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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Four stars, frontal; five stars, side; four stars, Overall
'Good,' all test categories; Top Safety Pick
...the [electric steering] uses what Ford calls "Drift-Pull" compensation to automatically counteract stiff side winds and severely crowned roads, which would normally have you slightly countersteering to maintain course.
...the standard electronic stability control cannot be disabled...
You're seldom as well protected in a car as small as the Fiesta if you happen to be in a multiple-vehicle accident, as so many other vehicles in the U.S. are larger and heavier. But among the smallest cars in the U.S. market, the 2012 Ford Fiesta appears to be one of your safer bets.The 2012 Ford Fiesta so far has some pretty impressive crash-test ratings—including Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), with top 'good' results in frontal, side, rear, and roof-strength tests. In federal tests, the Fiesta performed quite well, with four our of five stars overall, including top five-star results for frontal impact but a four-star result in side impact and an asterisk noting that the rear passenger dummy had a high level of rib deflection, and thus a high likelihood of thoracic injury.
It comes standard with seven airbags: front and side bags for driver and passenger, rear side curtain bags, and a knee airbag for the driver (a class-exclusive, according to Ford). Electronic stability control is standard, as are seatbelt pre-tensioners. The electric power steering incorporates Pull-Drift Compensation, which keeps the Fiesta tracking properly despite angled road surfaces or side winds.
The 2012 Ford Fiesta has some advanced safety options, and scores better than many subcompacts in crash tests.