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Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Ford Fiesta ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Subcompact Cars category. Currently the Ford Fiesta has a score of 7.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 63 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 8.0
Reliability:
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2015 Ford Fiesta Review

The Ford Fiesta has great fuel economy, agile handling, and a crisply styled interior. However, low reliability and below-average safety render this a midpack subcompact car.

Pros & Cons

  • Nimble, sure-footed handling
  • Efficient three-cylinder engine
  • Upscale interior
  • Poor predicted reliability
  • Tight rear seats and cargo space
  • Confusing dashboard controls 

2015 Ford Fiesta Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Fiesta a Good Used Car?

The Ford Fiesta shows a lot of promise. It pleases with playful handling, an elegant cabin, and potent yet fuel-efficient engines. Unfortunately, these factors aren’t enough to make it a good used subcompact car. It has cramped rear seats and a slim cargo space, and it lags far behind top competitors in reliability and safety ratings.

Used 2015 Ford Fiesta Performance and Interior

The Ford Fiesta is available with three engine options. The 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 120 horsepower is the standard engine. It revs happily, provides swift acceleration, and delivers an efficient 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. A turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 123 horsepower (available in the SE trim only) offers zippier pickup and superior fuel economy (31/41 mpg city/highway). Need a bit more punch? The Ford Fiesta ST has a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine with 197 horsepower, which blasts the ST up to speed quickly yet still earns an efficient 26/34 mpg city/highway. A slick five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic is available, but it can feel clunky and jittery in stop-and-go traffic.

Regardless of the engine, the Fiesta feels athletic in corners and sure-footed on the highway. Its steering is snappy and precise. The suspension communicates bumps and dips in the road to drivers and smooths them out nicely.

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The 2015 Ford Fiesta is available in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles. Both seat five on standard cloth upholstery and impress with upscale cabin styling, solid build quality, and high-end materials that wouldn’t look out of place in a pricier vehicle. The Fiesta’s front seats are comfortable, supportive, and spacious. The rear seats, however, are cramped – even by subcompact car standards. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

The Fiesta sedan and hatchback offer 12.8 and 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, respectively. The Fiesta hatchback offers a meager 25.4 cubic feet of space with its rear seats folded. Road noise is another issue; the Fiesta’s cabin can be quite loud.

Ford equips all 2015 Fiesta models with a CD player, Bluetooth, a USB input, and the SYNC voice recognition system. SYNC picks up voice commands well, which is good considering the dashboard button layout isn’t very user-friendly. Upgrading to the available 6.5-inch touch screen simplifies this button arrangement. Additional available features include satellite radio, navigation, and Ford’s MyKey parental control system, which allows you to set audio volume and vehicle speed limits.

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Used 2015 Ford Fiesta Prices

The price of a used 2015 Ford Fiesta sedan ranges from about $9,300 for Fiesta S models to about $11,900 for Fiesta Titanium sedans. The price will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 59 Reviews Analyzed

We researched 59 Ford Fiesta reviews alongside hard data points like safety scores and ownership costs to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars for a decade, and the writers and editors on our Best Cars team have more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to giving helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Fiesta?

The Ford Fiesta has poor predicted reliability, earning a score of two out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. This score is considered low for the industry.

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How Safe Is the Fiesta?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Fiesta a Good rating – the highest it offers – for roof strength, seat safety, side impact safety, and moderate overlap front crash safety. It received a Marginal rating for small overlap front crash safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Fiesta four out of five stars for overall, front, and rollover crash testing, as well as a poor two-star rating for side impact safety. Ford offers the Fiesta with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, but only in Titanium models.

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Should I Consider Another Used Fiesta?

The 2015 Fiesta marks the fifth model year of the vehicle’s first generation in the U.S. Following a major refresh for 2014 – which added an optional turbocharged three-cylinder engine, updated styling, an available 6.5-inch touch screen, and more – there were no significant updates made to the 2015 Fiesta. Therefore, you may want to opt for the similarly equipped 2014 Fiesta for its much lower price.

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Which Used Ford Fiesta Is Right for Me?

Ford offers the 2015 Fiesta in four trim levels: S, SE, Titanium, and the hatchback-only ST. The Fiesta S has a CD player, a USB input, Bluetooth, and SYNC voice recognition. The Fiesta SE adds power windows, keyless entry, cruise control, and MyKey. The Fiesta Titanium adds a 6.5-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a rearview camera, parking sensors, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. The Fiesta ST trim has all of the SE features, plus a 197-horsepower engine, a performance-tuned suspension, sport seats, satellite radio, and a touch screen. Available features include a navigation system, a moonroof, and a remote car starter.

You may also want to shop for a certified pre-owned Fiesta. 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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2015 Ford Fiesta and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Fiesta or 2015 Honda Fit?

The Honda Fit is a far better used car option than the Fiesta. In fact, we named it the 2015 Best Hatchback and Subcompact Car for the Money. Redesigned for 2015, the Fit has a much roomier rear seat and twice the cargo space of the Fiesta hatchback. The Honda also offers a smoother ride, higher reliability and safety ratings, and comparable fuel economy of 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Fiesta or 2015 Toyota Yaris?

The Toyota Yaris can’t match the Fiesta’s fun-to-drive dynamics or zesty engine performance. Even so, it’s a much better buy than the Ford. The Toyota rates much higher in predicted reliability, offers an adult-friendly rear seat, and features a simpler touch screen infotainment system.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Fiesta or 2015 Ford Focus?

The compact Ford Focus and the subcompact Fiesta both have upscale interiors, good fuel economy, balanced handling, and high-performance ST variants. That said, both disappoint with poor reliability ratings. While neither is a top option in its respective class, the Focus does offer a larger rear seat, a more spacious hatchback, higher safety ratings, and advanced features like parallel park assist and blind spot monitoring.

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