The size and hatchback versatility might make the Fit a bit more popular in cities; the curb weight is pretty close too. You can really tell how different Toyota and Honda are in making their cars, though... driving a Toyota is just something you do because it's necessary, while the same drive in a Honda feels so much more interesting. My parents had an Accord and Camry side-by-side in the garage, and they were miles apart in carsonality.
The Note is not sold in the US, not even with another model name. Fit is to Civic as Versa is to Sentra.
I'll bet you can find a new Ford F-150 (2008 model) for less than 10K, now, though. i've been seeing ads on TV where they are selling them for "up to $8,000 off MSRP and then they show you one available for $10,500. I'll bet they'd go below $10k.
Holy crap, pickups are THAT cheap in the States? No wonder they used to sell heaps of the things.
My mom has a Versa and it is a very solid car. Only thing wrong was a faulty fuel pump and that was replaced for free. That fuel milage sounds crap though for a small car.
I've only really heard pretty terrible things about the versa. I believe it to be the type of car that will guarantee people who don't care about cars will continue to never give a damn.