Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2014 Ford Fiesta OVERVIEW
The Ford Fiesta is an excellent choice for a small car that’s fun to drive. The subcompact hatchback and sedan offer class leading technology and deliver outstanding fuel economy. Despite diminutive size, the Fiesta has a surprising amount of space for passengers and cargo.
What's New for 2014
The big news this year is the introduction of a new 1- liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine that achieves up to 45 mpg highway with a Fuel Economy Package. The Fiesta sports an exciting new look with a bold chrome grille and new hood. The Fiesta is also available with Ford’s SYNC System and MY Touch, plus optional leather-trimmed seats, moonroof, heated mirrors, and an ambient lighting system.
Choose Your Ford Fiesta
Except for the high-performance ST, available only as a hatchback, the first major decision in a Fiesta purchase is between hatchback and sedan. If you want to save some money, and don't have a strong preference, it's worth noting sedans cost $500 less than similarly equipped hatchbacks.
Trim level determines everything from drivetrain to standard features and option package availability:
If you want hybrid-like mileage, an SE with the EcoBoost engine and Fuel Economy Package make it a serious bargain. We'd opt for a Titanium model, though—how often can you get that much for less than $20,000?