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2014 Ford Fiesta

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2014 Ford Fiesta Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.2

The 2014 Ford Fiesta may be the only American sub-compact that can truly stand up to the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris. Slick Eurostyle looks, outstanding fuel economy and true fun-to-drive chassis tuning do the trick. The Fiesta also loads on features unexpected in this class, including wild interior and exterior colors, a version of Ford’s SYNC infotainment system and a dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Ford Fiesta is available as a 4-door sedan and a 5-door hatchback, in S, SE and Titanium trim levels. A new high-performance hatch-only ST model joins the line this year, with a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. Also new is an available 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine that Ford says is the most fuel-efficient non- hybrid on the market.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient small car, but you don’t want to sacrifice the interior quality or modern features usually found only on larger, more expensive models, the 2014 Ford Fiesta sub-compact is a good choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you’re all about interior space and high resale value, the Honda Fit trumps the Fiesta. And newer models such as the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio offer many of the same qualities at a lower price.

What's New for 2014

Model year 2014 brings a minor restyle and a major performance boost to the Ford Fiesta line. The ST model, with its 197-horsepower EcoBoost 1.6 engine, becomes the presumptive King Hot Hatch in the sub-compact category. A unique 3-cylinder EcoBoost 1.0 is optional in the other models.

Driving the Fiesta
Driving Impressions

Ford maintained the excellent European chassis feel when it brought the Fiesta to the U.S. On the highway, the Fiesta delivers a ride that is both comfortable and controlled. Push...

... the car through a curving on-ramp or twisting back road and you’ll enjoy its balance, response and communication. The Fiesta’s standard 120-hp 4-cylinder engine can feel a little weak, but for 2014 there are two new EcoBoost alternatives. The unique 3-cylinder 1.0-liter places an emphasis on fuel efficiency but also offers good, flexible thrust. The 1.6 4-cylinder in the high-spirited ST model delivers a sparkling 197 horsepower, a number nothing else in this class approaches. (Stiffer suspension and quicker steering further enliven the ST driving experience.) The standard 5-speed manual transmission (6-speed in the ST) helps wring out good acceleration. The 6-speed automatic, available with the standard engine, is a sophisticated dual-clutch design, but it lacks a manual-control option.

SYNC
Ford’s voice-controlled SYNC audio and communications system continues to grow ever more robust and desirable.

ECOBOOST ENGINES
The new-for-2014 1.0-liter 3-cylinder and 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engines combine spirited thrust with high-tech efficiency. But as is usual with turbochargers, lead-footed real-world driving can run up fuel consumption.

2014 Ford Fiesta Details
2014 Ford Fiesta photo Interior

One reason to pick the Fiesta over its Asian competitors is inside. Ford has done a masterful job with the Fiesta’s interior styling and execution, offering a number of distinctive interior choices, such as white/black leather seating, contrasting piping and plum leather seating surfaces. Soft-touch materials are where you want them (armrest, console lid, steering wheel) and high-end options include heated front seats, push-button start and multi-color selectable ambient lighting. Navigation is now available on higher-trim models.

Exterior
2014 Ford Fiesta photo

The 2014 Ford Fiesta subcompact comes in 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback versions. Both are functional and blessed with strong character lines, befitting the savvy young buyers Ford is after. Front and rear aspects are face-lifted for this year, and the new ST model gets its own more aggressive treatments for the grille, lower spoiler and rocker panels. The Hatch has been equipped and positioned as the primary model. Thankfully, cheap-looking unpainted parts and ugly wheel covers are nowhere in sight. You can add sporty 17-inch aluminum wheels, keyless-entry keypads and a host of bright paint colors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A 2014 Ford Fiesta S sedan includes air conditioning, 4-speaker AM/FM sound system with auxiliary audio input jack, tilt/telescope steering wheel, a 5-speed manual transmission and the same fun suspension and powertrain found in every Fiesta. It also gets all the safety goodies, like electronic stability control and seven airbags – including the category’s first driver’s-side knee airbag. Base-model limitations include 15-inch covered steel wheels and roll-‘em-up manual crank windows, but SYNC is now included.

Optional Equipment

A fully-loaded 2014 Ford Fiesta Titanium includes a 6-speed automatic transmission, leather seats, moonroof, keyless entry and start, voice-controlled SYNC smart phone integration, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, heated seats, satellite radio and a trip computer. That’s a generous list for an economical subcompact. The new high-performance ST model offers a Recaro seating package that includes leather trim, seat heaters and heated outside mirrors.

