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2014 Ford Fiesta Review

The 2014 Ford Fiesta outperforms and outshines most subcompact cars with its driving dynamics and attractive cabin. A rock-bottom reliability score and underwhelming safety reports, however, pull the Fiesta toward the middle of the class pack.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable front seats
  • Handsome cabin
  • Sporty handling
  • Meager trunk space

New for 2014

  • Performance-oriented ST model introduced
  • Available 1.0-liter turbocharged (EcoBoost) engine
  • Updated exterior styling
  • Available MyFord Touch infotainment system

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Ford Fiesta's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Subcompact Cars category. It was the winner of our 2014 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award and the winner of our 2014 Best Hatchback for the Money award. Currently the Ford Fiesta has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 59 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 7.8
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2014 Ford Fiesta Overview

Is the 2014 Ford Fiesta a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Ford Fiesta's athletic driving dynamics, stylish cabin, and comfortable front seats make this a good car. Its underpowered base engine may be a burden on the highway, however, and it could use a little more back-seat and trunk space. Available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, the Ford Fiesta was our 2014 Best Subcompact Car for the Money and 2014 Best Hatchback for the Money.

Used 2014 Ford Fiesta Performance and Interior

A 120-horsepower four-cylinder engine moves the front-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta through stop-and-go traffic with ease but feels sluggish on inclines and highways. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic is available.

The Ford Fiesta ST – the performance model – comes with a 197-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that propels the car quickly for highway passing maneuvers. It comes with a six-speed manual transmission. The base Ford Fiesta with an automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which are typical numbers for a subcompact car.

The Fiesta’s exceptional handling may be its best attribute. Its sharp steering and poise through quick turns make it a joy to drive. The Fiesta’s ride, while firm, is fairly comfortable on harsh roads.

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Inside, the Ford Fiesta has delightful styling and first-rate materials, making it one of the most attractive cabins in the class. It seats five, and the front seats are supportive and comfortable. The back seats, however, could use more legroom for adults. The outboard back seats have two full sets of LATCH anchors and tethers for connecting child car seats, while the back middle seat has a tether anchor. The Fiesta sedan has less trunk space than its competitors, at 12.8 cubic feet. The Fiesta hatchback expands that storage capacity to 25.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is still less room than many competing hatchbacks have.

The base Fiesta comes with Ford SYNC voice recognition, Bluetooth, a USB port, and an auxiliary input jack. Available features include cruise control, power windows, keyless entry, push-button ignition, and a moonroof. A MyFord Touch infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, a second USB port, and navigation is also available.

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Used 2014 Ford Fiesta Prices

The average price of a 2014 Ford Fiesta ranges from about $7,700 for the base S trim to around $10,300 for the Fiesta Titanium trim with leather upholstery and the MyFord Touch infotainment system. Your price, however, will depend on factors like the vehicle's location, condition, mileage, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 59 Reviews Analyzed

We base our used car rankings and reviews on the opinions of the automotive press and data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched and analyzed 59 Ford Fiesta reviews to help you understand its position in the class.

Why You Can Trust Us

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for 10 years, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the car industry. To ensure impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and another company handles the advertising on our site.

How Reliable Is the 2014 Ford Fiesta?

The Ford Fiesta receives the lowest possible reliability score (two out of five) from J.D. Power. Most subcompact cars do much better.

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How Safe Is the Fiesta?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Fiesta Good scores (the best possible) in four crash tests (moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength). It received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the small overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Fiesta four out of five stars for overall safety. It also earned four stars for frontal and rollover safety but only two stars in the side crash test.

The Fiesta Titanium is the only trim with active safety features: a rearview camera and parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Fiesta?

The 2014 Ford Fiesta is a part of the car's first generation, which includes the 2010 through 2017 model years. The 2014 model is a great buy, offering a number of upgrades over earlier models, including updated exterior styling, an available MyFord touch infotainment system, the performance-tuned ST hatchback model, and an available turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.

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Which Used Ford Fiesta Is Right for Me?

In both sedan and hatchback body styles, three trim levels are available for the Fiesta: S, SE, and Titanium. A performance-oriented ST hatchback model is also available. Most shoppers should skip the base Fiesta S because it comes with a limited amount of equipment. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, Ford SYNC with voice commands, a USB port, and an auxiliary input.

The Fiesta SE comes with more convenience features, including cruise control, power windows, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, automatic headlights, keyless entry, and Ford MyKey, which allows parents to set audio and speed limits for teen drivers. The leather-upholstered Fiesta Titanium comes loaded with tech features like a rearview camera, satellite radio, HD Radio, automatic temperature control, push-button start, and a SYNC with MyFord Touch infotainment system, which has a 6.5-inch touch screen and two USB ports. For more fun behind the wheel, the Fiesta ST hatchback adds performance-enhancing features, including three drive-mode settings (Standard, Sport, and Off), performance brakes, and a sport suspension. A potent turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the ST hatchback.

Because of the Fiesta's low reliability rating, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

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2014 Ford Fiesta and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Fiesta or 2014 Ford Focus?

Like the Fiesta, the Ford Focus is available as a sedan or hatchback. If you need more space than the Fiesta provides, the Focus is the way to go. It’s a compact car, so it's bigger than the subcompact Fiesta, offering a few more cubic feet of cargo space and adult-friendly rear legroom. Both cars offer fun driving dynamics, but the Focus has a stronger base engine.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Fiesta or 2014 Chevrolet Sonic?

The Chevy Sonic has a higher cargo capacity than the Fiesta and plenty of head- and legroom throughout its cabin. Both vehicles have weak base engines, agile handling, and similar standard features. However, the Sonic has a couple more available safety features, including forward collision warning and lane departure warning. The Sonic also has a better reliability rating.

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