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2017 Ford Fiesta Review

The 2017 Ford Fiesta's agile handling and roomy front seats help it secure a spot in the top half of our subcompact car rankings. However, it has some drawbacks, including a small trunk and a cramped back seat. 

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious front seats
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Excellent fuel economy with EcoBoost engine
  • Nimble handling
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Small cargo space
  • Low predicted reliability rating
  • Mixed crash test results




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 8.7
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2017 Ford Fiesta Overview

Is the 2017 Ford Fiesta a Good Used Car?

The Ford Fiesta is good subcompact car that comes in both hatchback and sedan body styles. Commuters will appreciate its lively handling, spacious front seats, and easy-to-use infotainment systems. However, there are a few areas of concern, including the Fiesta’s below-average reliability rating and mixed crash test scores.

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How Much Is the 2017 Ford Fiesta?

The subcompact car class is brimming with low-priced models, and the Fiesta sits nicely in the middle of the list. The average price of the 2017 Fiesta is $12,800, based on around 675 listings on our used car site. You may see 2017 Fiesta prices as low as $10,900 or as high as $17,000. Factors such as body style, optional features, vehicle condition, and mileage affect the actual listing price.  

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How Much Does the 2017 Ford Fiesta Cost to Own?

Select ownership expenses (insurance, fuel, repairs, and maintenance) are higher for the 2017 Fiesta than for many other small cars, owing mostly to the Fiesta's above-average insurance costs. Over five years, these expenditures will run you around $21,600. In comparison, these same costs add up to $19,600 or less for the 2017 Honda Fit and 2017 Toyota Yaris iA.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Fiesta?

With no changes besides a rearview camera joining the standard features list, it doesn't make much sense to spend an additional $1,400 to buy a new Ford Fiesta. That's the difference between the average listing price of a 2017 Fiesta, and the starting MSRP of the 2018 Fiesta S sedan.

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Among the top-ranking new subcompact cars, no models have a price tag near the 2017 Fiesta's, but the 2018 Kia Rio comes close. This sprightly small sedan starts at $13,900 (or $14,200 for the five-door hatchback), and it presents an excellent value. You may be able to trim the price down by shopping this month's Kia deals or by using our U.S. News Best Price Program.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Fiesta Is Best? 

Ford launched the Fiesta during the 2011 model year. Though the automaker hasn't made any major changes to this small car since then, Ford has updated a number of features and trim levels. The Fiesta's scores in our rankings have changed little over the years, giving you the flexibility to shop for the best model at the best price. That said, we recommend looking for 2016-or-newer models that contain the SYNC 3 infotainment system. This interface is much better than the previous MyFord Touch systems.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Ford Fiesta?

The Fiesta has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five.

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2017 Ford Fiesta Recalls

As of the date of this review, there are no recalls for the 2017 Fiesta.

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Which Used Ford Fiesta Model Is Right for Me?

For 2017, you can choose between two body styles (sedan and hatchback) and three main trim levels (S, SE, and Titanium). The Fiesta hatch also comes as the performance-oriented ST.

While the entry-level Ford Fiesta S will undoubtedly offer one of the lowest prices, this trim level misses out on essentials such as cruise control and power windows. Instead, we recommend shopping for a midlevel Ford Fiesta SE for the best combination of value and features. It comes outfitted with the optional SYNC3 infotainment system, and its upgraded cloth upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel add a dash of panache to the cabin. Entertainment extras include a larger touch screen, smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an extra USB port.   

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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 2017 Fiesta received mixed crash test results and has a lower safety score in our rankings than many other subcompact cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Fiesta an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. The NHTSA also issued a safety concern pertaining to the intrusion of the passenger-side rear door in a side impact collision, which could cause serious injury.

Following Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluations, the 2017 Fiesta received top scores in four categories, but the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front test.

No advanced safety features, such as a rearview camera, come standard on the Fiesta. Only the Fiesta Titanium trim comes with a rearview camera, along with rear parking sensors.

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2017 Ford Fiesta Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Fiesta or 2017 Ford Focus?

The Ford Focus is a better car in several ways. With regard to safety, the Focus earned much better crash test ratings, comes standard with a rearview camera, and has more available safety features than the Fiesta. This compact car is also a little larger than the Fiesta, resulting in a smidge more space in the back seat and the trunk. You'll pay around $1,800 more for a Focus, but we think the higher price is worth it.

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Fiesta or 2017 Chevrolet Sonic?

Excellent safety and predicted reliability ratings help the Chevy Sonic earn one of the top spots in our subcompact car rankings. The Sonic is also a great value; it comes standard with a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 7-inch touch screen. Lastly, with more room for rear seat passengers and a larger trunk, the Sonic is the clear winner.

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Fiesta or 2017 Honda Fit?

The Honda Fit isn't as fun to drive as the Ford Fiesta, but it still outperforms the Ford in our rankings. What the Fit lacks in sport road manners, it more than makes up for in terms of practicality and quality. The Fit is also expected to be more dependable than the Fiesta. Its innovative Magic Seat (folding rear seat) will come in handy for active households that frequently cart around bicycles, home improvement supplies, or other bulky items. Its cabin is filled with premium materials.

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2017 Fiesta Performance

How Does the 2017 Ford Fiesta Drive?

Three engines are available for the 2017 Fiesta, starting with a four-cylinder that is standard on most trims. It provides a decent amount of power for everyday commuting. For extra oomph, look for the optional turbocharged three-cylinder engine in the Fiesta SE. Spirited drivers will want to hold out for a Fiesta ST. Under this hatch's hood is a zippy EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. Agile handling, precise steering, and stable road manners complement every Fiesta edition.

Does the 2017 Ford Fiesta Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy isn't great for the class with the Fiesta's base engine, which is rated at 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Estimates are much higher for the SE's three-cylinder engine, at 31/41 mpg city/highway.

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2017 Fiesta Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Fiesta Seat?

In the five-person Fiesta, the best seats are up front. These are especially roomy for a subcompact car, and you can further enhance this zone with the optional leather upholstery and heated seats. The story is drastically different in the back, however. With one of the most cramped rear seats in the segment, the Fiesta is not a good pick if adults will be regularly riding in the back.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Ford Fiesta?

You should have no problem locating the Fiesta's three upper tether anchors. The two sets of lower anchors are another matter. These are mounted deeply in the seat cushions, and they require a lot of effort to use. For this reason, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Fiesta’s LATCH system the lowest rating of Poor for its ease of use.

2017 Ford Fiesta Features

One of two systems – SYNC or SYNC 3 – come in the Fiesta. Though both interfaces are easy to use, the latter is the much better option. It boasts enhanced smartphone integration, Siri Eyes Free, and an extra USB port. SYNC 3 employs a user-friendly touch screen, whereas SYNC is essentially just a voice command system for compatible devices, and it includes Bluetooth and USB connections.

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2017 Ford Fiesta Dimensions

Ford Fiesta Cargo Space

Much like its back seat, the Fiesta sedan's trunk is small even for a subcompact car. If you need more space than this 12.8-cubic-foot trunk offers, opt for the hatchback body style instead. It has 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which can expand to 25.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

Ford Fiesta Length and Weight

The Fiesta sedan measures 14.5 feet long (13.3 feet for hatchback models). Sedans have a curb weight of around 2,600 pounds, and hatchback models weigh about 40 pounds less.

Where Was the 2017 Ford Fiesta Built?

Ford built the 2017 Fiesta in Mexico.

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