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Old 02-17-2012, 07:26 PM
 
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The Fiesta's have caught my attention; especially the MPG that it gets. The only issue is its cargo space and its back seat. I need enough space to throw 2 road bikes and a 130lb doggy that sometimes resembles a baby bear.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:44 PM
 
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After 2 weeks, I'm averaging 30 mpg in my Fit. I think realistic city numbers would be about 26 mpg. Which isn't very good for a car that small lol, but I love it so far, so what are you going to do. I don't think it will ever get the 35 mpg the salesmen said I'd get lol (big suprise).
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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You do NOT want a manual transmission in LA traffic. It is awful. I did it occasionally for 16 years. I never got accustomed to it. It was as awful on day 5840 as it was n day 1.

Many people do not care (and probably should not care), but if you drive a Prius, some or many people will assume that you are gay. Although it should not matter, because it is stupid, you should be aware of this.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Like any car or truck, it depends how you drive.

I have an '09 Honda Fit. Mine is the stick shift.

It can be very efficient, however, if you feel like it's underpowered, you'll be flogging the gas pedal a lot more, and there goes your good mileage.

For example, I had a Nissan Versa rental car that I was less than impressed with, to put it lightly. I spent a few nights working making deliveries in downtown Minneapolis, and got less than 20 MPG.

With my Honda Fit, I have gotten 40 MPG, and less than 25 MPG, depending on what I was doing.

I imagine I would get less with the automatic, but with such a small engine, the stick was the only option I considered. (It's a good thing I enjoy driving a stick, otherwise, I'd want a more powerful engine; hence, a more expensive car.)

As the saying goes, your mileage will vary.

(BTW, if anyone reading this sees a black '11 or '12 Nissan Versa hatchback for sale, don't buy it. It could be the one I rented. I beat it to hell, and I let a passenger smoke in it. I also farted inside out of disrespect. You don't want it.)
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Ewww, I hate the way that paint shows on the inside of the hatch door (in the Prius pics), seems kinda cheap.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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If you get in a wreck and damage or destroy your Fit, what do you say?

"Oh, Honda! F it!"
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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if you're worried about MPG's you should really look into the Prius V hybrid wagon. I saw it at the LA Auto Show and it's decent. Not as upscale as the Forester but a step above the Mazda5. And it's relatively affordable under $30k. Consumer Reports tested it as 33 City/47 Highway, while the '09 Fit was 21/39. You could do some 8th gr algebra to guesstimate what your actual MPG's would be based on your real life numbers.
How much gas would that extra $10k for the Prius put in the tank of the Fit? That people don't do the math for the premium for a hybrid amazes me. If they were the same price, no brainer, but paying almost $30k for a Prius when a Fit can be had for well under $20k?
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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How much gas would that extra $10k for the Prius put in the tank of the Fit? That people don't do the math for the premium for a hybrid amazes me. If they were the same price, no brainer, but paying almost $30k for a Prius when a Fit can be had for well under $20k?
The most expensive Fit can get up to 20,000, the cheapest Prius can be as low as 21,000. I know you can also get a Fit for as low as 15,000 and a Prius into the 30's. BUT, if you want a loaded Fit, the extra mpg you get with the Prius would be something to think about.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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The most expensive Fit can get up to 20,000, the cheapest Prius can be as low as 21,000. I know you can also get a Fit for as low as 15,000 and a Prius into the 30's. BUT, if you want a loaded Fit, the extra mpg you get with the Prius would be something to think about.
Cheapest prius is now 19,000
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:43 AM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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So, loaded Fit with Nav or stripped down Prius.... most people want certain features in a car and won't be happy with a stripped down version, so need to compare apples to apples. The math still doesn't work for Hybrids. I know they put off a green vibe, but gas would need to go to $5 a gallon before it comes close to breaking even. But if gas were to hit that mark, watch a premium go on Hybrids again and waiting lists, so you will still pay more.

Until it becomes more mainstream, stay with a regular car, the money just doesn't make sense. Unless you have a lot of extra money and need to make a green statement, no need to get a hybrid.

Do Hybrid Cars Save Money? : NPR
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