2011 Ford Fiesta
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company Part number: 101216523
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CNET editors' review
price range: $13,320.00
- Reviewed by: Wayne Cunningham
- Reviewed on: 07/28/2010
The good: Sync remains one of Ford's best cabin technologies, giving the 2011 Fiesta MP3 player and Bluetooth phone compatibility, and the audio quality from the stereo stands out. The dual-clutch transmission is a neat bit of performance tech. The exterior design of this new Fiesta gives it a fun and unique style.
The bad: Sync TDI is not a great substitute for an onboard navigation system. The transmission could not always keep up with driving situations.
The bottom line: A sporty-looking car, the 2011 Ford Fiesta's small size makes it good for urban areas, and it boasts excellent compatibility with personal electronics.
Delivers on its promises
by pbhenry on July 30, 2010
Pros: Very good handling, ride and noise level refinement, build quality, well equipped with lots of features including excellent SYNC system
Cons: Needs more ponies, in-cabin bins, and center arm rest.
Summary: I special-ordered the SES hatch back in May and have had it now for just over two weeks.
I lived in Europe for many years so am familiar with the ...
Summary: I special-ordered the SES hatch back in May and have had it now for just over two weeks.
I lived in Europe for many years so am familiar with the Fiesta and its competition. Ford have stayed true to the genre and haven't ruined the handling dynamics of this car during the "Americanizing" process.
The ride is very compliant without being at all mushy and the cabin is so quiet that you forget that you're in a small car. Handling is very good and cornering and driving through swoopy curves is very satisfying. There is a slight amount of body roll through hard corners, but never intrusive or alarming. It's surprising how well the car stays calm and composed through dips, bumps and rough roads, but still maintains its ride composure and very good handling characteristics.
The electrically power-assisted steering works very well although you're somewhat detached from direct feel of the front tires. However because the steering is so precise, this isn't an issue and the car nicely goes where you point it. I haven't pushed it really hard but handling seems very neutral except with maybe getting hints of understeer at the limits. The levels of assist automatically adapt based on your speed and this is so progressive and well controlled that you never really notice. The other point of note is how stable the car is. It's very resistant to side winds and passing/being passed by large vehicles. The so-called "active nibble" control does its job, again, without being intrusive.
I have the 5 speed manual transmission and the gearing -- especially 4th and 5th are obviously chosen to maximize fuel mileage. With only 120 ponies on-tap, you need to plan ahead and downshift for passing and long hills to stay in the power curve. Thankfully, small though it is, the 4-banger revs very sweetly and willingly, and only begins to get even slightly raspy near the redline. If you're used to driving a car with ocean-liner levels of torque (my previous car was an 07 Mustang GT) you'll need to adapt your driving style accordingly. In my mind it's a small price to pay for getting good mileage. I'm already getting 35.3mpg on my daily commute which is combined city/highway. I've hit 42mpg on a highway trip when making a conscious effort to stay (mostly!) within the speed limit.
The interior is nice. I have the optional heated leather seats which are very comfortable, but the seat controls (including driver height adjustment are manual. I'm tall, with long legs and arms, but with the seat all the way back, I have plenty of room and the steering wheel is both height and reach adjustable. Pity someone behind me though, they would suffer for legroom. But, with the passenger seat at a sensible position, legroom in the back is fine, even for me, albeit I wouldn't want to be back there for very long.
The dash styling is a matter of taste. I think that the "cellphone" inspired center controls are somewhat wacky looking, but everything is laid out logically and easy to figure out. Some of the controls might be hard to reach for drivers with arms shorter than mine. Much of the dash and trip is "soft feel" and the fit and finish above the expected small car standard. The interior has a neat LED lighting system that bathes the footwells, rings around the cupholders and in the cutout over the glove compartment in soft light. You can set the glow to be one of seven colors. Just one of a number of neat features that make this car stand above its Japanese competitors.
