North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 Toyota Corolla Near Chatsworth, 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 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 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 Corolla 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.

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 Toyota Corolla:

 

Fiesta

Corolla

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

148

212

Neck Injury Risk

25%

26%

Neck Stress

246 lbs.

362 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

45 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

415/349 lbs.

314/513 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.5 inches

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 Toyota Corolla:

 

Fiesta

Corolla

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

130

154

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

13 inches

HIC

180

198

Hip Force

717 lbs.

868 lbs.

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

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.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Fiesta has a standard 500-amp battery. The Corolla’s 356-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops much shorter than the Corolla:

 

Fiesta

Corolla

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

147 feet

149 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 Corolla L/LE Eco’s standard 65 series tires.

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 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 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Fiesta’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Corolla’s (34.4 feet vs. 35.6 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Toyota Corolla.

The Fiesta Sedan is 9.1 inches shorter than the Corolla L/LE/LXE, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Fiesta Sedan has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom and 5.3 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Corolla (14.9 vs. 13 cubic feet).

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 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Corolla 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 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 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 Corolla L’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Corolla doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Fiesta’s power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Corolla’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 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 $170 to $1345 less than the Corolla over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Corolla because typical repairs cost much less on the Fiesta than the Corolla, including $22 less for front brake pads, $13 less for a starter, $205 less for fuel injection, $173 less for front struts and $260 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fiesta will be $109 to $1314 less than for the Toyota Corolla.

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 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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