Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2014 Ford Fiesta VS 2014 Honda Civic Near Peoria, AZ

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2014 Ford Fiesta

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2014 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

The Fiesta SE/Titanium has standard SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn 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, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fiesta and the Civic have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Honda Civic:

Fiesta

Civic

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

25%

37%

Neck Stress

246 lbs.

346 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

415/349 lbs.

529/351 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

156 lbs.

159 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

544/408 lbs.

653/468 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Honda Civic:

Fiesta

Civic

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

14 inches

HIC

180

193

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 should you ever need 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 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (148 vs. 129) than the Civic’s 1.8 VTEC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta Manual 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Civic Manual (28 city/36 hwy vs. 28 city/36 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Civic Manual (31 city/43 hwy vs. 28 city/36 hwy).

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less 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 cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Civic:

Fiesta

Civic

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fiesta SE/Titanium Sedan has a standard full size spare tire so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Civic, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

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.

The Fiesta’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (59.4% to 40.6%) than the Civic’s (61% to 39%). This gives the Fiesta more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Fiesta’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Civic Sedan’s (34.4 feet vs. 35.4 feet). The Fiesta’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Civic Coupe’s (34.4 feet vs. 35.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan is 5.8 inches shorter than the Civic Sedan, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has .1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom and .1 inches more front hip room than the Civic Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has a larger trunk than the Civic Sedan (12.8 vs. 12.5 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Civic have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fiesta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Civic prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior keypad. The Civic doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access Key standard on the Fiesta Titanium allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Honda Civic’s available Smart Entry Keyless Remote doesn’t unlock the trunk.

The Fiesta’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Civic LX/HF’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Fiesta Titanium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Civic doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fiesta will cost $115 less than the Civic over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Civic because typical repairs cost less on the Fiesta than the Civic, including $81 less for a starter, $154 less for fuel injection, $67 less for a fuel pump, $14 less for front struts and $137 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fiesta will be $1798 to $7834 less than for the Honda Civic.

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