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Which New Budget Car Better? Fit/Yaris/Versa?

mugupomugupo Posts: 4
edited March 16 in Honda
This seem to be a good year to get a budge car and with good amount of useful techlogy for the bucks. I am excited of this new 3 car, although isn't new in world but is here afterall, which u think is best for buck? I think is Honda Fits cause it has higher seatig bigger inside same outside with better tech than the rest i think. Any opinion? I know Yari has best MPG in this categorie.
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  • navigator89navigator89 Posts: 1,080
    Just so you know the names correctly, it's Fit, Yaris and Versa. I'd take the Versa or Fit, no way the Yaris. The styling is too round and cute for me. Plus I dont like center gauges.

    I've sat in all three cars and it's a close call for me. The Fit is roomy, but the Versa has a higher interior IMO. The only good thing about the Yaris its comfortable and the controls are very simple.

    For me:
    1. Fit
    2. Versa
    3. Yaris

    Consider the Caliber too, it's a great car.
  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    are the Scion xA and Kia Rio5 SX. The xA is a unique little hatch, feels pretty good on the road (even on the freeway, though it's not quite as smooth as longer-wheelbase vehicles, it's still better than my old Rabbit :D ). The xA's center-mounted guages are a bit of a turnoff, but I could tolerate it if I owned one, as dunderheaded as I think that idea is. The Kia really surprised me, I looked at and drove it as a lark and was really smitten with the car, I cannot believe how far up the ladder they've brought their quality (though being a part of Hyundai now has helped, CEO Mong-Koo Chung has been taking a take-no-prisoners approach to improvements). I went from being one who would never consider a Korean car to having the Rio5 at the top of my list. Both cars in automatic trim are rated at 38mpg on the highway, and are attractively-priced. The Rio5 is really smooth on the road and is quite fun for a cheap hatch. It shares mechanicals with the new '06 Hyundai Accent, which for '07 is arriving as a 3-door hatch. That'll be another good budget ride.

    The Yaris is a bit wierd but will be a good seller I think. I didn't like the look of the Versa. I like the Fit except for its non-user-replaceable radio, a bad habit Honda has gotten into. They used to use proper DIN head units, now they've gotten into that proprietary garbage. I don't want to be locked into a factory head unit if I decide I don't like it or if it breaks, which they often do.

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,332
    I think we should add the Aveo to this list, since it's currently the top seller in this segment, and has been redesigned for '07
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,205
    ...for the '07 Aveo to make a real comparison. I haven't sat in the Versa. Of the two left, the Fit fits. The Caliber is cool - kind of a mini Magnum. Dig the drink cooler!
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    1. Fit - best value at $13K on up

    1a. xA - honorable mention at $14K on up

    2. Yaris - best value for $11K, Fit is nicer if you are spending $13,5 or more. Yaris is a bit too basic for those prices

    3. Versa - Ugly, but more fuel-efficient than the Fit and has that 6-speed standard.

    4. '07 Accent - sloppy shifter but good looks and value-packed as usual for a Hyundai. Best warranty, of course.

    5. Aveo - bargain priced and looks and acts the part, but has optional equipment some of the others don't (an available moonroof? Separates it from the pack, except for the $15K version of the Accent).

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    They are all junk........

    Rocky
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    Okay then, what's your pick for best car under 2500 pounds?

    Right now my pick is the same, since I'm waiting for a diesel to show up.
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    bumpy, I can go under 1500 pounds :shades: with a brand new Lotus Elise/Sport Exige. ;)

    "Ya'll" are going he's got a good point. :P J/K

    Rocky
  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    Not in this country you can't. The US-spec Elise weighs more like 2000 pounds. At that point, I might as well get an AE86 or early Miata.
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    Ok bumpy, your original weight was 2500, which the lotus still falls under. :P

    We are finally getting some rain to put out these gosh darn grass fires that ya'll have seen on national news,
    God Bless :D

    Rocky
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    goes to the Honda Fit. The Yaris is second, and the Versa is third.

