2013 Ford Fiesta Review

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Small cars don't need to be bland--the 2013 Ford Fiesta proves that with a saucy look and pert handling.

The Ford Fiesta isn't the cheapest car you can buy, nor is it the smallest. It's not even a gas-mileage zealot, when you consider the ultra-high mileage achieved by some other subcompacts now bracing us all for stiff new fuel-economy regulations.

Instead, the Fiesta is smaller, zippier, and less expensive than the average Focus, without losing its focus on driving fun and features. It's tiny inside for sure--but it's no penalty box.

The Fiesta looks stylish and even a bit racy, with an urban-runabout element that had been missing from Ford's U.S. lineup, and in this respect you mostly get exactly what you see. With impressive steering and handling and a nimble, maneuverable feel that's better than most softened, numbed appliances its size, the Fiesta is securely on the fun-to-drive side of the ledger. Meanwhile the Fiesta's powertrains are nothing special; the 120-hp, 1.6-liter four, for 2,600 pounds, is quick enough, although we're not big fans of the PowerShift transmission that you need to opt for if you don't like shifting gears.

Great first impressions are the Fiesta's specialty; it has well-coordinated colors and textures inside, and it'll impress as well above its price class at first look. But there are many of the typical small-car sacrifices--like a bit too much engine noise in some situations, and a choppy ride on some freeway surfaces. The narrow body and tight backseat whittle down its usefulness for long road trips, too, though we like the added versatility of the hatchback models. Then there's the Fiesta's instrument-panel layout, which clumps audio controls into an odd array of slanted buttons.

For 2013, Ford has rejiggered the Fiesta into three trims and consolidated some of the goodies into a lower number of builds. What that means is that you'll likely get an even better value for the money. With the Fiesta S starting at just $13,995, you get air conditioning and a 40-watt sound system with aux-input and four speakers. Add a Convenience Package and you can get keyless entry and an upgraded sound system even on that model. Next up is the SE, which adds keyless entry, power windows, Ford's Sync hands-free connectivity system, steering-wheel audio controls, a trip computer, and upgraded sound.

At the price of top Titanium models, which start at around $18k, you could have a well-equipped Focus, or maybe even a slightly used Fusion, but then you wouldn't get things like its standard painted alloy wheels, extra chrome trim, LED running lamps, heated mirrors, heated leather seats, push-button start, and an ambient lighting system. Remote start is optional, and several sport appearance packages can add some spice to the look.

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March 4, 2016
For 2013 Ford Fiesta

Clutch and transmission are a very bad make; the clutch has been replaced 3 times in 5000 miles!

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The clutch and transmission are horrible! The clutch has been recalled rwice and relplaced 3 times within 5000 miles!
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October 8, 2015
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Lost opportunity to make it much better

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Great little car, great mileage in town and fun to drive. But it is woefully under powered. Engine spools up nicely, but with such low gearing, it takes a while to get up to speed. And highway mileage isn't... + More »
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June 22, 2015
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Love my little bug its my name for the car Totally awesome

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Love the way it handles really like the red color Total overall happy with the car
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April 28, 2015
2013 Ford Fiesta 5-Door HB SE

Economical Transportation In Its Class

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I bought my Fiesta new and it has been fairly reliable during that time. The only problem was that the CD player died after 1 1/2 years. I have the feeling they shop out the audio system to the lowest bidder... + More »
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October 25, 2015
2016 Ford Fiesta 5-Door HB SE

Good economy car overall, except for problematic auto transmission design.

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Generally, I really like my Fiesta. It's fine as a little commuter/get-around car. This car would be near-perfect, but for a problem with the automatic transmission design that is hard to get past, so I would... + More »
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July 20, 2015
2016 Ford Fiesta 4-Door Sedan S

Just go and drive one!

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I have several cars; New Golf R, Porsche 911, New SLK. All very good but not as good as my 2016 3 cyl Fiesta Zetec S. The chassis is perfect. Everyone should be made to drive one. I can't see how other cars in... + More »
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June 10, 2016
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Great car love it!!!

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I would buy another one!! Great on the road nice ride and handling. Great on fuel
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September 28, 2015
2015 Ford Fiesta 5-Door HB Titanium

Cute economical car

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I just purchased this car a few days ago & I am loving the gas mileage and maneuverability! I traded my 2011 Acura RDX for it. I wanted something more fuel efficient and with us already having my husbands SUV... + More »
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May 13, 2015
2015 Ford Fiesta 5-Door HB S

Agile and comfortable

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The 2015 Fiesta hatchback is a fun to drive, comfortable and quiet small car. The manual transmission shifts very smoothly.
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April 13, 2015
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Fun to drive, good handling, great gas mileage.

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The Fiesta gets fantastic mileage around town. It runs well at highway speed but mileage goes down quickly as the speed goes up. You really have to keep the revs up to feel it's power but it is there.
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