The Honda Fit used to be a no-brainer within this class, but competition has become much tighter over the past year or two.
Last year the Ford Fiesta arrived, aiming at the same crowd that desires a smaller car that's a little sportier in feel.
The Fiesta arguably looks better than the Fit, and it has responsive six-speed dual-clutch gearbox available, but its interior isn't nearly as roomy or versatile as that of the Fit.
In hatchback form, the Nissan Versa carries over to 2012 relatively unchanged; it rides and handles like a larger, heavier car, lacking the Fit's nimble feel.
The all-new Chevrolet Sonic offers impressive interior refinement and comfort, but it lacks the Fit's packaging magic and nimble feel.
Meanwhile, the Toyota Yaris is all-new this year, and Hyundai edges more strongly into this segment with its new Accent, which gets a direct-injection engine good for up to 40 mpg on the highway.
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|27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||30 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Small Station Wagon||Subcompact Car||Subcompact||Compact Cars||Compact||Subcompact|
|5-Door HB Manual||4-Door Sedan LS 1LS||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual GLS||4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S||3-Door Liftback Manual L (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front-wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|5 Door Hatchback||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||3 Door Hatchback|