Ford Fiesta: Features that will make you jump for joy
In the second installment of my review for the Ford Fiesta, I focus on the surprising features that truly enhanced my driving experience.
While the 2011 Ford Fiesta is known for being an economical and fuel-efficient vehicle, it delivers supremely well in the comfort and connectivity department.
The model I drove came with Ford’s SYNC system, which seamlessly detected my iPhone and downloaded my contacts in minutes. I made and received several hands-free phone calls this way without a problem. Callers were easily identified on the 4-inch multifunctional LCD display, which was positioned high on the instrument panel where you don’t have to take your eyes completely off the road.
In addition to hands-free calls, you can also send text messages using nothing but voice commands. SYNC has the capability to offer turn-by-turn navigation and a handy “business search” when you’re seeking out a nearby locale. After a few days of use, I found myself wishing that all new cars today had a program like SYNC to increase driver safety.
In terms of interior ambiance, the Fiesta was surprisingly chic. I enjoyed the sleek colored lighting that illuminated the interior during the evening. The Fiesta is engineered with an acoustic-laminated windshield and sound-absorbent material to minimize road noise. That translated to a very crisp and clear listening environment when speaking with passengers or listening to SIRIUS radio on the Fiesta’s 80-watt premium sound speakers.
The Fiesta also really impressed me with its numerous safety features. The car comes equipped with seven standard airbags, including side-curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. When making tight turns at high speeds, the Fiesta felt sturdy and in control, thanks to its electronic stability control system that applies the brakes or reduces engine power when it detects a skid or slide. I also really appreciated the integrated blind spot mirrors that helps when changing lanes or backing up.
Overall, the 2011 Ford Fiesta lives up to the reputation that Henry Ford Jr. envisioned when the first-generation Fiesta emerged in the 1970s. Ford’s original idea was to create an efficient car for the masses, similar to the role the Model T played at the beginning of the 20th century. Today, there are over 12 million Fiestas on the road. With this new sixth-generation Fiesta, Ford got it right – especially when it comes to comfort and safety features. Hopefully, the Ford Focus Electric (due in 2012) will also have some of the same features. And maybe – just maybe – we can hope for an improved, more efficient electric drive Fiesta in the future, as well.
Dr. Shannon Arvizu loves driving clean, green machines. You can find out more at MissElectric.com.