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2011 Ford Fiesta Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Overall great car ruined by one huge flaw by GBKeroberos

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Reviewed: 2011 Ford Fiesta

4dr Sedan 120-horsepower 1.6L I4 6-speed automatic FWD

Why the 2011 Ford Fiesta?

Handling

For a car in its class, the handling is surprisingly quick and tight. The steering is direct and has very little dead zone. There's definitely body roll, but the chassis and capabilities overall are great for a $15,000 econobox.

Acceleration is about what you would expect. It has almost torque, so you'll need to gun it to get up to highway speed. If you're heavy on the throttle, it's fine, but it certainly feels underpowered.

Powertrain performance

The PowerShift transmission is as bad as you've heard. There are definitely ways to learn how to diminish its flaws. Generally, the higher RPMs you go, the less jerkiness/heaving you experience, and the smoother the shifts are. Coming to a near-stop and then going again (e.g. a California roll) causes rough shifting and bucking. At low RPMs in general, the shifting is not smooth.

Warranty, maintenance cost

For what it's worth, I've had terrible experiences with Ford in the past, and the PowerShift transmission in this car is awful. I wouldn't have bought it if I could go back in time. However, poor transmission aside, I have had no repairs whatsoever in the ~84,000 miles and ~7 years I've owned the car. The reliability so far has not been an issue.

Other Features of the 2011 Ford Fiesta

Price or payments

This car has depreciated poorly. If you're OK with a manual transmission, this is a pretty good used car choice. It doesn't look bad, it's comfortable, the handling is great, and the power is what you'd expect for a car in its class.

At ~$7000 for a low mileage manual transmission example, I'd recommend this car.
I wouldn't recommend the automatic version at any price.

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