2016 Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta has a distinct identity in the subcompact car segment. Both its exterior and interior are expressive, and it's simply fun to drive. That's not something you can say about many competitors' offerings.
The 2016 Ford Fiesta is offered in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles. All are offered in a base S, mid-level SE and top-of-the-line Titanium trim levels. For 2016, the previous MyFord Touch infotainment system has been replaced by a new SYNC 3 interface. S models add an anti-theft alarm and keyless entry via a fob, while a new option package (Black) is available on the SE.
There's also a Fiesta variant called the ST. It's a high-performance model. It's not covered in this review.
Two engines are available to motivate the Fiesta. Most come equipped with 1.6-liter four-cylinder good for 120 horsepower and 112 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy is 28 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined with the standard five-speed manual transmission. Paired to the optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic and the figures become 27 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined. An available Fuel Economy package for automatic-equipped SE models boost those figures to 28 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined.
The optional engine is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit. It's from Ford's EcoBoost line of powerful and fuel efficient turbo-charged powerplants. Horsepower and torque are 123 and 125 respectively and fuel economy is a remarkable 31 mpg city, 43 mpg highway and 36 mpg combined. The manual is the only transmission.
All Fiesta models are nicely equipped. Air-conditioning, a four-speaker audio system and the above mentioned keyless entry comes standard on the S. The SE builds on that with such niceties as automated headlamps power windows, cruise control, nicer cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and multicolor ambient lighting. Ford MyKey, which allows specific configurations of systems like speed limit, also comes standard.
Bundled features like the Appearance package, the Comfort package, and the above mentioned EcoBoost Fuel Economy and Black packages are available at this trim level.
The Appearance and Comfort packages come standard in the Fiesta Titanium. It then separates itself from the lower trims with such features as larger wheels, exterior chrome accents and an exclusive black front grille. It also comes loaded with high-end items as an eight-speaker audio system from Sony, leather upholstery and heated front seats.
New Car Test Drive may have summarized best the appeal of the Ford Fiesta: "If it's a subcompact five-door you need, it's hard to think of a reason not to buy the Fiesta, in each of its guises: base, fun and eco, or hot rod, each one expressive and nimble."
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.