North Georgia Ford Compares 2016 Ford Fiesta VS 2016 Honda Civic Near Chatsworth, GA

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2016 Ford Fiesta

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2016 Honda Civic

Safety Comparison

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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Civic Sedan Manual (31 city/43 hwy vs. 27 city/40 hwy). The Fiesta SFE Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Civic Coupe Manual (31 city/43 hwy vs. 26 city/38 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops shorter than the Civic:

Fiesta

Civic

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

123 feet

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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 limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Fiesta’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Civic’s (34.4 feet vs. 35.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 300 pounds less than the Honda Civic.

The Fiesta Sedan is 8.8 inches shorter than the Civic Sedan, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fiesta’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Civic’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 PIN entry system. The Civic doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Fiesta won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

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