(3.5) 44 reviews
MSRP: $4,674$10,890
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 33
Engine: 120-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual w/OD
2012 Ford Fiesta

Our Take on the 2012 Ford Fiesta

Our Take

The Fiesta, which debuted as a 2011 model, is Ford's subcompact car, intended to compete with models like the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris. The 2012 Fiesta sedan and four-door hatchback are Americanized versions of Europe's second-best-selling car. It seats five people.The ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Smaller cabin than some competitors
  • Modest cargo space
  • Awkward gearing with manual transmission
  • Automatic isn't always smooth
  • Modest highway acceleration
  • Somewhat firm ride

Notable Features

  • Sedan and four-door hatch
  • Manual and automatic transmissions
  • Optional Sync system can run some smartphone apps
  • Seven airbags standard
  • Upscale options

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.


It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.