From stylish compacts to environmentally-friendly hybrid cars, the 2011 Ford lineup delivers by focusing on fuel economy, style and affordability. Introducing this year’s models of the Fiesta, Focus, Hybrid, Hybrid Fusion and Escape.
2011 Ford Fiesta
Sporty and fun to drive, the 2011 Ford Fiesta is a compact car that’s having a huge impact on the small car scene. Whether it’s the best-in-class standard safety features or the best-in-class fuel economy (30 mpg city/40 mpg hwy), value-conscious buyers are flocking to it.
Staring at under $13,500, the Fiesta is packed with amenities not usually found in cars of its class. Not only can the Fiesta be flat-towed, inside and out, it’s obvious that Ford designed their smallest car with two key goals in mind: safety and style.
When it comes to safety, the Fiesta blows the competition away with best-in-class standard features like seven airbags, (including a Ford-exclusive driver-side knee airbag), a Personal Safety System that tailors airbag usage based on need, and the AdvanceTrac Roll Stability Control system. Bringing strength and passenger safety to the small-car game, the Fiesta is also designed with front and rear crumple zones and a frame that’s over 50% ultra-light, high-strength boron steel. It’s built Ford tough all the way.
On the style side, the Fiesta’s sleek interior design and optional upgrades offer plenty of flash for the bling crowd. Popular features usually reserved for high-end vehicles, push button start, heated seats, ambient lighting and the voice-activated SYNC phone and media system are all standard on the SEL sedan and SES HB models.
For an entry-level vehicle, the Ford Fiesta has style to spare.
2011 Ford Focus
Ford’s flagship value vehicle, the 2011 Ford Focus isn’t about to be outdone by its compact cousin. Roomy, reliable and loaded with features, the Ford Focus continues to shine.
With standard safety features that are pushing competitors to the limit, the Ford Focus has a 5-star crash rating earned through robust safety features like a Personal Safety System that tailors airbag usage, an SOS Post Crash Alert that automatically kicks in after airbag deployment, the AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control system with anti-lock brakes, and a sensor-based Tire Pressure Monitoring system. That’s more standard safety features than any car in its class, and, with noise and vibration enhancements made over past models, the 2011 Focus backs up its safe ride with a smooth, quiet one.
Great fuel economy has always been a draw for Focus drivers, and the 2011 model continues to deliver. With a 2.0L/140hp engine, the Focus sedan offers solid fuel economy that’s slightly better than last year at 25mpg city/35 mpg hwy. And the Focus doesn’t sacrifice space for fuel economy. With ample trunk space ( 13.8 cu. ft .) and 60/40 foldable split rear seats, this 5-passenger car offers plenty of room for family, friends and cargo.
Not quite as sporty as the Fiesta, the new Ford Focus offers a sleek, aerodynamic design that stands out from its predecessors. And with a starting price at under $17,000, the 2011 Focus may be the go-to vehicle for 2011 buyers motivated by overall value.
2011 Ford Fusion
Ask someone what they think of the Ford Fusion and you’re likely to hear a “The Ford what?” Long overshadowed by Ford flagship names like the Focus and F-150, the Fusion is Ford’s affordable midsize sedan. Luckily for Ford, what it lacks in name power it more than makes up for in performance and value.
Largely unchanged from 2010, the Ford Fusion is a family-size car that offers surprising performance, fuel economy and style for such a little-known vehicle. Holding true to the 2010 model, the interior retains contemporary features like a sleek center console, a unique instrument panel that with ice-blue back lighting, and high-style contrast stitching.
For those looking for more power than the smaller Focus can deliver, the well-engineered 2.5L Duratec I-4 engine generates 175 horsepower and 172 lb .-ft. of torque, all while still delivering an impressive 34 mpg on the highway. Or, for those looking for even more power, 3.0L and 3.5L V6 engines are available too.
Two nice new features on the 2011 Ford Fusion are integrated blind-spot mirrors that extend blind-spot vision for a safer driving experience, and the MyKey system that allows owners to designate top vehicle speeds and volume controls for targeted drivers. And, for those drivers looking for a carefree driving experience, the optional Driver’s Vision Package takes the Fusion into luxury-vehicle territory. With an auto-engaging rear view camera, blind spot detection system, and rain-sensing wipers, the Driver’s Vision Package enhances visibility front, side and rear.
With prices starting around $19, 695, the 2011 Ford Fusion offers style and luxury not normally found in cars of its class, and offers a family-friendly vehicle that doesn’t lack in performance and style.
2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid
A stealth competitor in the hybrid market, the new 2011 Ford Fusion captures all of the regular Fusion’s strengths and adds environmentally-friendly engineering. And, with fuel economy reaching 41mpg and prices starting around $28,100, the Fusion Hybrid offers an affordable and practical choice for eco-conscious consumers.
Key differences between the regular Fusion and the Hybrid are the power components and a distinctive, user-friendly instrument panel. Using both a 2.5L I-4 gas engine and a nickel-metal hydride (NimH) battery, the Hybrid can get up to electric-powered speeds higher than any other hybrid vehicle and uses a regenerative braking system that captures and stores kinetic energy generated during city driving. Another feature unique to the Hybrid is an interactive, easy-to-use animated instrument cluster. Featuring Ford’s EcoGuide, a real-time LCD display of the vehicle’s battery strength and fuel economy, the cluster helps drivers monitor their driving habits to achieve maximum fuel economy.
A relatively new but strong contender in the hybrid market, Ford backs the Fusion Hybrid with its standard new car warranty, plus an additional 8-year/100,000-mile warranty that covers all hyrid components.
2011 Ford Escape and Ford Escape Hybrid
With an exterior design that can gingerly be called “classic,” the 2011 Ford Focus luckily offers the standard bevy of Ford high-technology features to help keep it competitive.
Probably due to an expected total revamp of the Escape in 2012, the 2011 models largely retain the exterior and interior features of the 2010 models, and while there are some new features on the roster, drivers familiar with the 2010 models won’t find many huge surprises. Some new driver-focused features to note, however, include MyKey to help parents maintain control with teen drivers, Earth-friendly upholstery, and active-park-assist for the parallel-parking challenged.
A nice optional package that those testing driving the Escape this year may want to get a look at is the Cargo Package. With stylish additions like roof side rail crossbars and a retractable cargo cover, the package also includes an ingenious hidden storage space that’s waterproof, lockable and amply sized. Hidden under the load floor in the rear, it’s easy to access, hard to detect, and perfect for keeping valuables from snooping eyes.
With prices starting at $21,060, the Ford Escape offers a standard 2.5L engine with 171 horsepower and a respectable 25 combined mpg (23 city/25 hwy). And, unlike other SUVs on the market, it can be flat neutral towed, a nice feature for family vacations and road trips.
And, not to be forgotten, there’s the Ford Escape Hybrid. While it too retains the look and technology of the 2010 model, it also retains its title of the most fuel-efficient SUV on the planet. And, with prices starting around $29,860 and fuel economy ratings of 34mpg city/31 mpg highway, it’s both wallet-friendly and eco-friendly.
Drivers considering the 2011 Ford Escape may want to think about whether they can hold off for one year. With the impressive updates Ford’s incorporated into its other vehicles and a huge redesign expected for the Escape for 2012, consumers may want to hold out and see what Ford has in store for this iconic vehicle.