Needed a 2nd car for all my kid pick- ups and drops. Our Suburban has a severe drinking problem and is in rehab. Looked and researched every car in this category. It was between the xD and the Fit. The xD was $2k less than the similarly equipped Fit and the fit/finish and engine performance was much, much better as well. Also, the Honda dealers came across as very snotty about the Fit, not my thing. Didn't notice any difference between the manual and auto when testing. Handles amazingly well. Feels sporty and luxurious inside. Great on the hwy as well as our rural roads. MPG - solid 31 city (hilly and curvy) and 38 highway. Will be the kids' car in 2 yrs and they love it.
Fit and finish, simply the best in the class. Standard options and fun gadgets available to accessorize. Fun to drive and has a sporty look and a solid feel. Great value.
Center armrest standard instead of as accessory option. Leather option.