2017 Ford Fiesta Overview
Pros & Cons
- Easy-to-use infotainment systems
- Spacious front seats
- Excellent fuel economy with EcoBoost engine
- Nimble handling
- Small cargo space
- Cramped rear seat
- Low predicted reliability score
Notable for 2017
- No major changes
Ford Fiesta Rankings and Research
The 2017 Ford Fiesta ranking is based on its score within the Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Ford Fiesta has a score of 8.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 64 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
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2017 Ford Fiesta Review
The 2017 Ford Fiesta is a good subcompact car if you’re looking for something inexpensive and stylish that also offers features such as smartphone integration. The Fiesta has one of the lowest starting prices in its class, but it doesn't skimp on style.
Is the Ford Fiesta a Good Car?
Don't let the Fiesta's cheap price scare you away. Its base price is less than most rivals, but it's a very good subcompact car. It has an upscale cabin that comes with more features than some pricier classmates. The Fiesta is also fun to drive for a subcompact, with nimble handling around corners. Models equipped with the available EcoBoost engine earn some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class. The Fiesta has plenty of room in the front seats, though the back is a bit cramped. There isn't a lot of cargo space, either.
Should I Buy the Ford Fiesta?
So long as you don't need room in the back for adults or lots of cargo, the Fiesta is a great choice in the subcompact car class. It is one of the cheapest options in the segment, but it doesn't shortchange you on features. In fact, you can get a very well-equipped SE model with the intuitive SYNC 3 infotainment system for less than you'd pay for the base model of competitors like the Honda Fit. Choose the EcoBoost model for excellent fuel economy and ample power to pair with the Fiesta's lithe handling.
We Did the Research for You: 64 Pieces of Data Analyzed
We analyzed 64 datasets, including published automotive reviews, crash test results, and predicted reliability scores, to rank and review the Fiesta. We present our rankings and reviews in a consumer-focused manner, so customers can easily decide if the Fiesta is the right subcompact car for them. The Fiesta debuted for the 2011 model year and has seen few major changes since. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2017 model years.
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How Much Does the Ford Fiesta Cost?
The Fiesta has one of the lowest starting prices in the subcompact car class, with the base model priced at $13,660. By comparison, the high-ranking Honda Fit starts at more than $16,000. The Fiesta's fully loaded Titanium model costs $18,650, while the performance-oriented ST trim tops out at $21,140. The ST trim is only available as a hatchback, while all other trims come standard as sedans; hatchback versions add $300 to the price.
Ford Fiesta Versus the Competition
Which Is Better: Ford Fiesta or Ford Focus?
Choosing between the Fiesta and Ford Focus will largely depend on your budget and if you want driver assistance features. Both models have similar engines, interior features, and handling abilities. Neither vehicle has large rear seats, though the Focus does offer more cargo space. The price difference between the Fiesta and Focus' base sedan models is around $3,000, while the base Focus hatchback is nearly $6,000 more than the base Fiesta hatchback. As for safety features, the Fiesta is only available with a rearview camera, and the Focus can be equipped with a full suite of driver assistance systems, including blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist. If you don't need the safety features, then the Fiesta is a better overall choice based on the money you will save.
Which Is Better: Ford Fiesta or Honda Fit?
The Fiesta and Honda Fit both rank near the top of our class, although for different reasons. The Fiesta has better performance, with plenty of power from all of its engines, along with nimble handling. The Fit, on the other hand, is a more functional choice, with a larger rear seat, more cargo room, and a much higher reliability score. The Fiesta has a more user-friendly infotainment system and better performance, but the Fit's engine delivers exceptional fuel economy to go with its versatile cargo space. Both are solid picks, so the choice boils down to which is more important to you – performance or utility?
Which Is Better: Ford Fiesta or Fiat 500?
Aside from its unique styling and available convertible roof, the Fiat 500 isn't a great choice when compared to the Fiesta. There's less passenger room in both rows of seats. Cargo space with the rear seats is smaller than in the Fiesta, too, though you get a few extra cubic feet with the 500's seats folded. Despite having a higher base price than the Fiesta, the 500's cabin has lots of low-rent materials. The Fiesta gets better power from its base engine than the Fiat, though it earns lower fuel economy estimates.
How Many People Does the Fiesta Seat?
The 2017 Ford Fiesta seats five. There is plenty of space for adults in the front seats, and finding a comfortable driving position is easy with the tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and height-adjustable driver's seat. The optional leather-trimmed Recaro front seats increase comfort with side bolsters that hug the driver and front passenger. With these, you'll feel supported and secure driving on windy roads. However, some drivers may find them narrow and uncomfortable on longer trips.
