There exists a tendency, without having driven the car, to try to compare the new Mazda2 to cars one is already familiar with. After all, it shares DNA with the Mazda3, and even the Ford Fiesta. Beware these comparisons, as they will mislead you. The 2 is its own entity, occupying a new space in the company’s North American market, a segment which seems to be ballooning as drivers seek value and practicality. And this economy car is coming from a manufacturer that understands that the best cars are also fun cars. In a Venn diagram, picture the Mazda2 in the shaded area where pragmatism and enthusiasm intersect, and you’re off to a good start.
Since the introduction of the roof strength test (an important addition indeed), it has been more difficult to earn a Top Safety Pick from the International Institute for Highway Safety. Small cars, especially, have been criticized for their perceived vulnerability in crashes. The 2011 Ford Fiesta, however, has overcome that to become the eighth vehicle from the automaker to win the award.
We have just taken delivery of the highly-anticipated Ford Fiesta. Our Tuxedo-Black tester is powered by a 1.6-liter I-4, which produces 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque, which is transmitted to the front wheels through Ford’s new PowerShift six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Our Fiesta SES is very nicely equipped, and ticks all the option boxes exept for leather seats and a sunroof. We will have the Fiesta for a week. This is an extremely important car for Ford, so lets hear your questions.
The upcoming Ford Fiesta has been a long time coming. In fact, aside from perhaps the PT Cruiser craze back in 2000, we can’t think of another compact in recent memory that’s received more pre-launch glitz, but then again, we can’t think of another compact in recent memory that’s been so closely associated with a superstar rally driver—at least for the last couple months anyway.
Just a few hours north of the Winding Road garage, a somewhat unorthodox racing event has been occurring since 1973. Unorthodox, that is, for racing enthusiast in the United States. Rally racing is a huge deal in just about every other part of the world, though it never really caught on in the States until a YouTube Gymkhana hero and a former motocrosser with a penchant for backflipping just about everything got involved. Going into 2010, more than a few eyes are now watching the Rally America series with keen interest, and Winding Road will be there for the kickoff event of the season—Sno-Drift 2010.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen many automakers add the three-blink turn signal function onto their cars, and Ford will finally be jumping on the bandwagon next year. Tapping the left stalk off of the steering column up or down allows the blinkers to flash only three times, which is perfect for lane changes, and alleviates the annoyance of driving behind cars whose blinkers have stayed on for no good reason.
British pop singer and sometimes glamour model, Michelle Heaton, like the Ford Fiesta, is “slick, stylish, and attractive.” Apparently the floor is slick too.
While the full details on the 2011 Ford Fiesta broke out yesterday, the Blue Oval folks went ahead and debuted pricing information on the official Fiesta website. What’s that mean for consumers? The sweet little B-car can be yours for just $13,320, including $675 for destination.