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Honda Fit, Honda Civic, Hatchback, Sedan
#21 of 237 Re: Mid-week driving impressions [bodble2]
Apr 27, 2006 (9:16 am)
"My gut feeling is that, unless you need to carry bulky cargo on a fairly regular basis, the Civic may provide a more satisfying ownership experience in the long run."
To me it is not just about how much it can hold. I usually don't carry lots of bulky items. As has been mentioned before, one of the glaring omissions from Honda's NA line-up has been a hatchback. I for one only would purchase a sedan (or any "stepback" vehicle) if I really couldn't get a hatchback I wanted. Just personal taste. However, the Fit is just so much more versatile regardless of actual cargo capacity.
Regarding the interior room, the Fit and Civic have very similar figures. The difference is how the interior is executed. I feel somewhat cramped inside the Civic in terms of headroom and general space. The Fit feels open and airy and I prefer the higher, more upright seating position.
The 2001 styling might apply for the outside (looks are subjective), but for the massive interior in a small exterior size and utilization of space the Fit wins by a landslide.
"For not much more money, you can get things like auto up/down windows, variable intermittent wipers, heated mirrors, outside and engine temp gauge, locking glove box, locking gas door."
I don't know how the Civic is equipped in Canada, but you would need the EX for the variable intermittent wipers and outside temperature gauge in the US. Unless I am just not seeing it on the specifications page, the US Civic doesn't even come with heated mirrors.
The MSRP of US$13,850 for the Fit and US$16,710 for the Civic LX is $2860. Hardly what I would call "not much money". Also, don't forget that the Fit is positioned below the Civic, so naturally some amenities in the Civic will be left out of the Fit.
#22 of 237 Re: Mid-week driving impressions [hungarian83]
Apr 27, 2006 (10:48 am)
In Canada, you can get all of the equipment I mentioned on the Civic LX. Based on MSRP, it goes for about $1K CAD more than a Fit Sport. The difference in actual purchase price likely even less than that. I didn't use the base Fit for comparison because I think it is just too spartan to even begin to compare to a Civic LX.
#23 of 237 Re: Mid-week driving impressions [bodble2]
Apr 27, 2006 (10:56 am)
I have a 06 coupe auto with Nav ( 7 months old ) , and now looking at a replacement Fit. Made a big mistake in getting the coupe. No room in back, the rear pillar is blocking my view, and have to be very careful in changing lanes. The seat is too low for me even with the height adjustment since I have the moonroof. Tried out the back seat of the Fit over the civic sedan, and the Fit has more rear passenger room over the civic sedan.
Only gripe is that the Fit does not have any height adjustments nor center arm rest, which I really like. No dead pedal either, but thats not a deal breaker. Will wait another 5 months or so and see what the competition has to offer in the newer Corolla for 08, coming out in 07, the new Versa, and newer XA scion, or what ever replacement they will have.
Dealer offered about $17,000 for my civic so thats a no go for right now, but boy oh boy, I wished I had waited.
#24 of 237 Re: Mid-week driving impressions [jbwest]
Apr 27, 2006 (11:15 am)
The Civic also comes with automatic door locks, and 16" alloys. In fact, in Canada, you can opt for the Civic DX-G which has a few less features than the LX, but still gives you all of the safety equipment of the Fit, plus the seat height adjustment, telescoping wheel, centre armrest, locking fuel door (features which many Fit owners want), for a couple hundred $$ less than the Fit Sport.
Also, don't forget all Civics have the 140hp engine with i-Vtec.
#25 of 237 Re: Mid-week driving impressions [jbwest]
Apr 27, 2006 (11:18 am)
I have a feeling taller drivers will like the driving position of the Fit. They won't need to raise the seat, there'd be plenty of headroom, the view out front will seem "expansive". But shorter drivers may have a problem.
#26 of 237 Re: Mid-week driving impressions [bodble2]
Apr 27, 2006 (12:21 pm)
I'm 6'2" and was comfortable with the seat height. But I would have preferred the ability to telescope the steering wheel out. Whenever I'm in a car with a telescoping wheel, I always find myself pulling it out all the way. The lack of a telescoping steering wheel is probably the biggest downside of the Fit for me.
#27 of 237 Re: Mid-week driving impressions [bodble2]
Apr 27, 2006 (1:54 pm)
My wife is 6'2" and she is very particular with any vehicle that feels cramped for her. I have a 2001 Honda Civic and she feels it is cramped in the passenger side. The driver side is even harder for her since the wheel sits in her lap and her knees wrapped around the wheel. Has anyone who is 6'2" or know of someone who is 6'2" driven and/or ridden in the Fit? If so, would you mind posting your experiences?
#28 of 237 Re: Mid-week driving impressions [rangerdopp]
Apr 27, 2006 (4:03 pm)
Yes, I'm 6'2" and have driven a manual Fit. I agree with other posters that not all 6'2" folks are the same. I have a fairly long inseam. The seat goes back just far enough with nothing to spare. Almost too short. The steering wheel ends up further back than I would like, but it wasn't as bad as I had feared. (My Volvo is murder when the wheel is all the way in.) Headroom and seating height are fine. Lack of dead pedal and armrest is a drag.
The most impressive thing, however, is the back seat. I always do a test where I put the front seat where I like it (for most cars, including the Fit, this means back all the way) and then get in the back seat. The Fit was amazing. I was quite comfortable sitting in the back. My legs didn't touch the back of the seat, and there was lots of room for my feet under the front seat. It felt roomier and more comfortable than the Civic and most midsized sedans I've tried.
#29 of 237 Re: Mid-week driving impressions [bodble2]
Apr 27, 2006 (4:22 pm)
"I didn't use the base Fit for comparison because I think it is just too spartan to even begin to compare to a Civic LX."
Hmmm...I didn't know there were that many differences regarding packaging between US and Canadian market cars. The Canadian base model Fit (the DX) is indeed spartan, but the US base model (equivalent to LX) is fairly close to a US Civic LX.
#30 of 237 Re: Mid-week driving impressions [ephemere1]
Apr 27, 2006 (9:04 pm)
I think a lot of comfort has to do with previous experience, and expectations.