2011 Ford Fiesta

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2011 ford fiesta Reviews and News

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No offense to CNBC junkies, but the people who love cars - and most car buyers - don't really care about exploiting synergies, maximizing verticals, or any of the other corporate jargon that comes from the business side of the car business. At best, all consumers want to know is: Is it well-engineered? Is it screwed together tightly? And is it wrapped in some I-gotta-have-it sheetmetal?
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Oh, and does it have Bluetooth?
The business people now have their proof that Ford wasn't full of beans when it promised we'd be getting the hot Fords that are winning awards - and buyers - in Europe. The Transit Connect got here first and won the North American Truck of the Year award before anyone could even say "what the . . . ?" But a small commercial van can only carry so much enthusiasm. The Fiesta's appeal is far broader: it's a little car with big style, a big smiles-per-mile factor, and big mpg numbers. And yes, it has Bluetooth plus the kitchen Sync, too.
About 750,000 Fiestas have found homes around the world since the sixth generation of the hatchback went on sale in late 2008. This Fiesta rides on Ford's global B-segment platform, which is shared with the upcoming Mazda 2. And it's entering a growing segment of our market - one that, only five years ago, was defined by dreadful little things called Reno, Rio, and Aveo. Today, we have the fun Suzuki SX4 and the comfortable Nissan Versa, and, of course, the king of the subcompacts, the versatile Honda Fit.
Right out of the box, though, you can see that the Fiesta has something that the dorky Fit doesn't - with headlights that nearly touch the base of the A-pillars and taillights that practically are the D-pillars, the Fiesta's ultramodern styling screams "let's go play."
And - this is a revelation in this class of cars - that sentiment actually carries through to the driving experience. Forget what you know about entry-level economy cars, the Fiesta drives like a grown-up hot hatch. Well, let's call it a "warm hatch," because 120 hp is barely enough power to spin the front tires. But the new 1.6-liter four-cylinder does love to rev, with its torque peak only 1000 rpm before the tachometer turns red. Curiously, peak power doesn't occur until 350 rpm past the 6000-rpm redline, but that just seems like permission to keep gunning for the 6500-rpm rev limiter.
The chassis is up for the challenge, too. Suspension calibration is essentially unchanged from the European version, and body control is, in a word, brilliant. Drive the Fiesta aggressively, and you'll know why the rest of the world considers this Ford to be the small-car-handling benchmark. It makes the Honda Fit feel like a cargo van.
When the road relaxes, there's nothing econobox about the Fiesta, either. The interior is hushed, with no offensive wind noise even at triple-digit speeds, and the engine's thrum is smooth and distant. The standard five-speed manual transmission has a light, although slightly ropy, linkage and a clutch that encourages smooth shifting. The engine computer deserves some credit, too - it monitors the position of the clutch and accelerator pedals and will adjust the throttle opening to help you be more graceful. Cool stuff, but you'll probably never beat the optional two-pedal tranny in shift smoothness.
The marketing people got a little carried away with its name - PowerShift - but Ford's first dual-clutch automatic does one of the best imitations of a conventional torque-converter automatic we've seen. The unfortunate lack of manual controls - it has neither a manual gate nor paddles - doesn't hurt that impression, either. Off-the-line clutch engagement is smooth and linear, and the computer will hold pressure on the brakes to ensure that the Fiesta doesn't roll backward when you're starting on a hill.
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Ford projects EPA ratings of 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with the manual. The automatic's extra cog and wider gearing net another 1 mpg in the city, while a pricey $795 fuel-economy package adds 2 highway mpg. Those numbers are way ahead of anything in this class but still can't match the diesel-powered Volkswagen Golf TDI's 30/42 mpg, even though the Golf is a size bigger.
Ah, size. That's where the Fiesta comes up short, particularly in rear legroom: it has 3.3 inches less legroom than the Fit and a shocking 6.8 inches less than the Versa. That makes the difference between a truly usable rear seat and a torture chamber. Sadly, there is no enormous trunk to make up for it, either - the Fit has 34 percent more cargo room, and its seats do an origami flip-and-fold that the Fiesta's don't.
