Car and Driver magazine calls the 2013 Honda Fit one of the 10 best cars in America. That might be unexpected from a group of writers, editors, and analysts accustomed to flying down the Autobahn in the latest six-figure sports cars, but there you have it. Obviously, that crew of critics recognizes the Honda Fit’s general state of brilliance, even if it can’t go fast in a straight line.
I’m no stranger to the Fit, yet each time I drive one, I’m amazed by its sheer competency and genuine giggle factor. There are several things I personally dislike about the car, but only one of them represents a deal breaker. If you’re looking for an affordable, practical, and fun little car, this Honda ought to be on your list.
That said, the Fit is no longer the only compelling micro-machine for sale. The Chevrolet Sonic and Ford Fiesta are impressive, a Mazda 2 is just as much fun to toss around, and the Toyota Yaris possesses redeeming qualities. Nothing in the class beats a Kia Rio when it comes to style and front seat comfort, and if you need a big back seat and large trunk at the lowest price, look no further than a Nissan Versa Sedan.
Clearly, there is a silver lining to years of high gas prices. Tiny cars no longer equate to tinny cars.