2012 Ford Fiesta SES

2012 Ford Fiesta SES Competitors

$18k car, designed in U.S.A., built in Mexico 29 city / 37 hwy gas engine
120 hp 97 cu. in. 4-cylinder 5 stars stability control, ABS, child door locks

As well as being compared against other cars, the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES is also often compared to hybrid cars, luxury cars and sports cars. The 2012 Ford Fiesta SES's top rivals come from Honda (such as the CR-Z and the Fit ) and Ford (such as the Focus SE and the Focus SEL)

compared to car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Fiesta SES compared to other car competitors include: it is slightly more fuel efficient on the highway (37 mpg vs 33 mpg), has electronic stability control for increased safety, has standard keyless entry (standard vs optional), has standard cruise control (standard vs not available) and has optional leather (optional vs not available).

However, on average it has slightly less spacious back seats (32.9 ft3 vs 41.1 ft3), has rougher suspension (semi-independent vs independent), has worse brakes (drum vs disc), slightly slower 0-60 time (10.7 seconds vs 8.5 seconds) and slightly longer braking distance from 60mph (134 ft vs 123 ft).

2012 Ford Focus SE

2012 Ford Focus SE
$18,195

Significant advantages of the Focus SE (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Much shorter braking distance from 60mph: 110 ft vs 134 ft
  • Smoother suspension: Independent vs Semi-independent
  • Faster 0-60 mph time: 8.3 seconds vs 10.7 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the Focus SE (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Premium radio not available
  • Cruise control must be bought separately
  • Many fewer cupholders: 2 vs 6

common strengths of the Focus SE and Fiesta SES

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 36 mpg vs 37 mpg
  • Both very efficient in the city: 26 mpg vs 29 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $18,195 vs $18,295
arrow Compare the Focus SE vs the Fiesta SES

2011 Toyota Matrix

2011 Toyota Matrix
$19,605

Significant advantages of the Matrix (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Better brakes
  • Significantly roomier back seats: 43.3 ft3 vs 32.9 ft3
  • Speed sensitive volume

Significant disadvantages of the Matrix (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Power windows not available
  • Power locks not available
  • Keyless entry not available

common strengths of the Matrix and Fiesta SES

  • Both very efficient in the city: 26 mpg vs 29 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $19,605 vs $18,295
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
arrow Compare the 2011 Toyota Matrix vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T

2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T
$25,565

Significant advantages of the GTI 2.0T (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Better brakes
  • GTI 2.0T's Turbocharger increases power output: Turbocharger vs None
  • Smoother suspension: Independent vs Semi-independent

Significant disadvantages of the GTI 2.0T (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Child door locks must be bought separately
  • Leather not available
  • Premium radio not available

common strengths of the GTI 2.0T and Fiesta SES

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 33 mpg vs 37 mpg
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both have rear spoilers
arrow Compare the 2011 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

2011 Mazda 2 Touring

2011 Mazda 2 Touring
$16,430

Significant advantages of the 2 Touring (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Roof rails comes standard
  • Faster 0-60 mph time: 8.5 seconds vs 10.7 seconds
  • Shorter braking distance from 60mph: 123 ft vs 134 ft

Significant disadvantages of the 2 Touring (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Leather not available
  • Premium radio not available

common strengths of the 2 Touring and Fiesta SES

  • Both very efficient in the city: 29 mpg vs 29 mpg
  • Both very efficient on the highway: 35 mpg vs 37 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $16,430 vs $18,295
arrow Compare the 2011 Mazda 2 Touring vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

2011 Suzuki SX4 LE

2011 Suzuki SX4 LE
$15,960

Significant advantages of the SX4 LE (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Significantly roomier back seats: 41.1 ft3 vs 32.9 ft3
  • More airbags: 6 vs 5
  • Speed sensitive volume

Significant disadvantages of the SX4 LE (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • No electronic stability control
  • Cruise control not available
  • Keyless entry must be bought separately

common strengths of the SX4 LE and Fiesta SES

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 33 mpg vs 37 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $15,960 vs $18,295
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
arrow Compare the 2011 Suzuki SX4 LE vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

2011 Honda Fit

2011 Honda Fit
$15,870

Significant advantages of the Fit (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Roomier back seats: 39.9 ft3 vs 32.9 ft3
  • Many more cupholders: 10 vs 6
  • Speed sensitive volume