Under the Hood

A lot is happening in the Fiesta’s engine compartment for 2014. The standard 1.6-liter 4-cylinder is joined by a pair of turbocharged EcoBoost engines. The unique 999-cc 3-cylinder EcoBoost 1.0 puts out just three more horsepower than the standard engine, but more torque – good for acceleration – at much lower revs. Official EPA estimates are still to come, but Ford is confident this will be the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car on the market. Turbocharging the standard engine creates the EcoBoost 1.6, with its eye-opening 197 horsepower in the ST model. For now, the EcoBoost engines come only with manual gearboxes, a 5-speed with the 1.0 and a 6-speed with the 1.6. The base engine offers a choice of the 5-speed manual or Ford’s twin-clutch 6-speed automatic.

1.6-liter inline-4
120 horsepower @ 6,350 rpm
112 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/38 (manual), 29/39 mpg (automatic)

1.0-liter turbocharged inline-3
123 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
125 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 32/45 mpg

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
197 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
202 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 26/35 mpg

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2014 Ford Fiesta Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 228 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.0/10
    Quality
    7.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    7.7/10
  • Comfort
    7.7/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Great car for the price

By on Thursday, July 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "m"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I brought my fiesta 2 years ago with 10,000 miles on it and I haven't had any problems out of it. Mine is a 5 speed transmission and I get like 41 miles a gallon."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Rental Car

By on Friday, July 15, 2016

I don't own this car

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "smooth ride, easy turn"

Cons: "uncomfortable seats, dreaded dashboard humps"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"This was the car that I received during a rental. It is a nice car, I will admit, however there are some things that could be desired. Driving is great in it - turns are very easy and smooth. Braking is a breeze, as long as you don't press down onto the break too hard. As for what could be desired, the seats are uncomfortable for me. I am used to the seats in the Nissan Versa that when I sit in this car, it is very stiff and rigid, and I am one of those who enjoys sitting up straight. Another thing that annoys me is the annoying dashboard humps. Seriously, when you are short, it doesn't matter how much you pump up your seat, it can make it rather hard to see. Yes, it adds to the appearance but its effectiveness is a no go."

Nice Car

By on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great mpg, price, looks, ride, interior"

Cons: "shaky trans at low speed, feels like a manual"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My 2012 Fiesta sedan has 95K miles and has been a great commuter vehicle. Great mpg (between 35-47), comfortable ride, good looks, inexpensive, and roomy driver seat and trunk. I've only had 1 repair (recall) besides new brakes and tires."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

2014 SE Hatchback Manual w/ Ecoboost - Excellent

By on Sunday, July 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great Price, Excellent Commuter, Fun to Drive"

Cons: "Not fast, Mid quality Interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Owned this car for two years. Avg 39 mpg since purchase; includes stop and go Seattle rush hour traffic. Fun to drive and look at. This is an ideal car for the economical commuter, and for doing city trips where tight, nimble parking is required. It handles well in elements and we've taken it camping. Hatchback fits a surprising amount of stuff. Great to couple with a more utility vehicle if you're in a 2+ car household. Love the manual ecoboost; DO NOT recommend the automatic. I frequently travel for work (meaning I drive a lot of compacts), and the experience difference between the auto and the manual is jarring. I also appreciate that you can downgrade the sync system (i.e. not use MyFord Touch). I like the downgraded version a lot as it syncs well with my iPhone and isn't overpowering. Though it can be a little finicky. (I strongly dislike talking cars and computer screens in cars etc; they do not age well and I do not enjoy them) The comfort upgrade is nice, too. Warming seats, without an excessive price-tag or too many other unnecessary features (I'm a low feature guy)."

Good When New

By on Monday, June 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "steering, fuel economy, great subcompact"

Cons: "transmission"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This car was my very car. I loved it when it had less miles. I took this car into several ford dealerships during the 36000 warranty for transmission problems. The car shutters really bad after you've driven it for a few miles in a day. It was pretty bad, the car felt like it was going to break down but luckily to this day it has not. There were several other issues that arose as the car aged. I had the radiator fan go out on me, one of the door latches went out, and lastly one of the speakers went out. The car handles beautifully though. This car has some of the best tuned steering I have ever driven. It stops fairly well, it handles, though it is a bit slow, it is pretty good considering it is a sub compact. In comparison to the rest of the subcompacts, I find the Fiesta to be the best. I would recommend this car to someone who wants something nice but is on a budget. I definitely recommend purchasing this car within warranty because of the little issues that have come up, the car has not depreciated very well either. Bought it in 2013 with 15k miles at about $15k and 3 years later the kbb value is less than half that (about $6k) I know that's somewhat expected though."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

completely hate this car!!!!!!

By on Saturday, June 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,498

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "nice looking car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I hate this car...Nothing but recalls since the day I bought it. The dealership was no help I had a warranty and was talked into another warranty that has been of zero help to me I have out of pocket spent over 500.00..... THE TMC Which is a recall has now been fixed twice in a year of me having this car. A waste of time if u have one get rid of it now...... More time in the shop then on the road....."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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