Exactly what I say too. I've always loved small cars, but hated the fact that most were grouped into the "econobox" category...basically tin cans with wheels.The way I read this is - I want nice features and good fuel economy. I don't want to choose between the two.
No surprise that the votes in an enthusiast forum (where people are here because they like the car) favor the well optioned models.Is North America ready for a fully loaded premium small car, or is the Fiesta just another econobox?
I am of the same opinion as Bryan on transaxle choice and not ordering a sunroof. And those reasons are weight and wait. This is the first small Ford I have ever purchased without a sunroof. I miss it. But, the A/C is very good and the lack of extra mass "up high" is good. I am happy.fully loaded, every option, but with a manual trans. I don't fit the "American" car buyer since I want something small, quick, outstanding handling, sexy design, tons of options, and I want to row my own cogs. The Fiesta fits my exact needs, but mine needs some work to bring the quick part back to the car. So many people I talk to see the manual gearbox and think I could not afford the auto. Weirdo's, if I spent $200k on a car, it would still have a manual.
I sometimes wish I would have got the sunroof, but it is extra weight in the worst possible spot. I also did not want to wait for it.