2016 Ford Focus Hatchback

Pros: Invigorating performance of 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: An available SYNC 3 media control system replaces the unpopular MyFord Touch in the 2016 Ford Fiesta. Remote keyless entry is now standard on the base S models. Ford touts Fiesta as a sporty, upscale subcompact, and we mostly agree. An available 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine and a performance-oriented ST model are part of the Fiesta lineup. 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 delightful ST model delivers high-performance driving thrills with little compromise in day-to-day practicality, save for a stiffer ride and confining front bucket seats. 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.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback, 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices S sedan: $14,580
S hatchback: $14,880
SE sedan: $15,810
SE hatchback: $16,110
Titanium sedan: $18,530
Titanium hatchback: $18,830
ST hatchback: $21,460

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
120
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36-37

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder
Horsepower
123
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
43

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
197
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33

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2016 Ford Fiesta ST
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2016 Ford Fiesta Sedan