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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
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 228 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    7.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Great car for the price

By on Thursday, July 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "m"

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

"I brought my fiesta 2 years ago with 10,000 miles on it and I haven't had any problems out of it. Mine is a 5 speed transmission and I get like 41 miles a gallon."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Rental Car

By on Friday, July 15, 2016

I don't own this car

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "smooth ride, easy turn"

Cons: "uncomfortable seats, dreaded dashboard humps"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"This was the car that I received during a rental. It is a nice car, I will admit, however there are some things that could be desired. Driving is great in it - turns are very easy and smooth. Braking is a breeze, as long as you don't press down onto the break too hard. As for what could be desired, the seats are uncomfortable for me. I am used to the seats in the Nissan Versa that when I sit in this car, it is very stiff and rigid, and I am one of those who enjoys sitting up straight. Another thing that annoys me is the annoying dashboard humps. Seriously, when you are short, it doesn't matter how much you pump up your seat, it can make it rather hard to see. Yes, it adds to the appearance but its effectiveness is a no go."

Nice Car

By on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great mpg, price, looks, ride, interior"

Cons: "shaky trans at low speed, feels like a manual"

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

"My 2012 Fiesta sedan has 95K miles and has been a great commuter vehicle. Great mpg (between 35-47), comfortable ride, good looks, inexpensive, and roomy driver seat and trunk. I've only had 1 repair (recall) besides new brakes and tires."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

2014 SE Hatchback Manual w/ Ecoboost - Excellent

By on Sunday, July 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great Price, Excellent Commuter, Fun to Drive"

Cons: "Not fast, Mid quality Interior"

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

"Owned this car for two years. Avg 39 mpg since purchase; includes stop and go Seattle rush hour traffic. Fun to drive and look at. This is an ideal car for the economical commuter, and for doing city trips where tight, nimble parking is required. It handles well in elements and we've taken it camping. Hatchback fits a surprising amount of stuff. Great to couple with a more utility vehicle if you're in a 2+ car household. Love the manual ecoboost; DO NOT recommend the automatic. I frequently travel for work (meaning I drive a lot of compacts), and the experience difference between the auto and the manual is jarring. I also appreciate that you can downgrade the sync system (i.e. not use MyFord Touch). I like the downgraded version a lot as it syncs well with my iPhone and isn't overpowering. Though it can be a little finicky. (I strongly dislike talking cars and computer screens in cars etc; they do not age well and I do not enjoy them) The comfort upgrade is nice, too. Warming seats, without an excessive price-tag or too many other unnecessary features (I'm a low feature guy)."

Good When New

By on Monday, June 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "steering, fuel economy, great subcompact"

Cons: "transmission"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car was my very car. I loved it when it had less miles. I took this car into several ford dealerships during the 36000 warranty for transmission problems. The car shutters really bad after you've driven it for a few miles in a day. It was pretty bad, the car felt like it was going to break down but luckily to this day it has not. There were several other issues that arose as the car aged. I had the radiator fan go out on me, one of the door latches went out, and lastly one of the speakers went out. The car handles beautifully though. This car has some of the best tuned steering I have ever driven. It stops fairly well, it handles, though it is a bit slow, it is pretty good considering it is a sub compact. In comparison to the rest of the subcompacts, I find the Fiesta to be the best. I would recommend this car to someone who wants something nice but is on a budget. I definitely recommend purchasing this car within warranty because of the little issues that have come up, the car has not depreciated very well either. Bought it in 2013 with 15k miles at about $15k and 3 years later the kbb value is less than half that (about $6k) I know that's somewhat expected though."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

completely hate this car!!!!!!

By on Saturday, June 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,498

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "nice looking car"

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

"I hate this car...Nothing but recalls since the day I bought it. The dealership was no help I had a warranty and was talked into another warranty that has been of zero help to me I have out of pocket spent over 500.00..... THE TMC Which is a recall has now been fixed twice in a year of me having this car. A waste of time if u have one get rid of it now...... More time in the shop then on the road....."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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