Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2014 Ford Fiesta / Fiesta ST test drive review. The party just got better
Fiesta S, SE, Titanium
You can easily tell a 2014 Fiesta from the previous model by the hexagonal grille shape that mimics the latest Fusion. Most people I talk to say it has an Aston Martin vibe, but it is enhancing the family resemblance throughout the Ford lineup. The lighting in the instrument panel has changed from Pontiacesque red to ice blue, and a six-and-a-half-inch touch screen is now available. In keeping with the technological nature of today’s small car buyers, Ford’s Sync system is now standard, and Ford has made some improvements to the available six-speed automatic transmission.
Currently, power comes from a 1.6-liter, 120-hp four cylinder, but if you want to top the 40-mpg highway rating, hang on for the upcoming 1.0-liter, 123-hp turbocharged three-banger. Ford does a nice job with their EcoBoost powertrains, so that one might be a hoot.
Anyway, I wanted to thank Rick Frost, Rose Peng, Yi Lu, and Waldek Raczkowski from Ford’s GLAD team, John Davis, Mike Interian, Mike Mazzella, Paul Kueber, Damoni Hurt, and Liz Elser from the Fiesta team, and Mike Kuta, Maggie McClatchey, and Hillary Mulka from PCG Campbell for making this such a nice event. I was very fortunate to get to go drive these cars, and I genuinely appreciate all the effort everyone put into it.
You can check out the slideshow below, or click this link for a nicer version.