Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta saw production for three years in the 1970s. Ford has a strong place in just about every market class except the economy car group. This is a major oversight as the economic woes cause widespread belt-tightening. This resulted in a noticeable increase in sales of low cost and fuel-efficient cars. The Fiesta attempts to find its place in the growing economy class.

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About the Ford Fiesta

Just because a car is small, lacks neck-snapping power, and uses less fuel, doesn’t mean it can’t be sporty or fun to drive. With this notion in mind, Ford brings the Fiesta to the marketplace. This new subcompact racks up praise for driving dynamics, comfort, cabin design, and a surprising amount of features.

Just because a vehicle doesn’t cost a fortune doesn’t mean it can’t be fun, handle well, ride well, and have some nice comfort features while saving the planet’s, and the car buyers’, resources. Ford has managed to accomplish just this with the Fiesta.

Ford Fiesta Features

The Fiesta comes in two basic models: a sedan and a hatchback. The sedan has a relatively conservative appearance, while the hatchback looks sporty. Both types feature four doors but have separate trim packages.

The sedan comes in S, SE, and SEL trim levels while the hatchback offers SE and SES trim packages. For the sedan, the S trim marks the basic model. Both SE trims don’t add anything to the exterior. Buyers who want outward changes need to look at the SEL and SES packages, which offer 16-inch wheels and a rear spoiler. All levels can add special paint colors and a sunroof. While steel, 15-inch wheels come standard, 16-inch alloy wheels can be used. Ford racing even offers 17-inch alloy wheels for the Fiesta.

As a fuel-conserving vehicle, the Fiesta’s engine stays on the small side. But the 120-horsepower, 1.6-liter, inline-four is surprisingly smooth with enough torque to give it a peppy performance with respectable quickness. The engine couples to a five-speed manual or six-speed automated dual-clutch manual transmission. This isn’t a power ride with top end to spare, but it sprints well.

The interior of the Fiesta offers many features and a lot of comfort for a subcompact. Its quickness and interior quality puts the Fiesta ahead of the competition. Subcompacts typically don’t have height-adjustable drivers’ seats and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Seat choices include cloth and leather, with optional accent-color piping and available two-tone trim on high-end models. Usually only seen on higher-priced Fords, the Fiesta also offers multicolored ambient lighting. Through Ford Custom Accessories, buyers can opt for metallic door sill plates and shift knob, or illuminated versions of the same. An AM/FM stereo with MP3 jack comes standard. Other options include a CD stereo, a Sync system, cruise control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, remote start, and push-button start. That’s quite a bit for a vehicle in this class or price range. The sync system alone provides a great feature, which allows drivers to use voice commands to control portable music players, cell phones, turn-by-turn navigation, and emergency assist. This entry-level car aims at a younger audience, so the technically challenged may find all these features somewhat confusing. The target audience almost expects such technology.

The Fiesta manages to handle with responsiveness and tight control while not sacrificing comfort or a smooth ride. Anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control enhance performance. Ford fits seven airbags into this small vehicle covering all directions including a driver’s knee airbag. With the six-speed transmission, the fuel economy rates at 30/40 mpg city/highway. For conservation-minded buyers who want more, Ford offers a Super Fuel Economy package with aerodynamic body enhancements, lightweight wheels, and special tires.

Ford Fiesta Evolution

The 2012 Fiesta adds blind spot mirrors to the side mirrors and a driver's seat armrest. New packages for the top-of-the-line SEL sedan and SES hatchback offer two-tone leather seats and door panels. A new Premium Sport Appearance Package for the SES hatchback features 16-inch alloy wheels, dark accents for the headlights, a lower grille, side mirrors, window surrounds, and a rear spoiler. The package also includes a 4.25:1 final drive ratio on manual transmissions for quicker starting line acceleration.

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