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4/5/07 11:14 AM
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jaydogg1972
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I have a long commute to work and I am thinking of buying a new cheap car that is super good on gas, I am talking below 14k. The two I am thinking about are the Honda Fit and the Toyota Yaris, any opinions on these cars? The Prius and other Hybrids are over 20k.
4/5/07 11:25 AM
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I think the new Rabbit is supposed to be in the price range  
4/5/07 11:25 AM
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4/5/07 11:27 AM
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4/5/07 12:02 PM
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I have a Yaris--it's super fun :)  Great gas mileage--It's about an 11-gallon tank and I went to Calgary and back a couple of weeks ago and only filled up once each way (317 miles each way, plus driving in the city)

One downside is that it's got a little engine so it doesn't pick up speed very fast, but once you get up there, it's just fine.  Go for the in-dash disc changer is you can, it's definitely worth it.

4/5/07 12:03 PM
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I am leaving for a going-away party for a few hours, but I will check back later, so if you have any more questions, let me know and I'll answer them :)
4/5/07 12:20 PM
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The hybrid is a little out of range, but it'll allow you to drive in the carpool lane by yourself and you don't have to pay on parking meters. This applies in Cali so you might want to check your area.
4/5/07 12:28 PM
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Good point fob_77. Chesty, how is the storage in the back, could I fit my mountain bike in the back area?
4/5/07 12:30 PM
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I bought a Scion XB and I think the starting price was around 14k.

Great mileage and tons of room. Great Car IMO.

4/5/07 12:31 PM
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used honda civic.
4/5/07 12:43 PM
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Hyundai elantra...seriously
4/5/07 4:39 PM
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Chesty LaRue
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I have a sedan, so I don't know what the storage is like in the hatchback...

Another bizarre thing about it is that the cup holders are in front of the vents, so don't have a cold drink on a day where you need the heaters. ?

4/5/07 4:49 PM
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I've been driving an echo (yaris) lately, it's been great in the city, peppy, super economical on gas. But the new Fit's have the 6speed iirc? My neighbour got one for his wife, they have some cool seating configurations, lots of space as well.
4/5/07 4:52 PM
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My gf has a Chevy Aveo. It's an 04 with 50k miles on it, and no problems whatsoever. Drives fine too. Not bad for a midget piece of shit car.
4/5/07 5:21 PM
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Consumer reports trashes the Yaris' handling. All in all the Honda Fit is a much better car. According to consumer reports. http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/ConsumerReportsSnapshot.aspx?year=2007&make=Honda&model=Fit http://autos.msn.com/research/vip/ConsumerReportsSnapshot.aspx?year=2007&make=Toyota&model=Yaris
4/5/07 5:30 PM
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I've driven that fighter's Scion and it's great for tall guys.  I'm 6'3" and had a ton of head room.

the Xb
4/5/07 5:33 PM
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Can you get a tax-credit for either? I know here (in Ontario), the Honday Fit is just outside of the tax credit status.
4/5/07 6:15 PM
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I have a Honda Element. Great service record, good mileage, and the most versatile interior around (though the Honda Fit is a close second).
4/5/07 6:37 PM
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All very hateable vehicles. Make sure you like it. It doesn't matter how good it is on gas if you hate it.
4/5/07 6:47 PM
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Why spend 14k for good mileage? Go drop 5k on a used civic, corolla, prizm, protege etc. 32 in town is good enough.
4/5/07 6:52 PM
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Your car wont be worth anything after you buy it.
4/5/07 7:21 PM
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I don't know why anybody buys new cars these days, a 2 year old car with a full service history from a main dealer is a much better prospect as a daily driver
4/5/07 7:27 PM
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Johnny's got a point, why are you buying a new car?
4/5/07 8:05 PM
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Road and Track gave the Fit an edge over the Yaris in handling and, less important,style. I agree with those that posted a used civic is more economical. The money you can save on initial cost will more than offset a bit better mileage for a long time.
4/6/07 9:11 AM
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The Honda Fit



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