I'm looking at buying a new car. My current 2001 Mazda Protege, the first car I ever bought new, is making death noises. So, it's time to take the plunge... I started by looking at the Honda Fit. A friend of mine has one and loves it. He hauls *a lot* of stuff around and the Fit is roomy as all get out. But, the reviews are only fair to middling, as it has a small engine and is often described as noisy - due to its CV transmission - and "underpowered." I have no idea what that means, but it sounds like a bad thing. I'm also looking at a Toyota Corolla iM, which is part of the new Toyota rebadging of its Scion brand. This seems to be similar in many respects to a Fit, but with a slightly more powerful engine and lots of "extra" features included as stock. In other words, to outfit a Fit the same as the iM, it would significantly add to the price of the Fit, whereas the iM has everything included. Now, I'm no race driver, but I do drive on NJ highways a lot and I need something that can travel and maneuver at highway speeds. I don't care about luxury, but that doesn't mean I want to feel like I'm wrapped in plastic, bouncing down the road either. Based on what I've described above, can anybody offer any advice? I haven't bought a car since 2001. It seems that new cars include a lot of stuff that used to cost extra, like A/C, power windows, etc., and have a lot of features standard that didn't even exist back then, like backup cameras. Any input would be really appreciated. I need to get a new car before the transmission falls out of my trusty old Mazda!