I hope you thoroughly test drive the next car you are thinking of buying, so you don't have to go through this again.
I think a bit larger, more comfortable car is in order.
Did you consider a Civic or a Corolla?
The Fit seats are utilitarian and somewhat hard, but they fit my body perfectly. It's the first car seat I find totally comfortable - no need for added lumbar support for me. I guess it just depends on the person. My only complaint is I find it so much fun to drive, I'm putting WAY too many miles on it! I LOVE this car!!!
After wrecking my 1996 Ford Taurus recently, I had to go car shopping. I only tried out a couple at one place and then went to another place specifically to see the Fit. Well, I was sold on the versatility, economy, and handling of it. It was more than I'd hoped to spend for a car. I thought it was comfortable when I test drove it, but I have chronic pain in my upper body anyway, and as I drove it over the next couple of days, my ribs seized up even more. I was also getting new sharp pains in my arms, wrists, and hands.
The steering wheel is too far away and the pedals are too close. My feet hurt driving it, and I'm getting numbness in my hands and feet. I was so disappointed and upset that we spent all that money and it had reversed the progress I made in physical therapy. So, after trying different seat configurations and cushions, I told the dealer it wasn't going to work.
I've spent two days at the dealership trying out different used cars with little luck.
The most comfortable car was a Chevy Impala, but that's a huge gas-guzzler.
Maybe we will sell the Fit privately and recover more money. I may get a Ford Fusion instead. Yeah, it's a Ford, but there's no point in having a car if it hurts you. The Fusion has more space and a TELESCOPING steering wheel.
My salesmen told me that there are special upholstery places that can customize car seats for people (i.e. shave off the stuffing in the bolsters) which is an option if seats aren't comfortable.
I keep hoping my back will get better and then the Fit will fit me better. Darn.
The Fit/Jazz is one of the most tuned cars in the world, meaning there is a huge aftermarket.
You should do some internet research and find an aftermarket seat that fits you. Then you can have it installed in your Fit.
It seems the most economical and easy way to solve your problem.
I would think that people that would buy a Fit would not want a larger engine than the 1.5. It gets you down the road just fine, and going larger on the engine for no reason just sacrifices your gas mileage for no real gain. What advantage do you gain in a car with 140 h.p., as opposed to a car with 109 h.p.? I have nothing against the Civic or the Corolla, but I actually wouldn't mind a bit smaller of an engine in the Fit.
I haven't been at all impressed with either the Fit or the Yaris, mainly due to the low power and very high price. As for comfort, the Ford Fusion is an absolutely awesome car and is now rated as more reliable than Honda or Toyota. As for the Impala, my brother has one and it gets an amazing 33 miles per gallon on the highway, which is only a tad less than a FIT!! I can't believe such a big, powerful and comfortable car can offer such great performance and fuel economy. I was leaning toward replacing my current compact with either a Fusion or a Buick LaCrosse, but considering the advantages of the Impala and the fact that you can buy one for about the same price as a well-equipped Fit, I'd have to go with the Impala in spite of Ford's superior reliability.
Um, well, if your brother's Impala allegedly gets 33 mpg (doubtful) that is highway. The Fit gets 33 mpg AVERAGE, and therein lies the difference. Fit also pollutes a lot less, fits into parking spaces better, and is more space efficient due to its fold down seats. And Impalas have mixed reliability. Fusions are new cars and the reliability is for a new car, meaning that it isn't time tested. The Fit/yaris reliability is known since they have been produced (well, the Fit at least) around the world for a while.
And few people are cross shopping Fit/Yaris cars with "midsize" cars like Fusion/Impala.
Your comment is like saying I looked at a Miata and a Suburban and the Suburban is much better since it holds 9 people. Apples and oranges.
Fit/Yaris need to be compared to the Aveo, and maybe the Focus/Caliber.
I drove the Fit in the USA a month back and found the suspension too soft and uninvolving for me compared to the euro version, and the aftersyling leaves much to be desired.
Yes and no. The Fit was "designed" for the American market just like most cars are designed/retrofitted for particular markets. Americans don't like rough riding cars (for lack of a better term) like those you will find in Europe and specifically England. But I drove the Fit and found its handling a lot of fun without being punishing. I think better tires are the best solution, plus this car has a huge aftermarket.
Your last comment about wallowing and such is 100% accurate. How else can you explain the popularity of SUVs?
<<The Ford Fusion sucks because it is a Ford, and the Impala is even worse. This site is about Honda Fits. Nobody here wants to hear about Ford and Chevy junk>>
Now here is a well written and thorough comment. Totally bias and utterly ridiculous!
Don't presume that you speak for any of us. We can decide what we want to read without your help, whether it's complemenatory or critical.
I've read reviews posted in both Ford's and GM's site and there is product bashing happening there as well. So get off your high horse!
Ha ha.. that is funny. Yeah the Aveo is MUCH bigger than the Fit. The Aveo is butt ugly. Me... I wouldn't buy a small car. I had an Intrepid that got 30 mpg highway and I know if I got hit, I would have a good chance of surviving. I don't care how great the mileage is on one of those little tin cans... you get in a serious accident... goodbye.
I have to agree on the price.. in my neighborhood the car dealers will jack the prices on these up to 18,500$ OUTRAGEOUS for a used 2006 model with 30,000 miles (in Minnesota). Once production levels are brought up to 350,000 unites it will be easier to get one at a reasonable price.
What are you talking about? When you equip the cars THE SAME the Fit and the Aveo COST THE SAME. And the Fit is much more practical and is much better built. And it gets significantly better gas mileage. I know, I have a base Aveo and I can tell the quality is substandard compared to the Fit which I have tested.
And how can you say the Fit is underpowered or cramped? You obviously have never sat in one or driven one.
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