-end touch.
For a refresh, this Honda Fit does a good job at not backtracking. The downside is there wasn’t a lot of forward movement, either — it’s still kind of the same Fit, despite a racerboy body kit. If you’re trying to impress your friends with an unnecessarily fast sub-compact, you might want to track down that Fiesta ST after all.
—Wesley Wren, associate editor
On Sale: Now
Base Price: $18,275
Powertrain: 1.5-liter DOHC I4; FWD, six-speed manual
Output: 130 hp @ 6,600 rpm; 114 lb-ft @ 4,600 rpm
Curb Weight: 2,597 lb
Fuel Economy: 29/36/31 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)
Pros: Sporty appearance package adds a sense of spice to the Fit.
Cons: Not enough sport under the hood