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Used 2013 Ford Fiesta Review


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Ford fiesta with unsafe transmission problems

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Vehicle: 2013 Ford Fiesta SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

These cars seem to have transmission problems that haunt the car and the dealers do not have a solution. Our fiesta has had this problem for 2 years. I will also shut off on the road leaving you unsafely trapped in traffic. The dealer still can't fix it. All the recalls have been done. Its on it's third engine computer (PCM), and its been in the dealers garage for months on end! Even now its been there for 2 weeks since it just is too unsafe to drive on the freeway. We have had problems from everything from doors closing, to the entertainment system mic breaking. I have a 91 Toyota pickup that has been more reliable than this car.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Nightmare fleet

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Vehicle: 2013 Ford Fiesta S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

I repair and maintain the fleet of a large utility company, this is one of the fleet cars, the worst, most unreliable cars in the fleet. Transmission problems galore! all of the transmissions slip, stall, shudder and clunk, 30% have rebuilt transmissions (one within 15K miles most around 50K) the rest have been flashed (works for 6k miles), a few had damaged harnesses, which the dealer refused to repair under warranty (2 yr old 30K miles) Almost all have been towed at one point due to not going into gear, now some of them crank themselves and don't start. But that's not all! All the interior door handles break, the trim around the door and on the roof gutter fall off, the seats are down to rags and springs already, brakes wear super fast, CV shafts snap and support bearings make noise, ball joints go fast, body cracks where door hinge connects due to paper thin steel. To add insult to injury when they are running, they are slow, noisy, uncomfortable and feel cheap going down the road. The absolute worse car you can buy today (or ever) I understand what DCT is, how it works and how it should feel, we have others in the fleet with them (not ford) and these are not right. You could literally buy any other car and have better luck.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Driver's nightmare

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Vehicle: 2013 Ford Fiesta S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

It has well-documented problems with transmission (clutch). I wish I'd read this before buying it. It jerks when starts moving and feels absolutely unsafe when driving it. A good exterior design is what makes people to be attracted by this car. It's heavily overprices and it's losing its value very fast (60% over 2 years).

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Don't buy this car.

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Vehicle: 2013 Ford Fiesta SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

Acceleration - dismal at best, I wouldn't want to be in front of a semi-truck when the light turns green. Bluetooth - in theory it's fine. But to turn it on, you have to use the voice activation and say "Bluetooth audio" whenever you start the car. It gets old after 50,000 miles. Braking - Substandard. I feel like I'm driving a Mustang. Good luck braking on anything but dry pavement Cargo / Storage - Good enough to put someone in the trunk. The back seat could use space. Climate control - The spray seems a bit uneven in places Comfort - Only one arm rest and no center console. Awesome Dealership Support - Yeah, that's funny. Every time I take it in for transmission grinding "Oh, we'll recalibrate it. Wait three days". Electronics - Somehow they have a crappy Microsoft radio that only supports USB connections via an Apple device. Explain that one. Entertainnment - what entertainment? Performance - see above. Fuel Economy - It gets a great 40mpg when you're cruising on flat land at 55mph. Headlights - dismal, can't see anything. The brights are like my Camaro's regular beams. Navigation - None Noise and Vibration - the tranny is constantly shuddering. Makes me feel really good about driving it, let me tell you. Purchase cost - I could have bought a bottom of the line Camaro for three thousand more. Reliability - little to none due to the Tranny issue. Resale value - abysmal. Okay. Anyway. Let me actually go into detail a little bit. This car is fine, until you hit the transmission issues. It shudders, it clicks, it whines, and it makes you feel like you aren't actually going to shift, instead it's going to stall out. It's an AUTOMATIC and it feels like it's going to stall. Awesome, right? I've had it into the dealership five times for the same issue, they keep recalibrating the transmission, and absolutely nothing happens. Someone explain that one to me. Trying to get rid of this car is like trying to get rid of herpies - it's impossible. Probably because everyone knows that it's a horrible car.

