2018 Honda Fit Sport new car reviews

The new Honda Fit sport doesn’t feature a turbocharger, track-tuned suspension or R-compound tires. A downsized Civic Type R it is not.

It is, however, a sportier take on the Fit, meaning an aero kit and glossy black wheels. We’ll turn to Honda for the complete description of this new sub-model:

“The new Fit Sport trim features an even more aggressive and sporty look with aero form features at the front, sides and rear, integrated fog lights, and a low and sharp front splitter highlighted in bright orange. An exclusive gloss-black finish on the 16-inch alloy wheels further adds to the sporty look. At the rear, a three-strake diffuser with bright orange upper trim line, chrome exhaust finisher and Sport badge complete the Fit Sport's distinct exterior styling.

“On the inside, the Fit Sport distinguishes itself with a black interior with unique cross-hatched fabric for the seats and door trim. The exterior's orange accent theme continues inside with bright orange stitching on the seats, console-mounted armrest, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.”

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
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We spent a few days with this car while up in Denver. I’m including the word “up” in the description of Denver because, as you likely know, it’s up there–up where power starts to get sapped away.

Despite just the little 1.5-liter engine, the Fit Sport felt peppy in metro Denver–about a mile above sea level. It wasn’t quite as peppy at 7000-plus feet above sea level, but that’s to be expected. Going from 7700 feet up back to 5280 feet up didn’t produce any drama, even on tight switchbacks. The chassis felt cool and composed, even as the flurries started to fly.

Here’s the big thing: Our test car had a real, six-speed gearbox. And, yes, being able to manually shift the Fit was wonderful. The pedals are easy to heel-toe. The seats offer great support. The controls feel solid. The Fit in any form simply doesn’t feel like an entry-level offering.

We’re not calling the Fit Sport the second coming of the original Civic Si, but in today’s world, it’s a practical, fun way to move people and their stuff. And at $17,500 for the Sport, it’s also one of the least expensive ways to get into a new Fit.

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sleepyhead
sleepyhead HalfDork
2/15/18 1:57 p.m.

I think I bought my 2008 for the same msrp back in August 2008.  It's still doing well with the second owner.  So it's interesting to see big "H" being able to stay ahead of inflation...

although, otoh, all that marketing speak sounds like:  "we made these minor visual tweaks to get two more years out of this design before a platform refresh"

i think it'd be real fun to take an L15B7 6-speed LSD'd Fit to OneLap... it mightcould keep up with the Fiestas... and easily swallow up track gear.  Maybe 2021?

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
2/15/18 7:20 p.m.

In reply to sleepyhead :

It's also about the same as we paid for our '09 Fit Sport. It's at almost 190k, belongs to our daughter & son-in-law, and is in Germany with them. 

malibuguy
malibuguy Reader
2/15/18 7:42 p.m.

My wife got a new Fit sport about a month ago with the cvt.  Excellent little car and the cvt is actually fantastic in this application

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/16/18 8:15 a.m.
malibuguy said:

My wife got a new Fit sport about a month ago with the cvt.  Excellent little car and the cvt is actually fantastic in this application

I was genuinely surprised to a find a stick shift in our test car. I didn't complain at all but was still surprised. 

Driven5
Driven5 SuperDork
2/16/18 10:07 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

It's about time you got something that you guys actually wanted to write about.  You had been getting some real duds for a while there, which led to reviews that...Shall we say...Left something to be desired. 

NickD
NickD UltraDork
2/16/18 10:21 a.m.

If the current Si uses an L15-based 1.5L turbo, could you mix and match your way into a 200hp never-was Fit Si?

The0retical
The0retical UltraDork
2/16/18 10:29 a.m.

Does it feel like less of a penalty box than a Versa Note does?

Also the base Mazda 3 hatchback is $2k more not inconsequential money but close. Does it offer anything that the base trim Mazda 3 would be lacking?

The Fit has always interested me, not on for the potential for a K24 swap, but because their owners tend to be zealots. I'm not sure if it's that good or if it's just confirmation bias.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/16/18 11:14 a.m.
Driven5 said:

In reply to David S. Wallens :

It's about time you got something that you guys actually wanted to write about.  You had been getting some real duds for a while there, which led to reviews that...Shall we say...Left something to be desired. 

For the regular reviews, I admit, we get what it's in the regional press car queue. It could be a Civic Type R one week, an SUV the next, and then something unexpected. I can make requests, which I do for special features, but what you're seeing online does reflect the realities of that system. Also, for every Type R currently available, there's like a million "normal" cars. For the Fit, let's just say that a friend at Honda pulled a string for me while I was traveling. (It was the Fit or a minivan.)

This week we have a Benz E400 coupe. I am not complaining. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/16/18 11:15 a.m.
The0retical said:

Does it feel like less of a penalty box than a Versa Note does?

Also the base Mazda 3 hatchback is $2k more not inconsequential money but close. Does it offer anything that the base trim Mazda 3 would be lacking?

The Fit has always interested me, not on for the potential for a K24 swap, but because their owners tend to be zealots. I'm not sure if it's that good or if it's just confirmation bias.

I wouldn't call the Fit a penalty box at all. It felt a bit more upmarket than its price would suggest. 

A friend of mine recently replaced an early Fit with a new one. 

MazdaFace
MazdaFace HalfDork
2/16/18 11:59 a.m.

always wanted an early fit w/a k swap

red_stapler
red_stapler Dork
2/16/18 12:50 p.m.

