Pros: Invigorating performance of new-for-2014 ST model; good ride quality for a subcompact; all versions have a nimble, fun-to-drive character
Cons: Limited passenger and cargo room; unconventional control layout; occasionally clunky performance from automated-manual transmission
CG Says: For 2014, Ford’s subcompact car gets freshened styling, an available MyFord Touch infotainment system, and an available 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged engine with 123 horsepower. Also new is the performance-oriented ST model, which gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with 197 hp. Ford touts the 2014 Fiesta as a sporty, upscale subcompact, and we mostly agree. Fuel economy with the base engine has been terrific in our tests, but we prefer the slick 5-speed manual to the PowerShift 6-speed automated manual. The new available turbocharged engines promise some extra power, but we haven’t yet been able to evaluate the effect on fuel economy. Fiesta’s greatest weakness has been its relatively cramped passenger and cargo accommodations. While it isn’t our favorite subcompact, Fiesta is worthy of consideration.