2018 Honda Match Sport

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2018 Honda Fit Sport Front

Ever since its debut in 2007, Honda’s Match has all the time been enjoyable to drive and tremendous sensible. It showcases most of the attributes Honda has turn into recognized for—reliability, precision, versatility, engineering know-how, good packaging—in hatchback type. For me, the final Match I reviewed again in 2015 wasn’t as enjoyable as earlier iterations; I kind of wrote it off. Then I drove one with a six-speed handbook …


Sure, the Match continues to be as sensible as ever with its multi-folding Magic Seats, it nonetheless will get first rate gasoline mileage, and nonetheless will seemingly have rock-solid reliability and excessive construct high quality. However the Match Sport I drove lately got here outfitted with a six-speed handbook as an alternative of the CVT. Frankly, that CVT saps the enjoyable out of this little runabout. However with the 6MT, the Match goes from being an excellent little subcompact to an entertaining driver’s automotive.

Very similar to almost each single Honda I’ve pushed with a handbook transmission, this shifter is incredible and utterly transforms the automotive’s driving expertise. I discovered myself scouting for enjoyable roads; searching for tight off-ramps. The handbook transmission makes this automobiles orders of magnitude extra enjoyable. Paired with the free-revving 130 hp 1.5-liter engine, the Match Sport with that 6MT is a hoot.

Really, this automotive made me really feel like a 20-something child once more (I am double that determine these days), like once I had a quick-shifting 1998 Honda Civic. It revs rapidly, corners sharply, and has nice steering. You already know that outdated adage about how driving a “gradual automotive quick” is plenty of enjoyable? That is the Match Sport.

When dressed up in Sport trim, patrons get entrance, aspect, and rear underbody spoilers; blacked-out 16″ alloy wheels; a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system; fog lights; and a number of different goodies. I am nonetheless not a fan of the Match’s touchscreen, nevertheless. Regardless, this automotive is a incredible mixture of nice driving dynamics, small measurement, and expertly engineered versatility and practicality. 

In case you were not acquainted, all Matches include a 1.5-liter 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC engine with direct injection making 130 hp and 114 lb/ft of torque with the handbook transmission, and 128 hp and 113 lb/ft of torque with the CVT. The suspension consists of MacPhearson strut entrance suspension and a torsion-beam rear. Facet word: I really like the rear bumper’s diffuser.

Whereas I am going to take the handbook transmission choice each time its supplied in a automotive, the Match Sport is a type of situations the place the transmission completely adjustments the driving expertise. Whereas CVT-equipped Matches are nonetheless superb automobiles, Matches with the handbook are superb, very entertaining automobiles. I’d completely rock one in every of these. Our tester stickered at $18,390, which included the $890 vacation spot/dealing with cost.

FYI, I’m a fan of the Toyota Yaris SE, too. Nonetheless, the Match has greater than 20 extra horsepower, it is extra sensible (due to these aforementioned Magic Seats), and I can truly purchase one with a handbook. (The Yaris SE, at the least within the Pacific Northwest can’t be ordered with a handbook. Plus, the Yaris’ handbook is a 5MT.) Did I point out the Match Sport is available in orange? 

Whereas the subcompact hatchback market has cooled down through the years, Honda’s Match Sport continues to be an ideal alternative for individuals who need practicality however aren’t prepared to sacrifice enjoyable. Actually, go drive one. It is nice. 

2018 Honda Fit Sport


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