By Alex Kramer
- Exceptional ride quality for an economy car
- Precise steering and capable brakes
- Smooth clutch action
- Cheerful exterior design
- Solid build quality
- Could use a few more horsepower
- Tires start to protest way too early
- Interior is a bit cramped, even for a subcompact
- Exterior might be a bit too cute for some
Small is the new black, at least when it comes to automobiles. With the economy still lagging and consumers adjusting to what looks to be permanent $3 per gallon gas, the days of selling millions of large SUVs per year are over and small cars may just become the hottest segment of the market.
For once, American car manufacturers appear to have taken notice. Chrysler dealers will soon start selling the pint sized Fiat 500 and GM has several new small cars in the works, but it is Ford who is probably most well positioned to capitalize on this trend, with the new for America Fiesta subcompact now available and a fully redesigned Focus coming next year. We finally had the chance to thoroughly review the new Fiesta and although we aren’t completely bowled over, we could see quite a few people finding plenty to like in Ford’s European best-seller.