2012 Ford Fiesta vs. Its Competition

2011 Ford Fiesta 4-door HB SES Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Honda Fit is the reigning top performer in this class, with excellent handling, good safety, and a responsive, nimble driving feel; the Fiesta rivals it for the latter, and beats it for cohesive style and design, inside and out, but the Fit's trump card is its much more spacious, versatile interior layout.

An all-new 2012 Nissan Versa is a very strong value, and has a lower price if you're willing to have a basic car, but it's more of a traditional economy car.

Another rival is the new 2012 Hyundai Accent, which is much improved in every way--and a new version of the related Kia Rio is on the way later this year.

Finally, the Scion xD feels sporty and offers features galore, but lacks the Fiesta's jaunty styling.

Meanwhile, the aging Chevrolet Aveo has been replaced with an excellent all-new model, the Chevrolet Sonic--one of the best subcompacts for handling, styling, and safety.

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Quick Specs
7.6
You could do better if you most value space and comfort, but the 2012 Ford Fiesta packs in a lot of style and substance.
8.0
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is neither subsonic nor supersonic—but it's a good, sound choice and a world better than the Aveo it replaces.
8.0
The 2012 Honda Fit is peppy and fun to drive, and its interior is incredibly space-efficient; but some might be turned off by its rather utilitarian look.
7.2
Do Americans want small cars with more room and great gas mileage? The 2012 Hyundai Accent is betting they do--and so are we.
6.6
The 2012 Nissan Versa is a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car for used-car money—but if you're a stickler for the details it can feel as cheap as it is.
6.6
It's not as much fun as its styling suggests, but the 2012 Scion xD has a low base price and offers lots of accessories.
MSRP From     
$13,200$13,865$15,325$12,545$10,990$15,345
Gas Mileage     
28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
SubcompactSubcompact CarSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan LS 1LS5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
44N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedan4 Door Sedan5 Door Hatchback4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Wagon
Transmission     
ManualManualManualManualManualManual