Consumer Reviews Summary
46 of 94 (48%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Ford Fiesta Overview
The 2013 Fiesta is Ford’s global subcompact, offered in four-door sedan and four-door hatchback models, with seating for five. Now in its third year after a 2011 model year arrival, it competes against the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Chevrolet Sonic.
The Fiesta was the first Ford to adopt the same design language for all markets as a part of their global platform initiative. Both sedan and hatchback models have a raked appearance, but the smaller upper grille opening on the hatch presents a cleaner looking face. A rear spoiler and LED parking lamps are available, adding a more upscale appearance. Standard wheels are 15-inch steel with 15-, 16- and 17-inch alloy rims available, as are heated side mirrors and a power moonroof.
Under the hood, a 120-horsepower, 1.6-liter, inline-four cylinder engine pairs up with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to drive the front wheels. A dual-clutch transmission is an automated manual gearbox that uses hydraulics to actuate the clutches. Initially developed for racing use, dual-clutch transmissions are lighter and more efficient than standard automatics. With either transmission, Fiesta returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. A Super Fuel Economy package adds low-rolling resistance tires, aerodynamic elements, and the six-speed automatic transmission, increasing efficiency to 40 mpg highway.
Inside, you’ll find that the Fiesta offers some notable interior features especially when compared with other subcompacts. They include standard height-adjustable driver seat and tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Standard cloth seats can be upgraded to two-tone leather upholstery and multi-color ambient lighting added depending on model. Standard audio features include an auxiliary input jack. Ford’s SYNC voice-control system is available, as are push-button start and remote start, options generally not found on subcompacts.
Ford equips the Fiesta with standard stability and traction control, and antilock brakes, but lacks emergency braking assist that’s found on the Chevrolet Sonic. There are seven airbags – dual-stage front, front side-impact, driver’s knee and side-curtain. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Fiesta a 2012 Top Safety Pick.
Representing a stylish and well equipped alternative to the boring subcompacts of the past, the 2013 Ford Fiesta is a party on wheels. And with that fuel economy, the fiesta should last all night.