Ford Fiesta Reviews from North America - Page 2 of 4

2011 Ford Fiesta SES 1.6

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired7 miles
Most recent distance19750 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

It has it all: great MPG, beautiful design, and FUN to drive!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I'm at 20k miles on my Fiesta, and still love it more and more every day!

I have an SES (hatchback) with the 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission; I did not opt for the Intelligent Access, leather trim, or heated seats. I bought the Fiesta for its low MPG, low price for the features available, and styling.

Some people have had trouble with the PowerShift, since it's a new technology for Ford, but mine has worked flawlessly. It isn't a "slushbox" automatic, you do feel/notice the shifting, but it functions very smoothly. The car learns your driving style the first 3k miles, and the transmission and MPG improve noticeably after that.

I'm a member of a Fiesta enthusiast web forum: www.fiestafaction.com/forums and have found the community to be help before and since I bought my Fiesta. I recommend it as a resource to any prospective buyers!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2012

2011 Ford Fiesta SES Hatchback 1.6L gas

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.6L gas Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired23 miles
Most recent distance5250 miles
Previous carToyota Scion XB

Summary:

Very fun to drive

Faults:

The only issue I have had with my Fiesta is the Sync system freezing up. After I updated my software to get rid of the 'bug', I didn't have any other issues.

General Comments:

This is seriously a great car. It's very fun to drive. It does exactly what I want out of a car, and I really don't mind it being so small. I have fit four average sized adults in there with no problem. It's not something I would do everyday, but it wasn't terribly uncomfortable.

I have heard a lot of talk about how the Fiesta is not a good car, and it does not handle or switch gears well. I have not had any issues with the way the car drives. I can only assume that it is the people that are driving the vehicle, and not the vehicle itself that has problems.

My car is not loud, in fact I can barely hear it once the radio is on and I'm on the highway.

I have also never had any problems with visibility. I am just an average sized female, so I'm not struggling to get in and out of the car.

Obviously I wouldn't buy this car if I was 6 foot 5.

I am not a fan of the sedan, I like the hatch much better. It is also the bright magenta, and it looks great in all lights.

I got a great deal on my car, and it is not overpriced in any way.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2011

27th Feb 2011, 14:36

"I have not had any issues with the way the car drives. I can only assume that it is the people that are driving the vehicle, and not the vehicle itself that has problems."

I wouldn't assume it's the driver's fault. The Fiesta can have problems, just like any other car.

2011 Ford Fiesta SE 1.6

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance3200 kilometres
Previous carFord Fusion

Summary:

Sexy, smart and economical. Thumbs up!

Faults:

So far, nothing.

General Comments:

I have this car two weeks, and think this is an excellent small car choice. I have the sedan version. Gas is great, handling is even better and the 6 speed auto drives like a manual that comes from a sport sedan... the sound is nice, and makes the car feel solid and expensive.

All I can say is that the reviews are in; the AJAC association of Canada named the Ford Fiesta best new car (under 21,000)... beating the Fit, Yaris, Versa, etc. One test drive and you'll see why this baby's got the title and the honours.

WAY TO GO FORD, THEY ARE STEPPING UP THE GAME.

By the way, take a look at Ford sales/reviews in Europe, and you'll see why they brought this euro model here to North America.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2010

10th Dec 2010, 21:08

One of my best friends is wanting to trade his 2009 Corolla for a more reliable and sporty car in the spring of 2011. I have recommended a Fiesta, based on my great experience with our Ford cars, but I have no experience with the Fiesta. I hope you'll keep us updated. The Fiesta styling is great, and Ford now ranks ahead of Honda and way ahead of Toyota in build quality. I'm sure the Fiesta will be a great car.

6th Jan 2011, 21:51

I read in Consumer Reports that Toyota and Honda are back on top of the reliability competition, including the Fiesta. I'd rather have a Toyota Yaris than a Fiesta. It's a far more proven product in North America, and less expensive if you don't load it up. Also, the Fiesta sedan is really rather awkward looking.

22nd Jan 2011, 19:41

I would wait a few years to see how good the Fiesta holds up in the hands of owners in the U.S. or Canada. Also, the notion that Ford ranks way ahead of Honda and Toyota may depend on where you're getting your info. I read Consumer Reports magazine yesterday, and they gave almost every 2011 Toyota model a recommended rating, except for one or two. The Fiesta wasn't rated because they had no data for this new model. The Fit has been getting strong reviews from consumers for a few years.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 13 reviews