The 2011 Ford Fiesta is Ford's attempt to plant a first-rate competitor into a garden dominated by Asian brands.
While the Honda Fit is priced a bit higher than other entries, it remains the car the Fiesta has to beat; the Fit gets good ratings for its sprightly handling, its uber-flexible and spacious interior, and a solid feel behind the wheel.
While the Nissan Versa is priced quite low, it sacrifices features to get there.
It also rides and handles like a larger, heavier car, lacking the nimble handling that's a pleasure of the best subcompacts.
The Hyundai Accent handles well but isn't particularly comfortable at high speeds.
Finally, the Scion xD feels sporty and offers features galore, but lacks the Fiesta's jaunty styling.
Avoid the aging Chevrolet Aveo, which will be replaced next year.
|2011 Ford FiestaBrowse Used Listings||2010 Chevrolet AveoBrowse Used Listings||2010 Honda FitBrowse Used Listings||2010 Hyundai AccentBrowse Used Listings||2010 Nissan VersaBrowse Used Listings||2010 Scion xDBrowse Used Listings|
|28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cylinder||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4|
|Subcompact||Compact||Small Station Wagon||Compact||Compact||Subcompact car|
|4dr Sedan S||4dr Sedan LS||5dr HB Man||3dr HB Man Blue||4dr Sedan I4 Manual 1.6 Base||5dr HB Man (Natl)|
|Front-wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||5 Door Hatchback||3 Door HB||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Wagon|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual|