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Fiesta will be rated at 29/40 city/highway

Ford has been hyping its Fiesta subcompact for quite some time now. The American auto giant has been previewing European versions of the vehicle across the country for the past year and has blitzed the airwaves with Fiesta "commercials" during American Idol.

Now with production having kicked off in Mexico, Ford is proud to announced that its latest vehicle is EPA certified for up to 29 mpg in the city and an impressive 40 mpg on the highway. That 40 mpg number is for a Fiesta equipped with the 6-speed, PowerShift semi-automatic transmission. Ford has touted the 40 mpg figure before as a preliminary estimate, but now the numbers are official.

For those that like to row their own gears, mileage isn't quite as impressive. Fiestas equipped with a manual transmission will only get 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

For comparison, the most efficient versions of the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris are rated at 28/35 (city/highway) and 28/36 respectively.

"The new Fiesta is yet another car in Ford's lineup that delivers class-leading fuel economy," said Barb Samardzich, vice president, Global Powertrain Engineering. "From Super Duty to Fusion Hybrid and the new Mustang V-6, Ford is committed to fuel economy leadership with every new vehicle it introduces in all segments."

"We worked hard to deliver the class-leading fuel economy Ford is becoming synonymous for," said Fiesta chief nameplate engineer Steve Pintar. "To be the only vehicle in the segment to deliver 40 mpg is something we feel consumers will appreciate."

Pricing for the Fiesta starts at $13,320 for the base sedan and creeps all the way up to $18,190 for an SES hatchback equipped with the PowerShift transmission. All versions of the Fiesta are powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 120 hp and generates 109 lb-ft of torque.

The current four-cylinder engine is expected to be replaced shortly with a three-cylinder EcoBoost engine which should further increase fuel economy both in the city and on the highway.

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RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By goku on 5/17/2010 9:04:24 AM , Rating: 2
The new epa cycle is used starting in 2008. Some cars had their fuel economy ratings drop by more than 10%.

I know, that's why I specifically said, "on the "new" epa cycle". If I were to use the "old" epa cycle, the numbers would be significantly higher for all vehicles involved.

As others have mentioned, cars today are heavier to meet the new crash protection requirements. And lean burn engines have trouble meeting the current pollution requirements.

Your point about weight is irrelevant because the Fiesta weighs nearly exactly the same as the Civic HX I mentioned in the post you responded to, yet it gets better mileage. The Civic VX, while lighter, is only 300lbs less, which is certainly achievable. Also, even the non-leanburn Civic VX (California) has a "new epa" rating of 37 city, 45 highway which is still much higher than any of the other vehicles. One of the reasons for the better mileage in the VX over the HX is because of the transmission, which has a 3.25 final drive vs the 3.722 final drive in the '96-'00 HX and 3.842 final drive in the '01-'05 HX.

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By fishman on 5/17/2010 9:17:51 AM , Rating: 3
So where are the new Hondas that will beat the Fiesta gas mileage?

RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By porkpie on 5/17/10, Rating: 0
RE: Geo Metro 20 years ago..
By Hoser McMoose on 5/18/2010 4:46:57 AM , Rating: 2
You're not making sense. The old vehicles were rated on the old cycle, not the new one.

When the EPA brought out their new rating system they also released *estimates* for all the old cars that had been rated under the old system.

Note that they did NOT re-test the cars on the new system. Actually I believe all they did was subtract a fixed percentage from the old rating to estimate the car would perform on the new system.

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