There is plenty of technology. My car has the "keyless" system with a pusbutton start/stop. You just need to have the fob in your pocket to open doors and activate everything. It works great. There are steering wheel controls for the speed control and for the excellent Ford/Microsoft SYNC system. SYNC has built-in handsfree Bluetooth with USB interfaces for your iPOD or Zune. Everything is voice activated. Say a command to find and instantly play a track, artist or album on your iPOD or Zune, or to select and dial a number from your cellphone. (The phonebook is automatically downloaded to SYNC). SYNC has tons of other features like vehicle health reports, 911-assist, turn-by-turn satnav (no map screen though), and other voice activated feature like pulling up traffic, news or weather from your favorite sources. Apparently there's even a Pandora app, but I haven't tried to figure that one out yet.
Body, paint, trim, fit, finish and build quality are excellent. The doors are not at all small car tinny -- they close with a solid and satisfying thunk. Hopefully the car will age well and live up to my early impressions and experience.
Downs? Mostly, it needs a bit more power. Ford are apparently working on beefier engines, but I'm waiting on FS Werks in Anaheim to release its turbo system similar to the one they developed for the Focus. I'd like more storage compartments, a center armrest, and the back seats (in the hatchback) to fold down flat.
Other that that -- I'm a happy camper.
10 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
Another Winner from Ford....
by canuck2245 on July 28, 2010
Cons: None when you factor the price.
Summary: I have test driven this car at my local Ford store and I gotta tell ya if I was in the market for a fuel sipper this would be the ...
Summary: I have test driven this car at my local Ford store and I gotta tell ya if I was in the market for a fuel sipper this would be the only one I would consider. Fords quality has risen to levels unheard of for a domestic manufacturer. In fact last week CNBC reported JD Powers has given Ford the highest rating ever. Ford quality is now top 5 with Porsche and Lexus. Or you could spend $41,000 on a Volt and maybe just maybe make it to uncle Joes house for thanksgiving dinner with its 40 mile range. The smart money would be to spend $18,000 on the nicest most loaded (moonroof, leather,Sync) Ford Fiesta and invest the savings in Ford stock.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great highway car!
by InYourCNET on August 6, 2010
Pros: Great acceleration - way beyond what I thought 120 hp could do, very good fuel economy, excellent steering and handling, and great exterior that always makes me smile when I look at it. No noticeable slowdown when passengers in car or AC blasting.
Cons: If your cell phone isn't compatible with SYNC's phonebook feature, it is a complete drag to dial numbers with. Silly that USB has to be commanded through SYNC when there's an AUX button on the dash. I am not convinced SYNC is better than bluetooth.
Summary: I downsized from a midsized, 140 hp sedan to this, but if drives like an upgrade. The car is way more zippy than my old car, it does 70 and ...
Summary: I downsized from a midsized, 140 hp sedan to this, but if drives like an upgrade. The car is way more zippy than my old car, it does 70 and 80 mph happily, as if I'm asking too little of it. Rather than make me feel LESS safe, the Fiesta makes me feel more safe: when I'm sandwiched in between two huge trucks or jersey barriers in narrow lanes, I feel like I have lots of room on either side of me, unlike when I drove a larger car. The acceleration is so responsive I feel like I can evade most dangerous situations, and the car feels strong and solid, so I don't feel like I'm going to be mashed to a pulp if I am hit. I do mostly highway driving, so those things matter most to me, and Fiesta was the perfect car for me. I still get 30 mpg when I blast the AC in bumper-to-bumper traffic, by the way.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
.love, love, love it!! hiway or city, fun as a go cart!
by tedsal on January 18, 2011
Pros: gas milage, handling, good looks, get all kinds of thumbs up...options and extras are amazing, real snappy get up and go at all speeds....love it!!
Cons: car should be 3 inches longer for more rear seat leg room. rear seats should fold down flat, cup holders in front doors are in the wrong spot. makes it harder to get your feet out. had to pay extra for front seat arm rest, should be included.
Summary: ive already said it all. love the car, its excellent for in town and long trips. i have never owned a car so fun to drive. im always looking for ...