The Honda, though, doesn't have Sync. The Fiesta's version of Ford's voice-activated infotainment interface now allows the use of cell-phone apps - including Pandora music streaming. A full navigation system isn't available, but turn-by-turn directions can be downloaded through your phone. Since the Fiesta wasn't originally designed to use Sync, a few compromises had to be made. First, engineers needed a place for some of the Sync functions on the steering wheel, so they eliminated the volume control - the buttons we use most often. Also, the USB and auxiliary input jacks are in plain sight on the center console, meaning you'll have to unplug and hide your music player every time you park your Fiesta.
But still, options like heated seats and leather upholstery, not to mention the dual-clutch transmission, are unusual in this class. Standard features such as three-blink turn signals, blind-spot mirrors, and a capless fuel filler aren't available from any of the competition, either.
But the big differentiators are the Fiesta's great looks, high-quality interior, and brilliant handling. Oh, and it has Bluetooth. And here you thought the big news was that Ford didn't take the bailout money. Sheesh.
The Specs
On sale: Now
Price: $13,995/$15,795 (sedan/hatchback)
Engine: 1.6L I-4, 120 hp, 112 lb-ft
Drive: Front-wheel
Some like sedans
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The Fiesta comes in two flavors: four-door hatchback or four-door sedan. The sedan caters to the U.S. market, so it ditches the global face for the three-bar chrome grille we’re accustomed to seeing on Ford products. That change, combined with slightly awkward proportions—sedans don’t scale down as well as hatchbacks do—makes the notchback Fiesta less attractive to our eyes than the hatch. It also suffers from a lack of legroom in back, and despite being 13.5 inches longer than the hatchback, its trunk is among the smallest of its competitors. A cheaper, low-content S model is unique to the sedan and does without power windows or a CD player. While the sedan offers the same excellent dynamics, we’d go for the better-looking and more practical hatchback.
Different stripes for different types
Fiesta buyers are invited to primp their rides with a variety of custom graphics.
By Joe Lorio
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With the Fiesta's target audience of young millennials enthusiastic about adding imagery to their bodies, Ford apparently hopes they (and other Fiesta buyers) will similarly embrace the idea of adding personalized graphics to their cars. Going far beyond old-fashioned racing stripes, the company is offering eighteen different designs, ranging from zigzags to flowers to ninja blades, each in a variety of colors.
"The design concepts are different than what we're used to at Ford, and that's a good thing," says Jim Abraham, who is in charge of vehicle accessories for Ford. The designs were created by the supplier Original Wraps, which also provides graphics for Mini - and soon for Nissan as well.
Ford has high hopes for the concept, which it plans to offer on every one of its cars and trucks by late summer. For the Fiesta, the stick-on vinyl graphics range in price from $149 to $499, plus installation, and come with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty. But should a buyer later decide he or she no longer wants to drive a car with pink flowers along its sides, the graphics are easily removed. If only the same were true of tattoos.
To see the full variety of available designs, check out FordCustomGraphics.com
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This little Ford Fiesta is big news, especially for the cynics in the room. Not because cynics prefer small cars -- although perhaps they do -- but because the Fiesta's arrival in the U.S. puts to rest any lingering suspicion that Alan Mulally was full of beans when he promised his company would quit slapping new styling on the same old sleds and marketing them as all-new cars.
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Hello, Taurus? Yeah, buddy, we're talking to you. And Focus? Wipe that smirk off your face; you're no better.
Mulally told us to expect hot new products from the other side of the Atlantic, where Ford's cars are winning both awards and buyers. First up was the Transit Connect, which won the North American Truck of the Year award before anyone here even knew what it was. No disrespect, but the Transit is basically a commercial vehicle, so its appeal, though legit, is still limited in scope.
Not so the straight-from-Europe Fiesta, which is about to land in a segment that's probably bigger than you thought. According to Ford, one in five new cars sold in the U.S. is a small car -- and that number is growing. The subcompact hatchback market practically didn't exist five years ago, and certainly didn't contain anything you'd actually want to drive: any of you happily own a Reno? A Rio? An Aveo?
Didn't think so.
