Getting Excited About Small Cars
Ok., it’s hard to get excited about small and affordable cars. I mean they don’t boast record quarter-mile times, Autobahn-conquering top speeds or looks that make guys stare with dropped mouths and wide eyes.
Ford Fiesta Surprises
Yet, the Fiesta does this. And she especially captures the attention of the guys and gals who make their living driving, testing and writing about the world’s great cars.
Yep, the same people who enjoy zipping around town in a Lamborghini can’t stop raving about this small-and-fun-to-drive gem from Dearborn. Here’s why:
“Word’s Best Small Car”
The world’s best small car has finally made it stateside, says the U.S. News & World Report in its annual new car rankings issue. U.S. News and World report compares 25 published reviews and says the Ford Fiesta ranks No. 1 out of 31 cars it examined.
That’s not bad for a car that has only been in production and sold in Europe since 2008.
But wait, there’s more to hear.
Drives Great, Looks Great
Autoweek, the weekly industry and racing insider magazine, says Ford Fiesta brings refinement to the class along with dynamic driver feedback. In real world terms, Ford Fiesta drives great and even looks better than it drives. Ford Fiesta clearly tops out the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Chevrolet Aveo.
“Reason to Celebrate”
Industry rating guru Edmonds has also jumped on the Ford Fiesta bumper…I mean bandwagon.
Edmunds says the Ford Fiesta “gives economy car shoppers reason to celebrate with its fun-to-drive personality, nicely trimmed cabin, tight build quality and unexpected features.”
Better than a Mini Cooper
Ford Fiesta handles tight corners with the maneuverability of a Mini Cooper and delivers the same fuel economy as the lovable bug-eyed roadster. There’s one big difference, however, the Ford Fiesta costs about $5,000 less than the Mini Cooper, according to the U.S. News & World Report.
Ford Fiesta delivers a capable 120 horsepower at 6,250 RPM and 112 pounds-feet of torque at 5,000 RPM. It’s powerful enough to get you going and fast enough to keep you there, says Edmunds’ statistics.
Ford boasts a MSRP that starts at $13,999 for a base S model Ford Fiesta. There are SE, SEL and SES models available along with an easy-to-use hatchback option.
Edmunds says the base price for the well-equipped SES 4-door hatchback is $17,995. The SES model comes with a fuel-efficient, 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Check out all of the Ford Fiesta specifications at Edmunds.
To building your own Ford Fiesta and check out the different colors and available equipment packages and to see photographs of the Ford Fiesta, be sure to go to Ford Fiesta.
U.S. News & World Report