Summary: ive already said it all. love the car, its excellent for in town and long trips. i have never owned a car so fun to drive. im always looking for an excuse to go some place. its every bit as fun as the mini cooper!!its an ses automatic and now have 1500 miles on it. its yellow and loaded with all options. i am 74 years old and 6 feet tall. very roomy and comfortable. i have owned 77 other vehicles, caddies, volkswagons and everything in between but never one with so many extras and so much fun!!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Some people would love it, but not me.
by sovereignofsin on August 3, 2010
Pros: Mileage is great for a non-hybrid car, exterior is sporty, cute, and it comes in a lot of great colors
Cons: Interior is space agey, ugly, and not very functional, however for the younger crowd it might be appealing.
Summary: I test drove the Fiesta right after it came to the lot. I've been waiting for this car to come out since I heard about it's European debut....
Summary: I test drove the Fiesta right after it came to the lot. I've been waiting for this car to come out since I heard about it's European debut.
Acceleration, handling, and ease of driving was all as expected. As all Fords I've driven (my family has owned pretty much nothing but Fords and Toyotas since the 80s) it drove really well and gave that effortless driving experience I've come to love in the Focus.
However, the interior was a turn off to me. My mom recently bought an 2010 Focus and I loved the functional yet stylish interior. The Fiesta's alien looking center unit in the dash and the confusing at best Sync system was a total turn off and deal breaker for me.
I really think that for the right person, this would be a great car for a young hipster type, but I found the interior too cramped and too space agey for me. I prefer the Focus by far over the Fiesta.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Don't Waste Your Money
by disgrutalfiestaowner on December 7, 2012
Pros: Gas Mileage
Cons: Started having transmission trouble in less than 5 months. Replaces parts at 14,000 miles, replaced entire transmission at 16,000. Completely died at 30,000 miles. This vehicle is a lemon and the law doesn't help much.Bought at Crain Ford in Arkansas
Summary: DO NOT BUY A FORD FIESTA they are crap. Do not know where they are manufactured but not in USA. Had more trouble with this vehicle than my last vehicle ...
Summary: DO NOT BUY A FORD FIESTA they are crap. Do not know where they are manufactured but not in USA. Had more trouble with this vehicle than my last vehicle with 275,000 miles. Also beware of Crain Ford in Arkansas. They lie, cheat and will steal you blind.
Fun, Economical and Surprisingly Upscale
by Dave_Perry on September 12, 2011
Pros: For this price point, the technology is outstanding. The Fiesta has fmany standard eatures and characteristics normally found in higher end vehicles, or as options in other cars. The car comes with standard ABS, ESC, electric-assist steering. The new F
Cons: The automated manual transmission initially takes some getting used to. It can be balky at low speeds (<30 mph), but with time, you can learn to operate smoothly at low speed. The back seat is tight and storage is limited. The entertainment console
Summary: This car is an outstanding value. The engineering is first rate and the vehicle compares favorably with anything in its class. There is room for improvements to the automated manual ...
Summary: This car is an outstanding value. The engineering is first rate and the vehicle compares favorably with anything in its class. There is room for improvements to the automated manual transmission and to the media center and they need to find a little more leg room for rear seat passengers. But overall, I am very pleased with my purchase and would highly recommend a test drive to those in the market for a good quality compact car.
First Ford CAR in almost 25 years - Celebration Fiesta!
by Mark_Denver on August 2, 2011
Sync (takes some getting used to)
Cons: Rear seat headroom
Center Arm Rest only avail aftermarket
Summary: As I said in the summary this is the first car from Ford I've had in 25 years. Ford has made FANTASTIC Trucks, SUVs and Crossovers over the years ...
Summary: As I said in the summary this is the first car from Ford I've had in 25 years. Ford has made FANTASTIC Trucks, SUVs and Crossovers over the years but their cars have been mediocre at best. All that has changed; Ford is making world class cars and the Fiesta is one incredible car. I traded a 2009 Civic Hybrid for my Fiesta SE. The Fiesta is more comfortable, quieter (road noise on the Civic is HORRENDOUS), more responsive (acceleration and handling), and less expensive by almost $10K. So far I'm averaging 35 MPG on mostly city driving (39.8 on the Civic when I traded it in) and the car isn't broken in yet. So I'd say that in almost every way the Fiesta is FAR superior to the Civic.
