2014 Ford Fiesta
2014 Ford Fiesta (Ford Motor Company)

The 2014 Ford Fiesta has been given a 45 mpg highway rating by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is the highest highway rating of any 2014 non-hybrid gasoline car. That rating was achieved on a Fiesta with the new $995 SE Manual EcoBoost package, which features Ford’s turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine and a five-speed manual transmission.

Ford says the EPA rating applies to both sedan and hatchback Fiestas with the SE Manual EcoBoost package, which is only available with a manual transmission.

The Ford Fiesta’s full EPA fuel economy numbers with the SE Manual EcoBoost package are 32/45/37 mpg city/highway/combined. While the Fiesta does top the gas-powered list for highway mileage, its city and combined numbers are the same as or less than the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage’s (37/44/40 city/highway/combined with the Continuously Variable Transmission) and the 2014 Scion iQ’s (36/37/37 city/highway/combined).

Ford CEO Alan Mulally with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. (Ford Motor Company)

The $13,995 CVT-equipped Mirage and the $15,665 iQ cost less than the Fiesta, which is priced at $16,445 with the SE Manual EcoBoost package. They also do not require an optional package to achieve those fuel economy estimates, and they both achieve them with automatic or CVT transmissions. Still, it should be mentioned that the Mirage and the iQ are less powerful than the EcoBoost Fiesta, and the iQ is much smaller.

A Ford spokesperson told Automobile Magazine that the 2014 Fiesta with the SE Manual EcoBoost package will be available by the end of the year.

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