Unlike the front seats, the rear seat is small and best suited for children. Head- and legroom are limited, so adults will feel cramped. The Honda Fit offers more back-seat legroom, but tall adults will still wish for more headroom. Consider another subcompact like the Toyota Yaris or Chevrolet Sonic if you'll have adults in the back frequently. Both the Yaris and Sonic have spacious, adult-friendly rear seats.
Fiesta and Car Seats
The Fiesta's LATCH car-seat system includes two sets of lower anchors in the outboard seats. These anchors sit against the back cushions, which are stiff and hard to move, making the anchors difficult to access. The three upper tether anchors, however, are easy to access and use.
Fiesta Interior Quality
The Fiesta may be a low-priced car, but that doesn't mean it has a cheap interior. Instead, there's contemporary styling and lots of upscale materials. Every surface is soft and pleasing to touch. For buyers who prefer a more customizable and uniquely styled cabin, the Fiat 500 has a quirky Italian interior design along with nine different color combinations to choose from.
Fiesta Cargo Space
The Fiesta is smaller than most subcompact cars, and it has below-average cargo space, so loading the car with road-trip necessities is hard to do. The 60/40 split rear seats increase space, but because they don't fold flat, there isn't as much usable room. Competitors like the Honda Fit offer a lot more space. Behind the Fiesta hatchback's rear seats, there's only 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space. It expands to 25.4 cubic feet when you fold down the seatbacks. In the Fit, there's more than double the amount of overall cargo space. Fiesta sedan models have even less room for your luggage than the hatchback, with only 12.8 cubic feet of trunk space.
Fiesta Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
The 2017 Fiesta features Ford's SYNC infotainment systems. The standard SYNC system allows you to make calls, listen to music, and control certain applications with voice commands via SYNC AppLink. These hands-free, voice-controlled abilities make it easier to control the infotainment system while driving. When you upgrade to SYNC 3 you get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Google Maps, and Siri Eyes Free for more advanced smartphone integration. SYNC 3 is highly intuitive and easy to operate. It's controlled with smartphonelike gestures such as swipe and pinch-to-zoom. The standard 4-inch LCD screen is clear, and the optional 6.5-inch touch screen has sharp visuals.
The Ford Focus is also available with SYNC 3, but it comes with a larger 8-inch touch screen. While you have to upgrade to a higher trim to get the SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system in the Fiesta and Focus, the Fiat 500 comes standard with the user-friendly Uconnect infotainment system. It only has a 5-inch screen, but it has simple menus and a large font that make it easy to use while on the go.
Fiesta Engine: Plenty of Choices
The 2017 Ford Fiesta offers many choices when it comes to the powertrain. There are three available engines producing between 120 and 197 horsepower. There are two manual transmissions available: a five-speed and a six-speed, but the six-speed is only available with the sportier ST model. There is also a six-speed dual-clutch automatic available in most models.
The base 120-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine has average power that is fine for everyday driving. If fuel efficiency is what you're after, you'll want the optional 123-horsepower, turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which gets above-average fuel estimates for the class. If power is what you crave, then the ST and its turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine is the way to go. It's the most powerful engine in the Fiesta's lineup, putting out 197 horsepower, and it has strong acceleration
Fiesta Gas Mileage: Save With the EcoBoost
With the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the base engine gets 27 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway. That's decent compared to the Fiat 500 and Ford Focus, but less than you'd get with the Honda Fit, which earns 33 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway. The Fiesta's three-cylinder EcoBoost engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission gets 31/41 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. If you buy a Fiesta with an EcoBoost engine, you'll save $750 over five years at today's gas prices compared to your fuel costs with the base model.
Fiesta Ride and Handling: Fun Behind the Wheel
Regardless of trim or body style, the Fiesta is one of the best-handling subcompact cars on the market. It has sharp steering that provides good feedback from the road. Corners are handled with agility, and the suspension keeps the Fiesta composed. The ride is soft enough to smooth out rough patches of road too. For even sharper performance buy the Fiesta ST, which has sport-tuned suspension.
Is the Ford Fiesta Reliable?
The Fiesta ties with the Fiat 500 for the lowest predicted reliability score in the class, earning a two out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. The Honda Fit and Ford Focus earn higher reliability ratings.
Ford Fiesta Warranty
Ford covers the 2017 Fiesta with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Most subcompact cars are covered by similar warranties, though the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent lead the class with five-year/60,000-mile basic warranties and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranties.
