It's all about what you can enjoy driving and there is a broad band of cars that are reasonably cheap as well as enjoyable to drive. The Fit is an entertaining little roller skate with solid handling and a willing little engine. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, though, and may not be yours. A car is ultimately no more than a transportation appliance since transportation is the primary reason for owning one. Finding a car that offers the entertainment value, utility and operating economy most of us seek isn't that hard. You just have to look at what's out there and decide what suits your wants and needs. You obviously like the Jeep and it does offer an off-road capability that you won't find in any car. The six is a torque monster even if it is a little thirsty. It sounds as though yours is in the terminal stages of rot, though. Shame since it looks so good up top. Maybe find a good one of those and drive it for the next few years while keeping the one you have as a parts car?