Ford certainly got the name right with this vehicle because it looks and drives like a fun little party. Do not expect to win or even try to compete in any races; the 2013 Ford Fiesta was not made for speed. However, it is fun to drive and you will be doing a little dance at the gas pump. Every model is equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder good for 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque. Those who prefer a manual will appreciate that a five-speed manual transmission is actually standard, and helps Fiesta reach 60 mph in 9.5 seconds. There is a six-speed -PowerShift- automatic available, but it is a little slower, reaching 60 mph in 10.6 seconds. Regardless which transmission you choose, you will enjoy 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. As for the ride, obviously acceleration is going to be a bit slow, but not to the point that your knuckles are turning white when you are trying to get on the highway. The engine is surprisingly eager, and the manual is very precise and is definitely more rewarding than the automatic. It responds wonderfully, and the suspension is tuned so well that you may forget you are driving a budget-friendly compact car.
• SYNC - This available feature allows you to use voice technology to stay connected without taking your eyes off the road.
• Rearview Camera - Parking and backing up has never been so easy. The rearview camera lets you have eyes in the back of your head.
• Audio - The base audio system is nothing exciting. It gives you four speakers and an auxiliary audio jack. However, a six-speaker sound system is available with iPod integration. Satellite radio is available.
• Bluetooth - Never take your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel to send, receive, or end a call with Bluetooth telecommunications.
The 2013 Ford Fiesta mostly excels in the safety department, but it does fall short when it comes to braking capabilities. The SE model takes a very long 136 feet to stop from 60 mph. However, the SES model is able to stop in 119 feet, thanks to the 16-inch wheels. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this sporty ride a -Good- rating in roof, front, and side-impact protection. Also, those who add on the Sync Elements package will appreciate the 911 Assist function. Additional safety features include:
• Driver knee airbag
• Blind-spot mirrors
• Traction control
• Post-collision safety system
• Stability control
• Tire pressure monitoring
• Rear seat door locks
• Engine immobilizer
• Child seat anchors
• Turn signal mirrors
• Anti-theft alarm system
One of the greatest things about the Fiesta is that it is available as a sedan and hatchback, and they both look equally as fun. The color palette alone is worth getting excited over, as it comes in vibrant and unique shades like Green Envy, Blue Candy, and Molten Orange. From its sleek new hood and feisty grille to its aggressive lines and lengthy headlamps, Fiesta looks well-sculpted from any angle.
Fiesta may look small, but in this case, looks are definitely deceiving. You will be shocked at how much room is in this cabin. Even a tall driver can find a comfortable position in these seats. You would expect a car with such a low MSRP to be full of hard plastic and offer a cheap look, but not Fiesta. The cabin offers an upscale vibe with edgy styling, a soft touch dash, and metallic accents in all the right places. Ford even offers its SYNC® system that provides voice control over many features, including audio, navigation, and Bluetooth. The only downfall in the cabin is that the rear seat does not fold flat.
The sedan trunk is 12.8 cubic feet, which is quite competitive. However, as mentioned, the rear seat does not quite flatten out as you would probably like, so the overall cargo capacity is 26 cubes. Although not horrible, it falls short of Rio and Fit.