The car itself runs fine. It's actually faster than the Impreza believe it or not. The trunk can fit a shitload of stuff as experienced in one pretty hefty Ikea trip we recently made. The interior is boring and has creaky plastic, but again, that is to be expected. The MPG averages around 34 mixed with a max of 40 highway so not too shabby at all. Like a Honda, during the summer months if the AC is on, the car becomes slow as fuck and lacks in any sort of acceleration...very annoying. The USB direct-connect auto system is terrific. All you do is connect your MP3 player to it and the stereo will immediately start playing a song...no lag that usually comes from a CD Player. One shitty thing was that they decided to take off the audio steering wheel controls, reserving it only for peeps who purchase the Nav system. Fuck that. The HVAC controls are circular in design and kinda crappy...it's something about turning a huge knob is not my idea of a modern automobile...it just feels cheap. Yeah and turning the fan past '2' makes the cabin noise exceed regular speaking volume. The paddle-shifters are nice when you're not using the AC; they are responsive and make the car feel faster than it really is. The 5-gear automatic transmission takes the cake for being probably one of the greatest features of this car. With it, it feels much like a real car rather than an econobox even though that's exactly what it is. The interior has a very crappy center console. The placement of the drink holders are inconvenient and the lack of a center storage box/arm rest just drives the annoyance home. It does have these side drink holders that are located near the fans that are nifty so it's not all a loss.
So yeah, did you like my huge single-paragraph review? I'm tired and it just isn't worth making neat paragraphs for features that are standard and only require a one sentence line to describe 'em.
Overall I bought the egg car for my wife so that we could save gas and she could learn in a smaller car. The Fit is a nice addition to any person's fleet considering that the storage space is totally immense, but it does have its downsides...and coming from a luxury-class car I do tend to have a good memory of the differences. So yeah...one of these days I'll be trading in the Impreza because it's worthless to me. The new VW Golf Turbo Diesel looks good on paper but it's as expensive, if not more expensive than a GTI... So yeah I don't know what I want as my next car but I know it can't be hella cheap like the Fit is and it can't guzzle gas like the Saab did. Reliability is still important, but the fact that I'm even glancing at a VW makes me think that there still is some wiggle room.
- Small Footprint
- Great Storage Room
- Peppy Tranny w/o AC
- Better than the Impreza
- No Audio Steering Wheel Controls
- HVAC Noise
- Wind Noise
- Becomes a Mule if the AC is Turned On