Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa Comparison – The New Big 3's Little 3.

Monday January 26th, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

Honda Fit - Nissan Versa - Toyota Yaris

By Kurt Gensheimer

Whether or not you’ve grown up as a car buff, unless you’re a troglodyte who still walks barefoot from point A to point B, you’re probably familiar with who “The Big 3″ automakers comprise. And if you’ve watched any of the executive groveling before our esteemed panel of D.C. dunderheads we call our “leaders”, then you’re absolutely familiar with The Big 3. However in the aftermath of Toyota’s recent ascension past GM to become the number #1 selling automotive brand in the world – in addition to its involvement in NASCAR and multiple American manufacturing plants – the old Big 3 moniker may need revision to include Toyota.

And who would be “The Other 2″? Honda and Nissan seem to fit the role quite well, with similarly expanding market share and multiple U.S.-based factories. Yes, it seems that when people nowadays refer to “The Big 3″, there needs to be some level of clarification – New School or Old School?

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2009 Honda Fit Sport Review – Phat and Phun is the Fit

Tuesday January 20th, 2009 at 11:11 AM
Posted by: gmchan_66

2009 Honda Fit Sport
by Gary Chan


  • Gas mileage
  • Storage flexibility
  • Structural rigidity
  • Perfectly weighted steering


  • Engine size = limited power
  • Driver’s cup holder have are not in best locations
  • Triangulated A-pillar blocked visibility at times
  • Fold-down driver’s arm rest thin and high

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2008 Honda Fit Sport Review – Small on the outside but incredibly big on the inside

Tuesday August 26th, 2008 at 12:88 PM
Posted by: twain

2008 Honda Fit Sport

Review by Twain Mein | Photos by Derek Mau


  • Good gas mileage
  • Excellent handling
  • Incredible amount of interior space with ingenious packaging
  • Great value for the money


  • Real-world gas mileage was disappointing
  • Lack of power
  • Noisy engine

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Early Delivery of New 2009 Honda Fit Go On Sale August 26 at Dealerships

Wednesday August 20th, 2008 at 2:88 PM
Posted by: Derek

Redesigned 2009 Honda Fit Sport

Strong demand for fuel-efficient sub-compact cars in North America prompted Honda to speed up production of the redesigned 2009 Fit. The 2009 Fit will arrive in dealerships Tuesday, Aug. 26. Honda’s earlier plans were for the updated Fit to arrive Oct. 1.

“We basically increased supply as much as we could to meet demand, and we were still going to be sold out of the 2008 model,” Honda spokesman Chris Martin said. “We had to do something so that our dealers would not be without the small cars that buyers are seeking.”

Official announcement from Honda is on page 2.

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First Impressions: 2008 Honda Fit (gets 39 mpg)

Thursday July 3rd, 2008 at 1:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

2008 Honda Fit

Initial impressions of the Honda Fit:

  • The car is nimble and fun to drive
  • Can make tight U-turns in a flash
  • 2nd row Magic Seats™ fold flat more ways than a spider has legs creating a versatile cargo area
  • Good low-end torque from 0 – 35 gives the Fit a snappy off-the-line launch
  • 5-speed automatic downshifts too easily and robs fuel economy potential
  • Tall 5th gear – the engine was humming along at 2400 rpm while driving 65 on the freeway
  • Includes lots of basic amenities for only $16k

This week we received the Honda Fit for testing. I’m happy the Fit finally arrived on American shores after I spotted the Fit while traveling in Hong Kong back in 2005. Attractive aero design, versatile folding seats that can accommodate many different shapes/sizes of cargo, and very desirable as gas prices approach $5/gallon.

parking the Honda Fit
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