2013 Ford Fiesta

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Ford Fiesta. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    33 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    120-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handling
  • Low wind noise
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Cabin quality
  • Seat comfort

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2013 Ford Fiesta

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

2013 Ford Fiesta Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Fiesta, which debuted as a 2011 model, is Ford's global subcompact car, intended to compete with models like the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris. It's available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles and seats five people.

The Fiesta marks Ford's attempt to market the same basic car here that is sold in Europe at higher prices by standardizing the basics and making optional some upscale features, including heated leather seats and push-button start. Some of these features had never been seen in this price class before.

New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
Exterior
Of the two body styles, the sedan is more conservatively styled, with a Ford-signature three-bar chrome grille. The hatchback has a narrow front grille and a sportier design. Upscale elements include a rear spoiler and LED side marker lights on the front fenders with the Sport Appearance Package. Chrome belt line moldings are available. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels; alloy rims are available in 15- and 16-inch diameters
  • Ford Racing offers 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional power heated side mirrors

Interior
The Fiesta's interior is among the higher-quality offerings in the class in terms of materials and features. A height-adjustable driver's seat and tilt/telescoping steering wheel are exceptions among subcompacts. Seat choices include cloth and leather, with optional accent-color piping as wel...

Vehicle Overview

The Fiesta, which debuted as a 2011 model, is Ford's global subcompact car, intended to compete with models like the Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris. It's available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles and seats five people.

The Fiesta marks Ford's attempt to market the same basic car here that is sold in Europe at higher prices by standardizing the basics and making optional some upscale features, including heated leather seats and push-button start. Some of these features had never been seen in this price class before.

New for 2013
There are no significant changes for 2013.
Exterior
Of the two body styles, the sedan is more conservatively styled, with a Ford-signature three-bar chrome grille. The hatchback has a narrow front grille and a sportier design. Upscale elements include a rear spoiler and LED side marker lights on the front fenders with the Sport Appearance Package. Chrome belt line moldings are available. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels; alloy rims are available in 15- and 16-inch diameters
  • Ford Racing offers 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional power heated side mirrors

Interior
The Fiesta's interior is among the higher-quality offerings in the class in terms of materials and features. A height-adjustable driver's seat and tilt/telescoping steering wheel are exceptions among subcompacts. Seat choices include cloth and leather, with optional accent-color piping as well as available two-tone trim. Multicolored ambient lighting is another option currently seen on higher-priced Fords. Interior features include:

  • Standard AM/FM stereo with MP3 jack
  • Optional CD stereo
  • Optional Sync system
  • Optional cruise control
  • Optional auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Optional remote start
  • Optional push-button start

Under the Hood
The Fiesta's engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which teams with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Technically an automated manual, the automatic represents a technology that's begun to spread, bringing the lightweight and efficiency traditionally associated with manual transmissions to those who don't want a car with a clutch pedal. Mechanical features include:

  • Four-cylinder makes 120 horsepower
  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety
The Fiesta is equipped with seven airbags: dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags to cover the side windows along front and rear seats, and a driver's knee airbag, which protects the driver's legs and helps prevent them from sliding forward, making the other restraints less effective. Additional standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system

Latest 2013 Fiesta Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(3.1)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(3.6)
Reliability
(3.3)
Value For The Money
(3.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great car especially If it?s manual

by liesel from Virginia on July 13, 2018

I love the score the backseat was a bit small but very clean car. I particularly don?t like the seat covers on this car but still 10 out of 10 Read full review

(4.0)

You'll miss it when it's gone

by Bud Man and a Ford Fan from Frederick, Maryland on July 11, 2018

I purchased a 2013 Ford Fiesta S. out of desperation. My 1999 Dodge Dakota was declared unsafe during inspection. It couldn't have happened at a worse time. I was flat broke facing a 40-mile daily ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Ford Fiesta currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Ford Fiesta S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Fiesta received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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