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2013 Ford Fiesta Review

If you want good driving dynamics, high-tech interior features and great gas mileage, test drivers agree there are few small cars that top the 2013 Ford Fiesta.

The Fiesta comes with a four-cylinder engine, which critics say provides adequate power in most situations. Still, some note that the Ford Fiesta could use more power for highway merging and passing. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, which many critics say makes the best use of the engine’s power. A six-speed automated manual transmission is available. The 2013 Fiesta gets 29/39 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Additionally, an optional SFE package boosts fuel economy to 40 mpg on the highway. Although it doesn’t have as much power as some auto writers would like, most agree that the 2013 Ford Fiesta is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class. They note that the Fiesta offers a composed ride and athletic handling, which makes it stand out in comparison with small cars that aren’t as nimble. 

Reviewers write that the Ford Fiesta features an attractively-designed cabin that’s built with a mix of hard plastics and soft-touch materials. Most say that the 2013 Fiesta offers comfortable front seats with plenty of head- and legroom, though some critics write that the Fiesta doesn’t have enough back-seat space to be truly comfortable, but this is a common complaint in this class. The Fiesta sedan offers a competitive amount of trunk space for the class, but if you’re considering a Fiesta hatchback, rivals like the Honda Fit and Kia Rio provide more overall cargo space with the rear seats folded. The Fiesta also draws criticism from a few reviewers, who say that its audio controls can be difficult to use. Still, others note that the 2013 Fiesta offers a strong list of available features. The base Fiesta comes standard with air conditioning and a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Available features include cruise control, a moonroof, keyless entry and ignition, leather seats, heated front seats and Ford’s Sync system, which adds a USB port and Bluetooth.

  • "This is a well-rounded subcompact that's worth a look." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The 2013 Ford Fiesta gives economy car shoppers reason to celebrate with its fun-to-drive personality, nicely trimmed cabin, tight build quality and unexpected features." -- Edmunds 
  • "Prices range from $13,995 for a base S Sedan to over $23,000 for a loaded Titanium Hatch. It's lots of car for the money." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2012)

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Details: 2013 Ford Fiesta

The 2013 Ford Fiesta seats five and has front-wheel drive. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission are standard, and a six-speed automated manual transmission is optional. The Fiesta is available in sedan and hatchback body styles, and comes in three trims: S, SE and Titanium. The Ford Fiesta received few changes for the 2013 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2011 through the current model year.

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Review Last Updated: 5/20/14

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