Significant disadvantages of the Fit (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Fewer airbags: 4 vs 5
  • Leather not available
  • Premium radio not available

common strengths of the Fit and Fiesta SES

  • Both very efficient in the city: 27 mpg vs 29 mpg
  • Both very efficient on the highway: 33 mpg vs 37 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $15,870 vs $18,295
arrow Compare the 2011 Honda Fit vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

compared to hybrid car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Fiesta SES compared to hybrid car competitors include: it has significantly more gears (5 vs continuously variable), safer in head-on collisions for the driver (5 stars vs 4 stars), safer in head-on collisions for the front passenger (4 stars vs 2 stars), safer in side collisions for the rear passenger (5 stars vs 4 stars) and has standard cruise control (standard vs not available).

However, on average it is slightly less fuel efficient in the city (29 mpg vs 40 mpg), lacks continously-variable transmission (traditional vs continuously variable), is not a hybrid car, has slightly less spacious back seats (32.9 ft3 vs 41.4 ft3) and has worse brakes (drum vs disc).

2011 Honda CR-Z

2011 Honda CR-Z
$20,115

Significant advantages of the CR-Z (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Hybrid
  • Better brakes
  • Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change: 5 stars vs 4 stars

Significant disadvantages of the CR-Z (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Less safe in head-on crashes for the front passenger: 2 stars vs 4 stars
  • Number of rows of seating: 1 vs 2
  • Fewer seats: 2 vs 5

common strengths of the CR-Z and Fiesta SES

  • Plenty of gears: 6 vs 5
  • Both vehicles have good cornering ability: 0.84 g vs 0.83 g
  • Inexpensive: $20,115 vs $18,295
arrow Compare the 2011 Honda CR-Z vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

2011 Honda Insight

2011 Honda Insight
$18,970

Significant advantages of the Insight (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Hybrid
  • Has continuously variable transmission: Continuously variable vs Traditional
  • Speed sensitive volume

Significant disadvantages of the Insight (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Cruise control not available
  • Many fewer gears: Continuously variable vs 5
  • Sluggish performance: 27.7 lb/hp vs 21.5 lb/hp

common strengths of the Insight and Fiesta SES

  • Inexpensive: $18,970 vs $18,295
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both have lots of cupholders: 8 vs 6
arrow Compare the 2011 Honda Insight vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

2011 Toyota Prius Four

2011 Toyota Prius Four
$28,080

Significant advantages of the Prius Four (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Hybrid
  • Has continuously variable transmission: Continuously variable vs Traditional
  • Better brakes

Significant disadvantages of the Prius Four (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Many fewer gears: Continuously variable vs 5

common strengths of the Prius Four and Fiesta SES

  • Both vehicles have good cornering ability: 0.82 g vs 0.83 g
  • Inexpensive: $28,080 vs $18,295
  • Good protection, only 5% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash: 5 stars vs 5 stars
arrow Compare the 2011 Toyota Prius Four vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
$27,520

Significant advantages of the Civic Hybrid (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Hybrid
  • Has continuously variable transmission: Continuously variable vs Traditional
  • Navigation system comes standard

Significant disadvantages of the Civic Hybrid (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Many fewer gears: Continuously variable vs 5
  • Folding rear seats not available
  • Premium radio not available

common strengths of the Civic Hybrid and Fiesta SES

  • Inexpensive: $27,520 vs $18,295
arrow Compare the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
$27,810

Significant advantages of the Camry Hybrid (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Hybrid
  • Has continuously variable transmission: Continuously variable vs Traditional
  • Better brakes

Significant disadvantages of the Camry Hybrid (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Less safe in head-on crashes for the front passenger: 2 stars vs 4 stars
  • Many fewer gears: Continuously variable vs 5
  • Less safe in side crashes for passengers in the rear: 4 stars vs 5 stars

common strengths of the Camry Hybrid and Fiesta SES

  • Inexpensive: $27,810 vs $18,295
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the {better}'s satellite radio; in the {worse}, too, but it'll cost
arrow Compare the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

compared to luxury car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Fiesta SES compared to luxury car competitors include: it is significantly more fuel efficient in the city (29 mpg vs 19 mpg), is significantly more fuel efficient on the highway (37 mpg vs 28 mpg), costs less ($18,295 vs $42,925), has slightly more seats (5 vs 4) and has standard child door locks (standard vs not available).