Fiesta Crash Test Results
The 2017 Ford Fiesta gets an overall rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It receives four stars in frontal crash and rollover tests and a perfect five stars in side crash tests. The Fiat 500 earns similar crash test scores, while the Ford Focus and Honda Fit both earn five-star overall ratings from the NHTSA.
Fiesta Safety Features
The Fiesta doesn't come with advanced safety features such as blind spot monitoring or lane change assist. A rearview camera and park assist are available, but only in upper trims. The Honda Fit comes standard with a rearview camera, and a blind spot camera is available. The king of safety in the subcompact car class is the Toyota Yaris. It comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning.
Which Ford Fiesta Model Is Right for Me?
The 2017 Ford Fiesta seats five and comes in four trims: S, SE, Titanium, and ST. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission are standard along with front-wheel drive. Two optional engines and transmissions are available. The S, SE, and Titanium trims are offered in sedan and hatchback styles. The hatchbacks cost $300 more than the sedans. The sport-tuned ST is only available as a hatchback.
The Fiesta SE is the best choice for most buyers, since it adds the SYNC 3 infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and maintains its low price for the class. You'd have to pay around $3,000 more for a Honda Fit with an infotainment system, and it wouldn't include Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
The base S model starts at $13,660 and comes standard with a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split rear seats, a 4-inch LCD screen, a six-speaker sound system, and the SYNC system with SYNC AppLink, which allows you to make calls, listen to music, and control certain applications with voice commands. Optional features include a subwoofer (not available in hatchback models), remote start, keyless entry, and a moonroof.
The SE model starts at $14,890. In addition to features found in the S trim, it adds cruise control, power windows, upgraded cloth front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and MyKey, which allows you to set volume and speed limits for other drivers. Optional features include a leather shift knob, satellite radio, and SYNC 3, which includes a 6.5-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, and navigation. Several packages are available for the SE trim and add things such as USB ports and heated seats. They range from $90 to $995. A 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are also available.
The Titanium trim starts at $18,650. It comes with the same features as the lower trims, plus heated front seats, an eight-speaker sound system, automatic climate control, park assist, push-button start, a leather-shift knob, a rearview camera, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, leather-trimmed front seats, and the SYNC 3 system with a 6.5-inch touch screen and navigation. Optional features include remote start, a moonroof, and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The performance-oriented ST comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available. The ST trim starts at $21,140 and includes a leather-wrapped perforated steering wheel and upgraded cloth upholstery. Optional features include navigation, satellite radio, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a moonroof. Several packages are available, ranging from $90 to $1,995.
Who Makes the Ford Fiesta?
The Ford Motor Company, an American automaker, manufactures the Fiesta at the Cuautitlan Stamping and Assembly Plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico.
The Final Call
The Fiesta has one of the lowest starting prices in its class, but it still packs a lot of style. Its interior has high-quality materials and a handsome design. Furthermore, its infotainment system is feature rich and easy to use. On the downside, it has a small cargo area and cramped back seats, though the front seats are spacious and comfortable.
The Fiesta gives drivers plenty of options, with three transmissions and three engines to choose from. The base engine has decent power, but upgrade to the Fiesta's turbocharged four-cylinder for even more power and a sportier drive. For excellent fuel economy, upgrade to the turbocharged three-cylinder engine.
While the Fiesta gets good safety scores, it doesn't come with many standard safety features or many of the safety features other subcompact cars offer.
Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.
- "Thanks to its nimble handling and nicely trimmed cabin, you'll enjoy the 2017 Ford Fiesta as a very pleasant everyday companion. It's not the roomiest car in its class, but as subcompacts go, it's one of our favorite models." -- Edmunds
- "The Fiesta is Ford's smallest and least expensive car, a subcompact that competes with rivals like the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio and Chevrolet Sonic. Despite its entry-level status and sub-$16,000 starting price, the Fiesta brings efficiency, good looks and robust technology to the table. In addition to the sedan, a 5-door hatchback version increases the Fiesta's cargo flexibility, while the hopped-up Fiesta ST packs a surprising punch thanks to a turbocharged engine boasting nearly 200 horsepower." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
- "… Ford's Fiesta subcompact has a more premium feel than its modest price tag would suggest. While its quirky dual-clutch automatic transmission and limited rear seat/cargo space mean it won't be perfect for everyone, the Fiesta does impress with sporty driving dynamics and a boatload of available technology and comfort features." -- Left Lane News (2016)
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