Changes and Upgrades to Honda Models for the 2018 Model Year
Each new model year, changes occur to your favorite Honda models. Some of these are slight and some are pretty significant. Either way, it can be tough to know what has changed from year to year, and figuring this out can require extensive research.
We want to make it easy for you to find this knowledge, and that’s why we’ve put together this list of all the major changes and upgrades to the popular Honda models for the 2018 model year. Now, no matter what type of vehicle you’re interested in, you have one resource for finding many of the key enhancements you need to know about for 2018. Let’s dive in, looking at each model individually.
What’s New for the 2018 Honda Model Year?
One of the biggest changes for the 2018 Accord, is a new 192-horsepower power plant for the 2018 Accord 1.5T. The 1.5T model is capable of achieving up to 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.* Other upgrades include:
- Standard LED headlights/taillights.
- 7-inch digital TFT driver’s meter.
- 6-inch head up display.
- Traffic Sign Recognition.
The Civic Sedan, Coupe and Civic Si don’t see many changes for the 2018 model year. Both the sedan and coupe are powered by a 1.5-liter engine that can pump out 174 horsepower. Other highlights to look forward to include:
- Honda Sensing suite available on all Sedan trims and standard on Touring trims for Sedan and Coupe. It includes systems like Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning.
- Other features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The big change for the Honda Fit in 2018 is a new style. The fresh design includes a two-piece chrome and piano black grille, as well as headlights that are more integrated into the rest of the vehicle body. At the back, new bumper and taillight designs are featured. You’ll also enjoy:
- A new Fit Sport trim that has a sportier look thanks to more aggressive lines, black 16-inch alloy wheels and a three-strake diffuser.
- New Helios Yellow Pearl and Orange Fury color options.
The HR-V is another vehicle that hasn’t received many upgrades for 2018, though some fine tuning has taken place. You can still expect the very popular 2nd-row Magic Seat for better interior space optimization and 1.8-liter engine delivering 141 horsepower. Changes include a few adjustments and options in the design department:
- New Aegean Blue Metallic paint color
- Black-painted wheel inserts for EX and higher trim levels
The CR-V saw a number of changes in 2017, so naturally, Honda has kept a similar formula for 2018. This includes a 1.5-liter engine rated at 190 peak horsepower, which is available in the EX trim or higher. Other features to look forward to include:
- Available rear USB charging ports.
- Honda Sensing standard on EX and higher trim level, including Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Mitigation Braking.
- Available 7-inch touchscreen Display Audio interface.
Though the 2018 model year is in full-swing, one model we are still waiting to receive news on is the 2018 Honda Pilot. Usually by this point some rumors would have surfaced, but everything seems quiet on that front as well.
Since the third generation of the Honda Pilot was only just launched in 2016, you can likely expect only minor changes to come to the vehicle, as a carryover model year is expected for this family-friendly SUV.
Unlike some of its cousins in the Honda lineup, the Odyssey sees a number of upgrades and changes for 2018. For one, it’s the first minivan to offer 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi, meaning everyone in the family can stay connected to their favorite devices on those long road trips. Many of the upgrades are in the tech department and include:
- 10.2-inch Rear Entertainment System with DVD, CD and Blu-ray capability.
- CabinWatch and CabinTalk, making it easy for drivers to see the kids on video in the back seat or talk to them through the speaker system.
- New Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
- New Magic Slide 2nd-row seats in EX and above trims
The final model we’ll look at for the 2018 model year is the Honda Ridgeline pickup. Not much has changed for the new model year, but Honda has made an effort to simplify your options by cutting the lineup from 12 trim levels down to 9.
On top of that, two additional paint colors are available for the Sport trim. These are White Diamond Pearl and Lunar Silver Metallic.
Now that you’ve seen what has changed for many of your favorite Honda models in 2018, don’t be afraid to contact us at Hilton Head Honda with any questions you might have about upgrades to specific vehicles or trims that may not be included here. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you take home your new car.
30 city/38 highway/33 combined mpg rating for 1.5T LX, EX and EX-L models with CVT. 26 city/35 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 1.5T Sport models with 6-speed manual transmission. 29 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg rating for 1.5T Sport and Touring models with CVT. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for 2.0T Sport models with 6-speed manual transmission. 22 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for 2.0T Sport and Touring models with 10-speed automatic transmission. 23 city/34 highway/27 combined mpg rating for 2.0T EX-L models with 10-speed automatic transmission. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.