With more than three dozen choices in the affordable small car (subcompact) class, the 2013 Ford Fiesta is rated near the very top. It basically has everything a car buyer shopping in this segment could possibly want. It’s great looking, comfortable, has good power and performance, lots of high-tech features and excellent fuel economy. Fiesta is also one of the safest cars on the road.
Power and Performance
The Fiesta is available in three trim models: S, SE and Titanium. All three trims come in a choice of either a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. All are front-wheel drive and come standard with a 1.6-liter, incline four-cylinder engine capable of delivering 120 horsepower at 6350 rpm and 122 ft/lbs. of torque at 5000 rpm.
The engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard, but can also be had with an optional six-speed automatic transmission. Both set-ups carry fuel economy ratings of 29 mpg/city and 39 mpg/highway. These mileage estimates rank it near the very top of its class. Ford also offers a special fuel economy package that boosts mileage slightly.
Handling is smooth and easy and this car is actually fun to drive, something that can’t be said for many cars in the subcompact segment. The electronic power steering, which comes standard on all models, is responsive, immediate and precisely accurate. The strong, well-tuned suspension gives a crisp, sporty feel, yet the car seems to glide along with little effort, taking bumps and rough patches smoothly and with ease, giving an almost “big car” feel.
Interior Features and Appointments
The Fiesta’s interior space is both well-designed and functional. With room for five passengers, seats are comfortable and provide adequate head and leg room. Standard with the base trim are power door locks, power steering and power driver’s mirror. Added extras include:
- Anti-theft system
- Remote engine start
- Adjustable steering wheel
- Intermittent wipers
- Front reading lamps
- 12-volt power outlet
- AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo sound system with auxiliary input
Standard upgrades for the SE trim version include: A/C, cruise control, trip computer, vanity mirrors, heated side-view mirrors and steering-wheel mounted audio, communication and navigational controls. Ford’s SYNC infotainment system is also included as well as a wireless cell phone hookup. The Titanium trim adds keyless entry, a vehicle alarm, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an electrochromic rear view mirror. The S model is available in four exterior color choices, the SE comes in a choice of eight colors and the Titanium has nine exterior color options.
Ford Fiesta‘s safety features include driver and passenger front and side airbags. It is equipped with child safety locks, electronic stability control and traction control. Though the 2013 hasn’t yet been tested, last year’s model was awarded as a top safety pick. For more information or to check availability of the new Ford Fiesta, please contact Gaadi.com.
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