THE VEHICLE: HONDA FIT
THE LENGTH: JUST OVER 13 FEET
THE PERSONALITY: PEPPY LITTLE BUGGER
MSRP: $13,950

A pathetic admission: Upon delivery of the Fit, I headed straight to a Starbucks 20 blocks from my apartment. And then I went to the mall. Yes, it seems that the real reason I want a car is to live an adult version of my suburban New Jersey youth.

But the joy that quick ride brought! A first flash of freedom. The gray skies were threatening to drop some drizzle, and I didn't even have to weigh the pros and cons of making a trip against the chance that I could get caught at a shelterless bus stop in the rain. And if I'd purchased some item but hadn't wanted to drag it back up to my apartment, I could've left it in the car overnight (one of the truly great car things that most auto owners don't even think about). Tooling down the street in the rather roomy Honda
 
Wheel Talk All New Yorkers
are obsessed with real estate
prices, but car-owning borough
residents are the truly obsessed.
They talk about parking and
insurance prices and day trips
with wild (and sometimes boring)
abandon. Two writers have
put their own spin on the topic.