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2014 Ford Fiesta

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/20/2014 Austin Lott

Vehicle Overview

The Ford Fiesta is the automaker's subcompact, entry-level offering in sedan and four-door hatchback forms. They range in styles from the hyper-efficient three cylinder model, the higher-volume four cylinder model, and the performance-oriented ST model.

Summary

The subcompact Ford Fiesta has been refreshed for the 2014 model year and is available in a number of different forms, from the new three-cylinder, manual-transmission-only 1.0 SFE to the regular four-cylinder S, SE, and Titanium trims. The Fiesta S, SE, and Titanium get the 1.6-liter I-4, which delivers 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque with an EPA estimated 27-28/36-37 mpg city/highway. The S and Titanium have the option of a six-speed automatic over the standard five-speed manual transmission while the SE I-4 is available with a SFE package that boosts mileage one mpg to an EPA estimated 28/38 city/highway with the automatic transmission. Available only with the five-speed manual is the turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3 that produces 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque with an EPA estimated 31/43 mpg city/highway.

The high-performance Fiesta ST gets the turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4, which produces 197 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque with and EPA estimated 26/35 mpg city/highway and comes exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission and only as a four-door hatchback.

The 2014 Fiesta has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), but only scored two stars in the side crash test. The IIHS designated the sedan and hatchback Top Safety Picks for 2013.

New for 2014

The newly refreshed 2014 Ford Fiesta can now be had with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3 engine, which gets an EPA estimated 31/43 mpg city/highway. Additionally, the Fiesta ST is now available and will come standard with a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4, which produces 197 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque, a six-speed manual, Recaro seats, and a unique ST body kit that includes a spoiler, updated grille, and hood. A 6.5-inch touchscreen display is now available.

What We Think

We loved driving the 2014 Ford Fiesta in any trim with a manual transmission. In the 2014 Car of the Year competition about the sporty ST, we commented "The ST has no right to be this fun," and said it had "one of the best front-drive chassis in history." On the Fiesta ST, Ford has almost eliminated torque steer and understeer, making the six-speed more fun to row than the larger, more powerful Focus ST. The Fiesta, in all forms, accommodates taller drivers well, but we've faulted it for a rather cramped rear seat. We noted in a test of a 2014 Fiesta SE sedan that the base 1.6-liter I-4 "is fine around town and under moderate acceleration, but it quickly runs out of steam…" and that the "dual-clutch [automatic] is lackluster too, with slow, lazy, automatic-like shifts." The takeaway? Get the manual. As for the 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3 model, we liked it, saying it had a "gem of an engine" but was susceptible to crosswinds.

You'll Like

  • Manual-transmission models
  • Economy and performance of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost I-3
  • Driver ergonomics

You Won't Like

  • Rear-seat leg room
  • Automatic transmission for spirited driving
  • Tight rear cargo space

Key Competitors

  • Honda Fit
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Chevrolet Sonic

Rating

4 star The party's here.

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