On freeway and two-lane alike, the 6 speed, automated manual transmission's gear changes were frequent and not always consistent or predictable, shifting down or up in some situations but then doing neither in virtually identical situations. The front wheelwell arch may overwhelm the tire and the parallel character lines on the upper and lower door panels a little too sharply creased, but the silhouette shows a relatively fast windshield, wraparound headlights that minimize the front overhang and a good balance between body and window. Strong contour lines mark the sides of the Fiesta. From that perspective, we liked the listening experience quite a bit, but the 80-watt amp and lack of a subwoofer means the bass is a shadow of what it could be. The Hyundai Accent handles well but isn't particularly comfortable at high speeds. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? A quick back-to-back test drive at the launch suggests the Fiesta is a match for the Fit in driving dynamics, if not in versatility. However, some wind noise is noticeable at highway speeds.
In fact, Ford made it their top priority to change as little of the Fiesta as possible as it migrated across the pond. The Fiesta comes on strong with ridged headlight casings providing contour to the front fenders and angular chrome inserts bookending the lower fascia. Primary Use: Commuting to work. And the electric power steering just might be the best we've ever felt; it's fast but in the right amounts, with some well-programmed feedback. This generation of the Fiesta was introduced in 2010, with incremental changes added through 2013.
Surprisingly for a Ford, the cabin tech does not stand out as much as other features of the car. Unlike most dual-clutch transmissions, this six-speed isn't intended for sport driving, and lacks a manual mode, but using clutches instead of a torque converter means a more direct linkage between engine and wheels, helping improve fuel economy. The Fiesta also has strong safety ratings. The Versa and Fit do far more with their allotted wheelbase, and it's the prime reason to consider them over the perky Ford. Retail Dealer Tattoo Graphic Pkg. This small engine goes a long way toward the fuel economy, but the automated manual helps. The black valance panel across the bottom of the rear bumper helpfully reduces the visual mass.
The Fiesta Is Just That! The hatchback's vertically arrayed taillights brace the liftgate, which is hinged far enough forward that opening demands minimal space behind the car. Although four-dollar gas sent people scrambling into small cars a couple of years ago, fuel prices have seemingly stabilized much lower, and it remains to be seen if Americans are ready to pay extra for extra goodness in their subcompacts. Entertainment is provided by a 1. Road and tire noise were at a minimum, allowing conversation among occupants to take place at a normal volume. But the sedan grew on us quickly, especially when compared with the run of boring cars on the roads these days.
The engine is peppy, and shifting is crisp. This little car was affordable and is packed with features. The system links audio, navigation, and Bluetooth functions together and allows the driver to control them with voice activation. Americans like a good deal as much as anyone, but we want value for our money as well. This car is a blast to drive! We noticed that the dual-clutch transmission's programming wasn't always up to the task.
The Fiesta isn't without flaw, though. Interesting that some people have a problem with the Fiesta name. It took a little while to get used to it and the buttons are quite a reach from the drivers seat, but the soft touch plastics and the quality of the buttons made the long reach worth it. . Interior fabrics and materials are neither rich nor cheap, save maybe for the headliner, which is kind of like sheared mouse fur. Initially, all Fiestas were powered by an 120-horsepower, 1.
Fiesta added two new engines to the Fiesta line for 2014. It slips enough that we nearly stalled trying to get moving from a stop on a steep incline; it was one minor hiccup among smooth shifts and unobtrusive behavior, but it was bothersome nonetheless. The side hindquarters of the hatchback, on the other hand, share none of this uncertainty, with all the lines, even the brazen character slashes on the doors, coming together in a shapely collection of complementary facets. Responsive steering allowed quick maneuvers, such as diving into traffic gaps, and the Fiesta's small size made for easy parking. Louis area suck big time!! As uncertain as the 6 speed's shifts were at times, it still would be our choice any time over the Nissan's continuously variable transmission. It then suffers from a noticeable delay when called upon to downshift for more power. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems.
We do like this engine, but it isn't the most advanced on the market. The same goes for almost all its controls, which do a great job convincing you there's more performance here than you can measure with science. When I say it shifts better it shifts at different rpms,before it shifted to quick. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. A six-speed automatic tends to cause the car to stumble in stop-and-go traffic.
And only work 4 days a week so not all that bad of a commute. Satellite and Ambient Lighting Pkg. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. Fiesta falls short of its boxier competitors in luggage space. That's our only complaint with it. The vaunted European-style handling made itself known with a wheel that felt connected to the road, its crucial feedback giving us a sense of grip in the turns. One thing I would have liked is a center arm rest, but this is supposed to be a small car and there isn't much room between the seats for an armrest.
How this affects the driver's focus on the primary job of driving a car may be subject to debate, but clearly, at least as far as the new Fiesta is concerned, Ford has chosen its side. One of the main reasons to purchase a used 2011 Ford Fiesta is for its fuel economy. It's kinda like a go-kart with some nice seats and a great sound system. Ford was willing to take a bold chance with the Fiesta. Interior If there was a guiding credo for the designers assigned to craft an all-new interior for the 2011 Fiesta, it was to focus more on entertaining than informing.