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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 220 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
    7.8/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Great driving auto with a learning curve.

By on Friday, January 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,800

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent driveing car! Very good tech"

Cons: "A stick to hold the hood up? Really?"

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

My Speeder, 2015 Ford Fiesta SE

"I bought this one last November. In the nearly year and a half that I have owned it I have had no problems with the car itself. This auto was my first encounter with the dual clutch transmission system. Frankly I had no idea how to use the thing. Put it in drive and go I guess. However after a few talks at the dealership, I learned how to use the standard option properly. I have read and heard of others having transmission issues, with this car. I guess I was lucky because mine is doing its job very well. And its been an all around great auto. I am very pleased with this purchase. I have the 4 door SE Sedan. For a single person I found this auto to be just about perfect for my needs. It does take some getting used to. But once you spend a couple weeks behind the wheel and learn its particular quirks and personality I found it to be awesome. I did upgrade the tires to Dunlop DRZ2. A "summer" tire. But works really well on this car. I was not even a little impressed with the Hankook tires that came from the factory. An expensive upgrade, but to me it was well spent money."

My Speeder, 2015 Ford Fiesta SE

Great car but don't get the automatic.

By on Saturday, January 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great engine/chassis, ergonomic, good value used"

Cons: "Poorly engineered automatic transmission"

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

"I drive it around 900 miles per week as a work car and it's been a great little commuter with the exception of it's horrendous transmission. It's not that it's unreliable, it's just not a pleasant driving experience with the slipping, shaking, and noise coming from the computer controlled, dual clutch, electronically shifted automatic. Sometimes it drives fine, but other times it's jerky, unresponsive, and makes a mess of gear changes. As much as the car is overshadowed by transmission problems, it's not without it's perks. It's great on the highway, corners good, great on gas, comfortable, practical, decent build quality, easy to drive, good visibility, and a great little engine to boot. They're about the cheapest new cars you can buy on the used market and if you can opt for the better looking, more practical hatch back with the manual transmission, you won't go wrong."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Don't feel safe anymore.

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,601

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great on gas."

Cons: "Transmission Problems"

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

"I bought this car for $18,000 in 2012 new. I loved it at first but I've had three recalls so far. I've noticed for a year now it shakes a lot when I excels and go fast on the highway, when I brought the car in for another recall they told me there was another one for the transmission (causing all the problems and shaking) that I never received any information on (sketchy) this has been happening on all ford fiestas and focuses. I do not feel safe driving the car anymore and it still shakes but they can't fix it."

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Bargain gone bad

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fuel efficiency, cargo capacity, halogen lights"

Cons: "Transmission, dealer services, no cruise control"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"My wife and I were looking for a fuel efficient subcompact-compact hatch. Then we found out Ford Fiesta SE. Although we loved the Chevy Cruze, we decided to buy this little guy due to better affordability. I guess you get what you pay for, because within the first month we were at the dealership four to five times. The first of our problems, covered under a nice warranty, was the sound system. The front two speakers were blown when we bought the car and dealer said they'd fix before we drove off the lot. We're not audiophiles so we didn't know until a week later when we went to jam to some country tunes and herd a lovely static. Check number two came when the power window stopped auto scrolling. Check three came when the car went into "limp mode" a week later due to transmission problems. The dealer reprogrammed it and we were off, until it happened again a week after reprogramming. Now the dealer wants to replace the clutch - and the kicker, said it would take 3-6 months for the part to come in. So now I am forced to drive in "limp mode" for three to six months. The worst part is, we paid for extra warranty, which the dealer states should give us a rental vehicle if anything goes wrong. lol They told me they couldn't afford to pay the rental company for that long and I would just have to wait. (I wonder what my lawyer thinks) Other than that hot fuzz, the car drives (drove) excellent, sporty, smooth handling, and little wind and road noise. The back seat is cramped, but that's to be expected in a small car. Fuel efficiency is a major stepping stone from the SUV we did own. We went from about 20mpg to a now more affordable 34-36mpg avg. The fuel tank is a bit small, but fill ups only cost about $25. It's a reasonable bargain if you don't get stuck with Ford's shoddy transmission!"

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

purchase used not a reliable car

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,486

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
1/10

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

"2013 ford fiesta is not a reliable car. It has a bad engine/ motor that make a sound every time i pull off,"

16 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Awful experience, Dont buy

By on Monday, November 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Nice looking"

Cons: "Recalls, small backseat"

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

"I purchased my 2012 Ford Fiesta in 2013, as the first owner. I have had nothing but problems with this vehicle. there have been MANY recalls, some of which are very important features. like breaks, door locks, and transmission. On top of all the recalls, it does not get the gas mileage Ford advertises. At best, I may get 35 MPG. and this is really stretching it. I will never purchase another Ford Fiesta, and with the way Ford handles their issues, I may never purchase a ford again. (Also, you cannot fit a rear facing car seat in the back seat.)"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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