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



  • I have owned a Fit for one year now. The car is fantastic. So much fun to drive, almost like a high performance go-kart.

    I also test drove the Versa which is a nice economy vehicle too. It was a bit more comfortable than the fit; however, the versatility of the Fit's backseats, the wider hatchback access, Honda's reliability, and the hands down better looks made it a slam-dunk!
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    I also liked the interior space of the Fit, especially behind the 2nd row. Plus for me the Versa's steering was poor compared to the Fits. And I too wanted the added reliability.
  • for this two year long conversation! Can't believe I came across so apropos a thread.

    I've been looking at a Yaris, but thanks to the many informed opinions of the experienced drivers here, there looks to be a lot more choices. Now seriously looking at a Rio5, something I never thought I'd say about a Kia. And I never even knew there was a Nissan in the running.

    I must add, that though the Fit is a very strong contender, the uniformly bad Honda dealers I've encountered over 20 years rule Honda out. Honda is alone in backing its dealers no matter what - it's resulted in some of the oddest attitudes I've ever come across in a commercial enterprise. In my experience, in coast to coast driving, there was no comparison - Toyota won every time and by a mile.

    That still leaves at least three strong contenders and that many weekends test driving. Way to go!

  • Hello all...

    I came across this thread totally by mishap, and I'm glad I did.

    My question is this:
    Does anyone think that ESC will be made available on any or all of these hatchbacks in question sooner than the mandatory date of, I believe, 2010 or thereabouts? I'd go for any of the three if ESC was available, but for now I'm in a holding pattern to purchase until this feature becomes available. I'd even consider a Rio SX5 or Accent SE if they would offer it. Any thoughts or opinions out there?

    Happy Holidays!

    Peace!!<-AladdinSane-<- :shades: -
  • ttaittai Posts: 114
    The Korean cars are trying to go the easy route first by making their interior look
    and feel high quality. Unfortunately, everything else is crap. The small cars still
    have bad crash protection, bad gas mileage, poor braking, and poor acceleration.
    I crack up when I hear people fall for this anti-Toyota quality campaign. It comes
    every time the big 3 gets in trouble. I heard about how the big 3 are now equal or
    better than the Japanese in the 80's, 90's, and today. I fell for it 3 times. Never
    again. The highest rated small cars in terms of quality for 2007 were the Yaris and
    Fit. So where's the Toyota quality lapse. Har har har.
  • well we all know that yaris is the best car and why would you race will you win some money? no u go to jail or hell
  • The Yaris is as ugly as its name!
  • ttaittai Posts: 114
    The Yaris is the best selling subcompact in America. It outsells the Fit by
    a huge margin. Yet I sense no love from the US press for the car. Could it
    be because Toyota is destroying the once mighty GM? The Yaris is my choice
    for sure. It's cute, best gas mileage, quickest of all the subs, and is very comfortable.
    Oh, it's also the most reliable car for 2007. Have you seen how the Malibu is
    heralded as the second coming from the press? I hope people realize the car
    was designed in Europe.
  • kreuzerkreuzer Posts: 127
    Versa's back seats tumbel forward to make a flat loading area as the Suzuki SX4 does? Or does it have the hump from the seats permanantly? Thanks!
  • ttaittai Posts: 114
    They're not flat. It's humped up where the seats are. Bad design for a hatch.
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