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Ford Fiesta



  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    Yeah, that was the strangest review. Sure, the Fiesta was better than the Fit in every category except cargo space. Apparently MT wanted to know which was the best minivan. And I'll admit, the Fit is the best minivan.
  • matt712matt712 Posts: 6
    I just visited my closest Ford Dealer after having received a call informing me that they received two of the sedans this week. I was in the market for a new honda civic, but after taking the fiesta around the block a few times, I fell in love.

    The one I drove was an automatic and it was loaded to the teeth. Road noise wasn't too bad (then again I'm used to a cobalt). Steering was excellent. Engine power was a little lacking at times, but for the most part it was there when I needed it.

    The interior is what really sold it to me. The front seats were roomy and the dash/instrumentation were awesome. The salesman was sitting in the back seat and unfortunately for him he was a pretty hefty fellow (probably slowed the car significantly) and he looked incredibly tight back there. The car itself though was way bigger and much better-looking than I expected.

    Salesmen said they'll be getting a large shipment the 3rd week of July but most of those would be pre-orders.
  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    I remember the current-generation electric-steering Civic Coupe LX has horrible ride comfort & "worse than some video game" steering feel (per Car & Driver).

    The Fiesta is cheaper & better, but an used '07 Focus SES is even better (hydraulic Euro steering, multilink Euro ride, & Euro-size high chairs front & back!), & way way cheaper today :P

    I would go find an used '07 Focus SES sedan in mint condition especially if you need auto, or the the sporty '07 ST sedan stick w/ "muscle-size" 4-cyl.

    I really couldn't stand the current Fiesta's rearward visibility corners being blocked by the rear headrests, even in seden body style.

    I like old sedans' wide rearward visibility, especially the '91-96 Escort/Tracer sedan & 96-'00 Civic sedan.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    If you have the time, I would be really interested if you would now test drive a new civic and report back here which car you prefer. Do you remember which model you drove?
  • matt712matt712 Posts: 6
    I actually did test drive a new 2010 Civic lx automatic about a month ago, in fact I learned how to drive stick on my friend's 2008 civic lx sedan.

    The Fiesta I drove was an automatic SEL model and it had leather trimmed seats w/ push button ignition. Personally, I liked the fiesta better. I liked the zippier handling and the cockpit was sportier. All of the tech and features make the fiesta feel like a truly "modern car" and since I myself am a 21 year old tech savvy college student the fiesta appeals to me more for that reason.

    The civic was by no means any less of a car however, it just doesn't suit me as well as the fiesta, since I don't plan on using it as a family sedan. Plus after driving a used '05 Stratus for 3 years, I would like my first new car to stand out from the crowd.

    I hope that this answered your questions Iamz. I would still like to take a look at the Mazda2 before I make a final decision though.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    edited June 2010
    Thanks for offering up that quick comparison matt712. The Mazda2 should be a pretty good car also and I know they are pricing it lower than the Fiesta. I think the base model is supposed to come in at just under $14k including destination. You might also want to check out the Fiesta SE 5-door hatch. Looks sportier than the SEL sedan and the base model is about $15,700 including destination.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Put 2400 km on a rental Fiesta hatchback in Norway over 9 days. The car was not the quietest, but was okay...seemed about like my 2007 Mazda6 in that respect. Quieter than a Focus, at least any of them I have been in. Seats were comfortable for us, which is usually the case with Fords. Ours had no seat height adjustment and I'd have liked it to be a bit higher.

    We had initially been given some kind of Toyota hatch that is not sold here and I went back to Hertz the second day to get something different as the Toyota wanted to go off the road to the right anytime there was any crown to the road (the seats were too small also, as I usually find with Toyotas). The Fiesta tracked straight on all the roads, I am assuming this was at least partly due to compensation for the road slope built into the electric PS.

    It was a 1.4L diesel that got about 60 mpg!

    It was a nice little car, but not sure I'd buy one when it seems maybe a Fusion can be purchased for about the same price for now.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,621
    No way you can get a Fusion for the same price as a Fiesta unless you're talking about a fully loaded Fiesta and a stripped Fusion. Let's stick to apples and apples.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Well, I've seen newspaper ads in the last couple of days with Fusions and Milans under $16K. I assume the Fiesta will not be discounted initially and the hatchback starts at about that same price.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,621
    Those are "loss leaders" or shady advertising. The cheapest Fusion right now is the super stripped S model at $17K after rebates. Sometimes they'll advertise a price assuming you're eligible for ALL rebates which never happens (military, college, etc.).

    No way you can buy a decently equipped Fusion for under $16K new.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    edited July 2010
    No way you can buy a decently equipped Fusion for under $16K new.

    I think you are both right.

    As you mentioned, the 2010 Fusion would have to be stripped down to compare in price to a more or less top of the line 2011 Fiesta. Jeffyscott is correct in that Ford is aggressively pricing their 2010 Fusions these days; in Canada the discount on Fusions is over $5K. He is also right that Ford will likely not offer a discount on a brand new 2011 Fiesta in the near term. So, if you like the Fusions, this is a great time to buy. If you prefer the Fiestas, you may want to time your purchase to see if the initial demand softens and substantial discounts start appearing.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    My Ford store just got in two Fiesta's, and we have a SES model that is $22,000. Yikes....

    Yes, it's a lot of technology, but, $22,000 for a sub compact is a lot of money!! You can get a Mazda3 s GT with a little more features for a couple bucks more plus 0% financing.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,618
    Those will be a hard sell. Lots of great cars available for $22k.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    Please let us know how long it sits on the lot? Thanks.
  • says that $18275 is the "best price" for an automatic SES and that anything over $18800 (MSRP basically) is overpriced. I can believe that, and have had a couple dealers offer me MSRP and another offering $18300 for that very car.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    How about this Fiesta SE Hatchback 5-speed which basically comes with Sync, airbags and power windows + locks, MSRP $16,460. The basic Mazda2 5-speed with more equipment is $14,730.

    The Fiesta is rated 28/37 vs the Mazda2 at 29/35 and the Mazda gives up about 20hp, but, still, almost $2,000 is a lot. The difference goes to $1,200 when you take out the Sync.

    Also, none of the automatic Fiesta's are rated at 40mpg highway. They are all 38mpg highway. What's up with that?
  • phill1phill1 Posts: 315
    The missing 2 MPG is due to the fact that NO ONE is ordering the new Ford Fiesta`s with the (SFE) Super Fuel Efficiency package which only includes a tire upgrade to low rolling resistance T rated tires for a huge price bump. Originally that (SFE) was supposed to have included a lot of different items besides the tires but Ford decided to include all as standard equipment except for the energy saving tires and dropped the price down considerably but not enough to justify the tire upgrade. They still advertise the 40 MPG hwy due to the fact that you can order the vehicle with those tires.
  • keyser2keyser2 Posts: 25
    I've been hearing about the Fiesta for more than a year, and looking forward to the Spring 2010 launch. I have yet to see one on the street or in a Ford dealership. I believe Ford really did a lousy job marketing this car. What is the holdup? Production problems? The thing is 'heche en Mexico'.

    Once again, Ford is "all blow and no go"
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,621
    They had some shipping problems due to the hurricane. Some dealerships have them already, some don't.

    Why was it a "lousy job"?
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