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2010 Ford Fiesta Review

Updated on February 16, 2011

With increased demand for vehicles that offer added fuel efficiency, compact cars like the Ford Fiesta have been a big hit with the U.S. market. Similar to earlier versions of the compact Ford Festiva, the Fiesta is a two-door hatchback that is capable of up to 30 mpg on the highway. Perhaps the best thing about the European car produced by Ford is that it carries a sticker-price of less than $13,000 in most places. The Ford Fiesta was first introduced in Europe, but it has proven to be a big hit with many U.S. consumers.

Ford stopped making the Festiva in the late 1990s, when there was less demand for compact cars. The Fiesta is very similar to the earlier hatchback model from Ford, combining fuel economy with modern functionality like available on-board navigation system and improved sound system features.  A sedan version of the 2010 Ford Fiesta is also available from many U.S. Ford dealers, which the company decided to promote more than the hatchback version for U.S. consumers.

2010 Ford Fiesta
2010 Ford Fiesta

Considered to be a microcar, the Ford Fiesta has considerable high-rankings among car experts and professional reviewers. This is due to the fact that the car handles well and is incredibly driver-friendly-something that is often lacking in many smaller, compact cars. The Ford Fiesta was introduced as one of the Verve concept cars that graced international car shows in 2009. While the Ford Fiesta does not have the interior spaciousness of the comparable Honda Fit, it has been proven to handle better on winding roads and have a better suspension system. Compared to the BMW Mini Cooper, the Ford Fiesta is a box full of savings that is also more comfortable.

The 2010 Ford Fiesta is similar in design to the European Mazda 2. This is because the Fiesta shares the same platform as the Mazda 2, and it was a shared project between the two car manufacturers. Reportedly, Mazda took the lead in the development of the Ford Fiesta, which bears the popular U.S. car manufacturers name.

The microcar offers something similar to many other cars in its class, but it is not a powerhouse of performance. The car’s four-cylinder engine and four-speed transmission won’t win any drag races, but it will get most people to where they need to be comfortably. Other 2010 cars that can be compared to the Ford Fiesta include the Toyota Yaris, the Chevy Aveo, and the Nissan Verve.


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    swedal 6 years ago from Colorado

    Thanks so much awboan, that Fiesta will treat you right!

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    awboan 6 years ago from United States

    Nice hub! I recently purchased a 2011 Fiesta and love it (black SES hatchback). I also considered many of the competitors that you mention in your review, but ultimately thought that the Ford was the best offering. I definitely don't regret it!