The 2011 Ford Fiesta is Ford’s first subcompact to be offered in the United States in over a decade, and the car’s high Total Car Score reflects its ability to hold its own against established competitors in the small-car segment.
On the plus side, nearly every automotive review applauds its fun-to-drive qualities and high fuel economy. However, they also note the new Fiesta lags well behind many competitors in cargo capacity and rear seat room. The Fiesta’s automatic transmission also draws ire due to occasionally quirky shifting.
Nevertheless, subcompact shoppers should be impressed with its standard safety equipment and upscale offerings, including available leather seats, keyless ignition and Ford's excellent Sync system. For drivers who take their mobile music serious, Sync offers the widest range of features for the 2011 subcompact car buyer.
Anyway you look at it, the all-new Ford Fiesta's agile performance, comfortable ride and inexpensive price tag should be enough to earn it a spot at or near the top of the improving small-car category.
The 2011 Ford Fiesta comes with four doors in both sedan and hatchback form. There are three trim levels for the sedan (S, SE, and SEL) and two trims for the hatchback (SE and SES).
All Fiesta models are powered by a 120-horsepower 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic (technically, it’s a dual-clutch automated manual) is optional.
EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined with the manual. The automatic is slightly better at 29/38/33. Ford also offers a special Fuel Economy Package that bumps the automatic Fiesta up to 29/40/33 mpg.
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