2012 Ford Fiesta SE hatchback
|Reviewed By||Tony Piff|
|Price as Tested||$18,805|
|Likes||Sporty, understated micro-hatchback styling will appeal to fans of the Honda Fit (like myself). Cavernous interior far roomier than expected. Excellent visibility. Black plastic everywhere--door panels, console, dash, etc.--feels rugged, durable and easy to clean. Hands-free Sync Bluetooth system works well once connected. 6-speed auto is very smooth. Car feels extremely light. Excellent brake feel and stop-on-a-dime power. Impressive 29/39 mpg.|
|Dislikes||Car is truly wimpy off the line. That black plastic interior that feels so rugged and easy to live with also feels cheap, and will probably fade with age. Tiny two-color (orange and black) monitor unpleasant to look at and does not dim with rest of dash. Unlabeled stereo controls maddeningly un-intuitive. Difficult to connect hands-free phone. I hate the name "Fiesta."|
This car just drives happy. The brakes work so well, and the car weighs so little, that I found myself anticipating each stop sign with a little bit of guilty pleasure, as I hammered to a halt with increasing confidence. Of course, once you've stopped, it's putt-putt-putt up to speed like a gutless econobox, but I had a smile on my face the whole time—and the option of a 5-speed manual is very intriguing. As tested, the optional 6-speed auto sang through the gears and cruised at highway speed with long legs and fuel-sipping mpg. Interior volume is truly impressive, and I found myself doing a double-take every time I exited the car and was reminded of its tiny size. The smart, sporty styling and rugged interior materials will appeal to shoppers already sold on the Honda Fit, which seems like this car's obvious competitor.
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