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2016 Ford Fiesta Review

The 2016 Ford Fiesta is plagued by subpar safety and reliability ratings, but its sporty handling, quality cabin, and user-friendly infotainment system keep it ranked near the middle of the subcompact car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Upscale interior
  • Outstanding gas mileage with three-cylinder engine
  • Easy-to-use available SYNC 3 infotainment system
  • Base fuel economy is poor for the class
  • Cramped rear seats
  • Below-average safety and reliability ratings




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.7
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2016 Ford Fiesta Overview

Is the 2016 Ford Fiesta a Good Used Car?

The 2016 Ford Fiesta is a good subcompact car for those who want driving enjoyment on a budget. It offers agile handling and a lineup of energetic engine options, and it even comes in a sport-tuned variant. Cabin materials are upscale, and the available SYNC 3 infotainment system is easy to use. However, this Ford has few standard features, a subpar safety score, and a poor reliability rating.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 61 Ford Fiesta reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Ford Fiesta?

Our site has more than 870 listings for used 2016 Ford Fiestas, and models range in price from about $8,700 to $17,000. The average list price for a used 2016 Fiesta is about $11,500. Your price will vary depending on the car’s condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2016 Ford Fiesta Cost to Own?

After buying a car, there will be additional expenses for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. Those estimated five-year costs come to about $21,100 for the 2016 Fiesta. That’s close to the estimates for rivals like the 2016 Kia Rio ($20,800) and 2016 Hyundai Accent ($20,700).

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Fiesta?

A new 2018 Ford Fiesta is priced at about $14,200, while a used 2016 Fiesta has an average price of about $11,500. The 2018 Fiesta comes standard with a rearview camera (it's available in the 2016 model), but that doesn’t justify the additional expense. Stick with the used model.

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If you want a new car for about the price of an average used 2016 Fiesta, you won’t find much. For a couple thousand dollars more, however, you can buy a 2018 Kia Rio. It starts at $13,900 and offers more standard and available features than the 2016 Fiesta. The Rio comes with a 5-inch touch-screen infotainment system and satellite radio. It’s available with automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning, which the Fiesta doesn’t offer. Check our Kia deals page for possible cash back incentives that could lower the price of a new Rio.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Ford Fiesta?

The 2016 Fiesta receives the lowest possible reliability score from J.D. Power: two out of five.

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2016 Ford Fiesta Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls on the 2016 Fiesta.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Fiesta Is Best?

For 2016, Ford replaced the available, and hard-to-use, MyFord Touch infotainment system with the user-friendly SYNC 3 system. That alone is reason to purchase the 2016 or 2017 model over an earlier model. The 2015 Fiesta is otherwise nearly identical to the 2016 model, and it will likely be less expensive. The 2014 Fiesta saw some major changes, including some styling updates, a newly available turbocharged engine, and the introduction of the Fiesta ST. If you’re interested in any of those updates, stick with 2014 and newer Fiestas.

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Which Used Ford Fiesta Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Fiesta comes in sedan and hatchback body styles, and it’s available in three trims: S, SE, and Titanium. A performance-oriented Fiesta ST hatchback is also available.

The Ford Fiesta S comes with basic features like Bluetooth and a USB port. The better value is the Ford Fiesta SE, which adds a few of the convenience features that most shoppers will want, including cruise control, power windows, and automatic headlights. It also comes with Ford’s MyKey, which allows you to set speed and volume limits on the car – a helpful feature for parents.

The Ford Fiesta Titanium offers the most tech and safety features, including heated front seats, a Sony stereo, automatic temperature control, push-button start with proximity key, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, satellite radio, and a SYNC 3 infotainment system with a 6.5-inch color touch screen, a second USB port, and voice recognition. The Titanium also comes with leather-trimmed seats, a driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, and heated outside mirrors. For maximum fun on the road, choose the Fiesta ST. It comes with a sport-tuned suspension that sharpens driving dynamics, making it a blast to drive.

