By on October 30, 2014

 

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Well, my grandma has finally got her car.

She decided on a Honda Fit LX CVT. Thanks to the B&B for their suggestions. In the end, the higher driving position, multi-angle backup camera and complimentary extended warranty (6 year/100,000 km bumper to bumper) won out. That and the fact that she’s been a loyal Honda customer since she bought her first Civic in 1973.

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76 Comments on “And The Winner Is…...”


  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    The fix was in! A loyal Honda customer since 1973. What, you thought that after all those years she would now go out and switch over to a Fiat or VW?

  • avatar
    Mullholland

    Sweet Mazda 6! Your grandma has impeccable taste.

  • avatar
    B Buckner

    Nice pics. Grandma looks like a sweetheart.

  • avatar
    319583076

    How many folks will ask about the Jag?

  • avatar
    April

    They are nice cars.

    Mazel tov!

    :)

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Nice choice.

  • avatar
    daniel g.

    40 years of loyalty to a brand…well done!!! honda make some good stuff for a costumer like her. enjoy another 40 years grandma!!!

    • 0 avatar

      I meant to ask you…are you based in the UK?

      • 0 avatar
        RyleyinSTL

        Wrong London – Ontario tags

        • 0 avatar

          No, not Derek…daniel g. Referring to a company as a plural collective is not something we do in the U.S and Canada, unless it was a typo. Here in the States, we’d use singular form and say “Honda *makes* some good stuff…” but in the U.K. and other English-speaking parts of the world, you’ll hear “Honda make some good stuff…” as daniel said, because there is an understood prefix so that the statement reads “[the people at] Honda make some good stuff…”. I actually prefer the British method because here in the States, we’ll refer to something as singular (as above), and then refer to it as a collection of things when we turn around and say “They [Honda] did an excellent job on the CVT in the new Fit”, whereas with the other method, it’s a consistent “they”.

      • 0 avatar
        daniel g.

        Hi Kyree, sorry for my way to speak english, maybe it´s confusing, I´m from argentina, I learn pretty basic in the university and don´t use a online translator, I do my best next time. Practice is the key to improve.

  • avatar
    stephenjmcn

    You’re welcome :)

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    Lol… what’s that picture on the bottom?

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Thought the Micra would win, but this is a great choice.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    Out of curiosity, because origin makes no difference to me, is this one of the made in China Fits? Or am I remembering wrong that it was the Fit that was being imported to Canada from China?

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    In white it kinda looks like when you squeeze a toothpaste tube from the middle all the time, and it get’s all misshapen.

  • avatar
    brett

    Are the new Canadian Fits made in China?

  • avatar
    petezeiss

    Excellent. I knew she’d choose the Fit.

    The new ones don’t have those little bumpy frog eyes over the turn signals anymore? Didn’t notice that when I looked at them on the lot.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Should’ve gotten a Hellcat.

  • avatar
    ry6puwh7vybo8ghot8nowo9ly4ne4deth5ca7ghe6bo7he7gyc

    I would like to add, as you’re all cooing over dear old grandma, if everyone treated all other drivers on the road AS IF the other drivers were their dear old precious grandmas, the world would be a better place.

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    Mazel Tov. And both she and Jack have new Hondas! As well as my best friend, and my tenants.

    Fitting. May she have many happy miles.

  • avatar
    KindaFondaHonda

    I hate how people throw around the word “Loyal”, when they really mean “Kinda Fonda” something.

    I cringe when I hear someone say they’re a loyal team fan, only to hear them say they stop watching or caring when the team is sucking wind. Loyal fans stick it out no matter what.

    Loyal is exclusive and forever.

    We have owned lots of Hondas in the past (and one currently) but are we loyal to Honda? Nope. We also have Infinitis, a Nissan and a MINI in the immediate family. We are loyal to nuthin’. We are kinda-fonda a few brands.

    Your Grandmother?

    Now, she is LOYAL to Honda… that’s for sure!

    Great choice.

    • 0 avatar

      Kinda Fonda Honda? Makes sense…although Fonda ain’t got a motor in the back of her Honda :P

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      “I cringe when I hear someone say they’re a loyal team fan, only to hear them say they stop watching or caring when the team is sucking wind. Loyal fans stick it out no matter what. ”

      So, like anyone who’s had a GM or Chrysler then bought another anyway, that would be loyal, or is there a better adjective?

    • 0 avatar
      Zekele Ibo

      >> Loyal fans stick it out no matter what.

      Then loyal fans are idiots.

      Why the hell should I ever be “loyal” to a brand? To a corporate entity?

      Ask not whether I am loyal to a brand, but whether the brand is loyal to me.

