Honda broke into the American market during the 1973 oil crisis with the Civic—an efficient, reliable, no-frills subcompact. And in 2007, when it became obvious that high gas prices were here to stay, Honda released a new model with similar qualities: the Fit.
The little car was fun to drive and treated economy-minded owners to a surprising amount of space and versatility. A second generation debuted for 2009. Both base and Sport models produce 117 horsepower, more than twice as much as that first Civic.