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This subcompact has agile handling that makes it fun to drive, as well as a supple, controlled ride. Interior fit and finish and equipment levels are among the best of the class, and the cabin is relatively quiet. But the rear seat is very cramped. Our tested 120-hp, 1.6-liter Fiesta with the five-speed manual delivered excellent fuel economy but felt sluggish. A six-speed automated manual tends to cause the car to stumble in stop-and-go traffic. Other choices are a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo and the sporty Fiesta ST that is truly a treat to drive if your kidneys can handle the stiff ride. Sync 3 has replaced the MyFord Touch infotainment system. Reliability of the Fiesta has remained well below average.

Road Test

The Fiesta is one of those rare subcompacts that feels like a solid, substantial car, while offering a civilized ride and fairly quiet cabin for its class. As you'd expect for such a small car, it's also quite fuel efficient, with either its standard...

Highs

  • Feels substantial for a subcompact
  • Rides well and is quiet for its class

Lows

  • Rather expensive for what you get
  • Rear-seat space is very tight

Best Version to Get

If we were to choose an economical Fiesta we'd go for a regular Fiesta SE with the 1.6-liter engine. Skip the optional MyFord Touch infotainment system, as the Fiesta's smaller version of this frustrating system makes it even harder to use. But spring for the bargain-priced $290 Comfort pack...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Sequential
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1-liter 3 turbo (123 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (197 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 (120 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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