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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
7.7
Out of 10

Based on 199 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.2/10
    Performance
    7.9/10
  • Comfort
    7.8/10
    Styling
    8.3/10

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)."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great car for getting groceries.

By on Thursday, June 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Gas mileage, Sync, gets up and goes."

Cons: "transmission issues the first year"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"I do really like my Fiesta. I've had all kinds of transmission issues with it and ended up having my fuel pump replaced before I even replaced my windshield wipers, but after that it ran perfectly. It's great for getting groceries, a short work commute, or maybe a college student that doesn't do a whole lot of traveling. I put 50,000 miles on it in two years and it really wasn't made for that. I've traveled very far with it and its always held up well but you can tell when the car is getting tired (if that makes sense) It gets really great gas mileage and gets up and goes really well (which is perfect for merging on the interstate, or pulling out.) Sync is a very nice feature. My ipod screen is completely shattered and I talked through my sync to play songs and stuff. So it was really nice. I like this car alot."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

My first brand new car, bigger on the inside

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,495

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great gas mileage, fun to drive."

Cons: "autotrans sluggest when punching it,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I got this car with 5 miles on it. The inside is quite roomy. It handles curves excellently and turns on a penny. I love the squeeze green color. I can't lose my car in the parking lot. I've had no mechanical problems. The only complaints are: Though it has get up and go, the autotransmission can be a bit slow in calculating when you need to punch it. The other complaint is the seats do not fully recline they only go 3/4 back."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

This Is My First Car

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,065

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Price,Great first car, MPG (see tips)"

Cons: "Center Console, PLASTIC MANIFOLD, Small Backseat,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is my first car. I got the Base model Sedan and I love it completely. Pros. Interior/ Exterior Looks Great MPG is great Sport Mode is Awesome Electric Power Steering Trunk Space is big Steering feel is great Rear Window Defroster Cons. Biggest con I have is that the things Ford made soft material are the things you don't bother touching and the things you do touch are hard plastic. For example, the dash is soft touch but the door liner is plastic material so I think Ford is confused how this works exactly. The center console is annoying like crazy. Theres tons of cup holders but nowhere to put my wallet at. Im struggling where to put my stuff as there is no center console. The change dispenser is a joke. Cant put pennies anywhere. Yes, The back seat is small. Not a con for me but might be for you. Ford used a plastic manifold under the hood. Yes, you heard it right. It is PLASTIC. I do wish the Sedan version came with a rear window wiper. (My Opinion) Tips I got mine from the dealership and the tire pressure was all off. I filled it up to 32psi like it said and the MPG was bad. I increased the psi to 40psi and I noticed a huge increase in MPG. Doing this can be unsafe depending on your area. I live in CA, so I don't have snow and stuff like that. Not a big deal for where I live. But is recommended to use 32psi. From Ford. The passenger seat left side has a pocket to put stuff but not much. I guess Ford did that to make up for not putting in a center console and that is why my rating went down for interior design."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

only reason I gave it an 8 for comfort

By on Friday, June 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "it was a little high ended for the car meaning cos"

Cons: "if your 6 ft. not an easy car to get into to"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My husband has a hard time getting in and out of it. He is 6 foot. Also I feel every bump. This is a cool zippy little car. I went to SC, it took very little gas. I enjoyed the heated car seats and mirros during winter weather. It got around in the snow."

8 people out of 17 found this review helpful

2015 Molten Orange Fiesta ST

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great handling, get-up & go w/o sacrificing mpg"

Cons: "Not 1 con."

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

My Tangelo

"I thoroughly researched this car, wanting good gas milage but sporty, fun-2-drive handling & p/u. I special ordered it & received it 09/26/14. It does everything the MANY reviews said it would. I got the moonroof, gray Recaro seats, My Ford Touch, but no Nav. and no red brake calipers. I plan to do many performance upgrades w/o voiding the warranty. I love the 6-speed stick shift. I listen to my iPhone 5S music & books via the Bluetooth on the radio. I get 26.5 mpg around town when I don't use my lead foot! @ 73, this may be my last new car, bought to protect my 2004 SVT Mystichrome Cobra."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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