However, on average it is much more sluggish (21.5 lb/hp vs 11.2 lb/hp), is significantly less powerful (120 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM), has significantly less spacious back seats (32.9 ft3 vs 41.4 ft3), has a significantly shorter-lasting basic warranty (3 year vs 4 year) and has a significantly shorter basic warranty (36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile).

2011 BMW 335i

2011 BMW 335i
$42,925

Significant advantages of the 335i (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Better brakes
  • Much faster 0-60 mph time: 5.2 seconds vs 10.7 seconds
  • Much faster 1/4 mile time: 13.8 s s @ 102.0 mph mph vs 17.9 s s @ 80.0 mph mph

Significant disadvantages of the 335i (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Significantly worse city mileage: 19 mpg vs 29 mpg
  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 28 mpg vs 37 mpg
  • Power outlets not available

common strengths of the 335i and Fiesta SES

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 28 mpg vs 37 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $42,925 vs $18,295
  • People mover: 5 vs 5
arrow Compare the 2011 BMW 335i vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

2012 BMW 135i

2012 BMW 135i
$39,925

Significant advantages of the 135i (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Better brakes
  • Much shorter braking distance from 60mph: 105 ft vs 134 ft
  • Much faster 0-60 mph time: 5.2 seconds vs 10.7 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the 135i (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Significantly worse highway mileage: 28 mpg vs 37 mpg
  • Significantly worse city mileage: 20 mpg vs 29 mpg
  • Fewer seats: 4 vs 5

common strengths of the 135i and Fiesta SES

  • Both very efficient on the highway: 28 mpg vs 37 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $39,925 vs $18,295
  • Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
arrow Compare the 2012 BMW 135i vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

compared to sports car competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Fiesta SES compared to sports car competitors include: it is significantly more fuel efficient in the city (29 mpg vs 16 mpg), is significantly more fuel efficient on the highway (37 mpg vs 22 mpg), has optional leather (optional vs not available), has standard folding rear seats (standard vs not available) and has slightly more airbags (5 vs 4).

However, on average it much slower 0-60 time (10.7 seconds vs 6.7 seconds), slightly longer braking distance from 60mph (134 ft vs 117 ft), significantly slower 1/4 mile time (17.9 s s @ 80.0 mph mph vs 15.2 s s @ 92.0 mph mph), slightly worse cornering ability (0.83 g vs 0.86 g) and is significantly more sluggish (21.5 lb/hp vs 13.2 lb/hp).

2011 MINI Cooper

2011 MINI Cooper
$20,100

Significant advantages of the Cooper (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Significantly faster 0-60 mph time: 9.1 seconds vs 10.7 seconds
  • Better brakes
  • Significantly more gears: 6 vs 5

Significant disadvantages of the Cooper (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • No rear spoiler
  • Many fewer cupholders: 3 vs 6
  • Child door locks must be bought separately

common strengths of the Cooper and Fiesta SES

  • Very fuel efficient in the city: 29 mpg vs 29 mpg
  • Very fuel efficient on the highway: 37 mpg vs 37 mpg
  • Inexpensive: $20,100 vs $18,295
arrow Compare the 2011 MINI Cooper vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES

2011 Mazda RX-8 Sport

2011 Mazda RX-8 Sport
$27,590

Significant advantages of the RX-8 Sport (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Much faster 0-60 mph time: 6.7 seconds vs 10.7 seconds
  • Much faster 1/4 mile time: 15.2 s s @ 92.0 mph mph vs 17.9 s s @ 80.0 mph mph
  • Significantly shorter braking distance from 60mph: 117 ft vs 134 ft

Significant disadvantages of the RX-8 Sport (vs the Fiesta SES)

  • Much worse city mileage: 16 mpg vs 29 mpg
  • Much worse highway mileage: 22 mpg vs 37 mpg
  • Folding rear seats not available

common strengths of the RX-8 Sport and Fiesta SES

  • Inexpensive: $27,590 vs $18,295
  • Both have power outlets
  • Number of rows of seating: 2 vs 2
arrow Compare the 2011 Mazda RX-8 Sport vs the 2012 Ford Fiesta SES