That interior looks like a really nice place to spend time.

Carson
Carson Dork
2/16/18 3:58 p.m.

The one you tested doesn't appear to have the HFP package, but does anyone know what the optional HFP Sport Suspension actually is?

79rex
79rex New Reader
2/16/18 6:48 p.m.
NickD said:

If the current Si uses an L15-based 1.5L turbo, could you mix and match your way into a 200hp never-was Fit Si?

this is a very intresting concept

 

mikedd969
mikedd969 New Reader
2/20/18 10:05 a.m.

Glad to see a Fit getting some attention/love!!  I absolutely love mine.

Last year it was time to replace my beloved 2012 Kia Soul, the base model with the 1.6 and 6-speed manual.  The Soul is another car that is a lot more fun and capable than appearance and price would lead one to believe.  I'd rather have had one of the better trim levels with more creature comforts, but if you go for anything but the base model you can't have the manual gearbox. I don't do automatics, never have, never will. I really loved the Soul, it was an absolute blast to drive, and I put 145K miles on it, drove it like I stole it most of the time.  Such a happy little car, it just begged you to flog it harder and harder.  Never a single mechanical issue, rock solid.

The base model Soul is pretty Spartan.  No Bluetooth, no cruise control, no audio controls on the steering wheel.  About as basic as cars get these days.  Eventually the lack of amenities and creature comforts started to get pretty old. So I, somewhat reluctantly, began seeking a replacement.

Requirements were, low cost, manual gearbox, cruise control, 30+ MPG and a history of reliability.  It didn't take me long to  zero in on the Honda Fit as the most likely candidate.  I'd always liked the sporty look of the Fit, so I took the 1.5 mile drive to my local Honda Dealer to test drive one.

They had at least 15 on the lot, and not a single one had a manual gearbox.  WTF??  Well, I wasn't really looking to buy brand new anyway, so just for kicks I test drove one with the CVT automatic, just to get an idea about chassis and handling.  Acceleration and overall driving feel really suffered with the CVT, but I could tell that the chassis was tight and the handling really surprised me, very solid, tight and composed in the corners.  Felt like a more expensive car.

I let them know that I'd be interested if they ever got a low-mileage used one on the lot with a 6-speed, then I began searching for one on my own.....

Good lord!  It's not easy to find a used Fit of any mileage that has the manual gearbox!!  I'd just about given up hope when, about 6 months after my visit to the dealer, I get a call from them saying that they had found what I was looking for.  I left work a little early and drove over to check it out.

What they had was a CPO 2015 Fit EX in pearl white, not the color I'd have picked, but at least it wasn't black.  12K miles and almost flawless paint and interior.  5 min into the test drive and I knew that this was what I'd been looking for. I have to say, compared to the CVT I'd test driven, this 6-speed car felt like a completely different model altogether, the difference is striking. The price they were asking was actually pretty fair, I didn't haggle too hard but got a pretty decent deal anyway.

I've been driving it about 9 months now and I am beyond satisfied with my choice.  It feels faster than it is, the handling is far better than any car at this price has a right to be.  I'm a big fan of the whole "it's more fun to drive a slow car fast" thing and this little car just puts a big stupid grin on my face.  About the only thing that lets it down are the brakes, when you push them hard, they tend to fade, and the rotors warp.  Upgrading to better rotors and pads should fix that, there are decent drilled and slotted rotors available pretty cheap.  Those and some EBC pads are a no-brainer upgrade.  I'm getting about 33-34 MPG around town and almost 40 on the highway, and having a great time doing it.  It's MUCH more comfortable than my old Soul was, much quieter inside too.  The all touch-screen radio was a little annoying at first, but it works well and I got used to it pretty quick.  About the only other niggle I can come up with is that when it comes time for new tires, there isn;t a great selection in this, rather odd, size, and no one ever has any in stock, they will have to be ordered.  Thank goodness for TireRack.

All thing considered, I'm very pleased with this silly little car.  Kudos to Honda for still offering a manual gearbox in much of their lineup even in the higher trim levels.  I wish more manufacturers did the same.

 

 

Driven5
Driven5 SuperDork
2/20/18 10:27 a.m.
mikedd969 said:

About the only other niggle I can come up with is that when it comes time for new tires, there isn;t a great selection in this, rather odd, size, and no one ever has any in stock, they will have to be ordered.  Thank goodness for TireRack.

Don't bother with the crap available in the 185/55-16 stock size...205/50-16 is the size you are looking for.

pres589
pres589 PowerDork
2/20/18 10:44 a.m.

I kind of want to drive one of these to compare with my SX4 hatch.  The Fit's proportions are a bit odd to me, like they should be wider, especially at the rear.  I also like the SX4's lower beltline; the Fit's rear door glass especially looks too short.  I'm going to guess that overall chassis dynamics are better with the Fit, but if the kind of bouncy ride quality of the SX4 isn't coming into play, the Suzuki is pretty enjoyable to drive in a hurry.  In my personal estimation, of course.

Wait, what were we talking about?

mikedd969
mikedd969 New Reader
2/21/18 9:01 p.m.

In reply to Driven5 :

Good idea.  I'll probably do just that when the time comes.

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
2/22/18 5:37 a.m.

In reply to Driven5 :

We always ran 195/50-16 Continental DWS. They were a good size for the car, and tackled all but the worst midwestern weather. 

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