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2010 Honda Fit: Inexpensive to Buy and to Own

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There have been so many superlatives written about the Honda Fit, it's hard to come up with something else nice to say about it that hasn't been said. Yes, you know it is a wonder of efficient packaging, gets great fuel economy and is easily the most fun to drive vehicle in its segment. Yes, the Fit is one of the best cars ever created by the engineering wizards at Honda and it makes a very sound investment as an economical family car.

But did you know that in addition to being a screaming bargain, the Fit is also estimated by to be the cheapest car under $25,000 to own over a five-year period when you consider insurance, gas, repair, reliability and maintenance costs? When you have mortgages, dentist bills, gas bills and a million other financial responsibilities to fret about, these things really matter.

That, however, does not preclude you from having a blast when driving the Honda Fit. If this is the future of downsizing then the future is looking really quite appealing. It will be quite something to see how the new Ford Fiesta compares to the Fit when it arrives here in the summer of 2010. Just imagine having two fun to drive economy car options priced under $15,000!

Powered by a 1.5-liter 117-horsepower four-cylinder that is best described as "zippy," the Fit is available with either a grin-inducing five-speed manual or slick-shifting five-speed automatic with available paddle shifters. For buyers on a budget you can save serious coin and avoid some mild sluggishness getting on the freeway by selecting the manual version.

The Fit comes standard with a bewildering array of folding seat options for your cargo, a 160-watt audio system, power windows, door locks and air conditioning all as standard. Optioning up to the Sport model gives you extra ground effects trim, neat looking alloy wheels, two more speakers for the audio system, cruise control and fog lights.

In his review on The Car Connection reviewer Bengt Halvorson commented that the Honda Fit had a "substantial" driving feel and that is quite an astute assessment. The 2010 Honda Fit is not only clever and fun to drive, but it also feels like a grown-up car. But just because you act and feel like a grown up doesn't mean you have to drive like one.

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