2011 Ford Fiesta vs. Its Competition

2011 Ford Fiesta
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2011 Ford Fiesta is Ford's attempt to plant a first-rate competitor into a garden dominated by Asian brands.

While the Honda Fit is priced a bit higher than other entries, it remains the car the Fiesta has to beat; the Fit gets good ratings for its sprightly handling, its uber-flexible and spacious interior, and a solid feel behind the wheel.

While the Nissan Versa is priced quite low, it sacrifices features to get there.

It also rides and handles like a larger, heavier car, lacking the nimble handling that's a pleasure of the best subcompacts.

The Hyundai Accent handles well but isn't particularly comfortable at high speeds.

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

Avoid the aging Chevrolet Aveo, which will be replaced next year.

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Quick Specs
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.
The 2010 Chevrolet Aveo and Aveo5 are worth considering if the bulk of your driving is done around the city—but there are plenty of better small-car options that don't cost much more.
Look beyond the appearance of the 2010 Honda Fit, which admittedly won’t quicken pulses. Honda nails the rest with the peppy, spacious, and frugal Fit.
If frugal simplicity and penny-pinching is what you want, the 2010 Hyundai Accent has it.
The 2010 Nissan Versa is one of the best-value cars available on the market. Just remember that at its cheapest, you won’t be getting too much in the way of features.
The 2010 Scion xD is a substantial, feature-laden choice in the econobox class, and buyers can customize to their heart's content.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylinderGas I4Gas I4Gas 4-cylGas I4
EPA Class     
SubcompactCompactSmall Station WagonCompactCompactSubcompact car
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan LS5-Door HB Manual3-Door HB Manual Blue4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 1.6 Base5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front-wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan5 Door Hatchback3 Door HB4 Door Sedan4 Door Wagon
ManualManual w/ODManualManual w/ODManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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