I have had my 2011 Ford Fiesta SES automatic hatchback for about two years now. I will give a few reasons why I would buy it again.
My payment for a next-to-new car was reasonable & it's good on gas. My car now has about 83K miles. (When I purchased the car it had about 35K) I have had only one major repair (the back passenger door wouldn't stay closed.) It was $450 to fix that. I love the inside design-it looks nice & is functional. I recently rented a 2013 Nissan Maxima for a trip. I was surprised to find the Nissan had no USB charger & no bluetooth. The only things I don't like is the shifting at low speeds & the lack of power.
I love the Bluetooth, the USB port for charging my cell phone, the radio display shows more info. than other car radios. (Like song title, artist name things like that.)
The ambient lighting is nice.
I also love the five cup holders it has in the front seat area alone.
Sync is also one of my fav. features, it seems to work well most of the time for me. It's also very roomy for a small car. My brother is 6 ft. 2 inches tall & he fits in the car comfortably.
dislikes- it doesn't have a panic alarm on the key fob.
It doesn't have a center console to store things out of eyesight or arm rest.
The small compartments meant to hold stuff are not big enough to hold an I phone or sunglasses.
No dry cleaning hooks to hang clothes on.
They key is very expensive to duplicate.
I LOVE my car!
Bought used in 2013 and 2 months later took a trip from No. KY to TN and then on to LA and then back.
For the first leg of the trip, I filled before leaving home, went about 150 miles to pick up Dad, then on to TN another 250.
All up and down hills, and ONE tank of fuel!
I was speechless!
Yes, that transmission takes a little to get used to.
Thought something was wrong with it UNTIL I read the owner's manual.
You just have to LISTEN to the shifting to get it right.
If you accelerate moderately, you won't get that jerky feeling.
I could not be happier with it.
I drive over 100 miles a day and gas mileage is great.
Started with 23K miles and now over 65K on it.
Love the speedy transmission.
Once you get used to it, it really can do amazing things! Also, that Traction/Stability/Slide control.
When turned off, you will fishtail in gravel.
With it on, it drives like a dream.
I can't think of any, except enlarging the back seat so passengers are more comfy.
This car is my very first car and I am in love! I have the oxford white SEL trim. The only thing that I have an issue with is the Sync. Apparently, there is a factory defect in the software that causes the entire auxillary unit to go out. My radio still works good though. Other than that it has been a dream. Excellent gas mileage!! Almost 40mpg!!! Moonroof, all of my friends fit in just fine! Highly recommend!
Easy Controls in the cabin
Ambient Color Change Lighting
My Fiesta hatchback has 35K miles now.
I am very happy overall with the performance and style of this little car.
I drive mostly on the highway and get 42 mpg overall.
I have the automated manual transmission and concur with the frustration some people have voiced.
I spoke with a Ford mechanic about the design of this automated manual vs a traditional automatic transmission.
It is apparent to me that there is a learning curve when it comes to driving this transmission.
Dealers should be explaining to customers how this trans differs from a traditional automatic with a torque converter.
My favorite features include comfortable front seating, sound screen windows that reduce wind noise, blue tooth connectivity, electric assist steering and ergonomic lay-out of controls.
The automated manual transmission needs improvement so that it shifts more smoothly at low speeds and does not transmit vibrations through the steering column.
Need arm rests on front seat and center pull-down arm rest for rear passengers.
Rear hatch area has limited cargo room.
Leg room in rear is limited.
Rear seats should fold flat to handle more cargo in rear (like Honda Fit).
I have a 2011 Fiesta with 68K miles and I have experienced NO issues at all. The car drives fine and for the price(<$15K) you cant beat it.
Need I remind all of the Fiesta bashers.... this is not a high end $20K+ car. You get what you pay for and for less than $15K, this is a nice car.
The only thing I have done to the car so far with 68K miles is oil changes and one set of tires.
As far as the transmission is concerned, yes Ford has used a manual-automatic transmission and you simply need to get used to it. The jerky transmission that many have complained about is because you dont have a feel for the car. You cant come to a complete stop and then try to give it gas right away.
You need to either ease into the turn and gently accelerate, or come to a complete stop and again gently accelerate or you will get jerked around.
It is a matter of getting the feel of this over time.
I have an automatic transmission.
Gas mileage is incredible.... 36 in normal everyday driving in town and I just got 42 on a recent hwy trip.
The interior fit and finish is nice for a less than $15K car and is as good as a number of $20K+ cars.