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2012 Ford Fiesta Trims

S

Avg. Price: $11,827

Spartan to be sure, the 2012 Ford Fiesta S nonetheless boasts a heady drive for the economy-minded. This 5-passenger subcompact sedan features almost 13 cubic feet of trunk space, though seating is typically small-car cozy. Standard 15-inch steel wheels and power-adjustable mirrors adorn an attractive exterior, with cloth upholstery, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, trip computer, power-windows, front floor mats and air conditioning delivered inside. Meanwhile, a 40-watt AM/FM stereo with 4 speakers and auxiliary audio input capability is all the base S trim offers in the way of standard entertainment. Don’t despair, however. Ford’s popular Tattoo Graphics package with some funky exterior graphics is available to the Fiesta S, as is a Convenience Package with remote keyless entry and an MP3-capable single-CD player. Additionally, the base S trim can be delivered with a Sport Appearance package, featuring a rear deck-lid spoiler, cruise control, LED-supplemented parking lights and 15-inch painted aluminum wheels, and the Winter package boasts heated front seats and outside mirrors.

As with the entire lineup, the front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) 2012 Fiesta S boasts a standard 120-hp, variable-valve-timed 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine (I4) mated with the standard 5-speed manual transmission. This combo puts out 112 lb-ft of torque at an estimated 29 mpg city/37 highway, with an available 6-speed, dual-clutch auto-manual transmission jacking mileage up to a hybrid-like 30/40.

With an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award for its 2011 counterpart, the mirror-image 2012 Fiesta S sports seven separate airbags, including front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. Four-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), as well as traction and electronic stability control, not to mention a post-collision safety system all come standard too, as does Ford’s touted 911 Assist automated emergency alert feature.

S Hatchback

Avg. Price: $11,755

SE

Avg. Price: $13,194

Ford’s nifty and agile 2012 Fiesta SE adds a few extra amenities to an already impressive 5-passenger subcompact sedan. Power mirrors and 15 inch steel wheels outside complement almost 13 cubic feet of trunk space, as well as such posh cabin accoutrements as a simulated alloy steering wheel, premium cloth upholstery and simulated alloy dash, door and shift knob accents. Then there are standard comfort and convenience features like a trip computer, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, air conditioning, power windows and door locks and front floor mats to ease the journey a bit. Finally, standard entertainment components and telematics include an MP3-capable single-CD player with 4 speakers and phone pre-wiring. Options, meantime, encompass Ford’s interfaced 80-watt audio system with 6 speakers, the Sport Appearance package, featuring 15-inch painted aluminum wheels and rear deck-lid spoiler, and the quirky-yet-appealing Tattoo Graphics package with its customizable exterior graphics presentations. Cruise control, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors and satellite radio are all additionally available for the SE in various packages.

Powering the 2012 Fiesta SE is a variable-valve-timed (VVT) 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine (I4) that mates with a standard 5-speed manual transmission for 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque and mileage estimated at 29 mpg city/37 highway. An available dual-clutch 6-speed auto-manual transmission, furthermore, boosts the SE’s estimated mileage to an impressive 30/40. The SE is available only with front-wheel drive (FWD).

Safety-wise, the 2012 Fiesta SE boasts seven airbags include front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and a driver’s knee airbag, earning its 2011 counterpart the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award. Added to this are standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control and a post-collision safety system that’s backed up by Ford’s ballyhooed 911 Assist automated emergency alert communications.

SE Hatchback

Avg. Price: $13,395

Blessed with 26 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats folded, the 5-door, 5-passenger 2012 Ford Fiesta SE Hatchback provides a bit more versatility and utility than its sedan siblings. Furthermore, this subcompact hatchback is delivered with 16-inch steel wheels and power-adjustable outside mirrors, as well as premium power door locks and windows, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, a simulated alloy steering wheel and simulated alloy dash, door and shift knob accents. Entertainment in the SE Hatchback comes via a 40-watt, MP3-capable single-CD player with 4 speakers. This nifty little hauler is also delivered with an integrated rear spoiler. Available for the SE Hatchback are such goodies as a SYNC-interfaced 80-watt audio system with 6 speakers and/or a Sport Appearance Package with 15-inch painted aluminum wheels and cruise control. There’s also the optional Winter package with heated front seats and outside mirrors, as well as other packages that include satellite radio, ambient lighting and LED-supplemented parking lights.

