2017 Ford Fiesta vs. Its Competition

2017 Ford Fiesta
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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.

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 Toyota Yaris is another interesting alternative, and while its stylish exterior might pull you in, it's just not that engaging to drive.The Hyundai Accent is a good option, with a comfortable ride and a very efficient direct-injection engine.

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

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Quick Specs
4.2
The 2017 Fiesta drops pro handling moves in ST trim, and 3-cylinders excel at sipping fuel--but all Fiestas have very tight interiors.
6.5
The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic gets some safety and feature improvements, and should continue to score big on refinement and driving fun.
6.0
The 2017 Honda Fit gives up some fun-to-drive spunk for unparalleled interior space and flexibility.
4.7
The 2017 Hyundai Accent has a bargain pricetag and lots of space, but its safety scores aren't competitive.
5.0
No frills transportation still exists in the Nissan Versa, but it might be just the ticket for those on a budget looking for an urban runabout.
4.5
The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA adds a good sedan to the lineup this year. So good, in fact, we're not sure why the hatchback is around any longer.
MSRP From     
$13,660$15,145$16,090$14,745$11,990$15,250
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy29 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy30 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsSmall Station WagonCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
S Sedan4-Door Sedan Manual LSLX ManualSE Sedan ManualS Manual3-Door L Manual (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanHatchbackSedanSedanLiftback
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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