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Comparison: 2011 Ford Fiesta SES vs 2010 Honda Fit Sport vs 2010 Toyota Yaris vs 2010 Nissan Versa 1.8 SL


Having vanquished the Old World to become the best-selling car in Europe, Ford's FORD FIESTA has been readying its attack on our shores via some seriously subversive methods. Last year, for instance, Ford dropped 100 Fiestas behind our lines as part of its FORD FIESTA Movement campaign. And insidiously, each of its lucky drivers was issued a video camera, with the resulting propaganda injected into the minds of our tender youth via such "alternative portals" as Facebook and Current TV. What's next? FORD FIESTA sleeper cells? Maybe.

 We say: Ford, stop all this nefarious skulking in the shadows. The FORD FIESTA needs to come out into the open and subject itself to a proper comparison test like a real car.

So we called Ford...and they dropped one off. An SES with the novel electrically actuated dual-clutch six-speed.

 Awaiting it with some apprehension were three boxy, battle-scarred alternatives that likewise once had high-hopes of dominating the little-car market: Honda's perfectly named Fit, Nissan's Versa (which sounds like "versatile," not bad), and Toyota's Yaris (per Toyota: "'Yaris' is a mash-up of 'Charis'-Greek goddess in mythology, symbol of beauty and elegance-and the German expression of agreement, ja'). The German involved must have been that old blind man in "Frankenstein."

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The resulting order, if I can make out the notes on this crumpled napkin, was...

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