Gas mileage numbers as high as 30 mpg city, 40 highway are definitely a strong selling point for the 2012 Ford Fiesta, whether you're looking to reduce your carbon footprint or just keep your motoring budget as low as possible. But with the arrival of the Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Accent, and special versions of the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, and Ford Focus, all of which achieve 40 mpg or more on the highway, those numbers are no longer the icing on the cake.
To get those top ratings, what you need is the $395 Fuel Economy Package. With it, you add aerodynamic improvements, low-rolling-resistance tires, and cruise control. But perplexingly, it's only offered on the SE trim.
EPA ratings are 28 mpg city, 37 highway with the five-speed manual gearbox, or 29/38 with the six-speed Powershift dual-clutch transmission, which replaces a conventional automatic.