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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 220 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
    7.8/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Great driving auto with a learning curve.

By on Friday, January 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,800

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent driveing car! Very good tech"

Cons: "A stick to hold the hood up? Really?"

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

My Speeder, 2015 Ford Fiesta SE

"I bought this one last November. In the nearly year and a half that I have owned it I have had no problems with the car itself. This auto was my first encounter with the dual clutch transmission system. Frankly I had no idea how to use the thing. Put it in drive and go I guess. However after a few talks at the dealership, I learned how to use the standard option properly. I have read and heard of others having transmission issues, with this car. I guess I was lucky because mine is doing its job very well. And its been an all around great auto. I am very pleased with this purchase. I have the 4 door SE Sedan. For a single person I found this auto to be just about perfect for my needs. It does take some getting used to. But once you spend a couple weeks behind the wheel and learn its particular quirks and personality I found it to be awesome. I did upgrade the tires to Dunlop DRZ2. A "summer" tire. But works really well on this car. I was not even a little impressed with the Hankook tires that came from the factory. An expensive upgrade, but to me it was well spent money."

My Speeder, 2015 Ford Fiesta SE

Great car but don't get the automatic.

By on Saturday, January 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great engine/chassis, ergonomic, good value used"

Cons: "Poorly engineered automatic transmission"

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

"I drive it around 900 miles per week as a work car and it's been a great little commuter with the exception of it's horrendous transmission. It's not that it's unreliable, it's just not a pleasant driving experience with the slipping, shaking, and noise coming from the computer controlled, dual clutch, electronically shifted automatic. Sometimes it drives fine, but other times it's jerky, unresponsive, and makes a mess of gear changes. As much as the car is overshadowed by transmission problems, it's not without it's perks. It's great on the highway, corners good, great on gas, comfortable, practical, decent build quality, easy to drive, good visibility, and a great little engine to boot. They're about the cheapest new cars you can buy on the used market and if you can opt for the better looking, more practical hatch back with the manual transmission, you won't go wrong."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Don't feel safe anymore.

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,601

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
3/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great on gas."

Cons: "Transmission Problems"

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

"I bought this car for $18,000 in 2012 new. I loved it at first but I've had three recalls so far. I've noticed for a year now it shakes a lot when I excels and go fast on the highway, when I brought the car in for another recall they told me there was another one for the transmission (causing all the problems and shaking) that I never received any information on (sketchy) this has been happening on all ford fiestas and focuses. I do not feel safe driving the car anymore and it still shakes but they can't fix it."

9 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Bargain gone bad

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fuel efficiency, cargo capacity, halogen lights"

Cons: "Transmission, dealer services, no cruise control"

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

"My wife and I were looking for a fuel efficient subcompact-compact hatch. Then we found out Ford Fiesta SE. Although we loved the Chevy Cruze, we decided to buy this little guy due to better affordability. I guess you get what you pay for, because within the first month we were at the dealership four to five times. The first of our problems, covered under a nice warranty, was the sound system. The front two speakers were blown when we bought the car and dealer said they'd fix before we drove off the lot. We're not audiophiles so we didn't know until a week later when we went to jam to some country tunes and herd a lovely static. Check number two came when the power window stopped auto scrolling. Check three came when the car went into "limp mode" a week later due to transmission problems. The dealer reprogrammed it and we were off, until it happened again a week after reprogramming. Now the dealer wants to replace the clutch - and the kicker, said it would take 3-6 months for the part to come in. So now I am forced to drive in "limp mode" for three to six months. The worst part is, we paid for extra warranty, which the dealer states should give us a rental vehicle if anything goes wrong. lol They told me they couldn't afford to pay the rental company for that long and I would just have to wait. (I wonder what my lawyer thinks) Other than that hot fuzz, the car drives (drove) excellent, sporty, smooth handling, and little wind and road noise. The back seat is cramped, but that's to be expected in a small car. Fuel efficiency is a major stepping stone from the SUV we did own. We went from about 20mpg to a now more affordable 34-36mpg avg. The fuel tank is a bit small, but fill ups only cost about $25. It's a reasonable bargain if you don't get stuck with Ford's shoddy transmission!"

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

purchase used not a reliable car

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,486

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
1/10

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

"2013 ford fiesta is not a reliable car. It has a bad engine/ motor that make a sound every time i pull off,"

16 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Awful experience, Dont buy

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Nice looking"

Cons: "Recalls, small backseat"

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

"I purchased my 2012 Ford Fiesta in 2013, as the first owner. I have had nothing but problems with this vehicle. there have been MANY recalls, some of which are very important features. like breaks, door locks, and transmission. On top of all the recalls, it does not get the gas mileage Ford advertises. At best, I may get 35 MPG. and this is really stretching it. I will never purchase another Ford Fiesta, and with the way Ford handles their issues, I may never purchase a ford again. (Also, you cannot fit a rear facing car seat in the back seat.)"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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