The Honda Fit changed all of that because it was the first subcompact hatch you didn't have to hide from your friends. The Fiesta goes one step further: it's the first car in this segment you'll want to show off to your friends. Deny it all you like, but humans are a shallow bunch, and you can be sure some Fiestas will find homes based on their looks alone.
On the other hand, the success of the dorky Fit proves that looks aren't everything. The Honda's trump card is packaging, which the Fiesta doesn't do so well. What the Ford does, however, is something none of its competitors -- including the Fit -- does: it drives like a grown-up hot hatch.
Okay, a warm-hatch -- the 1.6-liter under the hood isn't even powerful enough to spin the front tires. But despite being devoid of exhilarating acceleration, the Fiesta is remarkably fun to drive. In fact, it's a full-on back road party, coming alive on roads where the Fit would be no fun at all. Ford's electrically assisted steering rack is light on the feedback, but its ratio is quick and its accuracy flawless.
Ditto the suspension, which provides a sports-sedan ride with perfect body control. Big bumps don't faze the Fiesta, and it remains delightfully neutral through corners. Like every other car in the class, the Fiesta uses a cost-saving torsion beam suspension in the rear, but Volkswagen proved decades ago that small cars can be big fun with well-sorted non-independent rears.
The Fiesta is no less fun around town, where its point-and-squirt dimensions make zipping past bloated Priuses a piece of cake. And on the highway, where small cars are often loud and rough, and small four-cylinders droning and annoying, the Fiesta is a revelation. Wind noise is extraordinarily well muted, even at triple-digit speeds, and its engine, though audible when it's working hard, is never boomy or harsh.
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Fiesta buyers can choose between two transmissions. The base five-speed manual has a light, slightly ropy shifter, but a light and progressive clutch that makes shifting easy. The engine computer even monitors the position of the clutch and accelerator pedal and will adjust throttle opening to help you shift more smoothly. This is a pretty surprising feature in an entry-level car.
The optional automatic is Ford's first dual-clutch automated manual, a six-speed called PowerShift. Ford did no wrong here, either -- it does a better imitation of a conventional automatic than any almost any other dual-clutch. A hill-holder function prevents unwanted rollback on hills, and clutch engagement off the line is nearly as smooth and linear as a torque-converter automatic. Helping solidify your impression that this is a conventional automatic is the unfortunate lack of any manual controls -- neither as steering-wheel paddles or a manual gate in the gear selector.
With an additional gear, the automatic has not only more closely spaced gears, but also a wider ratio spread -- and as a result, it's not only quicker around town, but also more efficient. It sounds a little optimistic to us, but Ford expects formal EPA tests to come in at 29/38 mpg with the manual, 30/40 mpg with the automatic. Those are well ahead of all of the competition, especially the Fit, which manages 28/35 at best.
As mentioned before, the Fit is still the king of space utilization. The Honda is 1.5 inches longer, but has 3.3 inches of extra legroom in the back. And in this size category, that makes the difference between a genuinely usable rear bench and one suitable only for occasional use. (Even the Toyota Yaris, which is ten inches shorter, has more rear legroom.) And the Fiesta offers no additional cargo room as a consolation prize -- in fact, the Honda Fit's trunk is about 50 percent bigger. And its seats perform an origami flip-and-fold that the Fiesta's don't.
The front seat of the Fiesta isn't perfect, either. The seats are surprisingly supportive given how soft they feel, but the seatback rake adjuster is almost completely hidden out of reach. And the steeply raked windshield is plagued with reflections from the dashboard in nearly any light. Luckily, those distractions are eliminated with polarized sunglasses, which don't blank out any of the Fiesta's LCD displays.
And the Fiesta really impresses with a multitude of available electronic features you wouldn't expect in this class. Things like SYNC, heated seats, and steering wheel audio controls. Unfortunately, SYNC isn't seamlessly integrated into the Fiesta, a car originally designed without it. As a result, the most commonly used steering-wheel control -- audio volume -- was replaced with SYNC buttons. And even though SYNC now supports apps like Pandora music streaming for your Blackberry, no full navigation system is available -- only a turn-by-turn system.
