I was a loyal Hyundai driver until my second Accent became undriveable at only 57,000 miles. I wasn't ready to spend money on another Hyundai without checking out the competition, which has come a lon...
I was a loyal Hyundai driver until my second Accent became undriveable at only 57,000 miles. I wasn't ready to spend money on another Hyundai without checking out the competition, which has come a long way since I bought my first Accent in 2002. I ended up with a Honda Fit LX, the entry level model. I had always been proud of the Accent's value/cost ratio, as it made me feel like a smart shopper. But there isn't a single area where the Fit isn't superior. It's just about an inch longer than my Accent, yet front and especially back seat riders have far more room. It's more powerful and far more efficient. It rides better and is more comfortable. The Fit also has a feel of quality and solidity, inside and out, that the Accent couldn't match. Best of all, I get all of this along with Honda reliability for only a few hundred dollars more than the base Accent.
There are a few small areas where the Fit misses the mark. I was surprised that the intermittent wipers only had one speed, and I miss the cargo cover my Accent had but the fit does not (it's a pricey dealer add-on). An armrest would be nice, and (small) areas of the dashboard are glossy black plastic which attracts dust and fingerprints almost instantly. Also, good luck finding a manual. The CVT is ok, but I would much rather have had a manual (my old car was dead so I couldn't even wait a few days for them to ship one in).
On the plus side, my entry level Fit LX has: 130 hp, cruise control, power doors/locks, CD stereo with aux and USB input, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, on-wheel controls for audio and cruise control, rear back-up camera, etc. etc. The features on higher trim levels are things I didn't want anyway, but FYI they include moonroof, larger display screen (touchscreen, you lose the knobs), and a lane-change camera which I found more distracting then helpful.
I can't just go out and buy the car I want. My choices are limited by my finances. My Fit was well within my budget, and never feels like a compromise or sacrifice. I never feel like I'm settling.