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2012 Ford Fiesta

  • 2012 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      37
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/109
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $15,670
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta SEL Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      37
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/109
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,600
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta SE Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      37
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/109
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,670
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta SES Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      37
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/109
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $17,500
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta S Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      37
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/109
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $14,100
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta S Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      37
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      120/109
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $13,200
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2012 Ford Fiesta Review

A small car with a lot to offer

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Overview
The 2012 Ford Fiesta, all-new in 2011, continues to be a relatively inexpensive, fuel efficient vehicle that Ford believes is fun to drive. The Fiesta enters 2012 with a base price of $13,995, a reasonable sum considering all the standard features you get.

Although all-new for 2011, the Fiesta does receive numerous changes for 2012. These include two new interior style packages and an expanded sport appearance package. The 2012 Ford Fiesta is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque. This engine is enhanced by the addition of twin independent variable camshaft timing. This creates additional power, increases fuel economy, and reduces throttle emissions.

The Fiesta is a very small car that might scream unsafe to some people, but it is actually quite the contrary. This compact vehicle features seven airbags. It is also equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system and Ford's Advance Trac with electronic stability control to help maintain control over the vehicle in dynamic driving conditions.

The Range

Body Style: sedan; hatchback
Engine: 1.6-liter, inline-4
Transmissions: five-speed manual; six-speed automatic
Models: S, SE, SEL sedan, SES hatchback

What's New

Even though it was all-new for 2011, the 2012 Ford Fiesta received a variety of changes. Some key changes for 2012 include two new interior options, an expanded sport appearance package, a blind spot sideview mirror, and a driver's seat armrest. Two-toned leather trimmed seats are now an option for 2012, as well as a color-coordinated steering wheel. The SES hatchback receives an expanded sport appearance option that includes 16-inch polished alloy wheels, and black headlamp surrounds among others.

Exterior

The Ford Fiesta is a compact car that features a distinct exterior. It has an overall length of 173.6 inches. The rear of the Fiesta is somewhat of a bubble, very comparable to the previous Ford Focus. There is an optional sport performance package for the SES model that, like its name says, makes its exterior appearance sportier with 16-inch wheels and a lower grille surround among others.

Interior

The 2012 Ford Fiesta receives two new interior options, which Ford says are inspired from the runway. It features high-accent colors including Oxford White or Race Red, which are accents commonly seen around a home. The contrast can be seen on the door panels, vent trim rings, and the two-toned leather wrapped steering wheel. A "Fiesta" logo and black leather bolsters can also be found on the seats.

Performance & Handling

The 2012 Ford Fiesta is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 120-horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque, which is not very much at all. At about 2600 pounds, this amount of power is more than adequate for the compact Fiesta.

Safety

Small doesn't mean unsafe and the 2012 Fiesta proves that with its compliment of seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag. Traction and stability control plus integrated blind spot mirrors are standard as well

EPA Fuel Economy

Fiesta w/manual transmission: 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway (manual)
Fiesta w/automatic transmission: 29 mpg city/38 mpg highway
Fiesta w/automatic transmission and SFE package: 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Great fuel economy
  • Unique styling
  • Cargo space

You Won't Like

  • Lack of Power
  • Tiny back seat

Sum Up

A small car with a lot to offer

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