2016 Ford Fiesta vs. Its Competition

2015 Ford Fiesta
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

Subcompact models used to be unexciting, scaled down versions of larger models--in most cases, with all the best features missing.

But the latest small cars are different, with smart design and clever features, as well as an engaging driving experience.

Perhaps the surprise of this segment 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.

The Hyundai Accent is a good option, with a comfortable ride and a very efficient direct-injection engine.

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

Nissan's Versa has also become more of a traditional economy car, with low cost its main goal.

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

The Fiesta may beat the Honda's love-it-or-hate-it styling for some, but the Fit has lots more interior space and versatility.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2016 Fiesta offers fun and features not expected at these prices, but it lacks interior space compared to top rivals.
7.8
Despite its five years largely unchanged, the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic remains stylish and comfortable, and it scores big not only on safety ratings, but also driving fun.
8.0
The 2016 Honda Fit isn't as entertaining to drive as it once was, but it's unmatched in safety and space, thanks to the Magic Seat.
6.6
The 2016 Hyundai Accent is a practical and economical subcompact car, but crash-test scores are below par.
6.2
The 2016 Nissan Versa sedan and Versa Note hatchback are no-frills transportation with plenty of space, but poor safety and performance ratings.
7.6
The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is comfortable, stylish, safe, and drives well, and almost completely blots out our memory of a much worse Chevy Aveo from the past.
MSRP From     
$14,580$14,345$15,890$14,745$11,990$14,245
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual LS5-Door HB Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual SE4-Door Sedan Manual 1.6 S4-Door Sedan Manual LS
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/A4
Body Style     
SedanSedanHatchbackSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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