For 2014, the Ford Fiesta gets a refreshed exterior design, an improved interior and additional features.
It’s most exciting change is the addition of the new ST trim level. The ST boasts a spunky 197 horsepower turbocharged engine, a 6-speed manual transmission and sportier handling. In short: it’s one fun ride and certainly worth the extra dough!
Stellar fuel economy; curb appeal; smooth ride; affordable price; available features
Limited cargo space, cramped rear quarters; uninspiring manual transmission.
During our short stint around town we were pleased to find that the Fiesta handles Pennsylvania’s larger than life ruts and craters with ease however the ST’s ride is a little more firm. It’s surprisingly nimble and rewarding to drive but acceleration is just average. It’s uninspiring acceleration comes as no surprise but if you can find us a subcompact that tears down the strip like a sports coupe, then you can consider yourself hired! Ok, not really but we doubt you’ll find one either way.
Body Styles, Trims & Options
It may be small but Ford has given shoppers plenty of trims and options to choose from. Two body styles are also available, a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback. We prefer the sportier look of the hatch which looks better than ever after this year’s mid-cycle freshening. Both are great for budget minded buyers and are offered with several features generally not found on subcompacts. It also offers best-in-class fuel economy, returning more than 40 mpg on the highway.
Available trims include: S, SE, Titanium and ST. The Fiesta offers plenty of bang for your buck with a starting price tag of $14,000 and topping out at just over $21,000 for the performance focused ST.
The base S is surprisingly well equipped for its bargain basement price. Just a few of its standard features include: power locks and mirrors, AC, Bluetooth, an iPod/USB interface, auxiliary jack, voice controls, some app based features and (surprise) a 6-speaker sound system instead of the measly four usually found at this price point.
Stepping up to the SE will get you more desirable amenities like alloy wheels, power windows, keyless entry, cruise control a leather wrapped steering wheel and ambient lighting.
The SE is eligible for several packages including an Appearance Package, a Comfort Package and a Super Fuel Economy Package. The Appearance Package adds several cosmetic upgrades throughout while the Super Fuel Economy Package adds aerodynamic tidbits to help it return better mpg. If you live in a region where weather is as unpredictable as an 8 week old puppy, opting for the Comfort Package will be the best decision you’ve ever made. It adds heated seats, heated mirrors and automatic climate control to help keep you and passengers comfortable when temperatures dip and soar.
The Titanium gets a unique set of 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, a black grille and leather upholstery. Tech goodies include push button start, a rearview camera, parking sensors, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, HD radio and an upgraded sound system.
The sporty ST gets the same features as the SE plus 17-inch alloy wheels, unique body and under-body treatments, foglamps and dual exhaust tips. Interior features include push button start, automatic climate control, sport seats, aluminum-trimmed pedals, door sill plates and a Sony sound system with the MyFord Touch interface.
Moving on to the all-important question “what about safety”? Well, for starters Ford has somehow managed to squeeze in 7 standard airbags into this super compact including a driver knee airbag. Other standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system, integrated blind spot mirrors, stability control and traction control. How well do all of these features work? We have no idea. We were lucky enough to not find out and prefer to keep it that way.
At the end of the day, the Ford Fiesta is arguably one of the best values in its class thanks to its fun driving demeanor, nicely appointed interior and ample safety features. If you are on a budget but still want something that feels expensive, the Ford Fiesta deserves some serious consideration.