When it arrives in dealers later this year, the 2014 Ford Fiesta SE with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission will carry a stellar 45 mpg EPA highway rating, a stat that earns Ford's front-drive subcompact best-in-class honors for a non-hybrid, gasoline-powered vehicle with an engine that produces in excess of 120 horsepower. Turning out 123 horses and developing 125 lb-ft of torque, the frugal Fiesta SE Manual EcoBoost Package also carries a 32 mpg city mark and a 37 mpg combined rating. Swapping out the SE's standard 120-horse/1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine for the EcoBoost alternative adds $995 to the price of either the 4-door sedan or 5-door hatch, bringing the cost of the former to $17,240 and the cost of the latter to $18,040.
Although EcoBoost technology that combines turbocharging, variable valve timing and direct fuel injection is a familiar part of the Blue Oval lineup, this is the first application of the automaker's 1.0-liter/3-cylinder EcoBoost engine in a U.S-spec model. The firm's research indicates mileage-making capability is frequently the top priority among subcompact vehicle buyers and the Fiesta SE 1.0-liter's numbers put it at or near those of hybrid and diesel vehicles while bettering the highway figures of the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris by 12 mpg and 8 mpg, respectively.
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