2011 Ford Fiesta Gets 40 MPG Rating

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2011 Ford Fiesta sedan

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The 2011 Ford Fiesta is officially the most fuel efficient model in its class, with the EPA announcing today that the ultra-funky hatchback and sedan rates in at 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway when equipped with the smooth shifting six-speed PowerShift dual clutch transmission.

To put that into perspective, the Fiesta’s highway fuel economy figure is 5 mpg better than the Honda Fit and 4 mpg better than the Toyota Yaris.

It’s not just the advanced transmission that gives the Fiesta its stellar fuel economy. The car’s 1.6-liter Duratec engine, rated at 120 horsepower, also features Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT), an aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff and an engine accessory drive system that improves efficiency by reducing the energy it takes to power the air-conditioner and alternator. The story doesn’t end there as there’s also electric power steering and enhanced aerodynamics to help make the Fiesta as fuel efficient as possible.

The 2011 Fiesta with standard five-speed manual transmission is EPA rated at 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The new range is set to go on sale this summer with a starting pricing of $13,320.


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Comments (7)
  1. Wow! Ford is really now back in the game. Now if it could get the turbodiesel engine that is available in Europe certified in the USA, Ford could take on the Prius. Projections are that the turbodiesel engine could garner an MPG highway rating of anywhere from 50 to 65. This engine would also give the car some kick from the torque delivered and make it more fun to drive. 120 horsepower in a gas engine is a little weak.

  2. @Mr D: For some perspective on the small European diesels, see here:

  3. The Fiesta is a great car.
    A gasoline engine of 120 hp in a car that size and weight it has more performance than the Prius and only marginally less mpg. Plus there's the fun factor involved when driving it, not present with the Prius.
    @Mr.D (above) - you may find this diesel Fiesta economy test interesting:

  4. ...or even a silly economy test! :)

  5. Can someone tell me how the auto is 3 MPG better on the highway. The manual must not have a very tall 5th gear.

  6. The "auto" gets better highway mileage because of the way the tranny operates. A dual clutch isn't really an automatic as you know it. Recommend you Google "dual clutch transmission" to get a better understanding. Plus the "auto" is a six speed.

  7. Pre--ordered an SES Hatch Fiesta and due 6/21 in Florida. It is about time an auto maker in USA realised that there is a whole army of folks out here that would gladly buy a "nice" high MPG small car that has some class rather than these 500 hp monsters we are supposed to love--at'a way Ford!!

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