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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$12,773
BASE MSRP
$13,200
Quick Take
If you're set on stylish and small, the 2011 Ford Fiesta might be your only choice, though you might miss the solid, roomy feel of a Fit. Read more »
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The front fascia is still an attractive amalgamation of creases, strakes and chrome, with headlamps that sweep back over blistered fenders...

Autoblog »

There's enough sheet metal sculpting to give the Fiesta a sporty persona without it looking overwrought or discordant.

Edmunds »

The stylish, soft-touch dash is a welcome upgrade from the cheap plastic typically found in compact cars...

Motor Trend »

Soft-touch materials where your hands fall, cost-cutting harsher stuff where they don't.

Jalopnik »

A four-door sedan version of the Fiesta is being launched simultaneously, but its styling is nowhere near as successful as the hatchback's.

Automobile »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$13,200 $17,500
4-Door Sedan S
Gas Mileage 28 mpg City/37 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I4, 1.6L
EPA Class Subcompact
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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7.8 out of 10
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The Basics:

Ford hasn't offered a subcompact in more than a decade. Now, it's responding to steady sales of the Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, and Nissan Versa by bringing us an adapted version of the well-received and very successful European 2011 Ford Fiesta.

We're not sure if America's quite ready for a car smaller than the smallest Ford Focus, but the Fiesta's as good a shot as any--better, in some flashy ways. It looks better and has crisper handling than anything in its class, but it's also smaller inside and less flexible to boot.

Maybe the gadgets will make up the difference. The Fiesta just might woo you fickle Gen Z-ers with some exclusive stuff inside, like the SYNC media controller, premium audio systems, and nifty leather seats.

Starting at $13,995 and rising to around $23,000 for top-of-the-line versions, the Fiesta sedan and five-door are likely to be strong competitors when they go on sale in the summer of 2010. Are they the best of the subcompact bunch?

Likes:

  • Sophisticated styling, especially the five-door
  • The best electric power steering yet?
  • More than the usual safety equipment
  • Cutting-edge features like SYNC

Dislikes:

  • Still not quick, by most any measure
  • PowerShift automatic an underperformer
  • Smaller cabin than Versa and Fit
  • Brash dash has lots of flash--but feels a little icky
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