2014 Ford Fiesta SE

One-liter Wonder. Low-cost subcompact hatchback.

  • Likes
  • Cargo space
  • turning radius
  • Dislikes
  • acceleration
  • grip
  • interior space

Sporting a tiny 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-3, the Ford Fiesta SE is a bargain fuel miser. It's also relatively well-equipped, handsomely styled and decent to drive.

While this Fiesta is comfortable and practical, especially if you live in the city, its claim to fame is still its mpg figures. The EPA rates the Fiesta EcoBoost with the fuel economy package at 45 miles per gallon on the highway, among the best of any non-hybrid on the market.

Actually achieving the EPA numbers should be possible given a light foot and sparse traffic. Living in a big city though, you may never get close to the mpg figures on your car's sticker, no matter what you drive. Waiting at lights, in bumper-to-bumper traffic, in parking lots and going through drive thrus, you're essentially getting 0 miles per gallon. That said, we averaged only 29.2 mpg overall in our Fiesta, a figure which is somewhat disappointing considering how frugality is this little hatchback's rasion d'etere.

Still, the Fiesta SE EcoBoost offers a simpler and cheaper alternative to hybrids and diesels whose higher monthly payments may cancel out the economic benefits of their fuel savings.

Our Blue Candy test car came equipped with the $995 fuel economy package, which includes low-rolling-resistance tires and some subtle aerodynamic tweaks. Being a Fiesta, this car is still fun, even if it's more of a kickback than a rager. For that, there's the 197-horsepower Fiesta ST.

Warranty/Service: 3 year/36,000 mile limited warranty, 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, 5-year/ 60,000 mile roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $16,080

As Tested: $16,080

  • 32 / 45 mpg
  • EPA
  • 8.3 sec
  • 0-60
  • 123 hp
  • Horsepower
  • Engine: 1.0-liter inline-3 turbo
  • Horsepower: 123 hp
  • Torque: 125
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Curb Weight: 2,592 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 98 in
  • Length: 156.3 in
  • Width: 67.8 in
  • Height: 58.9 in
  • Turning circle: 33.5 ft
  • Brakes: F/R: Disc/ drum, ABS
  • Suspension: F/R: Ind. MacPherson strut, coil spring, anti-roll bar/ torsion beam/ coil spring
  • Traction: Traction control standard
  • 0-60 mph: 8.3 sec
  • EPA City: 32 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 45 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 37 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Dual front airbags, front side and side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag

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