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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 2016 Ford Fiesta has a low safety score for the class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Fiesta the highest rating of Good in four out of five crash tests. The Fiesta also received the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the small overlap front test.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave both the sedan and hatchback body styles of the Fiesta an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. It also earned five stars in the side crash test. However, the NHTSA also noted that the intrusion of the left rear door could cause the door panel to strike the torso of a rear passenger in the event of a collision.

A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are available.

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2016 Ford Fiesta Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Fiesta or 2016 Honda Fit?

The 2016 Honda Fit isn’t quite as fun to drive as the Fiesta, but it’s the better all-around car. It has higher safety and reliability ratings, more standard features, roomier back seats, and about as much cargo space as many SUVs. The Fit was our 2016 Best Subcompact Car for the Money and 2016 Best Hatchback for the Money.

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Fiesta or 2016 Ford Focus?

The 2016 Ford Focus is a compact car, so it’s a bit bigger than the Fiesta. Otherwise, these cars have a lot in common. Both are available in hatchback and sedan body styles and both have upscale cabins with cramped back seats. Like the Fiesta, the Focus has excellent handling. The Focus, however, is higher-priced and has more standard and available features. If you like the Fiesta but want a little more seating and cargo space, as well as more standard and available features, buy the Focus.

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Fiesta or 2016 Chevrolet Sonic?

Between the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic and 2016 Fiesta, the Sonic is certainly the used car to choose. It ranks near the top of the class, thanks to its roomy cabin, plentiful cargo space, above-average reliability rating, and strong safety score. It also has a zippy engine, which is unusual in a class full of cars with underpowered base engines. The Sonic’s standard features list includes a Wi-Fi hot spot, and it’s available with some features the Fiesta isn’t, like lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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2016 Fiesta Performance

How Does the 2016 Ford Fiesta Drive?

The 2016 Fiesta delivers standout performance in the class, with lithe handling, responsive steering, and a smooth ride. The Fiesta ST’s sporty suspension kicks up the car’s athleticism, providing outstanding cornering ability and fun driving dynamics.

With its 120-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the Fiesta has decent power for cruising around town. The available 123-horsepower 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine is the better option for peppy acceleration and highway driving. Performance-oriented Fiesta ST models come with a lively turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that produces 197 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a five-speed manual transmission are standard. A six-speed automatic transmission is available, and the Fiesta ST exclusively comes with a six-speed manual transmission.

Does the 2016 Ford Fiesta Get Good Gas Mileage?

Most subcompact cars use less fuel than the Fiesta. According to the EPA, the base model with the available automatic transmission earns 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. However, equipped with the available turbocharged engine and manual transmission, the Fiesta gets some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class, at 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.

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2016 Fiesta Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Fiesta Seat?

The Ford Fiesta seats five on cloth seats, and the Fiesta ST comes with Recaro sport seats. The front seats are cozy and supportive, but tall riders won’t have much room in the back. The cabin is built with good-quality materials and features plenty of soft-touch surfaces.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Ford Fiesta?

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the second row, and the middle seat can borrow lower anchors from each side. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Fiesta's LATCH system the lowest rating of Poor for its ease of use.

2016 Ford Fiesta Features

Standard features include a six-speaker audio system and the voice-activated SYNC system with Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include power windows, an eight-speaker Sony audio system, a proximity key, push-button start, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a touch-screen display. Smartphonelike pinch-and-swipe gestures control the straightforward SYNC 3 system.

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2016 Ford Fiesta Dimensions

Ford Fiesta Cargo Space

The Fiesta sedan has a good amount of trunk space for the class, with 12.8 cubic feet. The hatchback has 14.9 cubic feet behind the back seats and 25.4 cubic feet with those seats folded. That's on the small side compared to rival hatchbacks. The five-door 2016 Honda Fit has more than double that amount of overall cargo space.

2016 Fiesta Length and Weight

The 2016 Ford Fiesta sedan is about 14.5 feet long with a curb weight of 2,578 pounds with the manual transmission and 2,628 pounds with the automatic. The Fiesta hatchback and ST both measure about 13.3 feet long. The hatchback weighs 2,537 pounds with the manual transmission and 2,575 pounds with the automatic.

Where Was the 2016 Ford Fiesta Built?

The 2016 Fiesta was assembled in Mexico.


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