The 2013 Ford Fiesta is a small, subcompact car that thinks it is much larger. In the past, compact cars haven’t offered much space or comfort to drivers and passengers of more than small stature. With the Fiesta, that has changed. This car is more than capable of sitting a diverse group of people. Along with its impressive size for its class, the Fiesta also offers a comfortable and refined cabin that would be more at home on a pricier car. Add in an attractive body design and lots of options, along with an adequate powertrain, and the Fiesta looks even better. While it falls a little short in terms of cargo space and acceleration compared to some of the other cars in its class, it is certainly worth taking a look at for the buyer looking for an affordable choice.
New For 2013
For the 2013 model year, Ford has adjusted a few things on the Fiesta:
- A revised trim and options structure is now in place
- New Titanium model
- Redesigned body
Over the years since its original introduction to the showroom floors, the Ford Fiesta has undergone a bit of metamorphosis. It no longer has the inexpensive, almost toy like appearance it once did. This year’s version is a solid, stylish looking car available in either a four-door sedan or hatchback body style. Both body styles are available in several different trim levels. Overall, the Fiesta for the 2013 model year has a distinctive front end and grille with a sloped nose and the Ford logo in the center. The rear end of the Fiesta is squared off with gently sloping lines. The sides of this car are scoped in a way reminiscent of the famous Ford Mustang. The base model and the SE editions ride around on 15-inch wheels, while the upgraded Fiesta Titanium has 16-inch alloy wheels.
Interior & Cargo
When sliding into the 2013 Ford Fiesta for the first time, you will be hard pressed to notice anything that says this is an economy car. The materials used and the user friendly design in the cabin make this compact model feel more like a higher end car. The soft dash and voice controlled navigation and audio systems are impressive to say the least. Metallic accents around the cabin also provide an edgy look to the overall interior design.
In terms of cargo space, the Fiesta offers 12.8 cubic feet in the trunk. This space is comparable to other vehicles in its class. The hatchback body style offers less and falls a bit short of the norm in terms of space since the rear seat isn’t designed to lay completely flat.
The safety features added to the 2013 Ford Fiesta are pretty impressive as well. Regardless of the body style or trim level, every Fiesta is equipped with front disc and rear drum anti-lock brakes, a blind spot mirror, traction control, and stability control. This car is also equipped with front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and driver knee airbags. When the Fiesta is ordered with the Sync Elements package, the list of safety features includes a 911 Assist function that, when paired with the driver’s cell phone, connects to an operator immediately. All of these features have combined to give the car excellent ratings in both government and individual safety tests.
Every driving experience starts with the powertrain. As a subcompact car, the 2013 Ford Fiesta doesn’t have the biggest or most powerful engine out there, but it does have a respectable, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder motor paired with a five-speed manual transmission. This car is also available with a six-speed automated manual transmission as well. The engine produces 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque.
Naturally, fuel economy is better for the Fiesta than for larger cars. While Ford does offer a Super Fuel Economy package, most experts feel the return is so low for the additional cost that it makes more sense to simply leave the system alone. The standard fuel economy for this model is 29/39 mpg city/highway.
Most people don’t think of compact cars as fun to drive. While it is true the acceleration on the Fiesta is about the same as other subcompacts, the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine does make it a pleasure to drive this car on the highway and off.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Ford Fiesta
- Scion xD
- Nissan Versa
- Honda Fit
- Hyundai Accent
- Chevrolet Sonic