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Old 06-24-2013, 03:02 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Cargo capacity

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The Fit basically is the new Civic Wagon, circa 1990. ...
20.6 - 21.5 - cargo capacity (cu ft) ...
Odd that the Fit has less Cargo capacity given how similar it is otherwise and how much Honda touted their class leading cargo area for the vehicle. Or maybe its a measure of the accomplishment, since the Wagon was a wagon and had little in the way of modern safety gear. ... Random thought...

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Old 06-24-2013, 04:24 PM   #42 (permalink)
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... but in the Civic Wagon there is no way to put 2 weekend bags under the rear bench, like you can in the Fit; even in the Fit Hybrid.
If Honda had given me a better deal on the Fit I would not have bought the Insight. Which is basically a flattened Fit Hybrid with a long butt and a nice cargo space.
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Old 06-24-2013, 04:48 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Last time I was at the dealer for service (still in warranty, won't be back after it's out), I sat in the Fits and Insights they had for sale. The insight has nicer seats.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:28 PM   #44 (permalink)
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The Fit (hybrid) felt sportier than the Insight, is way more accessible and has better visibility in the rear. And I love the panoramic roof. If I had to replace the Insight it would be top of the list.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:47 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Ah, looked at your location. The Fit hybrid is a unicorn on this side of the pond.
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Slick car. I like at it as an option down the road
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:37 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Truck duty. Hard to see, but there are 3x 50lb feed sacks under the hay. Seat is up with full 5-passenger capacity intact.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:43 AM   #48 (permalink)
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Another upgrade. There's a big open hole that needs help. The platform-mate CRZ has a cover panel here. The gap is about 20" wide by 26 long.


I had a sheet of (abs?) plastic available from a crate label. Cut to size with snips, zip ties to attach.


Crossbar from a shelving unit - 1/2" square u-channel steel with slots all along it. Zip-tied in place using existing holes in the side panels.


Panel installed. Much better!


Back end is tucked under the existing panels. It only touches the frame crossbar, engine mount, my added crossbar, and the front cover panel. Nothing hot is within 2 inches of it.


Detail of front attachment point.


The front end is tucked in behind a 1" step up in the splash panel, which is behind the 1.5" front air dam. Minimal risk of catching air. I have 3 zip ties holding it in along the front edge and the rest is just tucked in place. It's solid.

I think the car is slightly quieter, but it may be placebo. I got a near-record trip this morning, which may or not be related.
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:19 PM   #49 (permalink)
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Looks good Pale. Nice job.
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:01 PM   #50 (permalink)
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very nice (both posts). This car was a smart buy.

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