Honda Fit or Toyota Prius?


Ok, I am shopping for a car now and it has come down to these 2 cars. I like the Prius because it has great gas mileage and looks like a very reliable car (gas is expensive now)
I also like the fit because it has great gas mileage also, not as good as the Prius but very good, and it is almost $10,000 less.
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Both are excellent, safe, reliable cars. Both keep their value far better than most other cars on the market. Check out fueleconomy.gov or consumerreports.org and look at the difference in annual fuel cost, which I think is a better gauge to the difference in fuel economy than the strict MPG. Also, a long commute I am betting is mostly highway miles: the Prius is built for highest efficiency in city driving, not highway. The Honda Insight hybrid system is the opposite, built for greater highway efficiency.

We chose the Fit over the Pruis due to the cargo versatility of the Fit. As a full (though not as wide) hatchback, you can fit more “stuff” in the back, and the multiple position rear seats allow several cargo possibilities. We have moved a treadmill and washing machine (not at the same time) in our Fit, try that with the sloped hatch of the Prius!

Back to fuel economy, we used to live in the Mojave desert, and had a 60+ highway mile commute, and we averaged 40MPG, with highs around 45 and lows around 35. We now live in southern Oregon (since October), with a 5 mile city commute, and have been getting around 35MPG this winter.

Honda Fit Vs Toyota Prius

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Honda Fit or Toyota Prius?
Ok, I am shopping for a car now and it has come down to these 2 cars. I like the Prius because it has great gas mileage and looks like a very reliable car (gas is expensive now)
I also like the fit because it has great gas mileage also, not as good as the Prius but very good, and it is almost…

With a 10 grand price diff, I would not let my ego or my sense of style make a decision. The fuel mileage advantage of a Prius is very small compared to a Fit. With a long commute, the real world mileage diff is almost zero. The only advantage the Prius has is in city traffic and stop and go. If you do any highway driving, there is no real benefit with the Prius.

The only disadvantage of the Fit is its small size. The Fit’s interior is very versatile but only so big. The Prius is a midsize car and has plenty of interior space.

The 10 grand price diff will buy many years of gas for the Fit, and you won’t be buried in debt.

– as a guy… Im kind of skeptical on buying the Prius because many consider that a feminine car

That’s just silly. Sorry, but aerodynamic styling is smart.

I have a 2004 Prius and have driven it for 115,000 trouble-free miles. Not one person has ever commented about it being femine, gay, or anything else the detractors on Answers say (actually, Answers is the only place I ever see comments like that).

What I can tell you is that my 2004 Prius has cost 12 cents per mile for dealer maintenance, tires, and fuel combined according to the logbook I keep. A recent article about reliability:
http://www.ctvbc.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local…
Based on the very high owner satisfaction rating, my experience is not unique.

It’s a mid-sized car and holds four full-sized adults in comfort, or you can put a bicycle or two in the back without removing the front wheels. The Fit is a sub-compact. It’s doesn’t require an engineering genius to make a car half the size get good mpg.

My experience with “almost as good” means that on vacation someone checked their mpg and assumed that’s what they get all the time. Whenever a logbook is actually kept the results are far different.

2004 Prius MPG from the logbook. (Complete years only):
2003-2004 — 50.8 mpg 17,628 miles
2005 — 52.6 mpg 14,688 miles
2006 — 56.3 mpg 16174 miles
2007 — 57.3 mpg 18384 miles
2008 — 59.9 mpg 21755 miles
2009 — 61.4 mpg 16177 miles
2010 — 65.2 mpg 12134 miles

My wife drives a 2001 Prius. It’s been a great car too and it appears the costs are similar, but she doesn’t keep a logbook so I don’t have the exact figures.

Note that the hybrid components add about $500 to the price. The rest is from standard equipment like vehicle stability control (a system that prevents doughnuts in slippery conditions if you are going anything like a reasonable speed for the conditions) and because you’re comparing a sub-compact to a mid-sized car.

I’d stay away from the Prius, and here is why. The extra cost of the car, that extra 10,000 dollars it costs is going to eat up any savings in gas you might make over another car. Also the Prius is not that great in the winter, something about lack of traction on the snow and ice due to how the hybrid system works. I dont know about all of that, its just something ive read owners complaining about.

Dont limit yourself to either or. There are plenty of other makes of cars around the same size that get great gas mileage. For instance the Hyundai Elantra gets 40mpg, is a little bit bigger than the Honda Fit and costs a little bit less than the Fit!
Check it out here:

OOOPS< i posted the wrong link the first time. Check it out here:

http://www.hyundaiusa.com/elantra/

Neither.

Most people buying a hybrid are assuming they will be the least expensive vehicle to operate but that is totally untrue. Yes they are very good on fuel mileage BUT you have to consider ALL costs, not fuel alone. When including all costs over a three year period no hybrid including the Prius even makes the top ten list of most economical cars as can be seen here:
http://autos.yahoo.com/articles/autos_co…
The Chevy will be the most reliable on that list.

So if your plan is to save money on operating costs then choose one of the top ten most economical cars form the list and avoid all hybrids sense not even one of them made the top ten list.

Please also note that the Prius has had several problems and nearly every model has been recalled numerous times as can be seen here: http://www.autorecalls.us/aut-02/recalls…

Signed, The Raven

Get the Prius, your wife will be happy, its a larger safer car, it will hold its value better. If you take care of it it will last a very long time.

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