My wife and I did a lot of research in 2009 before deciding to buy a new '09 Honda Fit. We bought the base model, manual, in black. I can honestly say that I have never once, not even for a minute, re...
My wife and I did a lot of research in 2009 before deciding to buy a new '09 Honda Fit. We bought the base model, manual, in black. I can honestly say that I have never once, not even for a minute, regretted the investment we made in getting this car.
Listing out all of the features I love about this car would quickly turn into a novel, so I'll instead focus on the two aspects of the car that have been most helpful for me: Cargo space and fuel efficiency. We are winter sports enthusiasts, and the winter after we bought out Fit, we took approximately 25 trips up to the mountain to visit the resorts. Our car could not have preformed better. The 40mpg on the highway was a huge help to our pocketbook (the tank is approximately 10.5 gallons to fill, and we have gotten 400 miles in a tank when it was strictly highway driving), and the cargo space is spectacular! When traveling to the mountain with friends, we were able to fold down the smaller of the two seats in the back (which are split 66/34, I believe), store 4 complete sets of snowboarding equipment, and still have room for my 6'4" friend to be sleeping comfortably in the back seat behind me (I'm 6'2").
Both the fuel efficiency and cargo space have come in handy for more domestic affairs as well. I have never gotten less than 32mpg on a tank of gas, even when driving strictly in the city. I've used our Fit on a number of occasions to help friends move, once even managing to put all of a friend's belongings in the back in one load (including a tall mini-fridge, desk, two guitars and amps, 3 suitcases, 4 duffle bags, and a futon mattress).
Honda even maximizes cargo space through the design of the back hatch. I've seen many other cars whose hatches either have a very long roof-to-floor slope (Mazda 3), or the door tapers to a narrow point at the bottom (Nissan Versa), both of which make getting cargo into the cargo area more difficult. The fit's hatch sits nearly vertical and stays wide at the bottom, allowing you to fit through the door almost anything that would fit in the cargo area (the one exception for me was a large papasan chair that would have fit inside, but would not fit through the door).
I've found that the detail in engineering and design show through in many other ways: moving the gas tank forward to create cargo space for tall items (utilized by flipping the seats up) as well as allowing the seats to fold almost completely flat, instead of at an angle; the nesting headrests in back (on all Fit models 2009 or later; the 2007-08 models had regular headrests) mean you don't need to take the headrests out or move the front seats up before putting the back seats down; even the cup holders (in their excess) show quality design with their more squared shape, which allows them to hold containers more securely than larger round cup holders.
To be fair, it's true that it's a fairly noisy car. Our previous car was a Ford Focus, and even that was quieter than the Fit. But, after driving the car for 2 years, I don't even notice it anymore. It is also very true that the suspension is pretty tight, and you will feel the bumps in the road. This, again, is something that I've grown accustomed to and don't really notice anymore.
The reality of the situation is this: You're not buying a luxury car, you're buying an economy car. And if you're going to buy an economy car, BUY THE FIT! It has more cargo space, better design, and classic Honda reliability (In two years and almost 30k miles, I haven't had a single issue with the car's function). It's a hands down choice, and two years later I wouldn't hesitate to make it again.