2012 Fiat
500 Sport
vs. 2012 Ford
Fiesta SE

2012 Fiat 500 Sport

9.8

starting from

$18,000

Reasons to buy the Fiat 500 Sport

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OK brakes
Disc
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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More airbags
6
2012 Ford Fiesta SE

9.4

Runner-up

Ford Fiesta SE

starting from

$15,295

Reasons to buy the Ford Fiesta SE

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Cramped front seats
50.3 ft3
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Average number of passenger seats
5
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Child door locks
Standard
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Cramped back seats
32.8 ft3
Entertainment System 8.0 vs 10.0
2012 Fiat 500 Sport Winner: 500 Sport
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  • The 500 Sport's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the 500 Sport's satellite radio; in the Fiesta SE, too, but it'll cost
  • The 500 Sport has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 6 vs 4
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.2
2012 Ford Fiesta SE Winner: Fiesta SE
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Fiesta SE; optional upgrade on the 500 Sport
Cost 9.4 vs 10.0
2012 Fiat 500 Sport Winner: 500 Sport
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
  • Almost the same, 30 mpg vs 29 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have lots of cupholders
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Very cramped front seats
Overall 9.4 vs 9.8

Entertainment System

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Sport Fiat
500 Sport
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Number of speakers 4 vs 6 Fewer speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the 500 Sport's satellite radio; in the Fiesta SE, too, but it'll cost
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs Yes The 500 Sport has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Sport Fiat
500 Sport
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The 500 Sport has a good number of airbags, but the Fiesta SE is just OK (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The 500 Sport has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Fiesta SE; optional upgrade on the 500 Sport
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Sport Fiat
500 Sport
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MSRP $15,295 vs $18,000 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 30 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The 500 Sport's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Fiesta SE's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The 500 Sport's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Fiesta SE's is very short

Luxury Features

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Sport Fiat
500 Sport
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Sport Fiat
500 Sport
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 9.7 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 131 ft The 500 Sport's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Fiesta SE is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.9 s @ 80 mph vs 17.2 s @ 78 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.85 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Sport Fiat
500 Sport
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Sport Fiat
500 Sport
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Horsepower 120 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 101 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.9 lb/hp vs 23.4 lb/hp Both Fiesta SE and 500 Sport are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 30.6 ft

Practicality

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Fiat 500 Sport Fiat
500 Sport
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Fiesta SE has the usual number of seats, while the 500 Sport has very few
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 399 miles
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Cargo space 12.8 ft3 vs 9.5 ft3 The Fiesta SE has OK cargo room, while the 500 Sport has very little
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front seats 50.3 ft3 vs 45.3 ft3 Very cramped front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The 500 Sport offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Fiesta SE
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Cupholders 6 vs 5 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Toyota Yaris Fiesta SE vs Yaris
2012 Ford Fiesta SES 2011 Volkswagen Golf Fiesta SES vs Golf
2012 Ford Fiesta SES 2012 Ford Fusion S Fiesta SES vs Fusion S
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2012 Ford Fiesta S 2011 Kia Soul Fiesta S vs Soul

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