2013 Ford Fiesta vs. Its Competition

2013 Ford Fiesta 5dr HB SE Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The subcompact segment has seen new life over the past several model years, as new models like the Fiesta have been introduced to the U.S.

The Honda Fit is the reigning top performer in this class, with excellent handling, good safety, and a responsive, nimble driving feel.

The Fiesta beats the Honda for cohesive style and design, inside and out, but the Fit has lots more interior space and versatility.

The Nissan Versa was redesigned last year, but it's become more of a traditional economy car.

The Hyundai Accent is another great option, with a comfortable ride and very efficient direct-injection engine; the Kia Rio is closely related to it and will offer start-stop for the first time in 2013.

The Toyota Yaris is another interesting alternative, and while its stylish exterior might pull you in, ir's just not that engaging to drive.

Perhaps the surprise of this segment this past model year has been the Chevrolet Sonic; it's one of the best subcompacts for handling, styling, and safety, even though it's not the most spacious or versatile.

2013 Ford Fiesta 5dr HB SE Angular Front Exterior View2013 Ford Fiesta
Browse Used Listings
2013 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback2013 Chevrolet Sonic
Browse Used Listings
2013 Honda Fit2013 Honda Fit
Browse Used Listings
2013 Hyundai Accent2013 Hyundai Accent
Browse Used Listings
2013 Nissan Versa Sedan2013 Nissan Versa
Browse Used Listings
2013 Scion xD2013 Scion xD
Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
Small cars don't need to be bland--the 2013 Ford Fiesta proves that with a saucy look and pert handling.
The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic swaps econobox blues for sporty driving feel as well as safety, refinement, and comfort.
If you're not turned off by the utilitarian look of the 2013 Honda Fit, you'll like what you get, which is awesome practicality and space-efficiency, plus some driving verve.
The 2013 Hyundai Accent is one of the best-equipped small cars, and it gets very good gas mileage, but it's not quite as exciting to drive as it looks.
The 2013 Nissan Versa is at its best up against used cars: If you can overlook some cheap-feeling details, it's a reasonably comfortable, well-equipped new car, for used-car money.
Packed with value, the 2013 Scion xd isn't quite as much fun to drive as it looks.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
29 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
SubcompactCompact CarsSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual LS5-Door HB Manual4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2013 Ford Fiesta vs. 2013 Chevrolet Sonic2013 Ford Fiesta vs. 2013 Honda Fit2013 Ford Fiesta vs. 2013 Hyundai Accent2013 Ford Fiesta vs. 2013 Nissan Versa2013 Ford Fiesta vs. 2013 Scion xD