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2015 Ford Fiesta Review

The 2015 Ford Fiesta ranks in the top third of the subcompact car class thanks to its stellar handling and good-looking, upscale cabin. That said, it’s plagued by a clunky automatic transmission, cramped rear seats, and below-average safety and reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Fun to drive
  • Stylish interior
  • Above-average fuel economy estimates
  • Poor reliability rating
  • Unrefined automatic transmission
  • Subpar safety scores

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Ford Fiesta's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Subcompact Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2015 Best Subcompact Car for the Money award. 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.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 7.8
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2015 Ford Fiesta Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Fiesta a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Ford Fiesta is a good used subcompact car. It offers some of the best driving dynamics in the class, as well as two capable engine options. It also features an attractive cabin made with premium materials. The Fiesta has some shortcomings, however, including cramped rear seats and below-average cargo space. Also, its available automatic transmission feels jittery and unrefined. Worse still, the Fiesta rates poorly for reliability and crash safety. The Fiesta isn't a bad pick, but there are better options in this segment, including the 2015 Honda Fit and 2015 Chevrolet Sonic.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 63 Ford Fiesta reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Is the 2015 Ford Fiesta?

Based on listings for the 2015 Ford Fiesta on our site, the average price is $11,000. Prices range from $8,000 to $16,000, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Ford Fiesta Cost to Own?

The Fiesta’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $23,200, or around $4,600 per year. That’s about average for a small car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Fiesta?

The 2019 Ford Fiesta starts at $14,260. You can save thousands of dollars with a used model, and you won’t miss out on many features. Despite these savings, there are far better options in this class that are worth considering.

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The 2019 Kia Rio starts at $15,390 and offers great driving dynamics and a classy interior. The 2019 Toyota Yaris ($15,450) impresses with zippy handling as well, and it comes packed with active safety features like forward collision warning.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Fiesta Is Best?

The Fiesta’s current generation spans the 2011 through 2019 model years. None of these models are great used-car options because of their below-average reliability ratings. That said, if you are set on buying a used Fiesta, there are a few key updates to keep in mind.

For 2014, Ford revised the car’s styling, added two turbocharged engine options, and introduced the MyFord Touch infotainment system. For 2016, this system was replaced with an easier-to-use SYNC 3 system. The 2017 model gained available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Ford discontinued the Fiesta’s turbocharged three-cylinder engine for 2018.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Fiesta?

The 2015 Fiesta has a poor reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Ford Fiesta Recalls

The 2015 Fiesta is affected by two recalls. Ford is recalling models because of issues with the fuel pump. Fiesta ST models have been recalled to fix an engine oil leak at the cylinder head. Make sure these recalls have been addressed before buying a used Fiesta.

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Which Used Ford Fiesta Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Fiesta is available in four trim levels: S, SE, Titanium, and the hatchback-only ST. The base model Ford Fiesta S is slim on features, so it’s not the trim to get if you want all the bells and whistles. It comes standard with a CD player, six speakers, a USB port, Bluetooth, power door locks, manual crank windows, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, and steel wheels.

The Ford Fiesta SE adds remote keyless entry, power windows, cruise control, and alloy wheels. The Titanium trim adds a 6.5-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. Lastly, the Fiesta ST packs all of the SE’s features, plus a turbocharged engine, a sport-tuned suspension, performance brakes, cloth seating upholstery, satellite radio, and a touch screen. Available features include navigation, a moonroof, and Recaro leather seats.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Fiesta?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Fiesta an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and two stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Fiesta a Marginal rating in the small overlap front crash test, along with the top score of Good in all other tests.

The Fiesta is available with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors, but only in Titanium models.

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2015 Ford Fiesta Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Ford Focus is the larger sibling of the Fiesta. Both of these cars have quality interiors, sporty handling, and fuel-efficient engines. However, both also rate poorly for reliability and have the same clunky automatic transmission. Neither of these models are great picks in their respective classes, but compared to the Fiesta, the Focus has a roomier interior, better safety ratings, and more active safety features, including blind spot monitoring.

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

The 2015 Honda Fit is a better subcompact car than the 2015 Ford Fiesta. Its back seat is much roomier than the Fiesta’s, and its cargo area is twice as big. The Fit also rates higher for reliability and crash safety than the Fiesta. Its ride is smoother, and it yields comparable fuel economy to the Fiesta, with up to 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Go with the Fit.

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

The 2015 Toyota Yaris rates substantially higher for reliability than the Fiesta, and it has a roomier interior. Its performance, however, can’t match the Fiesta’s. This Toyota isn’t particularly fun to drive, its engine is rather pokey, and its transmission is outdated.

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2015 Fiesta Performance

How Does the 2015 Ford Fiesta Drive?

The 2015 Ford Fiesta is available with three engine options: a 120-horsepower four-cylinder (S, SE, and Titanium models), a 123-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder available in SE models, and a 197-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder in the ST. A five-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; a six-speed automatic transmission and a six-speed manual are available.

All three of the Fiesta's engines hustle the car around confidently, especially the punchy ST engine. The Fiesta feels light and athletic through turns, and its well-tuned suspension filters out bumps and dips in the road nicely. The steering is lively, and both manual transmissions are enjoyable to shift. However, the six-speed PowerShift automatic is a disappointment. This dual-clutch transmission tends to jitter and jerk in stop-and-go city driving, which can be unnerving even after even a short drive. In fact, some test drivers dislike the automatic enough to say that it ruins the Fiesta's driving experience. If you want a Fiesta, we suggest sticking with a manual transmission model.

Does the 2015 Ford Fiesta Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Fiesta gets impressive fuel economy. SE models equipped with the three-cylinder EcoBoost engine return 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. The base four-cylinder engine gets an EPA-rated 27/36 mpg city/highway (27/35 mpg with manual). The Fiesta ST is close behind with 26/34 mpg.

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2015 Fiesta Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Fiesta Seat?

The Fiesta is available in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a four-door hatchback. Both have five seats. The front seats are comfy, and they provide decent head- and legroom for taller passengers. The rear seats are cramped for adults and teens, but younger children should find ample space to stretch out. Cloth upholstery is standard; heated and leather seats are available, as are hip-hugging sport seats.

The Fiesta’s cabin has clean styling and a number of attractive soft-touch plastics. It feels like a pricier vehicle inside, but it doesn’t sound like one. The interior lets in quite a bit of road and wind noise at cruising speeds.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Ford Fiesta?

The Fiesta has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system a Poor rating for ease of use because many of the lower anchors are set deep in the seat cushions, difficult to maneuver around, and require too much force to attach a child-seat clip.

2015 Ford Fiesta Features

The Fiesta comes standard with a CD player, Bluetooth, a USB port, and air conditioning. Available features include power windows, keyless entry, satellite radio, a 6.5-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, and navigation.

The dashboard has an overwhelming amount of audio and infotainment buttons in its standard configuration, but opting for a model with the MyFord Touch system reduces the clutter a bit.

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2015 Ford Fiesta Dimensions

Ford Fiesta Cargo Space

The Fiesta sedan has 12.8 cubic feet of trunk space. The Fiesta hatchback has 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 25.4 cubic feet of space with them folded. These are fairly small measurements, even for the subcompact car class.

2015 Fiesta Length and Weight

The 2015 Fiesta sedan is 14.5 feet long, and the Fiesta hatchback measures 13.3 feet. The Fiesta’s curb weight ranges from 2,537 to 2,742 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Ford Fiesta Built?

Ford built the 2015 Fiesta sedan and hatchback in Mexico.


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