2012 Ford Fiesta Reviews

1 out of 5

My hopes were dashed

Jan 17, 2012

Pre-shopping some new cars for my son and daughter. Read some terrific reviews on this car, have some warm-fuzzies about the comeback of American-branded cars, so I had to check 'em out in the base and SE trims, hatch and sedan. Looking at safe basic transport that's fun to drive, easy on gas, will hold up for 5-10 years, can hold some of their stuff, and so they can listen to their iPods or talk hands-free on their phones. Unfortunately, we didn't get very far. This car, in no way, seats 5. I'm not even sure saying ************* 2 is accurate. And I'm 5'8" and my wife is 4'10". With my wife in the drivers side, and me in the front passenger berth, we both were cramped. Adjusting the seats was a chore. I couldn't open the small glove box fully with my seat in the halfway position. The radio was tinny and speakers vibrated at low-medium levels. I'm a patient expert tinkerer with electronics, and controls were impractical. Sitting in the back, once we jammed ourselves in, was horrendous. No headroom, even for someone my size. There was a rear map/reading light that was of lesser quality than a toy. No firmness when pushing on the ceiling. Upholstery was of low quality compared to competitors. The car started and ran. We took a very short test drive, admittedly not long enough to performance test, but long enough to decide that this is not a car I'd buy or borrow. I'd like to buy an American brand, but all I can think right now is, "who is this car good for"? I've decided that it might be a decent car for a young, petite driver with no friends. Because friends with any sense would choose to ride in someone else's car. A far better experience for the same money (or less) can be had with the Hyundai Accent and Nissan Versa. Sorry, Ford. I really tried.

2012 Ford Fiesta

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