The Ford Fiesta is an economy car available in both hatchback and sedan models. The Ford Fiesta is officially a subcompact car, smaller than “compacts”. The Ford Fiesta is sometimes called a mini-car.
The Ford Fiesta was first introduced to the United States in 2011. The Ford Fiesta has been made since 1976 and sold around the world. The Ford Fiesta was thus the sixth generation of Ford Fiesta that reached American markets.
The sportier, higher performance ST trim line of the Ford Fiesta was released in 2013.
There are two main forms of the Ford Fiesta: hatchback and sedan. The sedan is offered in S, SE, and Titanium trim levels. The hatchback is available in S, SE, ST, and Titanium trim levels. The ST is a performance package that includes a higher power engine. The ST trim line has a turbocharged 1.6 liter engine with four cylinders and 197 horsepower.
The standard Ford Fiesta engine is a 1.6 liter four cylinder 120 horsepower engine. The standard transmission is a five speed manual, but you can get a six speed automatic. The ST adds summer performance tires (that should not be used when temperatures approach freezing), dual chrome tipped exhaust, and a spoiler.
The S trim line, the basic package, includes a tilt steering wheel, power locks, Buetooth connectivity, and USB interface. The SE trim line adds keyless entry, power windows, a trip computer, cruise control, and leather wrapped steering wheel. For the SE trim line, keyless ignition, heated front seats, automatic climate control, parking assistance, and a rearview camera are optional – but these features are part of the Titanium trim line package.
The Ford Fiesta sedan has above average trunk space compared to cars in its class. However, this is at the expense of the space for the rear seats. The hatchback has less trunk space than the sedan version.
There is a three door van version of the Ford Fiesta sold, but only in Europe.
The Ford Fiesta gets 31 miles per gallon in the city and 43 on the highway. A turbocharged liter Ecoboost option is available, which increases the gas efficiency to around 37 miles per gallon. The standard Ford Fiesta package actually gets similar gas mileage to the Chevrolet Spark hybrid car, without the hassle of an electric motor or batteries.
The standard Ford Fiesta has a top speed of 120 miles per hour.
The basic model of the Ford Fiesta cost around $14,500 in 2015. The hatchback costs a little more than the sedan version, but they have the same gas mileage. The most expensive trim line for this car is $22,000 new in 2015.
The major rivals for this car are the Ford Focus, Honda Fit, Chevrolet Sonic, Mazda 3, Hyundai Accent, Toyota Yaris,Volkswagen Golf, and Kia Rio. The Honda Civic, Volkswagen Beetle, and Volkswagen Jetta are a little more expensive but similar in size and features.
In 2015, around 400,000 late model Ford Fiestas and other cars were recalled due to door latches that could fly open.
A separate recall was issued for 2011 through 2013 Ford Fiestas of which the side airbags may not deploy in some conditions.
A Ford Fiesta Mark 1 was sold in the US in 1980 but discontinued.