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I'm a big fan of hatches--currently own a Protege5--so I rushed pricing and features into the database for TrueDelta's car price comparison tool. My analysis: the pricing looks good:

Ford Fiesta pricing - how does it compare?

If anyone wants to configure a Fiesta or run their own comparisons:

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Note: Ford's preliminary information on the car could be much more complete--it made the task of entering features much more difficult and error-prone than it had to be.

If anyone knows which (if any) trim levels include the following, standard or in a package, please let me know:

--automatic climate control

--automatic headlights

--cargo cover (would be hatch only, if offered)

--manual height, driver seat

--spare tire (only SFE?)

--leather trim is first and second row, or only first?

--active head restraints

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Thanks for researching this mkaresh. I to own a Protege5 that I bought in 2001 when they were first rolling into the dealerships. I paid pretty darn close to list because I wanted one of the first ones and it had to be yellow. :) My rough calculations are that the Fiesta SE hatch is running about $2 to $2.5K less than the list price of my P5.
 

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Hate to say it, but I bought one of the last 2003 P5s, and paid $4,600 below MSRP. I've really enjoyed the car overall--aside from the rust, they do rust too easily--and haven't driven another hatch that is as fun. Wondering if the Fiesta will be.

Based on the specs, the Fiesta does have a much smaller rear seat. So my three kids might not fit. They fit surprisingly well in the P5.
 

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The pricing seems fairly competitive, particularly considering the Fiesta is an altogther nicer car then many of those offerings.

BTW, mkaresh, you're a busy guy. Is there any car forum you haven't posted on?
 

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There might be a few.

I want to provide reliability and real-world MPG stats for all car models. And since every model has a different forum...
 

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If anyone knows which (if any) trim levels include the following, standard or in a package, please let me know:

--automatic climate control

--automatic headlights

--cargo cover (would be hatch only, if offered)

--manual height, driver seat

--spare tire (only SFE?)

--leather trim is first and second row, or only first?

--active head restraints

Thanks.

--automatic headlights - Not available

--cargo cover (would be hatch only, if offered) - Standard

--manual height, driver seat - SES has them standard

--leather trim is first and second row, or only first? - Both rows

I don''t know about the other questions.
 

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Thanks. I didn't see a lever or knob to raise the seat in photos. Is it low to the floor?
 
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