    • 0 avatar
      Flipper35

      Mom and dad have had a Chryco minivan since they came out. Two in the middle years had transmission problems. One at 85k the other at 170k miles. Dad always had Dodge vans for work starting with the forward control vans of the 60s. He always changed the timing chain at 80k miles or so. Had one early 90s van with a transmission problem. Even with the rebuild units.

      I guess they are loyal idiots, but they have had good luck for the most part with their cars and trucks.

  • avatar

    Honest question, what did she feel about the design? Did she choose it in spite of the design or did she actually like it?

    • 0 avatar
      petezeiss

      And once she tested the Fit, did she want to look at anything else?

      • 0 avatar

        Good question. Bear in mind however that I come from that land down under where the compact car is king. There are literally dozens of cars that compete directly or indirectly with the Fit, any number of which I’d choose over the Fit. From what I can gather, a lot of you up north think the Fit is some kind of revelation, while to me it’s just one of many.

        That said, I think the Fit’s design is a bit, well, adventurous shall we say. Being that here Hondas also seem to be favored by older people (as they are too expensive for most young ones), I would like to know if it is an impediment for greater sales among that crowd.

        • 0 avatar
          petezeiss

          Yep, that’s what I was referring to, the almost total lack of competition in the States for the Fit. Maybe the Versa Note could be considered such, but it’s appreciably smaller than the preceding Versa S hatchback.

          It’s precisely this gap that irks me about our current NA market… almost nothing that’s short in length, tall for easy access, capacious inside and <25K even if one insists on lots of options.

          Qubo, Fiorino, Caddy… the rest of the world gets them but not us.

        • 0 avatar
          petezeiss

          Well, I tried to reply but must have violated the secret no-no letter combination.

          • 0 avatar

            Patience, they always show up. Eventually.

          • 0 avatar

            Hah! Found your comment in the secret place they are stashed for later release. Read your comment wrong then. Yes, it would seem there is so far little competition for the little Fit in America. A Soul might do it (if you don’t need the trunk), or widening the search a bit the RAM ProWhatever and Ford Traffic or Transit (never can remember), might do the trick. Plus they are square. And based off of commercial vehicle. Plus, plus!

            No Qubo for us, though the Argentines get it. Would love one of those. My kind of car, too!

          • 0 avatar
            petezeiss

            Marcelo,
            Thanks for pulling my comment out of the dumpster.

            Yep, forgot the Soul as a competitor in this tiny segment but its interior volume is nowhere near a match for the Fit. Depressingly little room between the rear seat-backs and the hatch.

            And the flip side of the Soul’s attractive height is that shorter people (Derek’s Grandma appears to be about 5’2″-ish) can feel like they’re sitting in an old-fashioned high-sided bath tub. I’m a foot taller and the Soul is perfect for me, but one size never fits all.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          “I come from that land down under”

          I thought you were from Brazil… Do you know Big Al?

    • 0 avatar
      linard76

      Marcelo,

      It’s fairly obvious you’re not a fan of Honda’s in general, however, to say that North America has a dearth of subcompact cars is not entirely correct.

      The ones I recall at the moment include:
      Honda Fit
      Kia Rio
      Hyundai Accent
      Chevy Sonic
      Chevy Spark
      Ford Fiesta
      Toyota Prius C
      Toyota Yaris
      Mazda 2
      Fiat 500
      Mini Cooper
      Scion xD
      Scion iQ
      Honda CR-Z
      Nissan Versa
      Mitsubishi Mirage

      And from reviews and experiences with most of these cars, the current Fit offers a unique combination of reliability, practicality, technology options, efficiency, resale value, and a modicum of fun to driveness that’s quite unique in this class. It really deserves to be a top contender in this class as it’s a well thought out vehicle.

      • 0 avatar

        I won’t dispute you as it was your fellow countryman that decried the lack of choice. Of those mentioned 95% are here in Brazil, sometimes in not that exact model, but something similar, and I’ll mention just 3 contenders, directly linked to Fit, aming them Chevy Spin, Fiat Idea and Nissan Livina, espandong on that Renault Logan/Sandero, Fiat Palio/siena, Chevy Cobalt/prisma/onix, Toyota Etios hatch and sedan, Nissan Versa and March, need I go on? In the compact territory we mdo get more choice than you, fact of life.

        • 0 avatar
          linard76

          Marcelo,

          I was pointing out that North America does in fact have subcompact options, not that we have more than Brazil which has far different vehicular needs.

