If you are looking for a cheap reliable and fun vehicle there is literally no better car than the 2008 Honda Fit. I purchased mine because I wanted to learn to drive manual of a vehicle that I knew would be reliable and easy to learn on. It has exceeded my expectations. I went from not knowing how to drive a manual at all to adequately moving in just two weeks all because this car is very user friendly. I is also extremely practical. It has something called magic seats which means the seats can be moved in every which way which allows for a startlingly large amount of room. I was able to fit two full size German Shepards comfortably during a road trip.
The bumper and pan underneath the car often catch on curbs and sloped driveways. This causes the panels on either side to loosen. The paint on the outsidefront scratches very easily. The headlights are difficult to change. The integrity of the front inside is poor. Particularly the driver's side shade. The flooring catches people's feet and has come loose. I would never but this car again.
I have loved my 2008 Fit. I am the original owner, but suddenly I seem to be having problems. A few months ago, I had to have an ignition coil replaced. A few days ago, my AC compressor went out. But otherwise, it gets decent gas mileage and drives well - I have a manual. I love the seating configuration/versatility. It does have a road noise, but I've gotten used to it over the years.
For those of average height and long legs, with the base model, since the fit doesn't have cruise control, you'll likely injure your ankle. The gas/brake pedals are extremely stiff so you need to constantly have your foot at an odd angle and tensed constantly (which makes for a jerky ride, especially at slower speeds). I was fine for the first 3 years of owning the car, but after a bumper to bumper road trip my ankle gave way and it's been hell to drive ever since. You constantly need to apply pressure at an obtuse angle when driving, and the seats can't be adjusted for height, so I have to use both feet to brake and switch off with my left foot to drive most of the time. Luckily, if you drive less than 25 miles a day you can kind of get away with it, but I'm seriously considering selling the car if it can't be fixed. What's weird is that my dealership hadn't heard of the issue before, so I'm not sure they can even fix it.