Consumer products and services review magazine Consumer Reports has given the Ford Fiesta and its platform mate the Mazda 2 a "Very Good" rating, saying both vehicles are "fun to drive" and they deliver "impressive fuel economy."
The rating was given after Consumer Reports tested both vehicles as well as the Honda CR-Z and the diesel-powered Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI.
"The Fiesta and Mazda 2 are both fun to drive and provide excellent fuel economy, but there are trade-offs, like sluggish acceleration in the Fiesta and choppiness in the Mazda 2's ride," said Consumer Reports automotive editor Rik Paul. "The CR-Z tries to be a sporty hybrid and it's not outstanding in either category. It's not fun to drive and the fuel economy is not what you'd expect from a hybrid."
Despite its hybrid drivetrain, the Honda CR-Z scored too low for Consumer Reports to even recommend it. Although it registered an economical 14.88 kilometers per liter and was praised for having a crisp manual transmission, Consumer Reports found its ride to be stiff, its visibility lacking and its ride not as sporty as expected. Of the four cars, it ranked the lowest.
Meanwhile, Consumer Reports gave the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI an "Excellent" rating as it delivered impressive comfort, convenience and room. The vehicle also earned the magazine's recommendation.