Fair warning that the Ecoboost version of the Fiesta only comes with a manual transmission.
It's best to think of the Ecoboost Fiesta as a fun and practical driver's car, but certainly not a family car. Think of it more as a 2 door car that you can squeeze extra people into when you need it. This car (the 3 cylinder ecoboost model) is amazingly fuel efficient and fast. Easily will get 40MPG on a highway, and it will be way faster than a Prius thanks to that little turbo. The Honda Fit is also pretty quick. In fact, let's compare these two cars real quick since they're the ones you should be considering.
Ecoboost Fiesta: Cheaper, More Fuel Efficient, Sportier Handling, Attractive Interior and Exterior Styling, Manual Transmission Only
Honda Fit: More Spacious, More Technology, Both Transmissions LOUD on Highways
That's pretty much the gist of it. The Fiesta is more fun and more efficient, the Fit is more practical and has more technology options if you're willing to pay. The deal breaker for me is just how insanely loud a Fit is on the highway and how boring it looks. The Fit's engine will scream at you going 70 miles per hour.
If you can't drive a manual you're missing out on the two best Fiesta models. The ultra efficient and peppy SFE, or the super sporty ST. If you can't drive a stick, just buy a Honda Fit. Unless you don't mind a slow car. However, if you CAN drive a stick and want a Fiesta on a budget, it's amazing how good a deal you can get on an SFE model. I got mine for $4,000 off MSRP. I paid $15,000 for it brand new, fully optioned with the heated seats and moon roof.
Ford dealerships can sell the ST, even though it only comes with a stick. The SFE is an economy car. Nobody buys a manual transmission economy car. It's a hidden gem for the driving enthusiast who values a car that's cheap to drive and maintain. 10,000 miles so far. Just had my first oil change. No, it's in the owner's manual. 10,000 miles recommended.
I have the automatic with sport shift option. When the car changes gears in automatic it has the sound and fell of a standard shift. I love this feeling. Fuel economy is almost 32 mpg in the city and nearly 40 on the highway. I chose this vehicle because of the low maintenance cost of a small car. i.e. tires, fuel etc.
let's face it everyone one loves a new car so lets keep that in mind. Took my new ford fiesta titanium car on a 4000 mile round trip holiday get away and it was better than great. The only problem was fitting two people ,winter clothes, a dog and Christmas presents all in an economy car. This car has a very large hatch back area an I had hoped to fit it all into the back and not have to pile it into the back seat. Well that dream died quick. So for this trip I should have got the Escape. However as the gas mileage creeped up over 40 mpg (which the sales man swore it would once it hit 2000miles) I became more pleased with my new ford fiesta titanium.
The great stuff:
1)the leather heated seats - the best
2) the huge display for the radio and Nav so even I can see it .
3) the sun roof -makes the car seem bigger and lets in the fresh air.
4) this car is layed out so you feel like you have driven it forever. we rent cars and some car brands put things in stupid places
5) a real glove box and console to rest your arm- sounds simple but try to find this in a car under 20 grand and you will see what I mean.
6)dead pedal - a place to rest your left foot on long trips- a back saver.
7)the sync 3 system works great with my iphone
The not so great:
1)the nav/gps works good but I have used the garmins for so long that its all I know.
So for the first 5000k review this is a great car! we will see at 30k if I cheaped out or got a great fully loaded car that fits in my garage for 18k and change.