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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 203 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

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."

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."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Basic car, performs adequatley

By on Thursday, July 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Drives well"

Cons: "arm rests useless"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"After owning this car for two plus years I am not dissatisfied. I would have preferred a better options package and probably should have shopped harder. It is a basic car, performs well, gas mileage just ok. I had a few minor problems with the vehicle; but they have been addressed efficiently and satisfactorily."

3 people out of 4 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 7 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

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."

12 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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