2013 Ford Fiesta
There are 7 user reviews for the SE Sedan trim shown below
- Price, Fuel Economy
- Transmission noise is unbearable
Purchased As New
First of all, I dont hate this car.
It has solid construction, decent design, and delivers on its EPA mileage rating (getting 39.7mpg currently combined, and highway mpg I have achieved over 43 mpg). It is one of, if not the best gas only, non diesel vehicles you can currently buy on the American market as far as highway mileage. The base model comes with steering wheel controls for phone/radio, which many other manufacturers base models do not, as well as the blue tooth MYSYNC which is one of the better systems on the market.
That said, there are downsides to this vehicle. The first and foremost is that its transmission design is flawed in a manner that tremendously loud grinding noises are a "symptom" of the car. You can "cover" the noises by putting the radio over 10, but to me, this is unacceptable in a car, especially one that doesnt get that much better gas mileage than comparitable models that dont make these irritating noises.
The second is that the base model at least, comes with seats that are hard as rocks, and about an inch and a half thick. They remind me of sitting on a life preserver. Most other manufacturers supply soft bucket seats on base models.
Third, there is pretty much zero leg room in the rear seats, espcially when a taller person is in the front seats. This car has the least rear leg room of any vehicle I test drove in its class.
Forth, the sight lines in the vehicle are so bad, that they had to include split side mirrors so that the blind spot can be properly viewed. Additionally, the seats sit extremely high in relation to the car height, so smaller peoples views are interfered with by the passenger seat.
Fifth, Ford has inexplicably decided to remove the XM receiver from the base package. You must upgrade to the SE appearance package ($995) which is mislabeled because the XM receiver has nothing to do with the other appearance related items its grouped with.
Sixth, Ford has one of the worst powertrain warranties remaining in the business, and I am not even sure you can even extend the warranty as long as other manufactures by throwing gobs of money at them.
Seventh, the engine is absolutely underpowered, and its most evident getting on short interstate ramps, and when trying to reaccelerate after having to slow or stop on the interstate. It will become neccessary to "push" the engine beyond 4000 rpms. I have driven cars with similiar engine power, including a Toyota Corolla, Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent, and none of them are as pedestrian as the Fiesta, even though the Versa has significantly less horsepower, and the Fiesta is 800 lbs lighter.
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