Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Fiesta VS 2015 Honda Civic Near Goodyear, AZ

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2016 Ford Fiesta

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2015 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 Hybrid 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 Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

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 Hybrid:


Civic Hybrid



5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk





4 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Stress

156 lbs.

163 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 flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Fiesta is safer than the Honda Civic Hybrid:


Civic Hybrid

Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Abdominal Force

210 G’s

218 G’s

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

16 inches




Hip Force

717 lbs.

819 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

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

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (120 vs. 110) than the Civic Hybrid’s 1.5 SOHC 4 cyl. hybrid. The Fiesta’s optional 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (123 vs. 110) than the Civic Hybrid’s 1.5 SOHC 4 cyl. hybrid.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Fiesta 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda Civic Hybrid (automatics tested):


Civic Hybrid

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

17.4 sec

17.5 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 Hybrid doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Civic Hybrid:


Civic Hybrid

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

196 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Civic Hybrid’s standard 65 series tires. The Fiesta’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Civic Hybrid’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Fiesta offers optional 16-inch wheels. The Civic Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 15-inches.

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 Hybrid, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 Hybrid doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Fiesta’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Civic Hybrid’s (34.4 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Honda Civic Hybrid.

The Fiesta Sedan is 5.9 inches shorter than the Civic Hybrid, 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 Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Civic Hybrid (12.8 vs. 10.7 cubic feet).

The Fiesta’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Fiesta Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the Fiesta automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Civic Hybrid’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Civic Hybrid 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 Hybrid 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 PIN entry system. The Civic Hybrid doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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 Hybrid’s Smart Entry Keyless Remote doesn’t unlock the trunk.

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 Hybrid 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 $320 less than the Civic Hybrid over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fiesta will be $3737 to $4991 less than for the Honda Civic Hybrid.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Civic Hybrid isn’t in the top three in its category.

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