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2013 Honda Fit: Car Stories

L. Siegel and her 7th generation 1993 Corolla, which carried her from newborns to college (Siegel Family)

Oct. 4, 10:32 a.m.

By Deborah L. Special to the Chicago Tribune

We from automakers, industry and auto writers all the time. In Car we want to hear from the that matter most to the industry: The drivers. Just every house has its own smell, car has its own story.Writer Deb Siegel strays the Car Stories form to deliver story on how she was able to replace her Toyota Corolla, which had taken her family around newborns until they college students.

I drove my Corolla for over 20 years. I got it my son was two, I was pregnant with my and I wasn’t sure the old Tercel down from my mom would us through the winter. I did not want to be down with a two-year-old and a belly.

My kids grew up riding in car, from the graham-cracker-crumbs-in-the-carseat to the teen learning-to-drive years in the case of my son, meant bruises and contusions visited the poor Corolla), to my daughter’s solo drive to her camp job two states away. But once the time came when I to fear a winter breakdown. The were off in college, but I needed to get to my job five days a week by 9 AM.

I doing my research. I am, if you want to put it frugal. I loved the Corolla and not accept any car with less the very top predicted reliability (I a lot of time checking out those red circles in Consumer Reports ); I another 20-year car. I was in a little more capacity for stuff than the Corolla but I like to drive (and a small car, and good gas has always been important to me, when it was not trendy. (My husband has a almost 200,000 miles on the old for hauling lumber or long with lots of passengers and

I researched many cars, and the Prius C, the Toyota Matrix, and the Fit. There were other cars that I liked the of that had great mileage, but if were not at the pinnacle of reliability or strongly dissed by Consumer . they fell off my list.

I up choosing the 2013 Honda Fit. The of cargo this little can hold is amazing. The back fold down flat to a large surface, or the seat fold up to create a tall The front passenger seat can be all the way to carry long items (I of someone who carries her kayak in her and the car has a lot of headroom for cargo or humans.

I am short, but my 6’3” hubby was at how much headroom he had lots than the old Corolla where the top of his had polished a spot on the ceiling. And though this car looks on the outside, it feels spacious

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The Fit springs out of a stop. It is definitely spritely than my old car, and spunkier than the Prius C. The is not as great as the Prius, but the get-up-and-go, the the significantly lower price, and the interior, swayed me. I liked the a lot, but it didn’t give me to justify the extra cost and MPG.

And one more reason for my choice: a car is a I like the look of the base Fit. The curvy bean appeals to me.

I am not a big fan of the little hat brim spoiler”) on the back or the extra (“side underbody spoilers”) the bottom of the Sport model. The option that I would liked from the Sport was the wheels, having had bad experiences repeatedly stolen hubcaps on my old

I purchased one add-on when I got the Knowing I would miss the of leaving items out of sight in the of my car, I bought the cargo which hides whatever is behind the back seats.

I have been putting off write-up because I wanted to be to say more about my MPG and how the Fit behaves at speeds, but though I’ve had my Fit for a month now, all the driving done has been in rush on the Ike really bad rush hours at the kind with way more than going, and crawling than rolling. The Fit has a constant MPG which I’ve been a lot of fun watching.

So far, my rush-hour is averaging about 29.3 not so bad I am mostly sitting still to NPR. I look forward to the little bean out for a run, but it happened yet. The U.S.

of Energy website gives a mileage of 35 for the automatic transmission.

And though my kids were that I’d sold childhood friend, the Corolla has on to her next job, and the Marge that graced her dashboard has up residence in the new car, continuing to us as we battle though daily

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