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Review of the 2012 Ford Fiesta
IntroductionThe 2012 Ford Fiesta is small car available in four- and five-door body styles. Ford is a new small car benchmark for safety, connectivity and powertrain technology. A new choice of 15 class-exclusive technologies and projected highway fuel economy of 40 mpg of the Fiesta woos the customers.
Exterior Design and Special FeaturesFiesta has been a leading and hugely popular model of Ford of Europe. In the US, the Fiesta features class-exclusive automatic climate control, standard aux input and Ford SYNC that integrates a driver's mobile phone with Fiesta's onboard, voice- activated communications and entertainment system. Keyless entry and push button start is a unique feature unique in the segment. Cloth or leather seating surfaces with first-row bucket seats with a 60/40 split second-row seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, adjustable cup holders and Ford's EasyFuel Capless Fuel-Filler System, a North American industry- exclusive, are some of the key standard equipment.
EngineAn advanced 1.6-liter DOHC I-4 engine delivers an estimated 119 horsepower and 109 ft.-lbs. of torque under the hood. With a spirited performance, the Fiesta expected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy at 40 mpg, Ford claims. The Fiesta features a standard five-speed manual transaxle with gear ratios selected to offer spirited off-the-line performance and exceptional fuel economy for drivers who desire three pedals and a stick shift to maximize driving experience. The Fiesta features Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) which reduces complexity while saving weight and fuel.
SafetyMore than 50 percent of Fiesta's welded body structure is made from high-strength steel, with ultra-strong boron steel used in several critical areas. An array of safety features including dual-stage first-row air bags, a class-exclusive driver's knee air bag, side air bags and side curtain air bags, AdvanceTrac with ESC (Electronic Stability Control) along with seat belt pretensioners, rear door child safety locks and a Safety Canopy system provide first-class safety to the driver and passengers.