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Thursday, 25 May 2006
Top Gas-saving Econoboxes: Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa etc
Topic: Cars/Automobiles/Trucks

Companies as well as individuals are looking for ways to cut costs: Honda, Toyota, Kia, Nissan & Chevrolet Offer Econoboxes

The 2007 Honda Fit Sport 5-door Sedan is a great little car that will help save gas and money. It is not like a marketing gimmick used by GM for the 2006 and 2007 model year vehicles. GM is saying that if you have Onstar and agree to sign up for the fuel protection program, you will save more than $100 per month. By the way, you have to drive a certain amount of mileages.

Why should you buy one of these little, itzy bitsy cars such as the Fit?

For one thing, you don't have to worry about parking and cutting down on your lunch meals because you have to save for gas. In these times of unstable gas prices, owning a gas guzzling vehicle will surely create a huge dent in your pocket. That is where the Fit comes in handy. Keep in mind that the concept of small cars has been very popular in Asia and Europe for a long time. American consumers have been used to the bigger-is-better-attitude had a hard time to let go.

The Honda Fit Sport is the type of upright boxy-looking car you on the streets of Paris, London, Madrid and some Asian countries. It is a good little car for city dwellers, empty nesters and first-car buyers. This 13-foot-long econobox from Honda will meet your needs. The good thing is that the Fit is not expensive. For $15,970, it can be yours. It is equipped with five-speed automatic transmission, 15-inch alloy wheels. If you want to pay less, then you are going to have a Fit with 14-inch alloy wheels. The 15-inch wheel Fit also has upgraded paddle shifting derived from race cars. The Fit is only 157 inches long. It will fit in any parking lot. It will fit like a Mini. The interior of the car will handle five people. Depending on the size of the passengers, let us say that four people will fit easily. The Fit is somewhat tall. It is 60 inches tall or 4 inches taller than many sedans. It has 42 cubic feet of cargo room with back seats down. You can raise the rear seats' cushions to a near-vertical position, clamped against the front of the seat backs. You will have 50 inches of vertical room for tall cargo. The only downside is that the ride may not be comfortable. If you are looking for comfort, you may think about a bigger vehicle. The ride can be jerky and rough. There is road noise to deal with. So far, the Fit is rated the best little car by Car and Driver Magazine which did a comparison test of seven tiny cars. It rated the Suzuki Reno, Dodge Caliber SE, Hyundai Accent GLS, Toyota Yaris S, Kia Rio5 SX, Nissan Versa and Honda Fit Sport.

In these times of high gas prices, you may want to feel less pain. The SUV and minivans may be parked in the driveway for some time. Drivers are taking shorter trips. They are traveling less than before. It is time to have a small car.

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 11:25 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 25 May 2006 11:27 PM EDT
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