Delivering big value in a small package, the all-new Ford Fiesta has been named the Best Subcompact Car for the Money 2011 by the editors of U.S. News & World Report. It’s a notable recognition of how the Fiesta not only offers a strong value at the time of purchase, but also keeps that value for the life of the car. According to
Ford Kansas City, the honor is based on an evaluation of the vehicle’s reliability and safety data, as well as U.S. News analysis of 25 published reviews and test drives of the Fiesta from the country’s leading auto resources.
In fact, the publication points out that “Reviewers are nearly unanimous in saying that the 2011 Ford Fiesta sets new benchmarks for the affordable small car class,” while also complimenting it for:
- Being fun to drive
- Having high build quality
- Showcasing a comfortable, upscale cabin for the price
- Posting hybrid-like fuel economy
Those high EPA numbers—up to 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway—are a key chapter in the Fiesta story and come courtesy of Ford’s innovative new powertrain technologies. According to Ford Dealers In New Mexico, the engine of the Fiesta is an advanced, lightweight I4 that leverages the automaker’s Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing and other breakthroughs to provide an optimum mix of responsive performance and fuel economy. Then, to maximize efficiency, it can be mated to Ford’s new PowerShift six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which offers the control of a manual gearbox and the convenience of an automatic.
Used Car In Winnipeg said that PowerShift is just one reason U.S. News says that “The Fiesta has features rarely seen among small/subcompact cars, from available heated seats to Ford’s SYNC system to an airbag for the driver’s knees,” and that means the Fiesta also is likely to garner sales numbers rarely seen among these cars as well.