The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is a veritable performance piñata, bursting with track-tuned treats when you hit the gas. Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek had a blast in the Focus ST's subcompact sibling; its 197-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder provided "blazing" quickness off the line, playful cornering and an engine sound other small sports cars should listen to and learn from. Everyday drivers: Take that racecar-inspired exterior styling as a warning that this car's milieu is the track. If you're OK with a rougher ride on the street, the Fiesta ST offers plenty to celebrate.
Ford's smallest car is getting a tiny new engine that packs a big fuel-economy punch. A turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine is joining the Fiesta lineup midyear, and the EPA gave it a 32/45/37 mpg city/highway/combined rating.
The 123-horsepower engine is already available in other countries, but this is its first application in the U.S. Ford calls the 1.0-liter Fiesta "America's most fuel-efficient non-hybrid, gasoline-powered car," but the 75-hp Mitsubishi Mirage is rated at 37/44/40 mpg. However, competitors like the Honda Fit (27/33/29 mpg), Nissan Versa Note (27/36/30 mpg) and Chevrolet Sonic (26/35/30 mpg) all come up short by comparison.
For the first half of 2013, Ford is on track to hang onto its title as global-sales leader, and it has China to thank for the early lead. According to a Ford analysis of vehicle-registration data from automotive-industry information provider R.L. Polk, the Ford Focus was the best-selling nameplate in the world for the first half of the year, putting it in a good position to snag the title for a second consecutive year. Meanwhile, the Fiesta ranks as the fourth-best-selling vehicle overall, potentially giving Ford additional bragging rights of having the most-popular subcompact in the world, as well as the only automaker with two vehicles in the global top five.
According to Polk, Focus sales surged by 20 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2012, with 589,709 registrations. The spike is largely attributable to increased demand from China and other Asian nations such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, Ford stated. "Focus in China is up 137 percent from 2012, to a total of 202,380 vehicles, making China the single biggest global market for the car with one-third of Focus sales," the automaker said in a statement.
The 2013 Ford Fiesta wasn't very exciting, but a 2014 update brings a little fun to the party, says Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger. More dramatic styling, nimble handling and excellent fuel economy should put the Fiesta at the top of subcompact car-shoppers' lists — as long as passenger room and cargo space aren't priorities.
The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST — the new hot-hatch version of the subcompact car — injects some Euro-style excitement into the U.S. economy market with exciting performance courtesy of its 197-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder and sporty suspension and handling. The track-ready spirit extends to the Fiesta's aggressive styling, including a new grille, blacked-out headlights and 17-inch wheels. Inside, Recaro sport seats punctuate the performance point.
Click here for our First Drive of the Fiesta ST, and check out the photo gallery below.
The 2014 Ford Fiesta's redesigned grille might make it look wider, but it won't feel that way inside. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says effective use of subcompact space remains the Fiesta's least-fun attribute for both those in the backseat and the driver trying to maneuver without making inappropriate contact with the front passenger. And Mays has two words for those seats: "butt fatigue." Still, impressive power and handling make it feel like the Fiesta can party with the big boys. Watch the video.Related
The smallest Ford in the showrooms gets a mild update for 2014. The Ford Fiesta has thus far been something of a surprise for Ford; it's a diminutive city car smaller than most Americans would normally consider, but packed full of technology and creature comforts, yet still affordable. The company recently held a 2014 model year product briefing at its headquarters in Dearborn, Mich., providing an opportunity for a (very) brief drive of the redone Fiesta.
Changes for 2014 are minimal. New front and rear styling looks very similar to the outgoing 2013 model, and if shoppers park them side by side, they'll likely be unable to discern which one's new. That's not necessarily bad, as both models are still attractive — in hatchback form. The sedan's tall and narrow body with a high trunklid still looks mighty awkward from just about any angle.
This week’s most read reviews continue to be Chrysler’s highly anticipated 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2011 Honda CR-Z. Also making the list is the 2010 Honda CR-V and 2010 Chevy Equinox; we say goodbye to the 2011 Buick Regal and 2011 Ford Mustang for now.
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