The biggest blunder in the SYNC integration is the USB and auxiliary audio input jacks by the shifter. They're out in the open, and leaving your audio device hooked up invites theft. And let's face it, the little Fiesta will be drawing a lot of attention to itself parked on the road.
A four-door sedan version of the Fiesta is being launched simultaneously, but its styling is nowhere near as successful as the hatchback's. Formal sedans look best when they're long, and like most teensy notchbacks, the Fiesta sedan's proportions are a bit awkward -- at least compared to the hatch. Moreover, the four-door's front styling is different, replacing the hatch's European grille with the three-bar grille from other North American Fords. It doesn't work.
And when you look at the Fiesta sedan amongst its competitors, its diminutive interior room really starts to be an issue. It has almost seven inches less legroom than the Nissan Versa sedan (!), and its trunk is far smaller than either the Versa, the Suzuki SX4, or the Toyota Yaris four-door.
The Suzuki is the hotrod of this bunch, with a 150-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder that easily out-guns the rest of the pack. And even though it's a fun car to drive, it can't match the Fiesta in the fun-to-drive category. Or the fuel economy category. Or the "look at me" styling department.
Looks like the cynics can relax.
2011 Ford Fiesta
2011 Ford Fiesta
Ford is taking another shot at bringing a new vehicle into the subcompact market in the US. Smaller cars have not historically sold well in the United States, but with the recent economical downturn and the high price of gasoline, it is believed that Americans are more likely to be open to suggestions in this area now than ever before. The Ford Fiesta is offered in a five door hatchback version or a more standard 4 door sedan.

The mileage and low price may be the big selling points for this vehicle, which are 37-40 MPH and $13,320, but the technology gadgets made available on this model may be the real selling secret. The Fiesta is obviously geared towards a younger age group than other ford models, but it is the only model to offer some of high tech gadgetry at all. The Ford Sync ability is now becoming common of many vehicles from this car maker. One new option in the Fiesta is the Intelligent Access (with touch control) which allows you to open the door with a thumbprint scan and start the vehicle with a push of a button literally.
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The Fiesta family is about to grow. AutoExpress reports that Ford has a Fiesta-based crossover in the works, designed to square off against the Nissan Juke. Test mules of the vehicle have been spotted all over Europe, perhaps indicating that the car is almost ready for its anticipated Geneva Motor Show debut in March 2012.
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It’s not the high-performance Fiesta ST that we’ve been hoping for, but Ford has released a special version of the Fiesta hatchback in Europe. The Ford Fiesta Sport Special Edition goes on sale in Europe to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Europe’s Fiesta nameplate.
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2011 Ford Fiesta Specifications

Quick Glance:
1.6L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
28 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
37 MPG
120 hp @ 6000rpm
109 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
Ford is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Fiesta vehicles, manufactured from November 3, 2009 through September 21, 2012. The vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection." The passenger side curtain air bag will not deploy in the event of a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty. Although the side curtain air bag system was designed to suppress the side curtain air bag under this scenario, that information is not explained in the owner's guide for these vehicles as required by FMVSS No. 208.
An occupant in the right rear seating position will not have coverage from the side curtain air bag in a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty, increasing the risk of injury to the right rear occupant.
Ford will notify owners and dealers will reprogram the vehicle's software free of charge so that it no longer suppresses the passenger side curtain air bag when the front passenger seat is empty, and consistent with the description in the owner's guide. The safety recall began on October 26, 2012. Owner's may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
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Recall Date
Ford Motor Company (Ford) notified the agency on April 23, 2015, that they are recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured July 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013, and 2012-2014 Fiesta vehicles manufactured February 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013. On April 30, 2015, Ford expanded the recall to cover an additional 119,567 vehicles, including certain model year 2011 Ford Fiestas manufactured from November 11, 2009, to May 31, 2013 and certain model year 2013 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured from February 1, 2012, to June 30, 2012. A component within the door latches may break making the doors difficult to latch and/or leading the driver or a passenger to believe a door is securely closed when, in fact, it is not.
A door that is not securely latched could open while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of injury to a vehicle occupant.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace all four door latches with an improved part, free of charge. Interim notifications were mailed to owners on June 5, 2015. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts are available in mid December 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S16.
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