Ford motor corp

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Vehicle: 2013 Ford Fiesta S 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

Recalls this car is very unsafe for your family. Ford motor corp just want you to for get about the recalls. Rockwall Ford motor took care what corp would let them do. I ready don't think this car is safe two doors has came open while on the road my daugther could have been kill thanks to Rockwall ford that care for people to help me. The only think I wanted from Corp was to buy the car back and gave me a save one. That didn't work.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

Great car so far.

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Vehicle: 2013 Ford Fiesta SE 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl 5M)

The thing about the transmission; this is not your typical automatic transmission. If you let off the gas at low speeds in between gears, it will shift. Once you get past 2nd gear, it acts more like an automatic. Keep this in mind when you buy this car. Treat it like a you would a manual with no clutch petal at low speeds because that is what this is. It took some getting used to but I am willing to deal with it for awesome fuel economy that it gets. Comfort is great up front. Gadgets are really nice to have. Steering is like second nature. Maybe Ford should explain that the transmission is brand new technology and there is a technique to making it shift more smoothly at lower speeds.

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2013 Ford Fiesta

  • The 2013 Ford Fiesta gives economy car shoppers reason to celebrate with its fun-to-drive personality, nicely trimmed cabin, tight build quality and unexpected features.

  • Pros

    Sporty driving dynamics; refined yet lively engine; strong fuel economy; welcoming cabin; available luxury features.

  • Cons

    Limited cargo and rear-seat space; non-intuitive audio controls; automatic transmission's quirky behavior.

  • What's New for 2013

    For 2013, the Ford Fiesta gets a rearranged trim and options structure, bringing it into line with the buying tendencies of past customers. As an example, the sedan and hatchback now get the same trim levels and equipment.

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What's New for 2013

For 2013, the Ford Fiesta gets a rearranged trim and options structure, bringing it into line with the buying tendencies of past customers. As an example, the sedan and hatchback now get the same trim levels and equipment.


A 6-foot-3 man climbs out of a bright yellow 2013 Ford Fiesta. This isn't the beginning of a joke, but instead a sight we witnessed at Hertz Rent-a-Car. You see, the subcompact Fiesta is a real car, with real front seats that adjust enough for our lofty friend and a telescoping steering wheel that reaches far out to greet him. Just because the Fiesta is small doesn't mean its driver must be similarly small.

At the same time, the Fiesta still proves perfectly friendly for tall guy's much shorter wife, who appreciates that this small car feels more refined than its dimensions and price would suggest. The ride is composed, the cabin is surprisingly quiet and there is a general sense of solidity lacking from subcompacts of both the past and present. The Fiesta's appeal is further enhanced by an impressive amount of available equipment, including Sync, as Ford's Sync system, keyless ignition/entry, heated seats and even two-tone leather upholstery further enhance the Fiesta's appeal.

Our happy couple appreciates the Fiesta's fuel-efficient engine, which proves they didn't need to buy that hybrid in order to save fuel. Though it lacks electric motors, battery packs and a trendy badge, the Fiesta still manages a very thrifty 33 mpg in combined driving. That's among the best in the subcompact class.

Of course, that class does consist of other appealing sedans and hatchbacks our couple could've considered. The Kia Rio boasts a cabin that actually betters the Fiesta in terms of quality, functionality and value. The Rio isn't as spirited to drive, however, and if that's important, the turbocharged Chevy Sonic is a prime pick. Meanwhile, none of the above can compare to the versatile Honda Fit when it comes to dropping the backseats for hauling stuff.

With such worthwhile competitors, the 2013 Ford Fiesta is certainly not a slam-dunk choice. But whether you're tall, short or somewhere in between, it goes to show that subcompact is not synonymous with subpar.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2013 Ford Fiesta is a subcompact car available in four-door sedan and hatchback body styles. Both are available in S, SE and Titanium trim levels.

The base S comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, power locks and mirrors, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a four-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack. The Convenience package adds keyless entry and a CD player.

The Fiesta SE includes the Convenience package items, plus power windows, heated mirrors, a rear wiper (hatchback), cruise control, upgraded cloth upholstery, a trip computer, a six-speaker sound system and the Sync Elements package, which includes an iPod/USB audio interface, Bluetooth phone connectivity, voice controls, some app-based services and certain safety communications functions. The Moon & Mood package adds a sunroof (also available separately), ambient lighting, a leather shift knob and satellite radio.

