By Emme Hall.
Life is a party, right? Of course it is! So bring out the caviar and let’s boogie! What’s that? You can only afford the Trader Joe’s party platter? Never fear, today’s Autocomparo is for you. We’re taking a look at the 2013 Ford Fiesta Titanium, hatchback, and the 2013 Mazda 2 Touring. Both are fun and economical, but which throws the biggest bash for the bucks?
The 2013 Ford Fiesta gets a 1.6L 4 banger, good for 120 horsepower and 112 lb/ft of torque. Power goes to the front wheels via a standard 5 speed manual transmission; although a 6 speed automated manual is optional. 60 mph comes in 9.5 seconds and EPA fuel ratings are 29 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined.
The Titanium trim level is well appointed, including 16” alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, satellite radio, power accessories, air conditioning, a 6 speaker sound system, cruise control, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, and leather upholstery. A sunroof is also optional.
While the Ford Fiesta doesn’t score any points for flat out acceleration, it is certainly fun to drive in the city. You have enough oomph to merge on to the highway, and enough power in the lower revs to snake through traffic. Steering is fairly quick and the suspension is both responsive yet forgiving of rough roads. The manual transmission offers easy if light throws, but those who opt for the automatic might be a little disappointed. It seems to be a little finicky and doesn’t perform consistently.
The 2013 Mazda 2 offers a 1.5L inline 4 cylinder engine, producing 100 horsepower and 98 lb/ft of torque. Power goes to the front wheels via a standard 5 speed manual or optional 4 speed automatic. You’ll get from 0-60 mph in 10.3 seconds and EPA fuel ratings are 29 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined for the manual, and 28/34/30 mpg for the automatic.
The Mazda2 Touring trim level comes with 15” alloy wheels, cruise control, a 6 speaker audio system, air conditioning, keyless entry, USB port, foglights, a multi-functional steering wheel, and upgraded cloth seats with red piping.
Like the Fiesta, the Mazda 2 offers responsive suspension that is still comfortable on rough roads and sharp steering. However, at 100 horsepower the engine is underpowered. Thankfully the Mazda 2 is lightweight, but it still struggles under acceleration. The manual transmission has a rather high engagement point, which takes some getting used to, but the automatic does not shift predictably and offers worse fuel economy to boot.
The 2013 Ford Fiesta Titanium starts at $16,995, and the 2013 Mazda 2 Touring will set you back $16,210. While both will get you to your destination reliably and economically, the Fiesta is the winner here. You’ll get more power, better mpg’s, and a more engaging manual transmission.
You were going to choose the stick shift, right? #SaveTheManuals