As to cargo room, I agree, it's flipping amazing how much you can fit in a Fit. We had one back when we were doing a lot of work on our house, and it was great for hauling stuff. I don't think a harp case and dog crate would be a problem at all, as long as you didn't have multiple people in the back seat. With people, you could probably fit one or the other. Possibly both depending on the size of the dog crate. As to safety, the reason I don't have one anymore is I was sideswiped by a mondo SUV in a hit and run. They were going crazy fast and decided they wanted to change into my lane on a road with no shoulder. It broke an axel but I was totally fine even though they swiped the driver side. I almost bought another Fit after that, but this was back when gas was around $4 a gallon, so I went with a Hyundai Accent, which purportedly had better gas mileage. Also, it's my favorite color.