2012 Ford
Escape XLT
vs. 2012 Ford
Fiesta SE

2012 Ford Escape XLT

9.2

starting from

$25,495

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape XLT

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Average-sized back seats
45.1 ft3
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Roof rails
Standard
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Power seats
Standard
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Entertainment system
Optional
2012 Ford Fiesta SE

9.0

starting from

$16,295

Reasons to buy the Ford Fiesta SE

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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Safer for passengers in the rear in side collisions
5 stars
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
37 mpg
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
Luxury Features 7.2 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Escape XLT Winner: Escape XLT
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 7.8
2012 Ford Fiesta SE Winner: Fiesta SE
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  • The Fiesta SE has 5.7x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 2 stars
  • The Fiesta SE has 1.7x less risk of rolling over, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2012 Ford Fiesta SE Winner: Fiesta SE
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  • Gets around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg vs 21 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $9,200 cheaper (around 40% less), $16,295 vs $25,495
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
  • Underpowered
Practicality - vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
  • Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
Overall 9.0 vs 9.2

Luxury Features

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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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 Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Escape XLT's power seats; not available on the Fiesta SE
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Optional Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Escape XLT

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The Fiesta SE is 1.7x safer than the Escape XLT
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 2 stars The better is 5.7x safer than the Escape XLT
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 6% to 10% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Cost

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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MSRP $16,295 vs $25,495 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 21 mpg The Fiesta SE gets great city mileage, and the Escape XLT gets OK mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Performance

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Horsepower 120 HP @ 5,000 RPM vs 171 HP @ 6,000 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Automatic transmission The Escape XLT's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.5 lb/hp vs 19.3 lb/hp Both {better} and {worse} are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-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 36.7 ft

Practicality

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 490 miles
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Cargo space Unknown vs 66.3 ft3
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front seats 50.3 ft3 vs 55.0 ft3 The Escape XLT has average-sized front seats, while the Fiesta SE is very cramped
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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 Standard Need to carry bulky cargo? The Escape XLT's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Fiesta SE cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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0-60 mph 10.7 seconds vs 10.7 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 147 ft The Fiesta SE's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Escape XLT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.9 s @ 80 mph vs 18.1 s @ 81 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Ford
Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Drum vs Drum Neither has the best brakes for high-performance use
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Entertainment System

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Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT Ford
Escape XLT
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Number of speakers 4 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Escape XLT; but it's not available at all on the Fiesta SE

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Ford Escape XLS 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Escape XLS vs Outback 2.5i
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Ford Edge SE Escape Limited vs Edge SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Escape XLT vs Grand Cherokee Limited
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2012 Ford Fusion SE Escape XLT vs Fusion SE
2012 Ford Escape XLT 2011 Honda Pilot EX Escape XLT vs Pilot EX
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 Ford Fusion SE Fiesta SE vs Fusion SE
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Volkswagen Golf Fiesta SE vs Golf
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Kia Soul Fiesta SE vs Soul
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 Honda Civic Si Fiesta SE vs Civic Si
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2012 Fiat 500 Pop Fiesta SE vs 500 Pop

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