Toronto Mike

Scooting Around in a 2011 Ford Fiesta 5-Door Hatchback SE


I picked up a brand new 2011 Fiesta 5-door hatchback SE from Ford today for an 8-day test drive.  I recently drove their new Taurus for a couple of weeks, but the Taurus is both out of my price range and too big for my tiny driveway. The Fiesta is a car I'd actually consider purchasing.

There's a little bit of a shock going from the mighty Taurus to the fuel-efficient Fiesta.  All the Fiesta marketing materials scream aloud about their "class-leading" 4.9L/100 km highway and 6.8L/100 km city fuel consumption rating.  It doesn't have the raw power and pep of the Taurus, but it's fun to drive.  A lot of fun.

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I'm just glad I didn't take the Fiesta camping.  I don't think it would have held my cooler, tent, sleeping bags and other gear.  I mean, it was bigger than the Smart Fortwo I test drove last summer, but take a look at the trunk with just a little of my baseball gear inside.

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But when you go with a small, fuel-efficient car, you sacrifice space.  The car I'm driving has a sticker price of $16799 with $2730 of extras.  It's going to be a fun week.

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