2011 Ford Fiesta — Flash Drive
This 2011 review is representative of model years 2011 to 2014.
By Staff of MSN Autos
I love the new Fiesta. It is an attractive subcompact car. It doesn't just look pretty; it is peppy and gets great gas mileage, too. I achieved 35 mpg in mixed driving. But what I like most about this car is how much value you get for your dollar. From the push-start button to the available voice-activated Sync and satellite radio, the driver can customize the car for a small premium. The Fiesta was a joy to drive around town, and was relatively quiet at freeway speeds. It also has decent room for four adults. Ford has hit a home run with this little ride. –Joe Chulick
I liked the Fiesta — a lot. Although it is priced a little less than the Honda Fit, the Fiesta engine is much better. The Fiesta has a European feel to it; in spirited cornering, it leans at first, takes a set and then is adjustable and fun. In regular driving, it's just OK, so I'd encourage anyone to push it a little before drawing a conclusion. The only downside was that the steering wheel was a little close, and because of that, the Fiesta took a short time to grow on me. I got a steady 33 mpg and spent only $2 on fuel for the evening — the cheapest any car has ever been for me. –Paul Hagger
While it might have taken a long time to get here, the all-new Ford Fiesta is well worth the wait. Delivering solid European driving dynamics, sporty style and great fuel economy, the Fiesta is exactly what many entry-level buyers are looking for, whether they know it or not. At its core, the Fiesta is a small, practical car that delivers up to 40 mpg. However, it also has a sense of style and a fun-to-drive factor that makes the Fiesta more fun than its practical numbers would indicate. Our test driver, a Sport SES 5-door hatchback clad in Lime Squeeze Metallic paint, included a rear spoiler, 16-inch aluminum wheels and seven-color ambient interior lighting. While it's not a sports car, the chassis is well-balanced, the steering is precise and the 1.6-liter engine delivers plenty of power. And Ford's Easyfuel capless fuel filler is the slickest feature we didn't know we were missing. –Mike Meredith
I've always been envious of the great-looking cars Ford sells in Europe. Now that the new Fiesta has arrived in the U.S., I am envious no more. The Fiesta looks sharp with its sleek lines and unique paint; our tester stood out from the crowd with its Lime Squeeze finish. Dash controls are nicely laid out — a row of buttons on the center console provide easy access to different media options. Of course, all of this is available via voice command with Ford's innovative Sync system. Front seats are supportive and comfortable, although rear-seat passengers might be a bit cramped — not a big surprise given the size of the car. But the small size also makes the Fiesta great fun to drive: Steering is precise and the car feels nimble. There isn't a lot of power under the hood, but thanks to its 5-speed manual transmission, the Fiesta is peppy. Fuel economy is also impressive — I saw 30 mpg in city driving. With its fun-to-drive characteristics and miserly fuel consumption, the Fiesta is definitely worth a look if you're in the market for a new small car. –Perry Stern