Five-Point Inspection: 2012 Ford Fiesta SES Hatchback

Five-Point Inspection: 2012 Ford Fiesta SES Hatchback
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PowerShift Transmission Acts Weird

The PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission helps achieve those fuel economy numbers, but often it feels like the computer controlling it doesn’t know what it’s doing. Shift points are extremely high, even pushing past the redline quite a few times, and then clunking hard on the downshift.

Slow shifts are also a problem, as well as slow engagement off of the line. In certain idling situations, like rolling in stop and go traffic, the engine feels choked, like it might stall. As impressive as the fuel economy may be, it comes with significant driving-feel drawbacks.