As with its sedan brethren, the 2012 Fiesta SE Hatchback sports the variable-valve-timed 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder powerplant (I4). Combined with either the standard 5-speed manual transmission or the dual-clutch 6-speed auto-manual transmission, the four-banger puts out 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque. Mileage estimates run 29 mpg city/37 highway for the stick shift and 30/40 with the 6-speed auto-manual gearbox. Finally, be aware that the 2012 Fiesta SE Hatchback is available only with front-wheel drive.

Standard mechanical safety features for the 2012 Fiesta SE Hatchback include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), as well as traction and stability control. Additional safety equipment delivered with this nifty hatchback includes front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags, a driver’s knee airbag and a post-collision safety system. Finally, Ford’s touted 911 Assist system will automatically alert emergency responders when airbags are deployed or the fuel pump is shut off. All of this has the identical 2011 SE Hatchback gaining the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick honor.

SEL

Avg. Price: $13,359

Agile and feature-laden, the 2012 Ford Fiesta SEL represents the pinnacle of an already admirable lineup. This handsome 5-passenger subcompact sedan offers nearly 13 cubic feet of trunk space, standard 16-inch painted alloy wheels and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, with a leather steering wheel and simulated alloy dash, door and shift knob accents dressing up the cabin. Further standard interior goodies include telescoping tilt-wheel steering, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, air conditioning, power door locks and windows, a trip computer, electrochromatic rear-view mirror and front floor mats. An 80-watt audio system, meanwhile, includes a single-CD player, 6 speakers, satellite radio and a USB connection, while communications are handled by phone pre-wiring and Bluetooth hands-free communications technology. Ford’s popular SYNC hands-free audio technology is available to the Fiesta SEL, as are push-button start, a power moonroof, rear carpeted floor mats, two-toned leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats and remote engine start.

The only engine available to the front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) 2012 Fiesta SEL sedan is a 120-hp, variable-valve-timed (VVT) 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder powerplant. The four-banger mates with either the standard 5-speed manual transmission or an available 6-speed dual-clutch auto-manual transmission to pound out 112 lb-ft of torque, with mileage estimated at 29 mpg city/37 highway for the stick-shift and an impressive 30/40 with the 6-speed auto-manual.

Safety-wise, the 2012 Fiesta SEL boasts standard 4-wheel antilock braking (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. Additional standard safety equipment includes turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system, and Ford’s new 911 Assist emergency alert communications system.

SES Hatchback

Avg. Price: $13,732

As the flagship of the 2012 Ford Fiesta hatchback lineup, the 5-passenger, 5-door Fiesta SES Hatchback is as feature-laden as it gets. Outside, look for standard 16-inch alloy wheels, an integrated rear spoiler and heated power-adjustable mirrors, while inside, check out the leather and simulated alloy steering wheel that complements simulated alloy dash, door and shifter knob accents. Of course, there’s also 26 cubic feet of cargo space available with the rear seats folded. Premium cloth upholstery, remote power door locks, power windows, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, air conditioning, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror and front and rear floor mats are among the standard cabin goodies, as well. Entertainment, meantime, is presented by an 80-watt system with a single-CD player and 6 speakers, bolstered by satellite radio and a USB connection. Communications technology is via phone pre-wiring and Bluetooth hands-free phone service. Options for the 2012 SES Hatchback include an Upgrade package with heated front seats, as well as various protection packages, not to mention a power moonroof.

The ubiquitous 120-hp 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder engine (I4) powers the front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) 2012 Fiesta SES Hatchback, as it does the entire Fiesta lineup. Mated with the standard 5-speed manual transmission, the four-banger puts out 112 lb-ft of torque and, with variable valve timing, is good for 29 mpg city/37 highway. Additionally, a 6-speed dual-clutch auto-manual transmission shows the same output at an impressive 30/40.

Named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2011, the mirror-image 2012 Fiesta SES Hatchback walks the walk. Boasting standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), as well as traction and stability control, this snazzy sub-compact hatchback can roll with the punches very well. Additionally, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags, a driver’s knee airbag and turn-signal-integrated mirrors give further protection, with a post-collision safety system ready if needed. Another handy standard safety item is Ford’s 911 Assist feature, which automatically alerts emergency services when airbags are deployed or the fuel pump is shut off.