2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review

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2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review Just $995 separates the 2014 Ford Fiesta one.0L EcoBoost sedan from its typical four-cylinder-powered Fiesta SE counterpart. That sum covers the SE EcoBoost Fuel Economic system package deal, which contains Ford’s teensy 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, a rear spoiler, and strangely interesting 15-inch steel wheels with aero-minded hubcaps.

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review

We’ve examined the $500-dearer 1.0L hatchback, but this really is our 1st exam of the four-door. As together with the hatch, the $17,240 1.0L EcoBoost sedan comes married to midlevel SE trim as well as a five-speed guide transmission-an automated is just not accessible.

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review

Nowadays, nearly $18K buys you the most entry-level version in the one-size-up (and 10Best-awarded) Mazda three sedan-as nicely being a base Target sedan-so Ford’s “get” here is an EPA-estimated (and just lately downgraded) 31 mpg city and 43 mpg highway. That's the very same rating because the 1.0L five-door’s, and it betters the figures of the manual Fiesta sedan by three and seven mpg. 

No other nonhybrid “real cars” save for your unloved Mitsubishi Mirage beat it. With our ordinarily heavy proper foot, we recorded a strong thirty mpg in mixed city/highway driving. That fell two mpg off the mark set by the five-door 1.0L but beat our most-recent recorded figure to the one.6-liter Fiesta by one mpg.

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review interior

Happily, the three-cylinder generates 3 additional horsepower plus a whopping 36 additional lb-ft of torque than the conventional Fiesta’s naturally aspirated 1.6-liter 4, for totals of 123 and 148. Like the 4, the three-cylinder produces its greatest energy higher within the rev range, so drivers will should actually do the job the five-speed for making haste. Our test car or truck made it to 60 mph in eight.seven seconds, beating the Fiesta 1.six sedan by 0.six 2nd.

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review

Out within the suggest streets, the engine’s power benefit fades at regular engine speeds-for instance, below 3000 rpm. The engine can make virtually no usable torque at this time during the electrical power band, so you will wish to maintain it in the reduce gear. What’s a lot more, wringing out the very little engine is enormous enjoyable, thanks to its strong high-rpm thrust and offbeat three-cylinder thrum.

As with other Fiestas, the chassis boasts excellent damping and bump suppression, but the electric energy steering is not specifically quick or talkative. (For greatest Fiesta spice, we suggest checking out the hot-hatch ST model.) The EcoBoost’s skinny 185-series Hankook Optimo tires quit grip well in advance of the suspension runs out of steam but still enabled a respectable 0.84 g around the skidpad and contributed to a Honda Fit-beating 173-foot quit from 70 mph. The trade-off is really a quiet ride, and certainly, at 70 mph we recorded a hushed 69 decibels during the Fiesta’s cabin. That is 1 decibel quieter than a 2013 Lexus LS600hL we evaluated last 12 months.

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Our check car’s interior was pretty spartan, and sadly the vigorous checking of option-sheet boxes won’t change that a lot. The lone considerable alternative is definitely the $290 Comfort package deal (heated front seats and door mirrors, plus automated climate handle), which our check auto included. Purchasers must make do with all the SE’s standard-equipment listing (which includes cloth seats, Sync voice manage for your audio and Bluetooth setups, and cruise handle) but be willing to skip the SE’s optional MyFord Touch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation.

2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost Sedan Review

Would be the EcoBoost 1.0L $995 improved compared to the Fiesta’s one.six? We think so, but Ford is aiming at a reasonably modest target here, specifically by omitting an optional automated transmission and pricing the auto close to more substantial rivals. But consumers keen over the Fiesta’s compact footprint and high EPA fuel-economy numbers-real-world efficiency be damned-won’t be disappointed, and neither will supporters of oddball powertrains.

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