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Unlike buying a sports car or luxury cruiser, purchasing an economy car isn't usually an occasion to celebrate. Yet with belt-tightening just about everywhere you look, the virtues of value and fuel efficiency are becoming just as important and appealing as eye-watering acceleration and sumptuous comfort. On a roll of late, Ford recently tapped into these potentially changing tastes with its subcompact Fiesta.
The Ford Fiesta provides levels of refinement, sportiness and style that not too long ago were unthinkable in the economy class. We've found that the entry-level Ford boasts not only impressive comfort, enjoyable driving dynamics and an inviting cabin but also unexpected features like keyless ignition and Ford's Sync system. In other words, the Ford Fiesta is a winner. Even if you never thought you'd drive a subcompact car, it may be time to reconsider.
Current Ford Fiesta
The four-door Ford Fiesta subcompact is offered as a sedan in S, SE and SEL trim levels, and as a hatchback in SE and SES trim.
The S sedan is pretty basic but includes a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and four-speaker audio with auxiliary audio jack and USB connections. The SE models add full power accessories and a CD player. The SEL's and SES's highlights include LED lighting, 16-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, the Sync multimedia system and upgraded audio with satellite radio. Options include larger wheels, a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats and, on lower trims, the Sync voice command system. Also available is the Super Fuel Economy package with aerodynamic body enhancements, lightweight wheels and special tires.
Inside, the Fiesta features a soft-touch dash and tight construction that impart a feeling of quality normally lacking in an entry-level car. The Fiesta's controls can be a bit confusing for the technologically challenged, but they are well placed. In terms of backseat and cargo space, the sedan is competitive with its rivals but the hatchback offers considerably less capacity than Honda's Fit.
On the road, a smooth and torquey 120-horsepower 1.6-liter inline-4 coupled to a five-speed manual or six-speed automated dual-clutch manual transmission gets the Fiesta to 60 mph in about 9.5 seconds, while providing estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg in mixed driving. The Fiesta also boasts excellent steering response and suspension tuning that yields an ideal ride-and-handling balance.
Used Ford Fiesta Models
The current-generation Fiesta bowed for 2011 and has hasn't changed significantly since.
Read the most recent 2014 Ford Fiesta review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Ford Fiesta page.