Packaging, seating, and cargo versatility are phenomenally good in the 2013 Honda Fit. If you're cross-shopping many small cars, you'll have no problem picking out the Fit's key differences, in that it manages to fit (yes, the name's appropriate here) a lot more usable space into a parking footprint that's strictly subcompact.
Compared to most other small hatchbacks, the interior design of the Fit is refreshingly different, and makes the most of both passenger and cargo space. Honda has looked to minivans, crossovers, and wagons for inspiration here, to awesome results. In back, there's enough headroom and legroom for two adults—or three kids—and the so-called Magic Seat folds flat by lifting a single lever and pushing the seatback forward, with no need to remove rear headrests in the process.
The cargo floor is especially low for easy loading, amassing an impressive 20.6 cubic feet of EPA cargo room--giving you the sort of vertical space to fit the sorts of things, like loveseats, potted plants, or in some cases bikes--that you wouldn't otherwise be able to carry in a car this size.
In addition, there are two glove compartments (upper and lower), plenty of cup holders (redesigned in the center console for 2012), and many useful storage compartments and cubbies in the center console, dash, and doors—as well as under the back seat.
In front the driving position closer to what you'd expect in this class; it's upright but comfortable, and perhaps a little less 'sunken-in' than other hatchbacks, with a good view forward. The steering wheel telescopes on all models, making it easy for a wide range of sizes to be at ease.
Ride quality is comfortable enough, but it's far from luxurious. Suspension tuning is on the firm side, and just compliant enough for bumpy urban streets. Switchgear is high-quality, but overall, the look and feel of cabin appointments is quite good for the money--and simpler, more stylish, and more straightforward than the interior of the larger Civic.