To achieve this level of efficiency, Ford started with the Fiesta's new 1.6-liter Duratec engine. We found that this 120-horsepower mill was no neck-snapper during our First Drive, but it does feature an assortment of fuel-saving technologies including variable camshaft timing, aggressive fuel shutoff on hard deceleration, and a more efficient engine accessory drive system for the air conditioner and alternator. Ford mated this engine to its PowerShift automatic transmission--which is Ford marketspeak for a dual-clutch automatic transmission similar to Volkswagen's DSG and Mitsubishi's SST. This gearbox features six forward gears and combines the mechanical efficiency of a manual transmission with the computer-controlled efficiency of an automatic.
In this configuration, the EPA estimates the Fiesta's fuel economy at 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. This places the Ford in a class-leading position, beating the
The 2011 Ford Fiesta goes on sale in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles starting at $13,995 this summer.