    The Accent would also be on my list, as would be the Scion xA.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,974
    come ride in my junk car...you'll be impressed (or I'll scare you anyway...) ;)

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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    of the Scion xA. I finally test-drove a 2006 Polar White Scion xA with 5-speeds the other day. I liked it but, if really ready to buy, would absolutely have to drive the 2006 Kia Rio5 and 2006 Kia Rio LX sedan before making any kind of a decision. Small cars made these days are just plain smarter decisions to buy. With ghastly prices like they are it just makes sense. Plus they drive with authority, besides being small.

    My son was along for the test drive with the salesman in the 2006 Scion xA, and I asked him if he was cramped in the back seat. He said that he absolutely was not cramped in the back seat, at all, even.

    Small cars rule the automotive roost, men. I don't see how my eyes and noggin could ever, ever see it any other way.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,974
    I wouldn't have the nerve to buy a Kia. I don't trust them and I'm counting on some equity after 5 years for a trade in. Who will want a 5 year old Kia?

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    I think some people will want a 5 year old Kia. Five years from now, I don't think they will. As CCB-prone as I am (despite my best efforts to the contrary!), I need a car with superlative resale.

    Was looking at used Minis the other day - TALK about superlative resale. Even the base Cooper is advertised at ridiculous prices.

    The magic rear seat of the Fit sounds like it will make the car very versatile - waiting to see it in person - and it is likely that the Fit will have the best resale of this group.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    <<Who will want a 5 year old Kia?>>

    Oh, someone will certainly want it, but possibly not for a whole lot of cash. Even so, the new Rio/Rio5 is a worthy contender in this segment. I just bought a Rio5 and so far am impressed and pleased with the car. I don't worry about resale since I'm keeping it until long after it's paid for, and will keep driving it until it ceases to be cost-beneficial to keep on the road. But anyone looking at cars in this segment should keep an open mind and go drive a Rio or Rio5, they've done a fine job with this vehicle. It's very smooth for its size and quite nimble. It's turning out to be a hot seller. Its sister the Hyundai Accent line is worth a look in this segment as well...they're built off a common platform.

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,974
    The Rio wagon prices out about $1,000 more than an exactly equipped xA and I don't see any advantage for the higher price, unless I'm missing something here.

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  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    Actually, if you add the EP-10 alloys and the rear spoiler to the xA (at least the automatic, the way I priced them when I was looking) you're about even with the Rio5 with power package and automatic, since a small sort-of spoiler and 15" alloy rims are standard. Side and side-curtain airbags are standard on the Rio5 as well. The Rio5's cargo room is greater as well. Both are killer little cars, and the xA is a good platform for tricking-out if that's your thing. I would have likely bought one but my wife hated the look of the thing, so the Rio5 got the cut. I can't complain all in all, I do find the Rio5's look more appealing and prefer its dash layout. The xA has a better stock stereo, though.

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,027
    ....with the Korean cars than with resale value. The Koreans have yet to prove than can do well with either, but reliability issues can make ownership long and grueling. I'd avoid the risk and just stick with the Japanese cars.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,713
    since you brought up reliability here I must jump right in. Reliability on my 2001 Kia Sportage 4x4 has been superlative. I have had one stranding offense and looking at it from a balanced, intelligent point of view, I don't see how someone could criticize Kia for what happened. Here's what part failed: my alternator.

    Now, I am not an alternator expert. Driving to a mid-Missouri hospital for ever-more clinical Respiratory Therapist training in late-2004 at about 6:00AM my lights started dimming, headlight and dash lights. I knew what was going to happen and it did. The little SUV sputtered to the side of the road. I found a mechainc in the nearest oakie Missouri town that fixed me up for about $330, including a 10-mile tow.

    My '01 Sportage 4x4 was at about the 88,000 mile mark at that time. Now, I don't hold that offense against Kia at all. I don't see how anybody could.

    Here's what Kia has done for me lately. Besides selling me the nicest looking little SUV on the market, bar none, my Sportage 4x4 has 110,900 miles on it and the engine is purring like a Norwegian Forest Cat in the lush forest. I have not had one single lamp blowout of any kind yet. Not a headlamp, not a dash lamp bulb, not a side marker, not a taillight bulb, I have had a brake light switch go out a few weeks after the alternator, though.

