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2011 Ford Fiesta Sedan SEL Review

Mission Possible

A three-quarter front view of a blue 2011 Ford Fiesta sedan

In short: A well-priced Euro-style subcompact.

Not only is the Fiesta cute and versatile, it also offers a lot for a subcompact: it's a competitively-priced, reliable option that provides sensible cost of ownership. Engineered with European driving dynamics for a fun and quiet ride, it was created for quality of life. Push the engine start button, fill up through the Easy Fuel capless fuel filler, zip effortlessly past delivery trucks and park easily at your destination. There is no doubt that the Ford Fiesta is better suited for urban areas, but you'll get 40 MPG on the highway, and the roomy cabin distribution is adequate for road trips. For safety, the subcompact has seven airbags, including a driver's side knee airbag, and also features integrated mechanical blind spot mirrors, the company's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system and safety belt pretensioners. In the sedan, there is good trunk room and you have the versatility of a hatchback if you so desire. You'll also find features more common to top-end models, such as ambient lighting and available heated leather-trimmed seats. We were quite pleased with our tester and believe this multi-mission-possible set of wheels will appeal to a large segment of the population. If you have not driven a Ford lately, you should give this urban warrior a chance.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty;
5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance

Base Price: $16,320 / As tested: $18,860

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 119 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 109 lb-ft @ 4,250 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight:
2,628 lbs
Wheelbase: 98 in
Length/Width/Height: 173.6/67.8/58 in
Turning circle: 34.4 ft

power-assisted front disc; rear drum; ABS
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front with stabilizer bar; twist beam rear with coil springs

Traction: AdvanceTrac electronic stability control

EPA City:
30 mpg
EPA Highway: 40 mpg

0-60: 9.9 seconds
Top Speed: 120

Safety: dual-stage front airbags; front seat side-impact airbags; side curtain airbags; driver's knee airbags; front passenger sensing system

Likes: much bigger car than it aspires to be

Dislikes: dunno


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