The new 2014 Ford Fiesta is a revamped, technologically-savvy version of its predecessors. Slight changes in the Fiesta’s exterior styling give it a more modern and upscale look. Inside, the Fiesta has been fitted with the new MyFord Touch interface and the base model comes with many features such as iPod interface and Bluetooth connectivity.
Billed as the most dramatic and distinctive Fiesta ever, the base Fiesta is powered by Ford’s patented new 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine and delivers a best-in-class 40 mpg.
The engine was tapped for both the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award and Engine Technology International’s Engine of the Year Award in Europe. Ford claims that the Fiesta is the most fuel-efficient nonhybrid subcompact available on the U.S. market.
The latest in the Fiesta lineup is the ST, Ford’s contribution to the world of hot hatchbacks. It’s available in North America only as a five door hatchback with a new high-output variant of the award-winning 1.6-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine with 197 hp and 214 pound-feet of torque mated to a sixspeed manual transmission.
The base Fiesta is powered by the smaller 123 hp, 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine and it saves cash at the pump and still has plenty of power on the highway, while delivering fuel economy gains of up to 20 percent and a reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15 percent.
The new Fiesta has custom exterior design graphics and sexy new color options, while the redesigned exterior has a sporty new grille that reflects the new face of Ford.
Inside, things are just as expressive, with a cell phone-inspired dashboard and available leather steering wheel. Aselection of ambient lighting options allows Fiesta drivers to set the mood they want. Also available is a new Sony HD audio/satellite radio with eight premium speakers for drivers to more fully appreciate their music.
The new Fiesta also boasts a best-in-class suite of technologies and features, including a new MyFord Touch system with 6.5-inch touch screen that features enhanced voice control and more options than ever for navigation, communication and entertainment functions. Fiesta continues to feature the SYNC AppLink capabilities that were on the first Fiesta, which allows drivers to access and control smartphone apps with voice commands and vehicle controls while on the go, helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Ford’s MyKey is a new feature on Fiesta, which enables parents to encourage safer driving and limit their teenagers’ exposure to risk at the wheel. The system allows owners to configure maximum speed and audio volume limits. It also mutes audio until seat belts are fastened and ensures driver aids, safety systems and more vigorous alerts cannot be deactivated when used.
The MSRP on the 2014 Ford Fiesta ranges from $14,000 to $21,400.
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