Ford Fiesta Review
The 2013 Ford Fiesta ranks 1 out of 43 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 31 published reviews and test drives of the Ford Fiesta, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
The 2013 Ford Fiesta is ranked:
If you want good driving dynamics, high-tech interior features and great gas mileage, there are few small cars that top the 2013 Ford Fiesta.
According to test drivers, the 2013 Ford Fiesta offers nearly everything a subcompact car shopper could want. It has great fuel economy ratings, a smooth manual transmission that spices up performance, comfortable front seats and a voice-activated infotainment system called Ford Sync.
The 2013 Fiesta does have problems, but they’re the same issues test drivers have with most cars in this class. Some journalists wish the Fiesta had more passing power, more back-seat space and a larger cargo area in the hatchback. Despite these demerits, test drivers remain fond of the 2013 Ford Fiesta because it’s one of the most well-rounded small cars on the market.
Other Cars to Consider
The Hyundai Accent is also available as a sedan and hatchback. Following a major redesign for the 2012 model year, test drivers say the Accent is nothing like the previous generation, and think that’s a good thing. It has excellent fuel economy ratings, is a good city cruiser and has attractive exterior styling. The Accent doesn’t offer a voice-activated infotainment system like the Fiesta, but it does offer a standard USB port and satellite radio.
The Chevrolet Sonic was brand-new for the 2012 model year, and so far, reviewers are pleased with this small car. Like the Fiesta, it’s available in sedan and hatchback body styles. Car reviewers say the Sonic’s good performance is a lot like the Fiesta’s. Both the Sonic sedan and hatchback have good cargo space for their sizes, and come with standard knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. While you can’t get an infotainment system like Sync on the Sonic, higher trims can be equipped with features like Bluetooth and a USB port.
Ford Fiesta: The Details
The Ford Fiesta sedan and hatchback come in three trims: base S, SE and Titanium. The Ford Fiesta received few changes for the 2013 model year. The Titanium trim replaces the SES and SEL trims.
- "The Fiesta stands out in this crowd because of its high-quality appearance and excellent driving dynamics, two things that make this car a pleasure to drive every time you're behind the wheel." -- Edmunds
- "If the Fiesta's excellent fuel economy, technical competency and many features aren't enough for you, we think the price tag will seal the deal." -- MSN
- “Fiesta doesn't have near the passenger room and cargo versatility of most competitors, but counters with the availability of several unexpected class features, such as heated seats and leather upholstery. If practicality is secondary to style and substance in your book, then Fiesta should be on your shopping list." -- Consumer Guide
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