I purchased a manual trans 08XD over a yr ago and have put 35,000+ on it now. This car comes standard with all the air bags I wanted, and cruise control. Which costs more as an add on in other hatchbacks. I average between 36-38mpg. Also, you would be amazed at how much interior space this thing has after you fold the seats down. At the time I bought it the Fit's seats were way uncomfy. The Versa's rear seats don't fold down flat, and the Yaris did not even come with cruise. Its exterior is unique and the styling stands out against other cars.
Its a super safe, fuel efficient and yet surprisingly enjoyable car to drive. All the lil extras like the ipod jack, and radio controls on driver side are the icing on the cake.
Seriously, why is the arm rest optional? If you get it installed you end up losing a cupholder. Initial tire size is weird and stock tires only last between 25,000 and 45,000.