A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Fiesta

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This subcompact vehicle is available as a 4-door sedan as well as a 5-door hatchback. The prices for the vehicle are very low, even for the models that are decked out with all of the optional features. Those who have been looking for a high quality subcompact from an American company may have found what they’ve been wanting.

Key Features

The vehicle features electronic stability control, seven airbags, a four-speaker audio system, air conditioning, and an adjustable steering wheel.

Changes for 2012

In 2012, they added two different interior options for the SEL and SES trims. In addition, they added side blind spot mirrors to all of their models.

What We Like

Naturally, we love the fuel efficiency of the vehicle, and you will too when you check out the numbers below. However, even though it is a subcompact, the vehicle has a surprising amount of space. While it’s not the largest of the subcompacts, you should still feel as though you have some room to breathe. It’s a comfortable drive, as well, and it handles very easily.

What Concerns Us

As comfortable as the vehicle is, and as low as the price might be, there is no getting around the fact that the vehicle doesn’t have as much power as some other vehicles out there. It’s not weak; it just might not have enough power for all consumers. In addition, the base model features old crank-style windows, which most people do not want to deal with any longer.

Available Models

The 2012 Ford Fiesta features a 1.6-liter in-line 4 engine with 120 horsepower @ 6,350 RPM, 112lb of torque @ 5,000 RPM. The manual option gets 29 MPG in the city and 38 on the highway, while the automatic gets 29 in the city and has 39 on the highways.

Major Recalls

The 2012 Ford Fiesta has had two major recalls. The first recall was for doors that would suddenly unlatch and open. The latches and locks would make seem as though they were closed, but they were not. The second recall was for the passenger side airbags, which would not always deploy in the event of a collision.

Common Issues

In addition to the recalls above, there have been quite a few consumer complains regarding issues with the vehicle’s transmission. Some have had trouble shifting, while others found that the transmission would shudder. There were also some issues with the clutch, the brakes, and the interior accessories.

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