I now want a Honda HR-V. I just discovered that they come with a manual in fwd form on the base and midtrim, and I was debating the fit before but not a huge fan of the styling. I’m also a taller guy and looking for something a little comfier so I think this might fit the bill a little more than the fit. And surprisingly cheap used or even CPO, year or two old with 10-20k miles well under $20k. I would of course prefer it without the black plastic cladding but don’t find it too objectionable and would maybe lower it slightly for a more hatchback style.
Looks way better than any fit (although I have a soft spot for the first gen) and a little extra space certainly doesn’t hurt.