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2011 Ford Fiesta

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2011 Ford Fiesta Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

Have you heard the story about the domestic auto industry that kept claiming its products were as good as Japan's best? It's a twist on the tale of the boy who cried wolf. In Aesop's original, nobody believes the boy when things really do go bad. In our update, people are skeptical when things really do go good. That's the battle Ford faces in selling America on the most impressive, most recommendable, most buyable lineup a domestic automaker has offered in many drivers' lifetimes. Do we think the 2011 Ford Fiesta is as good as Japan's best in the category (the Honda Fit)? It's better. And if you don't believe us, blame the past practices of the domestic auto industry.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're searching the sub-compact segment for style, interior quality, driving dynamics and/or fuel efficiency, just put the 2011 Ford Fiesta at the top of your list and then try to beat it.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Honda Fit is both roomier and more flexible than the Ford Fiesta, the Nissan Versa offers a softer ride and there are several competitors with lower sticker prices (although the Fiesta still compares favorably from a "you get what you pay for" perspective).

What's Significant About This Car?

Two things everyone knows: (1) America can't make good small cars and (2) Americans don't like small cars. The 2011 Ford Fiesta is good enough to change both perception and reality.

Driving the Fiesta

Driving Impressions Many months before we drove the first U.S.-spec Fiesta, Ford gave us a week behind the wheel of the European version. Some of us were impressed, others blown away, and...

everyone shared the same sentiment: "I hope they don't ruin the U.S. version." Hallelujah, they didn't. The Fiesta is comfortable and quiet on the highway, fun when you work the wheel and just feels pricier and more substantial – more European, really – than any of its competitors. Shortcomings? The fun part requires a little planning because there's not a lot of juice available at the bottom of the rev range, we think the dual-clutch auto deserves a manual control option, and some of us have reservations about long-haul seat comfort. But when you're talking about the best car in the class, that's really just nitpicking.

SYNC
Ford's voice-controlled SYNC infotainment system continues to grow ever more robust and desirable.

Integrated Blind Spot Mirrors
In the upper, outside corner of the 2011 Ford Fiesta's side mirrors is a small secondary mirror that finds cars hiding in that nebulous area between peripheral vision and mirror coverage.

2011 Ford Fiesta Details
2011 Ford Fiesta photo Interior

The 2011 Ford Fiesta boasts not only the sharpest sheetmetal in the category, it also has the most stylish and refined interior. Soft-touch materials and top-notch design permeate all trims, and you can outfit the Fiesta with features like heated leather seats, push-button start and selectable seven-color ambient lighting. A navigation system is the only glaring omission from the Fiesta's options list and instrument panel, but a four-inch multifunction LCD display carries some of that load.

Exterior
2011 Ford Fiesta photo

The 2011 Ford Fiesta is available in two styles: four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. We're partial to the hatchback, which is the only style offered in Europe, but America still prefers sedans. Kudos to Ford for not crippling entry-priced Fiesta models with black bumpers and door handles and such; the 15-inch covered steel wheels are about as cheap as it gets, and the covers are decent. Still, the more you pay the better you look, and loaded models feature things like chrome-bezeled LED parking lamps and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Every 2011 Ford Fiesta comes with Ford's cool capless fuel filler.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A 2011 Ford Fiesta S Sedan starts just under $14,000 and includes air conditioning, four-speaker AM/FM audio system with auxiliary audio input jack, four-way adjustable steering wheel, a five-speed manual transmission and the same fun suspension and powertrain found in every Fiesta. It also gets all the safety goodies, like electronic stability control and seven airbags – including the category's first driver's-side knee airbag. Base model shortcomings include 15-inch covered steel wheels, roll-'em-up windows and not even the option of SYNC or SIRIUS.