    What car or truck or minvan or SUV is perfect, though?

    My Sportage's OEM Hankook SUV tires went 102,000 before replacement in late 2005 for some new Toyo's. Get this car nuts: my Hankook's were not totally dead yet when I swapped them out for the new Toyo's! These Kia's are solid, wonderful vehicles. My Sportage's motor will last for many, many, many more miles. I have the utmost respect for Kia Motors and their engineering department. Top-notch rigs for top-notch people. Simple, tried and true.

    Oh, before I trade that Sporty in I will drive a 2006 Kia Rio LX and 2006 Kia Rio5 first. The car that is competing along with Kia for my dollar is the 2006 Scion xA in 5-speed form. There is a Polar White one with foglights and some nifty stereo i-Pod and MP3 upgrades factory-installed already at the nearest Scion dealer to me, Teton Scion, fifty miles to my north. I told them I like the car but want some shiny aftermarket rims. Instead of pushing the Scion EP-10 factory rims on me (the rims Scion sells to you by default that do look very nice on the rig)the Scion salesman offered to have me go down the street to Jack's Tire and Wheel and pick out wheels I liked. They would then have them installed and ready for me at pick-up time. I liked that answer, because they didn't push the Scion aftermarket accessories on me. Smart Scion salesman. Believe me, it is close between the Scion xA and the Kia Rio LX and Kia Rio5 for my next rig.

    If ghastly prices start heading nastily upwards by say, 50 more cents to the gallon by April or May I'm making an executive decision, yes, pushing here at home for a trade-in immediately. Only if it's a trending ghastly pattern upwards. If it's a fluke, I'll hold with the Sportsman.

    Automatic policy is installed, car nuts. :)

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    If I drove a Fit, where would I sit ? Mount the rear seat in the Trunk :surprise: :P

    Rocky
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    check them all out - I think you will find that these cars have a lot more room for large drivers of various proportions than you might expect.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • bottgersbottgers Posts: 2,027
    ....we all know about your unwaivering love affair with Kias. I still say avoid the risk and stick with Japanese vehicles until the Koreans have proven they're in the same league reliability wise. So far, they haven't done that.
  • mirthmirth Posts: 1,212
    ...with these upcoming budget cars is that I find them boring in almost every respect. The styling is boring (especially on the Fit). With the small engines, driving them is going to be boring. I'm sure they're great little cars in terms of versatility and mileage, but I would be longing for other cars the day after I bought one. Like I said, this is my own personal problem with these cars, but then I'm probably not going to be the only one.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,974
    They don't *have* to be boring, although some of them might indeed be...some of the most fun cars in the world to drive have small engines....

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  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • mirthmirth Posts: 1,212
    ...with you. I especially like the Ford Reflex concept at the auto show. And although it's not a sub-compact, I think the Mazda3 is another good example of how these types of cars can be made more stylish.
  • b3nutb3nut Posts: 83
    "I still say avoid the risk and stick with Japanese vehicles until the Koreans have proven they're in the same league reliability wise. So far, they haven't done that."

    They may not be all the way there, but they're getting darn close. The Hyundai Elantra has a better-than-average CR reliability prediction for used and new, and the outgoing Accent for the past 3 years has a very good record, especially the drivetrain. I see no reason to believe that Hyundai/Kia has taken any backward steps, they're moving forward at an impressive pace with the rest of their line. I think the new Accent/Rio siblings will prove to be a very solid small car. So far so good with my Rio5, it's breaking in nicely. The Fit will certainly be the benchmark for refinement for this segment, but the Accent/Rio are no longer the penalty boxes/cars of last resort that they were previously. They're very tight little cars.

    Todd in Beerbratistan
  • turboshadowturboshadow Posts: 349
    I think my choices would be:

    1) Fit-because it is, specification-wise, very similar to my 89 Civic Si. I loved that car and kept it for eight years. I think I'd keep a Fit just as long, if not longer. It is much more versatile than the other two.

    2) Versa-Good hp and a six speed, but doesn't have the Fit's versatility.

    3) Yaris-Its only a two door and it has got that goofy center IP. I absolutely hate that.
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