The SE Appearance package adds 15-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, a rear spoiler (sedan), a leather-wrapped wheel, ambient lighting and satellite radio. The SE is eligible for the SFE package, which has special tires, wheels and aerodynamic pieces to achieve slightly better fuel economy. Heated front seats are a stand-alone option.

The Fiesta Titanium is essentially an SE with the SE Appearance package, but gets 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A sunroof is a stand-alone option. The Black Sport Appearance package adds a dose of black trim to the exterior, while there are two Interior Style packages -- Race Red and Arctic White -- that provide special interior color combinations and trim.

Powertrains and Performance

Every 2013 Ford Fiesta is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but a six-speed automated manual known as "PowerShift" is optional. This type of "automatic" transmission still shifts for you, but it does a better job of maximizing engine power and efficiency than a traditional automatic.

In Edmunds performance testing, a manual-equipped Fiesta went from zero to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds, which is an average time for the class. The PowerShift-equipped model did the same sprint in 10.6 seconds, which is average for the segment.

EPA-estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined with both transmissions. When you opt for the Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package, the highway number gets bumped up to 40 mpg, but the other estimates remain the same. It's hard to justify the package's extra cost for such a minuscule return.


Every 2013 Ford Fiesta comes standard with antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum), traction and stability control, an integrated blind-spot mirror, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. The Sync Elements package adds a 911 Assist function, which uses your paired cell phone to connect automatically to a 911 operator.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Fiesta SE with 15-inch wheels came to a stop from 60 mph in 136 feet, which is one of the longest distances in the segment. On the other hand, a Fiesta SES with 16-inch wheels stopped in 119 feet, which is one of the best distances in the segment.

In government crash testing, the Fiesta received four out of five stars for combined overall protection, with four stars for frontal protection and five stars for side crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Fiesta the highest possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side and roof-strength tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

With its soft-touch dash top, metallic accents, edgy styling and tight build quality, the Fiesta's cabin has a premium vibe that's unexpected in an economy car. The Titanium trim and its available Interior Styling packages go even further in making this subcompact look and feel special.

The available Sync system furthers the Fiesta's appeal as it provides voice control over the audio and Bluetooth phone systems as well as features such as voice-prompted turn-by-turn navigation (it works respectably well) and a direct connection to a 911 operator. Only the Kia Rio offers a similar degree of voice control. However, sometimes you don't want to use voice controls -- say, when surfing through an iPod playlist -- and in those moments the Fiesta's physical buttons and controls aren't as intuitive as those in the Rio and others. Even the base Fiesta's audio system prioritizes form over function in its design. Thankfully, the three-knob climate control system couldn't be easier to use.

At 12.8 cubic feet, the sedan's trunk capacity is competitive within its class. The Fiesta hatchback offers a bit less than that with its rear seat up. Unfortunately, the seats don't fold completely flat, and the Fiesta's 26 cubes of maximum cargo capacity fall considerably short of the Fit and Rio.

Driving Impressions

We can say without hesitation that the 2013 Ford Fiesta is one of the most rewarding cars to drive in its class. Though its acceleration is just average, in the real world of stop-and-go traffic and freeway merging, the Fiesta's engine is a pleasure. The eager-to-rev 1.6 delivers ample punch down low and remains butter-smooth even when taken to redline.

The manual transmission is precise and easy to shift, boasting a linear clutch and light throws. The available six-speed automated dual-clutch transmission is another unusual perk in this class, although its behavior at low speeds can seem quirky, occasionally rolling slightly back on hills or being reluctant to creep forward when parking. It's definitely different, but Ford has been refining its behavior since the car's introduction and you're likely to get used to it.

There's nothing odd with the way the Fiesta drives down the road, however. Thanks to responsive steering and sophisticated suspension tuning, the Fiesta feels at once substantial and lithe. The car handles with rewarding precision, yet the ride quality remains supple, and bumps and ruts are swallowed without drama.


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