2014 Ford Fiesta – Test Drive and First Look

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Let’s take a look at the 2014 Fiesta in terms of facts and numbers. IMGP1857 The 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder five-speed manual transmission can achieve an impressive 40 mpg on the highway, a stat that earned the car a best-in-class fuel economy rating.  Also available is a 1.6-liter Ti-VCT (Ford’s Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing technology) four-cylinder, five-speed manual and a six-speed PowerShift automatic. The former delivers 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet (152 nm) of torque.  The 1.0-liter three-cylinder develops 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet (200 nm) of torque.

The Fiesta comes with many standard safety features including AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control, dual-stage first-row airbags, a driver knee airbag, side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, and a four-wheel Anti-Lock Braking System.  In addition, a tire pressure monitoring system and anti-theft engine immobilizer are also standard.

The 2014 Fiesta also comes with a slew of extra features.  MyKey programmability, a new Ford Feature, lets people limit speed and audio levels.  Sync with MyFord Touch is available as an add-on and provides a digital interface for radio communications, navigation, and cell phone connectivity (Bluetooth and USB) via a 6.5″ LCD display.  The software supports voice commands for hands-free use.

The Fiesta is available in three trim levels, the S, SE, and Titanium.  IMGP1842Some features on the Titanium model are not available on the S and don’t come standard on the SE.  These features include heated front seats, heated mirrors, fog lamps, satellite radio, navigation system, and climate control.  Other features are standard and available exclusively for the Titanium model, such as a backup camera, rear parking aids, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HD radio, premium Sony sound system, and leather seats.  The Titanium model will also have chrome trims on its exterior, giving it a flashier look than the S and SE.

The 2014 Fiesta received many appearance upgrades as well.  Compared to the 2013 lineup, the 2014 refresh models sport all-new chrome grilles and a redesigned hood as well as new front and rear lights.  At a distance, they may not appear to be drastically different, but upon closer inspection, it’s clear that the 2014 Fiestas are redesigned with subtle yet intricate details for a more fashionable appearance.

The 2014 Ford Fiesta will be available in ten colors.  The base model will start at $14,000 plus a $795 destination and delivery charge.

BOTTOM LINE

The 2014 Ford Fiesta is not a luxury car by any means, but it is packed with some desirable features and a few bells and whistles that were previously the province of true luxury cars, a trend that we have noticed in more entry-level vehicles in the past few years.  It’s responsive and quiet on the road and should function admirably as a modest commuter car.  If affordability and efficiency are more important than sportiness and power, give the 2014 Fiesta a test drive.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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