North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 Toyota Corolla Near Calhoun, GA

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 Toyota Corolla

Safety Comparison

The Fiesta’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Corolla iM doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional 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 Corolla iM doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Fiesta and the Corolla iM have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Corolla iM Manual (31 city/41 hwy vs. 27 city/35 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 Corolla iM doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Corolla iM:

 

Fiesta

Corolla iM

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

150 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Corolla iM doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 Corolla iM doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback handles at .81 G’s, while the Corolla iM pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Fiesta’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Corolla iM’s (34.4 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 pounds less than the Toyota Corolla iM.

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is 10.8 inches shorter than the Corolla iM, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback is quieter than the Corolla iM (75 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is rated a Compact car by the EPA, while the Corolla iM is rated a Small Station Wagon.

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 Corolla iM 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 Corolla iM’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 Corolla iM 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 Corolla iM 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 Corolla iM 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 Toyota Corolla iM doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

Consumer Reports rated the Fiesta’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Corolla iM’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Fiesta’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Corolla iM’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 Corolla iM doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Fiesta (except S) offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Corolla iM.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Fiesta SE/Titanium. The Fiesta’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Corolla iM doesn’t offer a navigation system.

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 Corolla iM isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Fiesta outsold the Toyota Corolla iM by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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