Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2011 Ford Fiesta VS 2011 Honda Civic Near Phoenix, AZ

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2011 Ford Fiesta

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2011 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

The Fiesta has standard AdvanceTrac™, which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. The AdvanceTrac™ then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. A skid prevention system is only available on the Civic EX-L/Hybrid. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed that skid control systems reduced single-vehicle car crashes by 30%.

The Fiesta offers optional 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Civic doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Fiesta and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes and traction control.

Warranty Comparison

The Fiesta comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Civic.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Fiesta has a standard 500 amp battery. The Civic’s 310 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 6th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta gets better fuel mileage than the Civic:



1.6 4 cyl./Manual

28 city/37 hwy

26 city/34 hwy

4 cyl./Manual

1.6 4 cyl./6-spd Auto

29 city/40 hwy

25 city/36 hwy

4 cyl./5-spd Auto

The Fiesta has a standard capless fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation which causes pollution. The Civic doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Civic:



80 to 0 MPH

138 feet

240 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fiesta SES’ tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Civic LX/EX’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fiesta offers optional 17-inch wheels. The Civic’s largest wheels are only 16 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Civic doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Fiesta’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Civic DX Sedan/Hybrid’s (34.4 feet vs. 34.8 feet). The Fiesta’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Civic Sedan/DX Coupe’s (34.4 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan is 3.7 inches shorter than the Civic Sedan, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has a larger trunk than the Civic Sedan (12.8 vs. 12 cubic feet).

The Fiesta’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Civic DX/LX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

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