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2018 Honda Fit Brings Quiet Refined Sport to Entry Level Hatchback Segment

Is it possible to manufacture a visually compelling, refined, economy subcompact 5-door hatchback, while preserving a rather frugal entry MSRP? 2018 Honda Fit brings quiet refinement, improved ride, and a visual injection of sport to the entry level subcompact hatchback segment. Torque News takes a closer look.

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For 2018, Honda ups the game at the entry level with measurable improvements and an injection of sporting good looks for its brand portal vehicle Honda Fit -- a do all, magic-seat integrated, 5-door subcompact hatchback.

We’ve spent many hours behind the wheel of Honda’s smallest U.S. offering, and discover Fit to be pleasingly capable as to measurable utility, reasonable drive and ride comfort, and in-town traffic maneuverability and ease of parking. Rain, snow, sleet and melt-down Arizona summer heat, Fit keeps on ticking without complaint -- in its present form, a great subcompact hatchback offering. Yes, this octogenarian Los Angeles professor drives a Honda Fit.

How Honda injects “sport” into the refreshed 128 horsepower 2018 Fit

It’s not going to come from a turbocharged engine, a sport-hybrid, or a total body design rework. Instead, Honda engineering and design opts for a subtle yet measurably improved body trim “sport” package, a retuned suspension, a new wheel design, and a first time offering of Honda’s award winning Honda Sensing active safety suite, now available in all trim levels. Find our latest Honda Fit Tweet here.

According to Honda: “In a first for Fit, the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver assistive technologies including Collision Mitigation Braking™ (CMBS™) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) is available on all Fit models and standard on EX and above trims. This makes Fit the most affordable car in America with such a robust offering of safety and driver-assistive features and the only vehicle within its segment to do so.” Torque News attacks the freeways of los Angeles in the mighty Fit.

2018 Honda Fit comes to market with a quieter interior

For us, the litmus test of any initial drive and ride experience begins with the first seating and subsequent turn of the ignition key or push of the starting button. If we were to change anything about Honda’s mighty Fit, it would be to reduce cabin noise, and refine the suspension just a tad -- Honda has done both.

Beyond the visual uptick for 2018, Honda Fit comes to market with a measurably quieter interior, thanks to retuned suspension dampers, a more rigid steering system and additional body reinforcements. Fit offers a quieter cabin rivaling the best in its class, with adjustments made to transmission and steering system mounting hardware, combined with the addition of acoustic glass windshield and improved insulation throughout the vehicle. Although MSRP and time of arrival has yet to be announced, you will find 2018 Honda Fit specifications and trim choices here.

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