2014 Ford Fiesta ST 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
I needed a small car to commute into the city that was fun to drive and economical to buy & maintain. Previous cars had been Japanese or German, so this was the first American car I ever bought! The ST is remarkably different from anything I'd ever driven before. The 1.6 L turbo is powerful and well-behaved with plenty of torque anytime you need it. The steering is light, but laser-sharp and precise. This car corners like crazy, with almost no body lean, and feels like it's riding on rails. Very nice interior quality for its price range. Very intelligent design, both inside and out. But be forewarned: this car has a race-tuned suspension and may be a lot firmer than what you're used to.
Great engine with super-functional turbo
Very easy clutch & shifter
Amazing steering & handling
Engine sounds great, but disappears into background on the highway
Optional Recaro seats are amazing!
Nice mileage, and takes regular or premium gas
Ford SYNC stereo plays nicely with my iPhone
Can control all electronics with voice commands
Has SD card slot for your MP3s
Has USB plug for my iPhone
No gas cap, just open the door and fill!
Enough space in trunk to add subwoofer over spare tire
Great in snow, but you NEED snow tires!
Very easy to drive, parks in any spot
Great cupholders (including sneaky one in door)
Probably the funnest car you will ever drive
Ride is very, very firm -- test drive this car before you buy, as you may not like this.
Did I mention that the ride is very firm?
You will need a second set of wheels (probably 15") with snow tires if you live where there's winter
You may need a second set of smaller wheels if you live where there are potholes. The 17" wheels have minimal rubber and don't like big potholes
Stereo is OK but not great. If you like music you will need to upgrade 2-4 door speakers & add subwoofer in trunk
Heated seats have 2 settings only: off and broil
Some controls feels a little bit flimsy & cheap
SYNC system has difficult to use touchscreen, but you can avoid this by using voice commands
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