THE 2013 FORD FIESTA REVIEW
Summary Review by Tess: Practical Performance at a Discount Price
The 2013 Ford Fiesta sedan has undergone some significant revisions for the new model year. Most notably, the Fiesta now offers a wider range of standard features on its various trim levels and has incorporated new option packages to allow greater flexibility for buyers. The 2013 model delivers adequate performance and reliability, but its affordability is the key to its popularity with students and young couples. Overall, the 2013 Ford Fiesta delivers what its target audience wants at a very attractive price.
Under the hood
The 2013 Ford Fiesta derives its power from its 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine and delivers 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels, allowing it to achieve 0 to 60 times of just 9.5 seconds. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and an optional six-speed automated manual provides added convenience for drivers and produces outstanding fuel economy. When equipped with the automatic transmission, the Fiesta delivers fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon in the city and 38 miles per gallon on the highway. Safety features include antilock brakes, stability and traction controls, and a blind-spot mirror for added safety on the road.
Inside the cabin
The Ford Fiesta sedan is surprisingly roomy inside with adjustable front seats to accommodate a significant range of driver and passenger heights. Judicious material choices give this subcompact the look and feel of a much more expensive vehicle. However, the base trim level offers a fairly spartan experience for buyers with air conditioning, power mirrors and locks, and a minimalistic AM/FM stereo system. Options include keyless entry, full power accessories, cruise control, sunroof, leather upholstery, keyless ignition, and heated front seats.
(See color options for the 2013 Ford Fiesta).
On the road
While lacking the high-powered acceleration and speed of some of its more expensive competitors, the 2013 Ford Fiesta delivers reliable performance and plenty of pickup in a wide range of driving environments. Its light weight and diminutive size provide easy maneuverability and ensure that drivers will have no difficulty finding parking even in crowded urban settings.
The Ford Fiesta sedan is an exceptional entry in the subcompact segment of the automotive marketplace and provides solid performance and practicality at a price designed to please budget-minded buyers.
Engine: 1.6-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder
Horsepower & Torque: 120 hp/112 lb-ft
Transmission: FWD five-speed manual or six-speed automated manual
Fuel Economy: 29/38
0 to 60: 9.5 seconds
Base MSRP: $13,200
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