So my poor old '96 Firebird is in dire need of some TLC, and abusing it as my daily driver is wearing the car and I out. Last week the drive's side door handle (exterior) broke, so I'd have to leave my window down or go around through the passenger side and open it from the inside. This week the lock jammed up, and now I have to climb through the car to enter. Add to that a bad rear axle, necessary engine and transmission rebuilds, and other much-needed repairs, and it's clear that I need a new daily driver so I can garage my Firebird and restore it. Ok, so with that out of the way comes the point of my post. My work has a partnership with Subaru, so that we can purchase cars at the invoice price, through their VIP program. Despite having good, stable jobs, my wife and I can't afford much for another car, So I've been looking at the base model Impreza (hatchback configuration). It's a pretty dull-looking car inside and out, but it's got AWD which will be useful in my commute, which involves steep inclines/declines, plenty of sharp curves, and snow/ice during the winter. The other option (if you couldn't tell by the title of the post) is a Honda Fit. It's cheaper than the Impreza (even in Sport trim) gets better gas mileage, has a nicer interior (according to reviews) and is supposed to be pretty fun to drive. I also think the style is a little more attractive (I like the sharp edgy lines). So the Impreza will cost me a little more, but is a more "mature" car and seems to be a decent overall value. The Fit is a little cheaper and sportier (if only in appearance) but has that "first car" look. Does anyone currently own either an '08 or '09/10 Fit, or an '08-'10 Impreza 2.5i? Thoughts? Things you like or dislike? I plan on test driving both cars this weekend, so I’d like to be on the lookout for any issues you may have. Also, If anyone else has any suggestions for new cars around or under $17k, I'd like to hear them. I've got no intention of buying a Kia, Suzuki, or Hyundai, so that severely limits my options. The Nissan Versa is cheap and economical, but also lacks any of the fun that the Fit promises. I'm expecting Newguy to suggest the VW Rabbit if he sees this post. I've considered the Rabbit, but it's a bit overpriced for what I need. Help?