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2013 Ford Fiesta Review

The Ford Fiesta outshines most used subcompact cars with its fun-to-drive handling and premium interior. However, poor reliability drops the Fiesta to the middle of its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior
  • Sharp handling
  • Great gas mileage
  • Confusing audio controls
  • Less seating and cargo space than rivals




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.3
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2013 Ford Fiesta Overview

Is the 2013 Ford Fiesta a Good Used Car?

You’ll find used 2013 Ford Fiestas in sedan and hatchback forms. The Fiesta impresses with its athletic driving dynamics and upscale interior, but its low reliability rating makes this subcompact car a poor choice for shoppers on a tight budget, who won’t be able to keep up with repair costs. Competitors like the 2013 Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris offer better reliability.

Used 2013 Ford Fiesta Performance and Interior

The 2013 Ford Fiesta has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 120 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; a six-speed dual-clutch automatic is available. The engine helps the Fiesta achieve great fuel economy – 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. However, it lacks the muscle to zip the Fiesta up to speed confidently. The manual transmission makes the most of the car’s scant power, and it operates quite smoothly. The PowerShift dual-clutch automatic is much less refined. It tends to buck at lower speeds and feels reluctant to downshift when necessary.

Despite these drawbacks, the Fiesta offers some of the best driving dynamics in its class. It has responsive steering and remains stable when rounding tight corners. The suspension also softens out bumps nicely and yields a comfortable ride at both city and highway speeds.

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The Ford Fiesta seats five. Its front seats are comfortable and supportive, and both rows offer good headroom. However, rear-seat legroom is stingy, even for smaller adults. There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, plus a tether anchor on the rear middle seat. The Fiesta’s interior looks and feels upscale, thanks to its cleanly styled dashboard and numerous soft-touch plastics. The top-level Titanium trim is even available with plush leather seats. That said, both the sedan and hatchback models offer below-average cargo space by class standards. The Fiesta sedan has 12.8 cubic feet of trunk space, while the Fiesta hatchback has 15.4 cubic feet behind its rear seats and 26 cubic feet with the seats folded.

Tech features are hit-or-miss. The climate control knobs are user-friendly, and Ford’s available SYNC voice recognition works much better than most hands-free systems. The audio and phone buttons are somewhat clunky to use, however. Notably, a navigation system is not available.

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Used 2013 Ford Fiesta Prices

The price of a used 2013 Ford Fiesta ranges from about $6,900 for a base model to around $9,400 for a Titanium model. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Ford Fiesta?

The Ford Fiesta has poor reliability, earning a score of just two out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Fiesta?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Fiesta a 2013 Top Safety Pick. The vehicle earned scores of Good, the highest the IIHS offers, in all four areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Fiesta a perfect five-star rating in side impact testing. The NHTSA awarded it four stars in overall, front, and rollover crash testing. The Fiesta is unavailable with advanced safety features, such as a rearview camera or blind spot monitoring.

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Is the 2013 Fiesta the Best Model Year to Buy?

If you’re looking for the best value, consider a used 2011 or 2012 Fiesta. Ford launched the Fiesta as a new model in 2011, and the vehicle experienced no major updates over the next two years. Buying a used 2011 or 2012 model will get you the same features as the 2013 Fiesta, but often at a much lower price.

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Which Used Ford Fiesta Is Right for Me?

The Fiesta sedan and hatchback come in three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium. The base Ford Fiesta S model has a 4-inch display screen, AM/FM radio, auxiliary audio input, air conditioning, cloth seats, manual windows, and power door locks. The Ford Fiesta SE trim adds a CD player, a USB input, SYNC voice recognition, cruise control, power windows, and remote keyless entry. The Ford Fiesta Titanium trim adds satellite radio, leather upholstery, heated front seats, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start.

Available features include a power moonroof and remote car starter. Notably, a Super Fuel Economy package (SFE) is available for SE trims, but it provides minimal fuel savings (29/38 mpg city/highway) over non-SFE models.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Fiesta. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program. 

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2013 Ford Fiesta and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Ford Fiesta or 2013 Chevrolet Sonic?

The 2013 Chevy Sonic mirrors the Fiesta’s fun-to-drive recipe, but with fewer drawbacks. Available as a sedan or hatchback, the Sonic offers zippier performance from its available turbocharged engine. The Sonic also rates higher in reliability, offers more advanced tech features like a 7-inch touch screen, and provides a much roomier 47.7 cubic feet of cargo space (hatchback models). Used Sonic models are often pricier than comparable Fiestas – but not by much.

Which Is Better: 2013 Ford Fiesta or 2013 Honda Fit?

The 2013 Honda Fit isn’t just a better option than the Fiesta, it’s better than several of its competitors. In fact, we named it our 2013 Best Subcompact Car for the Money. The Fit rates much higher than the Fiesta in terms of reliability, and its interior is more accommodating for taller passengers. The rear seat also folds in multiple ways. A second-row “Magic Seat” means you can place a 4-foot-tall item in the rear seat. Fold the second row, and the back can hold a generous 57 cubic feet of cargo. Still, the Fit isn’t without its faults; its ride quality isn’t as serene as the Fiesta’s.

Which Is Better: 2013 Ford Fiesta or 2013 Ford Focus?

Like the Fiesta, the 2013 Ford Focus isn’t a great option if you’re shopping for a used small car. Both models have poor reliability ratings and are available with the same unrefined dual-clutch automatic transmission. That said, the compact Focus does offer more seating space, a roomier hatchback (44.8 cubic feet), and zestier engine performance – especially in its 252-horsepower Focus ST trim.

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