2012 Ford
Escape Limited
vs. 2012 Ford
Fiesta SES

2012 Ford Fiesta SES

9.4

starting from

$18,295

Reasons to buy the Ford Fiesta SES

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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
2012 Ford Escape Limited

9.2

starting from

$26,995

Reasons to buy the Ford Escape Limited

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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
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 7.8
2012 Ford Fiesta SES Winner: Fiesta SES
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  • The Fiesta SES has 5.7x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 2 stars
  • The Fiesta SES has 1.7x less risk of rolling over, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Luxury Features 8.0 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Escape Limited Winner: Escape Limited
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Escape Limited's power seats; not available on the Fiesta SES
  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Escape Limited
Cost 10.0 vs 9.7
2012 Ford Fiesta SES Winner: Fiesta SES
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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 $8,700 cheaper (more than 30% less), $18,295 vs $26,995
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Both Escape Limited and Fiesta SES 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
Road Tests - vs -
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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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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Fiesta SES's satellite radio; in the Escape Limited, too, but it'll cost
Overall 9.4 vs 9.2

Crash Test Ratings

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Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Escape Limited Ford
Escape Limited
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The Fiesta SES is 1.7x safer than the Escape Limited
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 2 stars The better is 5.7x safer than the Escape Limited
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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

Luxury Features

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Fiesta SES
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2012 Ford Escape Limited Ford
Escape Limited
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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 Limited's power seats; not available on the Fiesta SES
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Standard Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Escape Limited

Cost

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Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Escape Limited Ford
Escape Limited
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MSRP $18,295 vs $26,995 The Fiesta SES has a great price and the Escape Limited is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 29 mpg vs 21 mpg The Fiesta SES gets great city mileage, and the Escape Limited 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

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Fiesta SES
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2012 Ford Escape Limited Ford
Escape Limited
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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 Limited'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 Escape Limited and Fiesta SES 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

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Fiesta SES
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2012 Ford Escape Limited Ford
Escape Limited
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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 Limited has average-sized front seats, while the Fiesta SES 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 Limited's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Fiesta SES cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Escape Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Fiesta SES
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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

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Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Fiesta SES
2012 Ford Escape Limited Ford
Escape Limited
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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 SES's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Escape Limited 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

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Fiesta SES
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2012 Ford Escape Limited Ford
Escape Limited
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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 SES
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2012 Ford Escape Limited Ford
Escape Limited
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Number of speakers 6 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 Standard vs Optional Have your pick of music from around the world with the Fiesta SES's satellite radio; in the Escape Limited, too, but it'll cost
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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 Limited; but it's not available at all on the Fiesta SES

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2012 Ford Escape Limited 2011 Ford Edge SE Escape Limited vs Edge SE
2012 Ford Escape XLS 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Escape XLS vs Outback 2.5i
2012 Ford Escape Limited 2012 Ford Fusion SEL Escape Limited vs Fusion SEL
2012 Ford Escape Limited Hybrid 2011 Land-Rover LR2 Escape Limited Hybrid vs LR2
2012 Ford Fiesta SE 2011 Toyota Yaris Fiesta SE vs Yaris
2012 Ford Fiesta SEL 2011 Toyota Corolla Fiesta SEL vs Corolla
2012 Ford Fiesta SEL 2011 Nissan JUKE S Fiesta SEL vs JUKE S
2012 Ford Fiesta S 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS Fiesta S vs Cruze LS
2012 Ford Fiesta S 2011 Toyota Prius Two Fiesta S vs Prius Two

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