Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Honda Civic VS 2016 Ford Fiesta Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Honda Civic

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2016 Ford Fiesta

Safety Comparison

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Civic deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Civic’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Fiesta’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Civic has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Fiesta doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Civic offers optional Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Fiesta doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Honda Civic has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Fiesta doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Civic’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Fiesta doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Civic and the Fiesta 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Civic Sedan is safer than the Fiesta Sedan:



Overall Evaluation






Head Neck Evaluation



Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation



Max Chest Compression

21 cm

21 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation



Femur Force R/L

.2/.5 kN

2.7/1.8 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L



Lower Leg Evaluation



For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Civic its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 61 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Fiesta is not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2015.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Civic’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Fiesta’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Fiesta’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 72 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The Civic LX/LX-P/EX’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 38 more horsepower (158 vs. 120) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (138 vs. 112) than the Fiesta’s standard 1.6 DOHC 4 cyl. The Civic LX/LX-P/EX’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 35 more horsepower (158 vs. 123) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (138 vs. 125) than the Fiesta’s optional 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. The Civic EX-T/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 51 more horsepower (174 vs. 123) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (162 vs. 125) than the Fiesta’s optional 1.0 turbo 3 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Civic 2.0 4 cyl. is faster than the Ford Fiesta 4 cyl. (manual transmissions tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88 MPH

82.8 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Civic 1.5 Turbo is faster than the Ford Fiesta 4 cyl. (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

9.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.4 MPH

79.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Civic Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Fiesta:



4 cyl./Manual

27 city/40 hwy

28 city/36 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

31 city/41 hwy

27 city/37 hwy

Turbo 4 cyl./Auto

31 city/42 hwy


To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Civic uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Fiesta with the 1.0 turbo 3 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Civic’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Fiesta:



Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10.2 inches

Rear Rotors

10.2 inches

7.9” drums

The Honda Civic has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Fiesta. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Civic stops shorter than the Fiesta:



70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Civic has larger tires than the Fiesta (215/55R16 vs. 185/60R15). The Civic LX/EX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Fiesta (215/55R16 vs. 195/50R16).

The Civic LX/EX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Fiesta’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Civic LX/EX has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Fiesta. The Civic EX-T/EX-L/Touring’s 17-inch wheels are larger than the 16-inch wheels optional on the Fiesta.

The Honda Civic’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford Fiesta only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Civic has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Ford Fiesta has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Civic has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Civic flat and controlled during cornering. The Fiesta’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Civic’s wheelbase is 8.3 inches longer than on the Fiesta (106.3 inches vs. 98 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Civic is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 4.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Fiesta.

The Civic Touring Sedan handles at .82 G’s, while the Fiesta Titanium Sedan pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Civic Sedan is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Fiesta Sedan is rated a Subcompact.

The Civic Sedan has 12.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Fiesta (97.8 vs. 85.1).

The Civic Sedan has .2 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 3.1 inches more front hip room, 4.3 inches more front shoulder room, 6.2 inches more rear legroom and 6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Fiesta Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Civic Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Fiesta Sedan (15.1 vs. 12.8 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Civic easier. The Civic’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the Fiesta’s liftover is 28.3 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Civic’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Fiesta SE/Titanium.

The Civic’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Fiesta SE/Titanium’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Civic has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Fiesta doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Civic Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Fiesta’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Civic 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 Fiesta has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the SE/Titanium.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Civic has standard extendable sun visors. The Fiesta doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Civic and the Fiesta offer available heated front seats. The Civic Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Fiesta.

The Civic EX/EX-TEX-L/Touring has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Fiesta doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Civic EX-T/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Fiesta doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Civic’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Fiesta S doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Civic offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Fiesta doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations Comparison

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Civic as the 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Fiesta has never been chosen.

The Honda Civic outsold the Ford Fiesta by over 16 to one during 2015.

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