The Ford Fiesta was first built in 1976. It has been in continuous production since, although it has not been available on the American market for several years. Since 1976, more than 16 million Fiestas have been sold worldwide. It has been noted for its fuel efficiency, reliability, and affordability since production began.
The Fiesta was re-introduced to the North American market for the 2010 model year. That year it featured a 1.6L engine. For 2014, the 1.6L is still standard as is a five speed manual transmission. You can opt for a six-speed ”automated manual” called Powershift. This transmission will do the shifting, but is designed to maximize engine and power efficiency. Now, back to engine options. While the 1.6 is standard there is an available turbocharged 1.6 or a three-cylinder 1.0 that is turbocharged.
The standard 1.6/manual transmission combo offers and EPA estimated 27 mpg city and 38 on the highway. When the 1.6 is paired with the PowerShift transmission, estimates jump to 29 and 39. Since that is not much of a jump, the additional cost of the PowerShift may not make it worthwhile from a fuel economy viewpoint. The three-cylinder is only paired with the five-speed manual, but EPA estimates push just north of 40 mpg on the highway. The turbocharged 1.6 is only paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates that it will provide 34 highway mpg. The turbo is only available in the ST trim package which is also has a lowered suspension, quicker steering, and upgraded brakes to help the car shape-shift into a sport hatch.
Each 2014 Ford Fiesta has standard antilock brakes, stability and traction control, a blind-spot mirror, hill launch assist, and a variety of airbags; including front side, side curtain, and a driver’s knee airbag. The Sync system is also standard for 2014. The system offers a 911 Assist function that works with your cellphone in an emergency. In testing by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Fiesta was assessed with four out of five stars for its overall protection of occupants. It was awarded five star rating for side impact protection. In tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2014 Fiesta was given the highest rating of ”Good” in the frontal-offset test, as well as in the tests for side and roof strength.
The 2014 Fiesta is repeatedly called ”sporty and responsive” by most owners. At least, by the owners who opted for the manual transmission. A common complaint with the PowerShift transmission is that it is ”balky and slow to respond”. Many complain that getting up to speed takes too long. While that is a valid issue, it is not uncommon with the continuously variable transmissions that many manufacturers are using for improved gas mileage. Currently, there are no recalls associated with the 2014 model. Additionally, consumers are not reporting reliability issues with this model or the 2013 incarnation.
After selling more than 16 million Fiestas in one version or another, Ford has not slouched on this model. Overall, this is a great car for its class. It is known to deliver on the EPA estimated mpg and provides a dependable ride.
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