          I’m not sure I understand how the additional models you mentioned outdo the Fit in any real way. Of the cars you highlighted, I’d really only wager te Nissan Livina (based on the Versa) and Chevy Spin (on GM’s Gamma II) platform to be somewhat competitive, at least in American terms. The Fiat Idea is on the Project 188 platform which dates back to the late 90s. The Logan/Sandero, Cobalt, Palio and Etios are rugged and simple but relatively unsophisicated.

          Funny you mentioned that Hondas are favored but older people in Brazil. Is this because they are more expensive and thus only affordable to a smaller proportion?

          I currently work in Hong Kong and China and Nissans, especially the Livina and Grand Livina play that role here with Honda being positioned higher with, of course, a higher cost of entry.

          • 0 avatar

            Hey Linard,

            The Chevy Spin is a very direct competitor, outselling the Fit, even if more expensive.

            The Fiat Idea is smaller, cheaper, and at least here in Brazil sits on a very old platform, nonetheless selling the idea you are getting more for less (false).

            The Nissan Livina is a B0 variation, selling on the same grounds of the Logan/Sandero line and is nothing more than a Lodgy variant.

            Having said that, the Fit, overly priced from what I see, and yes, some people here accept the difference, is considered minivan here. If you open the scope to hatches and sedan then you have the entire Renault Logan line, waiting with open arms and half the price of a Fit.

            Even in Honda there is the City, somewhat cheaper and can do everything a Fit can at less reais. For me, the Fit is a tough deal here and can only be done do to Honda preferences.

          • 0 avatar

            I tried to respond to you 3 times, but the system keeps eating up my response. One last chance, and quite shorter than before as I’ve lost my patience. Here, Fit=minivan. As such direct competition is limited. Given Honda pricing, all the others shine as I see no overwhelming redeeming quality in the Fit. If you widen the options, plenty of hatches, sedans and even station wagons do the same. All quieter, some more powerful, all cheaper than the Fit. To use an overused and somewhat beaten expression, Honda thinks their shit don’t smell. Chevy Spin, exhibit left, go for it, stinks a bit less than the Honda at a lower price point.

        • 0 avatar
          linard76

          Marcelo,

          It does seem you have something against the Fit and maybe even Honda.

          None of the cars you’ve mentioned compare favorably with the Fit in terms of overall sophistication and space efficiency or sold in world markets including both emerging and developed countries with the closest being the Livina. None of those cars in petrol guises are as efficient or subjected rigorous safety evaluations either.

          So of course the Fit will cost more, it’s a more complete and competitive offering.

      • 0 avatar
        Monty

        Linard: The only real competitor to the Fit (Jazz) in NA was the Matrix and the 1st gen XB. All the vehicles you listed are good and all, but none of them are small and tall wagons.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    When does Jack take it to the race track, errr, grocery store, I mean grocery store, for grandma, and we get a review?

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Which took longer? Buying the car, or explaining to Grandma the concept of the “selfie”?

  • avatar
    tjh8402

    Geez how cold is it already up there? I thought you snowbirds stayed in shorts and t shirts till I got down to freezing and mocked us Floridians for dressing like that when its in the 60s. Oh well, time to go change out of this sweatty shirt for the second time today…

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Who’s that guy in the photo? :)

  • avatar
    86er

    Derek is going through the same arc I did – as the hair retreats from the top of the head, it migrates to the bottom.

    What, you were expecting an on-topic post?

  • avatar

    Excellent! Do give your grandmother our congratulations on picking out an excellent vehicle that will likely provide her with years of happiness…

  • avatar
    RRocket

    Wow! You must really hate your grandmother for putting her into a car with so many quality issues and recalls!

  • avatar
    jimmyy

    Good pick. Another good pick would have been the Civic LX.

  • avatar
    tjominy

    You’re a good grandson.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I do think what is most important when buying a vehicle is the person who actually buys the vehicle to drive themselves is confident and happy with the decision they made.

    My mother bought a Focus, and why? Because the Ford dealer was close, the ingress and egress from the vehicle suited her and her shopping could fit in the trunk (boot).

    My mother is happy and I do think Derek’s mother is happy with here decision as well, go on you for buying what you want.

  • avatar
    andrewallen

    Remember Hondas hang from their ball joints not lean on them like VW t2 kombis so PLEASE REPLACE THE SUSPENSION BALL JOINTS every 80 000Km or the front wheels will fall off while driving – no steering, no brakes, good Japanese engineering, YMMV depending on the sort of potholes you encounter.

  • avatar
    VW16v

    Great choice, great car. It’s good that the Toyota trolls on this site did not get to you and your grandmothers decision.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    Hard to fault the choice.

  • avatar
    matador

    What!? No Jaguar?

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