I've owned my little blue Honda Fit for about 4 and a half years now. While this car has been very reliable given it's low price tag, it does have it's faults. The good news is that it has never left me stranded, the cargo space is incredible for a car this size, the gas mileage averages around 35mpg, and the important stuff (engine, transmission, etc) is the usual Honda quality. The bad news is that despite a peppy little engine, don't expect much performance from this subcompact. Turning on the air conditioning literally cuts the power by a third, but the temperature is nice and cold at least. Speaking of the A/C, if you run it for more than 90 minutes at a time, the compressor will eventually freeze, thus making the A/C pretty useless until you shut it off for a little while. The smooth 5-speed shifter and dashboard have a tendency to make some minor noises every once in a while. Nothing terrible, but disappointing to hear in a car that's only a few years old. Since the 3 year factory warranty expired, I have had to replace the front driver's side automatic locking system ($550) and the front passenger side tire pressure monitor ($250). Neither are major issues, but the fact of the matter is that I've had to put out a substantial amount of money to fix items that shouldn't be failing after only 50k miles. The Fit handles very well and maneuvers with ease, but unfortunately the trade off is a stiff ride that lets you feel every bump. The fabric seats do their best to add support and make things comfortable, but you won't ever mistake it for a Cadillac. This review will seem to be more negative towards this car, but I'd say I'm content with the Fit overall. You can only expect so much from a $15,000 vehicle.
Flawless reliability 3 years in. Not sure why some people get disappointing MPG. Maybe they drive like a maniac, have upgraded to wide tires, and carry a lot of weight... I get an avg of 39 MPG from this awesome car! The manual trany shifting and the clutch are both super light and easy and smooth. But I'd prefer a lower ratio for 5th gear so not to waste gas when going over 70 (and to quiet the engine) The interior loudness is less than in previous years. The cargo space is incredible, including under the rear seats. The gas tank being under the front seat means you can't adjust height, but I'm now happier sitting higher than I used to--better visibility, except the wide front left pillar
fun to drive and can accelerate well (as long as you get the manual transmission)
lower gear ratio for 5th gear
location of USB audio-in cable
narrower front pillars
This car is really superb. I've owned and driven Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, Buicks, Chevrolets, Chryslers, and Fords over the last decade. (Additionally, before I bought this car, I rented and test drove an Elantra, a Corolla, and a Yaris for a combined month.) Some were better than others, but none managed to get the whole package right like this Honda Fit. It's a wonderfully capable car, for hauling people. The folding seats will let you fit all sorts of stuff, and because it's a car instead of an SUV, getting heavy items into the back is a breeze.
This is an economy car, which means the price is cheap, and it's thrifty with gas, too. I'm getting mid-30s, even with "spirited" driving.
The manual transmission makes the car come alive, and I highly recommend it. I'd never driven a stick before, but I learned in 10 minutes at the dealer.
I bought the base, and it already comes with everything a "loaded" car 10 years ago had. Power locks/windows/brakes/steering, cruise, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, CD player, aux inputs, and USB/iPod hookup on the stereo, etc. It's also got side airbags, active head restraints, etc. so it's quite a safe car, too.
Basically, this is all the car that 90% of people probably would ever need. It doesn't feel cheap, and it doesn't drive or ride cheaply, either. Furthermore, it's got Honda reliability and holds its value very well.
It's hard to think of anything, honestly. Maybe the air conditioner could be a little stronger. I bought a black Fit, and I live in the warm South, and haven't been miserable, but with all the glass and all the interior volume, it can take a bit for the AC to really make a dent.
The front seats are fine for me, but I'm 5'10". I think a 6' driver might feel a bit cramped.
A turbocharger would be great ;) -Although, I must admit, it's not necessary at all. I manage to handily accelerate well in excess of the speed limit after almost every stoplight.