Ford Fiesta exceeds all expectations!
by whitejw on July 4, 2011
Summary: I was first interested in the 2011 Ford Fiesta based on cost, and MPG. When I took the car for a test drive, I was greatly suprised by how large ...
Summary: I was first interested in the 2011 Ford Fiesta based on cost, and MPG. When I took the car for a test drive, I was greatly suprised by how large the interior cabin felt. This blew me away since the car looks so small. You have a very wide, open view to see everything while driving. The built in blind spot mirrors are great, and I seem to use them every day I drive the car. As for the exterior of the car, this is specifically based on taste, but I think the car is top notch. It is definitely a head turner! The Sync system is way ahead of any other car manufacturer that I have read about, especially since now Sync will deliver: Local movie listings, news, weather, traffic updates, sports, and even turn by turn navigation which is read through your speakers, and displayed on the cars dash unit. This vehicle has won safety awards and features 7 airbags which is more then any other car in this class. The frame is also made of boron steal to provide superior safety. As for space, what is there to possibly complain about? Look at the size of this car, and then you should already know that there will be limited space. I have the 4 door sedan, and the trunk seems to be surprisingly big, and I am very impressed by Ford for offering this much trunk space, in such a small car. In regards to the spacing in the back seat, there is more leg room in this vehicle then in my Wife's 2008 Ford Focus, which appears to be much bigger then my Fiesta. Finally, one of the most important reasons I purchased this car was MPG! And it DELIVERS! I have achieved 45MPG highway on a regular basis, when taking this car for a road trip. For city driving I tend to get 30-33 which is a little lower then I would like, but higher then some cars highway performance. I did opt for the SFE package which was an additional $695. I have also driven this car without the SFE package and achieve 42MPG highway, so the numbers are higher then the EPA estimates. As for the cons of this car, the transmission and/or the engine do seem to be pretty weak, but when you figure in the MPG, I am more then willing to accept this con. The fact that I can get over 500 mile to a full tank of gas is pretty damn amazing if you ask me! The missing armrest is also an easy fix since Boomerang offers an armrest for around $180. I even installed this myself with the installation video which they provide on their website. So overall my 2011 Ford Fiesta have exceeded all my expectations, by a very high percentage!I would recommend picking up the Boomerang Armrest. I installed myself in little over 20 min! It was WELL worth the money!
Updated on Jul 4, 2011
Updated on May 7, 2012In my original review I put the transmission as a Con, however I need to update this! I recently took my car into Ford service department and explained the issue I as having. Rough shifting, jerky shifting, and no responsiveness. They did a software update and all I can say is WOW! It feels like a brand new car. My car is not more responsive, and shifts way smoother! Seems that my MPG has increased also! If anyone else has a early production Fiesta, I would recommend getting this software update!
Limited Budget--never imagined this!
by msimon66 on May 13, 2011
Pros: Smooth, quiet ride, elegant inside and out. Stereo/Sync/Sirius wonderful.
Cons: Transmission is sometimes confused. Can be jerky at low speeds. Could recover more quickly for after a speed adjustment on the highway.
Summary: Could not be happier. New SEL. I'm not a rich man and work hard for every dollar. With this car I drive to work with a great sense of ...
Summary: Could not be happier. New SEL. I'm not a rich man and work hard for every dollar. With this car I drive to work with a great sense of satisfaction. I often wish I had more time to drive. Only issue is dodging other drivers on the road fumbling with their cell phones. The ride is so quiet with the windows closed I'm never in position to offer hand gestures to them before I'm long gone.
- Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
- Part number: 101216523
- Bottom Line: A sporty-looking car, the 2011 Ford Fiesta's small size makes it good for urban areas, and it boasts excellent compatibility with personal electronics.
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- Available Engine Gas
- Smart airbags Standard
- Antilock brakes Standard
- Traction control Standard
- Stability control Standard
- Connection for portable MP3 sound system Standard
- MP3 CD-enabled sound system Optional
- Keyless entry Optional
- Two-way security system Standard
- Drivetrain available Front-drive
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