Optional Equipment

A fully loaded 2011 Ford Fiesta includes a six-speed automatic transmission, leather seats, moonroof, keyless entry and start, voice-controlled SYNC smartphone integration, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, heated seats, satellite radio and a trip computer. Step back five or 10 years, read that list again, and try to imagine the price – and badge – on such a car.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Ford Fiesta's four-cylinder engine is relatively smooth and strong, but it's more notable for its fuel efficiency than its power. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual and Ford's first dual-clutch automatic transmission. Compared to a traditional automatic, the six-speed "PowerShift" unit delivers more direct engagement, faster shifts and greater fuel economy. We're not big fans of electric power steering systems, which generally deliver better fuel economy at the expense of driving feel, but the Fiesta's qualifies as one of the less compromised units. To attain Ford's much-hyped 40 mpg highway fuel economy rating, you have to pay for the Super Fuel Economy (SFE) Package, which makes the car a bit more aerodynamic, a tad lighter and probably compromises handling to some degree, thanks to special mileage-maxing tires.

1.6-liter four-cylinder
120 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
112 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/38 (manual), 30/38 (auto), 30/40 (auto w/SFE package),

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2011 Ford Fiesta Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.6
Out of 10

Based on 204 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    7.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    7.8/10
  • Comfort
    7.8/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Awful buying experience.

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,700

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
2/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great gas mileage small body style"

Cons: "Won't start, that's all I want in a car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I really liked this car when I test drove it and looked at it, however three days after I bought it I got in it and it wouldn't start. There is a ticking noise and the lights and Gage's flicker, I've never seen anything like it."

Great little car-were it not for so many problems!

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Warranty

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great looking- efficient, maneuverable & quick!"

Cons: "XMSN-Capless Fuel-Warranty/Support- Awful!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I bought this car after original owner had it for about a year. I instantly disliked the Dual Clutch Tranny. Grinding, hesitation, rattling & sometimes refusing to even start. Cap-less Fuel filler was an absolute joke that made a fill-up a 15-20 minute hassle. Had it in the Shop numerous times for many Transmission issues. Car would literally stall & stumble in traffic. Even though the car was nearly new & had low miles, the (Overseas) Dealer was reluctant to acknowledge & repair many of the issues under Warranty. Once the car was out of warranty by the calendar then they agreed there were problems, and made me pay dearly to get it back on the road. The last major Tranny failure was awful! Locked Shift Control caused a major blockage in our apartment parking garage. It cost me nearly $250 to tow it to nearest Ford repair shop that would repair transmissions. Mechanics caused more damage trying to repair the initial problem. Repair parts were thousands of miles away. Despite a well-documented history of Transmission problems, I paid 100% of Parts & Labor. Strangely, Ford classified the broken Shift Module an Emission problem and claimed that it was not a warranted repair. I've owned and driven Fords in the US, Europe & Asia, but this last experience has taught me to never give Blue Oval another dime!"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Not a good quality car.

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "nice looking"

Cons: "Transmission jumpy.."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Transmission is jumpy. Sync /radio awful...good mileage though and sporty looking. Not a smooth ride."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Love this car!

By on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "easy to drive, good mileage"

Cons: "limited compartments"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have this car in manual and it is my first manual car. It was pretty easy to learn to drive compared to other manuals I have practiced in. It also has a light function to let you know when to shift which is helpful when you are learning how to drive. It's very compact and I love having extra space when parked in a spot. Even though it is small, there is still enough space to have people in the back seat sit comfortably. Another plus is that the trunk is HUGE for a car this size. I feel very safe while driving and would recommend you to try out this car."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Pretty nice car!

By on Monday, July 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Nice interior, Amazing gas mileage, Very nice look"

Cons: "Battery and electical system."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"The ford fiesta is a cute little car that does its job, or at least it should. I have had a 2014 fiesta SE sedan for a few days now and the car needs to be jump started everytime i go to drive it. I took it to the dealer and hopefully they will fix it the first time around but i have my doubts. Im sure it will be what most dealers do and it will take 20 trips back and forth just to get it fixed. Im 17 and i need this car for school and work but whats the point if i cant even drive a one year old car without it having problems."

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Lots of Transmissions issues

By on Saturday, June 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,101

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "cheap priced car"

Cons: "plagued with issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The 2011-2013 Fiesta's are plagued with transmission issues that the dealer can not fix. I have had my Fiesta in the shop 4 times for the same issue with no fix available. It only has 20,000 miles on it and the clutch is having issues. It is an automatic but has a clutch in it. I am pursuing the Lemon Law with regard to this car and will never buy another Ford again (this was my first one)."

23 people out of 43 found this review helpful

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