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The Fiesta ST was one of the cars considered.

It had rave reviews except for one who thought "juvenile" fun isn't a good thing.

They said that they asked for a 1.0 or base car and got an ST instead.

The winner was some Cadillac.
 

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Yeah, well, these awards can sure be iffy in hind sight. Cars are made, generally, MUCH better today.

These were some classic awful "Car of the Year" selections from years gone by:
  • 1971 Chevrolet Vega
  • 1981 Chrysler K-cars
  • 1983 AMC/Renault Alliance
 

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I agree. Just as bad is Consumer Reports. That magazine's for retired farts and people who can't think on there own.

My mother-in-law (said enough?) gave me this year's car review issue and the Ford Focus, Fusion, etc all got "less than reliable" total scores simply due to the trouble with My Touch. Mechanically they were all above average, so take their reviews with a grain of salt...
 

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Seems to me that they loved the FiST, but they couldn't get any "normal" Fiestas to include in their testing which is a requirement for their parameters. I enjoy Motortrend just as much as C&D and R&T, but not as much as Top Gear, guess I'm an old Fart....
 

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I agree. Just as bad is Consumer Reports. That magazine's for retired farts and people who can't think on there own.
CR is fine for relatively inexpensive things that you aren't enthusiastic about. I'm not going to spend days researching and testing out clothes irons when my 20 year old one dies, but I'm also not going to buy one just based off the store display. Cleaning supplies, vacuums, hair dryers, and stuff like that is where CRs value is.

Bigger purchases like major appliances and autos I'll take the time to do real research on.

Also, being a member of our local library gives free online access to them which doesn't hurt.

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I agree. Just as bad is Consumer Reports. That magazine's for retired farts and people who can't think on there own.

My mother-in-law (said enough?) gave me this year's car review issue and the Ford Focus, Fusion, etc all got "less than reliable" total scores simply due to the trouble with My Touch. Mechanically they were all above average, so take their reviews with a grain of salt...
Of course, when MFT bricks your car, then you have a problem.

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Consumer Reports loves the Fiesta ST
Thanks for sharing those videos. CR is turning over a new leaf, those guys were legit. They didn't try to hide genuine feelings both good and bad, and that lent a feeling of authenticity. No, they're not race car drivers -- but I could totally see similar banter with friends. I have long held an opinion that the guys at CR were definitely NOT car guys, so this was fun to see. I'll have to check out their other podcasts now.
 
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