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2013 Ford Fiesta

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2013 Ford Fiesta Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3

The Ford Fiesta may be the only American sub-compact that can truly stand up to the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris. Slick Eurostyle looks, impressive 29/39-mpg fuel economy and true fun-to-drive chassis tuning do the trick. But, in addition, the Fiesta loads on features unexpected in this class, including wild interior and exterior colors, a version of Ford's SYNC audio and communications system, electronic stability control, remote engine start and a dual-clutch automatic transmission. For 2013, the Ford Fiesta is available as a 4-door sedan and a 5-door hatchback, in S, SE and Titanium trim packages. Prices range from $13,995 for a base S Sedan to over $23,000 for a loaded Titanium Hatch. It's lots of car for the money.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a fuel-efficient small car, but you don't want to sacrifice the interior quality or modern features usually found only on larger, more expensive models, the 2013 Ford Fiesta sub-compact is an easy choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're all about room and high resale value, the Honda Fit trumps the Fiesta in both categories. And newer models such as the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio offer many of the same qualities at a lower price.

What's New for 2013

More than the vehicle itself, the Ford Fiesta's order sheet has been revised for 2013 creating a new, more rational alignment of equipment and feature packages. There are now three distinct trim levels – S, SE and Titanium – each of which is available on both Sedan and Hatch body styles.

Driving the Fiesta

Driving Impressions When the Fiesta was first introduced to the U.S., we expected Ford to water down the European version's excellent chassis. But, to our delight, the great road manners remained intact....

On the highway, the Fiesta delivers a ride that is both comfortable and controlled. Push the car through a curving on-ramp or twisting back road and you'll enjoy its balance, response and communication. We're not big fans of electric power steering, which generally compromises driving feel, but the Fiesta's system is quite good. On the downside, the Fiesta's 120-hp 4-cylinder engine can feel a little weak. With the 5-speed manual transmission, you can keep the revs up and wring out fair acceleration, but the automatic – though a sophisticated dual-clutch design – lacks a manual-control option so you're at the mercy of the transmission computer for your fun and forward progress.

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

INTEGRATED BLIND-SPOT MIRRORS
Standard on the side mirrors of every 2013 Ford Fiesta are small, convex secondary mirrors that find cars hiding in those nebulous areas between peripheral vision and mirror coverage.

2013 Ford Fiesta Details
Interior

To find a reason to pick the Fiesta over its Asian competitors, look inside. Ford has done a masterful job with the Fiesta's interior styling and execution, offering a number of distinctive interior choices, such as white/black leather seating, contrasting piping and plum leather seating surfaces. Soft-touch materials are where you want them (armrest, console lid, steering wheel) and high-end options include heated front seats, push-button start and multi-color selectable ambient lighting. Navigation is not available, something most of its competitors offer, but between affordable accessory units and smart phones with GPS functions, this omission does not feel serious.

Exterior

The 2013 Ford Fiesta subcompact comes in 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback versions. Both are functional and blessed with strong character lines, befitting the savvy young buyers Ford is after. The Hatch has been equipped and positioned as the primary model, which makes sense in this class. Thankfully, cheap-looking unpainted parts and ugly wheel covers are nowhere in sight; even the least-expensive Fiesta looks upscale. You can add sporty 17-inch aluminum wheels, keyless-entry keypads and a host of bright paint colors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A 2013 Ford Fiesta S sedan includes air conditioning, 4-speaker AM/FM sound system with auxiliary audio input jack, tilt/telescope steering wheel, a 5-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 limitations include 15-inch covered steel wheels, roll-'em-up manual crank windows and not even the option of SYNC or SIRIUS Satellite radio.

Optional Equipment

A fully-loaded 2013 Ford Fiesta Titanium includes a 6-speed automatic transmission, leather seats, moonroof, keyless entry and start, voice-controlled SYNC smart phone 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 2013 Ford Fiesta's 4-cylinder engine is capable enough, but it's more notable for its fuel efficiency than its power. Transmission choices are a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic, Ford's first dual-clutch transmission. Compared to a traditional automatic, the "PowerShift" unit delivers more direct engagement, faster shifts and greater fuel economy. To attain the much-hyped 40-mpg highway fuel-economy rating, you have to order the Super Fuel Economy (SFE) Package, which makes the car a bit more aerodynamic, a tad lighter and slightly less glued to the road thanks to harder mileage-maxing tires.

1.6-liter inline-4
120 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
112 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/39 mpg, 29/40 mpg (automatic w/SFE package)

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2013 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)."

6 people out of 10 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 7 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."

3 people out of 6 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 12 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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